The current and previous Revenue Ministers must front up and explain how the child support system had a budget blowout from $30 million to $210 million in just four years, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.
“Peter Dunne was Revenue Minister for eight years. He oversaw the introduction of the new system. Yet both he and the new minister Todd McClay have been silent on the cost blowout.
John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector includes all Ministerial offices.
While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional $50,000.
Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour.
“Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s business practices when dealing with suppliers, 90 complaints would indicate there are serious issues which need to be dealt with,” says Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.
A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today.
“More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system for passports,” Labour’s Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard says.
“While National is not prepared to make any firm commitments to that, Labour is. Restoring the 10 year life for passports will bring New Zealand into line with the US, Australia, Canada and the European Union.
Rather than paying down National’s record $60 billion debt as promised, Budget documents reveal the asset sale money is still being used as a Government slush fund, Labour’s State-Owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.