It is staggering that Amy Adams is only now waking up to the fact that the deportees Australia is sending back to New Zealand will need monitoring, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“This new legislation is a belated attempt to cope with these deportees, some of whom have serious criminal records. It begs the question, what on earth the government has been doing for the past 11 months?
Pure 100’s appeal of the Overseas Investment Office’s Lochinver decision shows the Office’s rules need to be tightened and toughened up immediately, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.
“At the moment you could drive a truck through the legal loopholes in the OIO. The law is vague and gives the minister so much leeway, decisions are ripe for appeal.
The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) hasn’t received an increase in funding or staff for four years - causing long delays for sellers and buyers and tarnishing New Zealand’s good name as a place to invest, says Labour’s Land Information spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Answers to written questions show that in the 2011/2012 financial year the OIO received less than $3m – exactly the same as the 2014/2015 financial year.
While John Key has said multiple times that he doesn’t have details about the issue of Kiwis being detained in Australia, the Government has been preparing for an influx of more than 1000 New Zealanders who have served time across the ditch, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“At least six government agencies - including Police, Foreign Affairs, Health, Justice, Immigration, and Internal Affairs – have known since the beginning of this year about the detention and planned deportations.
While Serco fails spectacularly to run safe prisons in New Zealand, Kiwis are being held illegally at the notorious Serco run Christmas Island Detention centre in the Indian Ocean, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“Serco’s operations at Christmas Island have been slammed by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
A damning Commerce Commission report out today highlights the failure of the Government to protect poor and vulnerable families from unscrupulous truck shops, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer.
“The report found that 31 out of 32 firms it examined did not comply with their obligations under Finance and Commerce law.
The tender process for the $6m investment in a Saudi sheep farm reeks like the SkyCity convention centre deal and once again contravenes the government’s own procurement rules, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker.
“The $6m contract for the Saudi sheep farm was awarded to Brownrigg Agriculture – long-time business associates and now partners of the Saudi businessman Hmood Al-Khalaf. This is separate to the $4 million cash payment to the Al Khalaf Group.
The Auditor General’s decision to investigate the Saudi sheep scandal is important, necessary and welcome, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Parker says.
“The independent functions of the Auditor General are a cornerstone of the New Zealand system of government. The Auditor General’s oversight powers are intended to ensure taxpayer money is applied legally, and uphold proper standards of ministerial and departmental conduct.
Murray McCully appears to have breached the Public Finance Act by dressing up the cash payment paid to Al Khalaf as a joint venture, new documents show, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Parker says.
“In a briefing to Murray McCully on 19 April 2012, MFAT officials said they would find a way to meet Al Khalaf’s previously stated desire for compensation ‘possibly through the joint venture’. They did this after Mr McCully had earlier insisted the $4 million payment not be called compensation because that would cause “a plethora of layers and bureaucrats” to become involved.