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Joyce’s bluster distraction from land sale double-speak

Steven Joyce’s accusation that Labour is xenophobic is a blatant attempt to hide National’s broken promise over land sales, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.

"The Economic Development Minister showed extreme rudeness when he talked over others during an interview on the Nation this weekend.

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Labour will reinstate Minister of Disarmament

A Labour Government will prioritise helping to create a nuclear weapons-free world by reinstating the Minister of Disarmament as a Cabinet position, Labour’s Disarmament and Arms Control spokesperson Maryan Street says. 

“New Zealand once led the world with our anti-nuclear stance and promotion of disarmament in international forums. 

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Minister must explain shambles at Ministry

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-IIga must explain questionable spending and controversial staff appointments at his ministry, Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio says.

“Revelations about big spending and staffing problems at the Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs are not a good look for a body charged with lifting social and economic outcomes for Pacific families.

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Conviction a sorry reminder of the cost of a cup of tea

John Banks’ conviction for filing a false election return underlines a sorry chapter in our political history, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

"This is a sad but just end to a long career political career.

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Plenty of options, asset sales not one of them

Labour will vigorously oppose short term solutions to plug Christchurch City Council’s funding shortfall – including asset sales – which leave the city worse off financially and strategically in the long term, Labour’s Canterbury Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

Responding to a report into the Christchurch City Council’s finances which raised a sell-off of some of the city’s assets as a possibility, Ruth Dyson said Labour MPs were committed to working towards real long term solutions for the city.

 

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Nick Smith hides shameful vacant house numbers

Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has lodged an official complaint against Housing Minister Nick Smith with Parliament’s Speaker for refusing to release data on the number of vacant state houses around the country.

“Nick Smith is clearly embarrassed by the high number of Housing NZ properties lying empty and boarded up. The total was 2,734 back in May when the Minister last released the numbers,” says Phil Twyford.

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Grant Robertson - Speech to the 2014 Workforce for the Future Conference

Thank you 

It’s a great pleasure to be here today, both because of the importance of the topic, and because I am excited that this is a conference co-hosted by Industry Training Organisations and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.  

Bringing these two groups together marks the conference organisers out for a future role in peacekeeping in the world’s trouble spots, so well  done.

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Evidence refutes doomsday wages predictions

Minister of Labour Simon Bridges should cut the tired old rhetoric about rises in the minimum wage causing job losses and understand New Zealand has a serious problem with low wages and working poverty that needs to be addressed, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.

“The claim that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour before Christmas and then to $16.25 next April will cost jobs just isn’t supported by New Zealand’s experience under the last Labour government, nor by overseas research.

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Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all

Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer questions on the actual connection numbers to both rural and broadband schemes in Parliament today in an attempt to cover up the National Government’s sluggish progress on both schemes

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McCully’s excuses in tatters

New evidence has emerged today that shows Mr McCully’s excuses for not knowing about the Malaysian diplomat case don’t stack up, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.

“Mr McCully said he had received no information about the Malaysian diplomat leaving New Zealand under diplomatic immunity after being charged for assault with intent to rape and burglary.

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