The latest scorecard on National’s management of major infrastructure projects shows that the Government is letting New Zealanders down when it comes to managing significant investments, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.
The Treasury today released the November 2016 Interim Major Projects report, representing its view of 53 high-value investments being made by government across the country.
“The report shows that 20 of these projects have ‘significant issues’ and require ‘management attention’,” says Mr Robertson.
The Government’s cabinet paper on tax avoidance by multinational companies is a half-pai kick for touch with the election looming, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“The Government is trying to look like it is doing something on multinational tax avoidance, but this paper doesn’t go far enough. This is hardly a legacy for the Inland Revenue Minister to be proud of.
The latest Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) provides further evidence that the economy that the National Government and Bill English have is sitting on shifting sands and leaves many people behind, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says today.
“It’s easy to glance at the headline figures and see a rosy picture of government surplus and economic growth, but look harder and there is plenty for New Zealanders to be concerned about.
The Minister of Education needs to show some leadership and secure the future of two not-for-profit early childhood education centres that could be faced with closure as the land they sit on is up for sale, Grant Robertson Labour MP for Wellington Central says.
“Karori Kids and Campbell Kindergarten have been providing early childhood education for nearly 30 years in Karori on the site of the old Teachers College. Now that Victoria University has assumed ownership of the land, they are looking to sell the land, and unless a deal is reached that will mean the end of the two centres.
The Treasury has wasted $10 million in two years on the National Government's flawed state house sell off programme, including nearly $5.5 million on consultants, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
"New Zealand needs more state housing than ever, with a record number of people homeless and many families struggling to pay their rent. Labour will build thousands of extra state houses, but tragically the current National government is selling them off.
National’s failure to deal with the housing crisis in New Zealand is once again being exposed by the Reserve Bank today, in a scathing assessment of the Government’s response, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson
“Governor Wheeler is clearly worried about the housing market. The Reserve Bank says that ‘vulnerabilities in the Auckland housing market continue to increase and spread to the rest of the country’.
The reckless dangling of tax cuts by the National Government is all the more irresponsible when it is put alongside the failure to pay down debt or put money aside for future superannuation costs, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.
"Labour believes our priorities have to be to invest in our people - through housing, health, education, safe communities, decent work, and higher wages.