Media Releases

National’s wage subsidy policy will hurt business confidence

National’s new suggestion that it will look to take money from companies that used the wage subsidy legitimately will send shockwaves through the business community, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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A fair price for groceries and building supplies

Labour will initiate two new market studies:

  • Supermarkets 
  • Building supplies

Labour will initiate two new market studies to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries and building supplies as the economy recovers from Covid-19.

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Labour releases responsible, costed fiscal plan

Labour’s fiscal plan for the next term will continue a strong track record of managing the books carefully while putting aside money for dealing with COVID-19 and protecting services like health and education, Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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National overeggs tax cuts

On top of the enormous mistakes in its own economic plan – National’s appears to have also overstated the benefits of its irresponsible tax cuts.

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Next steps in rebuilding our health system

  • Making mental health support available to all primary and intermediate school age students in the country and continued roll out of nurses in secondary schools
  • Increased funding to reduce waiting lists
  • Significant funding boost for PHARMAC
  • Double the number of cochlear implants 
  • Dental health grants of up to $1000 for those on low incomes and 20 additional mobile dental clinics
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National in fiscal freefall

More spending promises by National today would make even the Fyre Festival organisers blush, Labour MP Chris Hipkins said.

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A locally led transition for Southland

  • Negotiate an extension of Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter including commitment to jobs and site remediation as bottom lines
  • Expand Just Transitions Unit to work across regions with an immediate focus on a locally led transition plan for Southland
  • Support Transpower to reach a fair price for transmission costs so power prices stay reasonable for other consumers
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Taking action to reduce waste and plastics

  • Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025
  • Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives
  • Standardise kerbside recycling
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