The extent of the damage done by the high dollar to New Zealand businesses is larger than many think as shown by a dramatic decrease in exports to Australia as our dollar rises, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.
“When the dollar rises, exports across the ditch drop significantly. That’s a blow to businesses. It costs jobs and stifles innovation and expansion.
Labour is moving to restore the rights of Kiwis to take tea and rest breaks, Leader Andrew Little says.
“Within months of the Government’s Employment Relations Amendment Bill becoming law we are already seeing some of our largest companies, including Cotton On and Postie Plus, trying to strip workers of their minimum smoko entitlements.
The Government’s state house sell-off has been dealt a devastating blow after one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected social service providers refused to take part because it won’t improve the lives of tenants, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.
“The Salvation Army has gone through the Government’s policy with a fine tooth comb and found it to be fundamentally flawed.
The Government’s 2014 Budget tariff removal bribe was nothing more than a gift to property developers, according to its own officials, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.
“Advice to ministers from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment last November – and only recently released publicly – states that any savings from the dumping of tariffs and duties on building supplies are “likely to be captured by developers rather than passed on to consumers”.
“The decision of any Government to send troops to a conflict zone is a very serious one, and it is right that this House takes time to consider it, to debate it, and, ideally, to vote on it, but we will not have that chance today.
“We will at least have a chance to talk about it today, but the truth is this decision was made some time ago. The Governments of Australia and Iraq were told about the decision last night, and the people of New Zealand have been told about the decision and the details of the deployment of New Zealand troops to Iraq this afternoon.