John Key and Bill English need to be straight with New Zealanders about the damage their failure to diversify the economy is doing, after new figures show export growth plunged due to a collapse in dairy exports, says Grant Robertson.
“Dairy exports fell over 30 per cent compared to January last year, dragging total export value down by over nine per cent. This is a blow to a nation that relies on increasing export values to grow the economy, create jobs and boost wages.
Government accounts released today show that Finance Minister Bill English remains on track to break his promise to New Zealanders of a meaningful surplus for the 2014/15 year, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.
“Yesterday Bill English said a $1 surplus would represent job done for him in delivering on his promise of a meaningful Budget surplus. That is farcical, particularly when the Government accounts indicate that the country is in fact still heading for a deficit north of $300 million.
The Finance Minister has gained a new nickname – One Dollar Bill – by claiming $1 would be a meaningful surplus after six years and two election campaigns promising the books would be hundreds of millions of dollars in the black this year, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“Bill English is so concerned that he will struggle to get the books out of the red this year he declared that a $1 surplus will be ‘meaningful’.
The Labour Party's Future of Work Commission will focus on five core themes critical to ensuring New Zealand takes the opportunities presented by the rapid changes in working life
Speaking today at the Future of Work Conference at the Auckland University of Technology, Chair of the Commission and Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson outlined the themes and structure of the Commission that will run over the next two years.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I want to particularly thank Tim and Gael, and the team at the Future of Work Programme for this, and for organising such an interesting programme.
Looking at the programme it is clear to me that I have much more to learn than to offer in terms of a discussion on the future of work. It is heartening to see that there is so much work under way in New Zealand on the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing nature of work. I look forward to the presentations.
But being a politician the opportunity to speak is like offering an addict their next fix, so I am pleased to be able talk to you today about the Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission.
The Government may have ignored the pleas of first home buyers to take action on the housing crisis but it will struggle to ignore the Reserve Bank Governor who said ‘much more needs to be done’ to get more homes built, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“This Government has failed to deal with the housing crisis and effectively outsourced it to the Reserve Bank.
The Government’s failure to take action on the housing crisis has put pressure on the Reserve Bank Governor who has to deal with a rampaging housing market and low inflation at the same time, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“This Government has given up on dealing with the housing crisis and effectively outsourced it to the Reserve Bank, giving the Bank a serious problem.