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Organised crime getting easy ride under National

Under-resourcing from the National-led Government is seriously undermining the Police’s ability to combat organised crime, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.

“In answers to my questions, the Minister of Police has confirmed that the numbers of Police officers dedicated to fighting organised crime is disturbingly low in the areas where they are needed most.

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Wages and housing keys to fixing inequality

Better wages and restoring the Kiwi dream of homeownership are fundamental to reducing inequality, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Motorcyclists deserve safety they’ve paid for

Motorcyclists deserve an explanation from the Government about why just one fifth of the money they have been charged has been spent on safety while the carnage continues on the roads, says Labour’s ACC and Transport Spokesperson Sue Moroney.

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Cross-party approach needed as homeownership hits new low

New data showing homeownership has hit a record low shows the need for political parties to come together to enact Labour’s KiwiBuild and Healthy Home Bills, which are currently before Parliament, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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New year, same old story for underfunded health

While the New Year often heralds resolutions to improve, the industrial strife currently wracking ambulance workers shows the Government has little interest in properly investing in the health sector, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.

“The tense stand-off between ambulance staff and the St John organisation is evidence of growing industrial turmoil in the health sector caused by years of underfunding by the National Government.

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Government’s EV charge runs flat

New figures obtained by Labour show that the National Government has left the handbrake on over its purchasing of electric vehicles, with less than 0.4 per cent of its All-Of-Government Panel purchases being EVs since Minister Simon Bridges announced that the Government was “driving the switch to electric vehicles”.

“Just eight electric vehicles have been purchased in the six months since Minister Bridges made his commitment, among the 2039 vehicles purchased by the Government’s procurement panel in that period,” says Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Sue Moroney.

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Keep road police numbers up, says Labour

After an increase in this year's Christmas holiday road toll by nearly 40 per cent, now is not the time to cut road policing numbers says Labour's Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.

"Former Police Minister Judith Collins announced last year that the number of officers dedicated to road policing was being slashed by 111, and this number was confirmed by new Police Minister Paula Bennett in December.

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National should review safer road strategy

National needs to urgently review its “Safer Journeys” road safety strategy with the road toll increasing for the third year in a row making 2016 the deadliest year on New Zealand roads for six years, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.

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Time for truth on petrol prices

If you drew breath after filling up your tank and forking over a lot of hard earned dollars, you have every reason to feel annoyed, says Labour's Energy Spokesman Stuart Nash.

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Opportunity for new Minister to stamp her mark

New Energy Minister Judith Collins must stamp her mark on the petrol retail sector by sending a very clear message that she will not tolerate any form of monopolistic behaviour that could end up costing New Zealand motorists money, says Labour’s Energy spokesman Stuart Nash.

“Earlier this year Z Energy purchased Caltex New Zealand in a move that gave Z a 50 per cent share of the New Zealand retail market. Even though this deal was approved by the Commerce Commission, it expressed misgivings on the grounds of lessening competition, and required Z to sell 22 stations as a condition of buying Caltex New Zealand.

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