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Where’s the leadership? English refuses public housing debate

Bill English has failed another test of leadership by refusing to debate the housing crisis in Mt Albert, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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English pulling a fast one on state house build

Bill English’s promise of a big Government-backed building programme for Auckland has been shown to be more smoke and mirrors, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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Time for English to show leadership on housing

National’s failure on housing has never been more starkly exposed than in the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation Report 2017, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“The Salvation Army is spot on when it describes National’s ‘small efforts’ on emergency housing and ‘few if any credible policy initiatives’ to tackle the housing crisis. It says ’entrenched child poverty has become the new normal.’

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Willie Jackson joins the Labour Party

 

Renowned Māori broadcaster, Manukau Urban Māori Authority Chief Executive and respected political commentator Willie Jackson is joining the Labour Party to strengthen Labour’s Māori voice, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. 

“We are hugely excited to have such a high quality candidate in Willie putting his hand up for Labour and for Māori. He’s long been a strong voice for urban Māori and he will be a highly effective campaigner for the issues that matter to Māori.

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Compassion needed for Indian students

The ejection of 41 international students, who now have deportation orders against them after the Minister has coldly rejected their appeals, is further evidence of a Government that is heartless and out of touch, says Labour’s Immigration Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

“The plight of these students who are seeking refuge in a church, and the potential for immigration officials and police to be raiding this church to extract the students, could cause significant damage to New Zealand’s reputation as a welcoming and progressive country – especially for international education.

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Nearly sixty thousand Kiwis declined treatment and that’s official

Nearly 60,000 Kiwis were declined a first specialist assessment referral  in 2015 – 2016 according to the Government’s own figures says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.

 “This is a depressing failure which is worse than Labour’s own investigations have shown. What is even more concerning is that one in five of these cases are orthopaedic declines - things like knees and hips.

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Bill English fails to show real leadership

Bill English is following rather than leading on the issue of safe communities with his promise of more Police, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“National is playing desperate catch-up after we backed him into a corner.

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Nothing neat about National’s record on NEETs

The importance of Labour’s youth employment policies to New Zealand’s future has been highlighted by new figures showing over 90,000 young Kiwis are not in employment, education or training, says Labour’s skills and training spokesperson Jenny Salesa.

“According to the latest Household Labour Force figures, there are more young people not earning or learning than the population of a city the size of Palmerston North.

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Questions remain about Thiel citizenship

The Government’s cynical dumping of material relating to billionaire Peter Thiel will not ease disquiet over why he was granted citizenship, says Labour Immigration Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

“The Government chose the day it announced the General Election date to finally release detail on the Thiel decision, but it simply raises even more serious questions as to why a New Zealand passport needed to be granted to a wealthy foreign businessman who does not live here.

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Nick Smith & Māori Party mislead public - again

Nick Smith is misleading the public again over GM and RMLA while the Māori Party continue to be shackled to the National Government, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

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