The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
"Both John Key and Simon Bridges have been incorrectly accusing Auckland Council of cutting its transport spending.
Solid Energy miners will not be surprised at the company’s announcement today of further restructuring but any more job losses will be a shock for West Coast communities, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.
“I have my fingers crossed that any job losses will be minimal but the harsh reality is the National Government allowed Solid Energy to run riot with its operations and costs.
The Government must use its majority shareholding to make sure Air New Zealand cooperates with second tier airlines stepping into the regional routes it has abandoned, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
Air New Zealand’s cancellation of its Kaitaia, Whakatane, Taupo and Westport routes takes effect today.
KiwiRail must immediately stop further Chinese engineers from working here until they can guarantee they are being paid the New Zealand minimum wage, Labour’s MP for Hutt South Trevor Mallard says.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released the findings of its investigation into Labour’s concerns the engineers at Hutt Railway workshops – hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives – are being exploited.
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay has to get a grip on the KiwiRail board and put the kibosh on its crazy plan for dirty diesel on the main trunk line, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
It has been revealed that KiwiRail is proposing replacing its electric locomotives on the North Island main trunk line with cheap Chinese diesel engines.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has admitted he didn't ask for or receive any advice from his transport officials on 10 Northland bridges before committing $70 million to their upgrading as part of the Northland by-election campaign, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“This shows just how far National has embraced pork barrel politics. After one opinion poll showed they were in trouble, National panicked and threw $70 million of taxpayers’ money at these bridges – most of which aren't even listed as priorities in the local Council's transport plan.
The Transport Minister today confirmed that National MP Shane Reti's statement to constituents that he took a proposal for sealing their road to Cabinet was not true, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“In the same breath as his threats that the people of rural Pipiwai in Northland would get nothing if they didn't shut up during the by-election campaign, Shane Reti appears to have lied to them about taking their road sealing case to Cabinet.
A proposal giving New Zealand Customs powers to compel anyone to provide passwords and encryption keys to their electronic devices is another step towards a surveillance society and should be strongly resisted, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“There are existing powers in search and surveillance law and other legislation which provide compulsion to disclose a password if someone passes through Customs and is under suspicion.