Labour will have the opportunity to investigate the conditions of New Zealand detainees and push for fair and humane treatment with MP Kelvin Davis given permission to enter Christmas Island Detention Centre, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Kelvin Davis has played a vital role in bringing media attention to the injustices around the deportations.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must keep his commitment to give individual circumstances of Kiwis in Australia facing deportation more consideration after a tetraplegic was dumped at Auckland Airport, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
The 56-year-old who has spent the past 36 years living across the Tasman reportedly arrived with only $200 and a voucher for a week’s accommodation. The man – who was jailed for self-medicating with controlled painkillers – says he has no friends or family here.
The Speaker’s decision to not read my Healthy Homes Bill smacks of political interference from a Government that is more concerned with playing politics than stopping children dying in cold damp homes, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“My Healthy Homes Bill offers solutions to this national disgrace now.
The Government appears to have failed to deliver in the secretive TPP deal, with no meaningful gains for dairy and new costs for Pharmac, Labour’s Acting Leader Annette King says.
“Tim Groser has been left in the dust on this deal despite the big promises made of a “gold standard agreement’. The deal falls well below expectations with only disappointing crumbs for our dairy industry and extended patents on new drugs which will cost the taxpayer millions and leave New Zealanders without life-saving drugs.