The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse was wrong yesterday when he said limestone quarries were covered by the farcical Health and Safety legislation, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Sue Moroney.
“He said he ‘understood’ limestone quarries were included under the legislation. If he meant it was included under the general mining provisions for high risk industries - he was wrong. And if he meant it was covered by last year’s Health and Safety (Pike River) legislation - he was also wrong. The Pike River provisions for quarrying were taken out of the bill at the select committee stage.
New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Nikki Kaye’s unfair, flawed system will mean a fall in ACC revenue of at least $6 million because these 90,000 vehicles were given the wrong safety rating – they were initially classed under the highest rate but have been dropped to the two lowest rates.
New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender Stocktake makes for grim reading. Ministers Murray McCully, Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee have appointed on average less than three in 10 women to their boards last year.
Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says.
“My Bill will make life easier for the 26,000 new parents who are eligible for paid parental leave each year.
New figures obtained* by Labour show the Government’s shambolic ACC car registration levy system has cost more than $3 million to implement and the costs are set to escalate, Labour's ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“That’s $3 million that could have been passed on in levy reductions if ACC Minister Nikki Kaye had not brought in this flawed, confused and unfair new system.
ACC Minister Nikki Kaye needs to come clean about what really lies behind the reclassification of 18 vehicles in her new motor vehicle registration system introduced today, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
"New Zealanders deserve the truth about the new levies, which will see more than a million drivers of older vehicles pay an average of $40 more than what they would have under the previous system.
More than a million car owners will pay higher ACC motor vehicle registration than necessary from July, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“During a select committee hearing this morning it was revealed that car owners would have been charged $104.09 for ACC levies but ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has introduced a risk rating model in which owners of older cars will pay a charge of $158.46 – 52 per cent more than they should.
Labour is calling on Associate Immigration Minister Craig Foss to intervene and use his discretion to stop the Mahon family being split up by an uncaring decision, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Immigration New Zealand has denied three-year-old Liam Mahon a visa because he has a rare genetic condition. However, they have granted residency to his 13-month-old brother.