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Housing crisis is National’s legacy

Reports of tenants languishing in boarding houses for years because they cannot get a state house is yet more evidence National’s legacy is the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. 

“We used to pride ourselves in this country on decent housing and affordable home ownership, but instead we’ve become a housing basket-case.

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Labour calls for release of report into civil defence flaws

The National Government must stick by its word given to other political parties and release a technical report before the election addressing critical flaws in New Zealand’s civil defence capability, Labour Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran said today. 

“Cross party talks were initiated in March after the Government was placed under significant public pressure following last November’s Kaikoura earthquake and the February Port Hills fires when a series of delayed decisions and miscommunication exposed significant flaws in our civil defence response.

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Credibility shot as Government runs out of steam

New Zealanders are witnessing the desperation of a government clinging to survival, evidenced by policy on-the-hoof, dodgy maths and dirty politics, says Labour MP Phil Twyford.

“New Zealand had been hoping we’d seen the end of dirty politics, but what we’re seeing is the National Party doubling down on deceit and divisive tactics.

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Steven Joyce must apologise to New Zealand

Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and apologise for his patently false and cynical attack on Labour’s Fiscal Plan, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Every respected economic commentator has come out and said that Labour’s Fiscal Plan adds up.

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Bill English didn’t answer because the Oreti is badly polluted

Last night Bill English was asked by Paddy Gower in the Leader’s Debate: “Which river did he swim in as a kid, and is it now polluted?” Bill English named the Oreti River, but did not answer whether it is now polluted, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.

“Sadly, the Oreti is now badly polluted. Its decline has been highlighted by Southland Fish & Game.

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Nats put out dodgy numbers – again

National’s promise to increase the number of elective surgeries to 200,000 is bizarre, given Jonathan Coleman has claimed 200,000 electives are already being performed, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

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Prime Minister’s Award to encourage young people into trades training

Labour will introduce a $2,000 award for the best pupil in vocational courses in each public secondary school, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“We know there’s huge demand for trades workers, particularly in the building sector, where construction is now going into reverse due, in part, to a lack of workers.

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Not another Nick Smith wild goose chase

Only the election on September 23 can save the country and the RMA from Nick Smith, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and Environment spokesperson David Parker.

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Government supresses Climate Change report

The Government has deliberately sat on a critical Climate Change report for 5 months which they must now release, election or no election, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. 

“I want the report released immediately, so that New Zealanders can see for themselves what the risks are from not confronting the Climate Change crisis.

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Joyce gets it wrong on Labour’s Fiscal Plan

Labour’s Fiscal Plan is robust, the numbers are correct and we stand by them despite the desperate and disingenuous digging from an out-the-door Finance Minister, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Steven Joyce has embarrassed himself. This is a desperate, cynical stunt to create a diversion. Our plan has been approved by BERL and they continue to stand by this plan. We stand by this plan. These numbers are robust and I refute Joyce’s allegations.

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