The main impact of the Government’s agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the city’s traffic congestion, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff.
“Government has been aware for more than six years that Auckland’s population is outstripping the ability of its transport infrastructure to cope.
The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says.
“In the last term of the National government, ministers and the Overseas Investment Office didn’t decline any of 370 applications received from overseas investors to purchase agricultural land.
A study showing Auckland has scant protection for its heritage trees and its limited remaining bush coverage highlights the need for a law change, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff.
“The study reinforces public concerns in March about the proposed felling of a centuries old Kauri tree in Titirangi, with Council granting a non-notified consent for its destruction.
A heavily redacted copy of a Cabinet paper on New Zealand’s military deployment to Iraq reveals how weak the case is for military involvement in that conflict, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.
The paper warns that given the failure of US and NATO efforts to train the Iraqi Army, the deployment of New Zealand trainers ‘may not achieve the desired results’ while increasing the risk of New Zealand being targeted by IS.
As New Zealand troops head to Iraq under a shroud of secrecy, the Government is pushing ahead with legislation to remove independent scrutiny of incidents where Kiwi soldiers are killed in hostile action overseas, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.
Changes proposed to the Coroners Act will prohibit a coroner from launching an inquiry into the death of a Defence Force member if it occurred during hostile action on operational service.
MPs Phil Goff, Shane Reti and Marama Fox are due to meet with diplomats from the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, China and France tomorrow to hand deliver a letter calling for their countries to disarm their nuclear weapons.
The letter, with more than 60 signatures attached, is signed by MPs from every political party in Parliament.