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Bring back the Mental Health Commission

The People’s Mental Health Review is a much needed wake up call for the Government on mental health, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

 

“I applaud their proposal to restore a Mental Health Commission and their call for an urgent funding increase and review of mental health.

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And the band played on…

Making Amy Adams the Housing Minister five months out from the election is just the orchestra playing on as National’s Titanic housing crisis slips below the waves – along with the hopes and dreams of countless Kiwi families, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“National’s housing policy won’t be saved by getting someone new to front it. The policy itself has been a total disaster.

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Hotel no place for children in care

Revelations today that a young person under the care of the Ministry For Vulnerable Children was placed in a hotel is just plain wrong – and it isn’t a one-off, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children, Jacinda Ardern.

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Maybe not, Minister? Nick Smith’s housing measure suppressed

Sir Humphrey: Minister, remember the Housing Affordability Measure work you asked us to prepare back in 2012? Well, it’s ready now.
Minister Smith: Oh goodie, what does it say?
Sir Humphrey: Nothing.
Minister Smith: Nothing?
Sir Humphrey: Well, sir, you asked us to prepare a measurement of affordability and we simply couldn’t find any evidence to support such a notion.
Minister Smith: Oh, bugger. Well, get my togs, towel and get me to the nearest river. I’m going swimming!

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Inflation data shows many New Zealanders are worse off under National

The latest inflation data from Statistics New Zealand shows that too many New Zealanders are now worse off under the National Government, said Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson

“Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) is now running at 2.2 per cent, and it is the very basics that are running higher.

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Another emergency housing grant blow out

 

Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

 

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Families struggle as hardship grants increase

The considerable increase in hardship grants shows that more and more Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table and pay for basic schooling, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

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More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration

National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Suicide figures make for grim reading

The 506 suspected suicides of Kiwis who have been in the care of mental health services in the last four years show that these services are under severe stress, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

 

“If you do the sums for patients absent without leave, on approved leave and in-patients, the total for suspected suicides in DHB care rises to a worrying 535 deaths. The cracks are showing.

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Pay equity deal a victory for determination and unions

The pay equity settlement revealed today for around 55,000 low-paid workers was hard-won by a determined Kristine Bartlett backed by her union, up against sheer Government resistance to paying Kiwis their fair share, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“Labour welcomes the impending settlement and we congratulate Kristine Bartlett, her union E Tu and other unions for their perseverance and determination. Their hard-won victory will make a huge difference to the lives of 55,000 low-paid New Zealanders.

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