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Half-baked fisheries proposals a political butt-covering exercise

The Government’s proposed fisheries reforms are underwhelming and disappointing, says Labour's Fisheries Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene.

“New Zealand's fisheries management needs to be modernised in a bold and strategic way with a focus on long-term sustainability. Instead the Minister has given us proposals that are reactive, inward-looking and self-serving. It is yet another round of political butt-covering to protect the Minister and his officials. 

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Labour champions rates rebate for elderly

A significant financial anomaly for many of New Zealand’s elderly will be fixed by a Labour Bill says Labour’s Senior Citizens spokesperson Ruth Dyson. 

“My Bill aims to fix an anomaly in the rates rebate scheme for older New Zealanders living in retirement homes.

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State house sell-off just asset stripping

New figures in Housing New Zealand’s Annual Report show the Government is continuing to sell-down the state housing stock, undermining National’s supposed commitment to helping families in need, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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Māori Party voting record shows true agenda

The Māori Party’s pretence of being an independent voice for Māori is a sham and it’s clear their agenda is a neoliberal one that aligns with their National Government masters, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

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Labour continues fight against Charter schools

Labour will continue to fight for a better public education system rather than the two-tiered standard of education we currently have says Labour’s Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.

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Adverse events report makes grim reading

The latest ‘Learning from Adverse Events’ report supports ophthalmologists who have claimed that waiting lists for eye treatment are far too long, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King. 

“The report which has just been released by the Health Quality and Safety Commission says 44 adverse events related to eye treatment were reported involving everything from delayed diagnosis to lack of resources.

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OCR cut shows Reserve Bank is still making all the running

This morning’s announcement of a 0.25 per cent cut to the OCR means that the Government has abdicated fiscal policy to the Reserve Bank, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. 

“The Reserve Bank is now doing all the heavy lifting and it is rapidly running out of policy ammunition. Governor Wheeler and the Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf have both recently called fiscal policy to be used to help deliver sustainable economic growth. 

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Blatant bullying by DHBs unacceptable

A heavy handed bid to silence junior doctors by the country’s district health boards is anti-democratic says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King. 

“Reports that the DHBs threatened doctors with disciplinary action if they speak to the media and identify individual boards, is an insult to free speech. They should pull their heads in.

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Māori Party deliver blow to local democracy

The Māori Party’s support for the Government’s fatally flawed Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms is a blow to local democracy and flies in the face of everything the party purports to stand for, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

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US election cover won’t save Māori Party

Under the cover of the United States election the Māori Party have again done the business of National, this time on the amendments to the RMA, says Labour Environment spokesperson David Parker. 

“These amendments are currently dead unless the Māori Party does National’s bidding to save a drowning Nick Smith.

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