ACC Minister Nikki Kaye needs to come clean about what really lies behind the reclassification of 18 vehicles in her new motor vehicle registration system introduced today, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
"New Zealanders deserve the truth about the new levies, which will see more than a million drivers of older vehicles pay an average of $40 more than what they would have under the previous system.
More than a million car owners will pay higher ACC motor vehicle registration than necessary from July, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“During a select committee hearing this morning it was revealed that car owners would have been charged $104.09 for ACC levies but ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has introduced a risk rating model in which owners of older cars will pay a charge of $158.46 – 52 per cent more than they should.
Labour is calling on Associate Immigration Minister Craig Foss to intervene and use his discretion to stop the Mahon family being split up by an uncaring decision, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Immigration New Zealand has denied three-year-old Liam Mahon a visa because he has a rare genetic condition. However, they have granted residency to his 13-month-old brother.
National’s poor performance in appointing women to state sector boards is set to get worse with funding cuts to the nomination service provided by the Ministry for Women, Labour’s Woman’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Minister for Women Louise Upston should hang her head in shame with today’s announcement that just 41.7 per cent of state sector board appointments were women, when it had already reached 42.2 per cent back in 2008.
The Government is being urged to extend the Regional Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme to help families in the most severely-damaged islands of Vanuatu, following Cyclone Pam.
“Allowing a further 300 people to take up seasonal employment in New Zealand under the successful scheme is a practical way of providing support to those who have suffered the most,” says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson, Sue Moroney.
A successful court case that paves the way for better pay for work performed predominantly by women is in no way a justification for the Government to weaken laws around equal pay, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
"Sunday is International Women's Day and the best gift this Government could give New Zealand women is a promise that it won't tamper with the law to stop women like rest home worker Kristine Bartlett from getting paid what their work is worth.
Labour will hold National to its promise to increase the support given to new parents of premature, multiple birth and babies born with disabilities, Labour’s paid parental leave campaigner Sue Moroney says.
"I am naturally disappointed that after battling for three years to extend paid parental leave, tonight my Member’s Bill will be defeated.
Women on low pay in New Zealand have been given an early Christmas present with yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to intervene in a decision of the Court of Appeal, says Labour's Spokesperson for Women's Affairs, Sue Moroney.
“The earlier decision requires a process to be found with the help of the Employment Court to set a fair rate for carers working in rest homes.