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National can’t hide from school funding facts

A frenzied series of announcements in recent weeks can’t hide the fact school buildings and classrooms have been run down during the tenure of the current National Government, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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David Clark takes over health role

Dunedin North MP David Clark succeeds Annette King as Health Spokesperson as part of a minor reallocation of portfolios announced today by Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“David has been Associate Spokesperson for some time and has worked closely with Annette in this important portfolio so I’m very confident he will do well in this role.

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Government spends more on lawyers than compensating victims

Minister Anne Tolley handed a double whammy to victims of historic abuse in state care, defending the spend on a Queen’s Counsel hired by the Government to fight their claims, while also refusing to hold a proper inquiry says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern.

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Those in glasshouses, Dr Smith…

Nick Smith has got it wrong again, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford, using one of the most oft-repeated phrases of the last eight years.

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Jacinda Ardern is Labour’s new Deputy Leader

Labour MPs have elected Jacinda Ardern as the new Deputy Leader of the party, Labour Leader Andrew Little announced today.

 

“I congratulate Jacinda on her election and look forward to her contribution as we work to change the Government.

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Bill English stumbles on Super again

National’s flip flop on superannuation will hit a generation of younger workers and unfairly penalise those who already struggle to work to 65, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“This decision hits the generation that has had to pay for their tertiary education and are missing out on buying their own home because of the housing crisis. Now they will have to wait two years longer to get their superannuation.

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Building consents drop cause for concern

The dream of home ownership is being further undermined by the National Government’s failure to boost construction, as shown by the slowdown in building consents, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Despite Nick Smith’s statements that there is a ‘record building boom’, the latest building consents data from Statistics New Zealand shows a slowdown in building around the country, not just in Christchurch

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English continues to dither over Super

The Prime Minister is fuelling more uncertainty over National Superannuation after another day of confusing and vague comments, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“On Saturday he talked about a ‘reset’ for super, but wouldn’t be drawn on what that meant. By Monday he was ruling out changes to entitlements.

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English opens door to raising Super age

The Prime Minister needs to come clean about his intentions around Superannuation after evading a direct question around whether he is considering raising the entitlement age of 65,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“His comments on Newshub’s The Nation today that it was time for a ‘reset’ on superannuation will send alarm bells ringing in the households of many hard working Kiwis.

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House building far below what’s needed

The latest building statistics show 2,500 houses were built in Auckland last quarter, when around 4,000 are needed, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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