Labour leader Andrew Little today announced a reallocation of portfolios in his shadow cabinet following the retirements of David Cunliffe, Phil Goff and David Shearer and the arrival of new Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood.
“These changes will help sharpen Labour’s focus on some core areas. We know we can do so much better as a country and the team I lead into next year’s election will be working as hard as ever to show New Zealanders Labour has a plan for the future.
The First Reading in Parliament today of his Our Work, Our Future Bill is a chance for political parties to ensure the government buys Kiwi-made more often and backs Kiwi jobs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.
The reading of this Bill marks the first time on record that a Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand has had two Bills drawn from the ballot and simultaneously before Parliament. Andrew Little’s other Bill, the Healthy Homes Guarantee, requires rentals to be warm, dry, and heathy to live in. It won its first reading vote, the only time this has happened for the Leader of the Opposition, and is due for a second reading soon.
This weekend, I've been out knocking on doors in Mt Roskill, supporting Michael Wood, and talking to Kiwis about the issues that matter to them. As you go around and talk to people, the achievements of earlier Labour Governments are all around you.
The Government should be focused on building houses for families to buy and more state houses for families in need, not flogging them off, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.
“National’s state house sell-off does nothing to help people in a time of record homelessness. Selling state houses does nothing to increase the supply of housing to families who need it – it’s just privatisation.