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Government must explain “political pressure” in Dotcom case


 The release of documents that say that government officials were under "political pressure" to process Kim Dotcom's residency application needs an urgent explanation from John Key, said Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

" The documents released by the Security Intelligence Service include reference to Immigration New Zealand being under "political pressure" to process Kim Dotcom's residency application in late October 2010.

 

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Call for Government to step up in North

The Government needs to step up and help local councils fix infrastructure problems highlighted by the recent Northland storms, Labour MP Kelvin Davis says.

"The bad weather has amplified how susceptible the North really is at times like this.

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Verbal assurances not good enough

A damning report showing that burglary statistics were doctored in Counties Manukau over three years, warrants more than a verbal assurance from Minister Anne Tolley that it has never happened elsewhere, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. 

“We are absolutely reliant on crime statistics to give us an accurate picture of the level of crime in New Zealand, and whether progress has been made in certain areas. To find that these statistics were deliberately manipulated undermines the entire system, not to mention the work of other police districts who have recorded their crimes accurately.

 

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Labour MP offers flood aid

Labour MP Kelvin Davis has offered his Whangarei office as a coordination centre for people needing help as a result of the recent flooding throughout Northland.

As from 9am Monday staff and volunteers will field calls to assist where possible.

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Gaza crisis has to stop

The rising death toll in Gaza is alarming and is likely to worsen with escalating violence from both sides, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer.

“Only a truce and agreed negotiations will prevent the unnecessary deaths of more innocent people.

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Deaths should prompt change

Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

In the latest report this week, concerns were raised by a coroner over the death of an elderly woman who died of a heart attack after a fall.

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Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister

The Ministerial Inquiry into the waiver granted to a Malaysian diplomat deliberately avoids putting the Minister under scrutiny, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer.

“The Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything except the roles of the Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister. They were both briefed soon after charges were yet they failed to follow up.

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Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes

A Labour Government will support the ICT sector to make New Zealand a tech-savvy nation and put ICT at the heart of our economic upgrade strategy, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

Among several new initiatives David Cunliffe announced today are plans to establish 1200 digital apprenticeships and support first-time entrepreneurs with ‘Garage Grants’.

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Smart meters are plain dumb

New Zealand has some of the dumbest electricity 'smart' meters in the world, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer.

“Imagine being able to set washing machines, dryers, dishwashers to turn on in the middle of the night when power is cheap. Or being able to see and modify second, by every second, electricity usage in the home on a computer, TV, smart phone. That was the real possibility five years ago when smart electricity meters began to be installed.

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Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well

Labour's review of Whanau Ora will identify models that work well throughout the country, what best practice looks like and how this will be used to frame new policy, says Māori Affairs Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“Māori Service providers and organisations have already started these collaborations that improve outcomes for whanau and Labour recognises that positive gains that have been made. However not all Government agencies are committed to this approach.

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