The Government did not fight as hard as other countries to strengthen the right to restrict and ban foreign buyers from purchasing their farms and homes, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark.
“The Government claims no other country bolstered their ability to restrict ownership from foreign buyers, they simply preserved their current laws. That’s completely wrong.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has given all 500 of its staff a $55 pounamu at a total cost of over $30,000 – in the latest example of extravagant spending involving Steven Joyce agencies, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark.
“The NZTE financial review has revealed that in June 2015, NZTE spent $30,060 on jewellery as gifts for staff.
In the face of recent turmoil in the financial markets and a forecast increase in unemployment, National must work with business to keep up the positive economic confidence from the end of last year, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“The optimism coming out of the December quarter surveys is good to see. It’s vital that employers have the enthusiasm to hire in the new year after a difficult 2015 and to counter Treasury’s predictions that unemployment will rise to 6.5% in the first half of the year.
Southland’s low consumer confidence reflects the Government’s terrible record when it comes to regional growth, says Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“The latest ANZ Regional Trends report shows a massive drop in consumer confidence in Southland over the last year from a net positive 22 per cent last year to negative 7.2 per cent today, the lowest in the country.
National refuses to fix its major blunder in the Korean FTA which allows Kiwi homes to be sold to Korean investors – creating a flow on effect with other trade partners such as China, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker.
“Tim Groser got this wrong. It is all the more remarkable when the Australians have managed to keep the right to ban foreign home buyers in their FTA.
Revelations the taxpayer picked up a hefty tab for repairs to model sheep have been trumped by news of the overall bill for last year’s MoBIE Christmas function, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“Minister Joyce oversees a department that allocated $20,000 for a Christmas party while MoBIE proves incapable of sticking to its gold-plated budget.
“Taxpayer fleecing has been taken to a whole new level. The sheep repairs were just the beginning. We now know MoBIE blew the budget and spent a whopping $25,741 on their Christmas party.
“Minister Joyce’s department spent $2800 on props and repairs alone while MoBIE has morphed from white elephant to black sheep.
No matter how he spins it Steven Joyce will be a laughing stock over revelations of expensive repairs to model sheep roughly treated at a government department Christmas function, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
“You couldn’t make this yarn up – Mr Joyce should be feeling sheepish.
The Government snubbed advice from its chief child health adviser to set an obesity target in favour of soft pedalling in the interests of big business, Labour’s Acting Health spokesperson David Clark says.
“Buried in a report to Jonathan Coleman – uncovered in a Government document dump – Pat Tuohy, a specialist paediatrician and the go-to adviser for the Government on child health, recommends establishing a healthy weight target for four-year-old pre-schoolers using BMI and waist circumference as a better public services target.
Labour is calling for Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to set up a register so that people who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos at Dunedin Hospital can be assessed and monitored if they wish.
“Positive tests have revealed asbestos on four floors of the hospital, in both work rooms and public areas,” Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.