Labour will use the government’s $40 billion in buying power to create jobs and back local businesses by requiring suppliers to make job creation in New Zealand a determining factor for contracts, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
"Since I became Opposition Leader I have said that backing business to create good jobs will be my absolute priority. Over the next year I will set out a series of policies to boost job creation in New Zealand. The first thing I will do is make sure the government’s buying power does just that.
Labour will have the opportunity to investigate the conditions of New Zealand detainees and push for fair and humane treatment with MP Kelvin Davis given permission to enter Christmas Island Detention Centre, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Kelvin Davis has played a vital role in bringing media attention to the injustices around the deportations.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must keep his commitment to give individual circumstances of Kiwis in Australia facing deportation more consideration after a tetraplegic was dumped at Auckland Airport, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
The 56-year-old who has spent the past 36 years living across the Tasman reportedly arrived with only $200 and a voucher for a week’s accommodation. The man – who was jailed for self-medicating with controlled painkillers – says he has no friends or family here.
The Speaker’s decision to not read my Healthy Homes Bill smacks of political interference from a Government that is more concerned with playing politics than stopping children dying in cold damp homes, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“My Healthy Homes Bill offers solutions to this national disgrace now.
While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Gerry Brownlee is supposed to be in China on Defence Force business, not on a secret panda-buying mission.