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Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole

The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The deal between Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings shows Chorus has failed to manage its own business. The deal allows Chorus to access money that was meant to be spent on the UFB roll-out in 2018 and 2019.

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Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand

Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says.

“The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our Future report highlights the hollowing out of our regions under National, a trend that Labour has long warned of.

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Minister must come clean on amalgamation

The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.

 

National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor at a recent meeting when she questioned amalagamation. Unless Paula Bennett publicly declares that her government isn’t going to be pursuing amalgamation, people have no reason to believe her

 

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Labour sends condolences to families of MH17

Labour offers its condolences to the families of the passengers who lost their lives on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that appears to have been shot down over Ukraine earlier today, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.

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IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies

A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“The Independent Police Conduct Authority found the Police decision not to prosecute the GCSB for its illegal actions was justified. The problem with this ruling is that there is still no accountability for these unlawful activities against New Zealanders. The fault for this lies with John Key who is the minister responsible.

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No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour

A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. 

Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny Andersen at the Wadestown Veterinary Clinic, which after boundary changes is now in the electorate.

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Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up

Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.

“Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the last quarter. This is the second highest quarterly increase in electricity prices measured by the CPI index this century

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Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan

 

Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“It is no surprise a massive 91 per cent of submitters completely opposed the Education Amendment Bill. Only six submitters out of 937 fully supported the Government’s proposals.

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Milk price fall shows need for Economic Upgrade

The 35 per cent fall in milk prices since February shows New Zealand needs an Economic Upgrade to limit its overreliance on the dairy industry, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.

“New Zealand is too reliant on one industry – recent falls in the milk price shows our vulnerability.

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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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