New information show 15 bank managers in India have been identified by Immigration New Zealand as presenting fraudulent documents on behalf of foreign students studying here, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act show bank managers doctored genuine information which was then used by education agents to prove students had the funds to pay for their New Zealand tuition (see INZ No Surprises Factsheet attached).
Labour is calling on the Government to refund motor registration fees to three-quarters of a million Kiwi motorists whose vehicles were wrongly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Minister Kaye’s ridiculous assertion that 774,565 vehicles had to have their risk rating reclassified because of one years’ worth of crash data and new vehicles coming on market is obviously wrong.
The Government’s $40 billion of buying power would go towards backing Kiwi businesses and jobs under a Labour Member’s Bill which will be debated by Parliament, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“My Bill – which was pulled from the ballot today – will require the government of the day to take into account the number of jobs created in New Zealand when spending the $40 billion budgeted for Crown procurement every year.
Today I want to talk about success. As we know success can come in many different forms, from the fact you all made it here at such an early hour on a Monday, for which I am very grateful, to the success of getting a business up and running and making it through each week having paid the staff, the bills and actually got home for dinner a couple of nights.
Success of course may not always be as it appears. Winning a 10-week reality TV show may not actually be the route to true love. The Hurricanes beating the bottom team in the Super Rugby competition in an error-ridden, scratchy display does not bode well for the play-offs. And an economy that manages three percent growth may not be the success we think it is when it has not grown at all in per person terms.
Most New Zealanders reading the news that chief executive pay has risen 12 per cent in the last year will be wondering when they are going to get their fair share, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.
“More and more it seems the fortunate few at the top are reaping all the benefits, while people in the middle are feeling the squeeze. What has happened to the Kiwi idea that you get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work?
“Fresh revelations that cast doubt on two Overseas Investment Office (OIO) decisions show the Government’s oversight of foreign investment is practically non-existent, Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“New Zealanders should feel confident that our prime assets are being safeguarded by the OIO and that our international reputation is intact. International investors have to meet the Act’s good character requirements.
Despite the Reserve Bank highlighting the need for higher levels of capital expenditure to stimulate the economy, the Government is going to do the exact opposite, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.
“Bill English has signalled a Budget money-go-round that fails to meet the need for investment to grow the economy. He plans to cut funding for capital projects now, just as the call for investment grows.
The weak and absurd scope of the Government’s inquiry into foreign trusts has been lambasted by Transparency International, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“In a scathing statement released today, the anti-corruption watchdog warns that the John Sherwan-led inquiry into foreign trust disclosure rules fails to address fundamental issues raised by the Panama Papers.