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Key’s credibility on the line in Dotcom case

 

As the Minister responsible for the Security Intelligence Service, John Key needs to front up to New Zealanders about the increasingly murky process surrounding Kim Dotcom's residency, Labour's Associate Intelligence and Security Spokesperson Grant Robertson said. 

"As Minister responsible for the SIS it defies belief that John Key would not have been informed about a case involving an FBI investigation and a multi-millionaire applicant with criminal convictions. The SIS had put a hold on the application for some months. That was removed 90 minutes after warnings of ‘political pressure’ about the case. 

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No excuse for power price hikes

The latest electricity price hike, coming as it does during the coldest winter months, will once again hit hardest those least able to afford it – the elderly and those on low incomes, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.

“While the Government is smugly trumpeting a ‘small’ 2.3 per cent increase in power prices to the year to March, what Energy Minister Simon Bridges is not saying is that the increase is smaller because the Government has changed the way it calculates electricity pricing.

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Joyce performs U-turn in Labour’s garage

Just four days after calling Labour’s ICT Garage Grants ‘off the planet’ Steven Joyce has supported the policy and trumpeted funding for ICT entrepreneurs, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

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History points to poor DHB decision

A damning Government-ordered review has found Nigel Murray, due to take up the role of CEO at Waikato District Health Board next week, was in charge of one of the worst-performing Canadian health authorities, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

“A just released report prepared for the Canadian Ministry of Health shows several Fraser Health Authority hospitals in British Colombia, were the worst for patient safety and quality of care.

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Government must explain “political pressure” in Dotcom case


 The release of documents that say that government officials were under "political pressure" to process Kim Dotcom's residency application needs an urgent explanation from John Key, said Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

" The documents released by the Security Intelligence Service include reference to Immigration New Zealand being under "political pressure" to process Kim Dotcom's residency application in late October 2010.

 

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Call for Government to step up in North

The Government needs to step up and help local councils fix infrastructure problems highlighted by the recent Northland storms, Labour MP Kelvin Davis says.

"The bad weather has amplified how susceptible the North really is at times like this.

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Verbal assurances not good enough

A damning report showing that burglary statistics were doctored in Counties Manukau over three years, warrants more than a verbal assurance from Minister Anne Tolley that it has never happened elsewhere, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. 

“We are absolutely reliant on crime statistics to give us an accurate picture of the level of crime in New Zealand, and whether progress has been made in certain areas. To find that these statistics were deliberately manipulated undermines the entire system, not to mention the work of other police districts who have recorded their crimes accurately.

 

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Labour MP offers flood aid

Labour MP Kelvin Davis has offered his Whangarei office as a coordination centre for people needing help as a result of the recent flooding throughout Northland.

As from 9am Monday staff and volunteers will field calls to assist where possible.

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Gaza crisis has to stop

The rising death toll in Gaza is alarming and is likely to worsen with escalating violence from both sides, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer.

“Only a truce and agreed negotiations will prevent the unnecessary deaths of more innocent people.

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Deaths should prompt change

Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

In the latest report this week, concerns were raised by a coroner over the death of an elderly woman who died of a heart attack after a fall.

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