Government consideration of further corporate welfare hand-outs to SkyCity for its convention centre shows just how weak the original contract was, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
“Taxpayers will be appalled to hear that on top of the humiliating terms in the original deal, the Government is now looking to subsidise the casino operator for ongoing operating costs.
Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says.
"National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its own forecasters, with Treasury announcing the Government is expected to drive New Zealand backwards on exports as a percentage of the overall economy,” Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives.
Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that labour inspectors look into the employment situation of engineers brought in from China to work on the Chinese-built trains.