The Government’s $40 billion of buying power would go towards backing Kiwi businesses and jobs under a Labour Member’s Bill which will be debated by Parliament, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“My Bill – which was pulled from the ballot today – will require the government of the day to take into account the number of jobs created in New Zealand when spending the $40 billion budgeted for Crown procurement every year.
Paula Bennett’s scrambled desperate announcement that she will pay homeless people to move to the regions is just the latest evidence of the disarray this Government’s housing policy is in, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“This is policy on the hoof, from a Government that’s been out of touch on this issue for far too long. Bill English didn’t even know about his colleague’s announcement.
The IRD was so ready to review foreign trusts it had the review on its action plan in November 2014, just before the Revenue Minister met with John Key’s lawyer, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.
“The IRD had already started work on the review of foreign trusts. It was in the action plan given to the Minister in November 2014, with a report due to go to him in December.
John Key’s proposal to appoint a ‘tax expert’ to review our foreign trusts doesn’t go far enough and he must instead launch a full independent inquiry into the details coming out of the Panama Papers, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.
“New Zealand’s reputation is being sullied around the world. It is essential we regain our international respect and fix these issues.
The Prime Minister’s inability to tell New Zealanders how many of the 12,000 secret foreign trusts in New Zealand are being used for illegal purposes makes a mockery of his claims there is full disclosure in the regime, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
Prime Minister John Key has again been caught out misleading the public over New Zealand’s role as an international tax haven for the world’s mega-wealthy and elite, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
John Key must come clean about what he knew and what he has done about New Zealand becoming a haven for rich foreign investors looking to hide their fortunes in secret trust accounts, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“New Zealand’s reputation is at risk from the reports emerging from the so-called Panama Papers. International media stories today directly mention John Key and his discussions with the Malta Prime Minister at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November 2015.
The Government can’t just stand by and watch as NZ Post cuts 500 jobs without having a plan to help workers through the transition and into new roles, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.
“The changes at NZ Post have been known about for years. Instead of being bystanders, National should be working with the SOE, unions and businesses to ensure a decent work transition for employees instead of leaving them on the scrapheap.