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UFB2 looks good – but does it all add up?

Taxpayers should be asking where’s the money coming from for the second phase of the Government’s ultrafast broadband scheme announced today, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

"In 2014 the Government promised $210 million for the second phase of UFB, to be paid for from the Future Investment Fund which is already oversubscribed. Almost three years later they’ve increased the cost by another $100m which they say is tacked onto the original UFB allocation.

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Inflation data highlights the problems facing everyday New Zealanders

Data released today by Statistics New Zealand shines a light on the challenges facing both the Reserve Bank and New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Headline CPI rose to 1.3 per cent for 2016 – with significant changes in the costs of housing being a major driver. Rents, rates, property maintenance, and household fuel costs all rose faster than general inflation, meaning that the housing costs overall rose by nearly three times the headline rate of inflation.

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What is Government hiding about Thiel?

New Zealanders now know which Minister approved tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s citizenship, and when this happened, but the Government’s response is throwing up more questions than they appear willing to answer, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Ian Lees-Galloway.

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Time to smash the gangs

 

 The Government has done enough talking about the ill-effect of gangs on our community, so now it’s time for real action required to smash gangs once and for all, says Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash.

 

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Billionaire’s citizenship raises serious questions

The Government must urgently respond to questions about how American billionaire Peter Thiel acquired New Zealand citizenship says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

“Questions have rightly been asked about how Mr Thiel has acquired New Zealand citizenship given that he does not appear to meet the criteria usually expected of applicants.

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Minimum wage increase no relief for many Kiwis

The minimum wage increase announced today will be cold comfort to thousands of New Zealanders struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, says Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

“Fifty cents an hour simply is not enough to keep up with the enormous increases in housing costs that many New Zealanders currently face. A 3.3 per cent increase in wages is nothing when rents went up by 5.8 per cent last year and house prices rose by 12.5 per cent.

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Education = debt for life under National

Latest statistics show that student loan debt continues to balloon while participation in tertiary education falls under the current National government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Participation in tertiary education peaked in 2009/10 and has been steadily declining ever since as the effects of a National Government bed in.

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More evidence National failing in housing

The latest international survey of housing markets provides more damning evidence that National’s half-hearted attempts to tackle the housing crisis are failing miserably, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“The Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey underlines what Labour has been saying for some time - the Kiwi Dream of owning your own home is fast slipping away for a generation of New Zealanders.

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Social housing crisis at record levels

National’s failure to provide sufficient social housing for vulnerable families has been underscored by latest figures showing a record number of families on the waiting list, says Labour Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Some 6,110 families were in need of social housing in December up from 5,770 in the previous quarter. But compared to the same period in 2015, nearly 1500 more families were languishing on the waiting list – a rise of 32 per cent.

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National denies kids their free school education

The National Government’s ongoing underfunding and recent funding freeze is denying Kiwi kids their right to a free schooling, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

“By law, schooling in New Zealand is supposed to be free, but under National that’s simply no longer the case.

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