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.
The Finance Minister needs to assure taxpayers that due diligence was carried out on a $200 million investment into a Portuguese Bank that collapsed three weeks later, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.
“The Super Fund has performed well over the years but there must be transparency around the loan to Banco Espirito Santo to maintain public confidence.
John Key has to confirm whether the deal with Sky City over its convention centre is still on the table, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.
“John Key and Steven Joyce told Kiwis they were corporate wunderkinds and could negotiate an incredible deal of a ‘free’ convention centre. Instead, by Mr Key’s own admission, five years of negotiation have only delivered plans for an ‘eyesore’.