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Taxpayers deserve better oversight on big money projects

The latest scorecard on National’s management of major infrastructure projects shows that the Government is letting New Zealanders down when it comes to managing significant investments, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

The Treasury today released the November 2016 Interim Major Projects report, representing its view of 53 high-value investments being made by government across the country.

“The report shows that 20 of these projects have ‘significant issues’ and require ‘management attention’,” says Mr Robertson.

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Emergency food grants rocketing under National

More and more Kiwis are going hungry under National with hardship grants for food jumping 14 per cent in the last year alone, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“That’s a damning indictment of how Bill English’s government has let things get worse for those most vulnerable in our society.

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Bill English needs to back Pike River Bill

Labour is challenging the Government to support a Bill to remove any legal barrier to the recovery of the 29 Pike River miners, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

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Labour and Green Party to host joint State of the Nation event

For the first time Labour and the Green Party are holding a joint State of the Nation event.

Labour Leader Andrew Little and Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei will speak about their priorities for the year in Auckland on Sunday 29 January.

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Organised crime getting easy ride under National

Under-resourcing from the National-led Government is seriously undermining the Police’s ability to combat organised crime, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.

“In answers to my questions, the Minister of Police has confirmed that the numbers of Police officers dedicated to fighting organised crime is disturbingly low in the areas where they are needed most.

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Wages and housing keys to fixing inequality

Better wages and restoring the Kiwi dream of homeownership are fundamental to reducing inequality, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Motorcyclists deserve safety they’ve paid for

Motorcyclists deserve an explanation from the Government about why just one fifth of the money they have been charged has been spent on safety while the carnage continues on the roads, says Labour’s ACC and Transport Spokesperson Sue Moroney.

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Cross-party approach needed as homeownership hits new low

New data showing homeownership has hit a record low shows the need for political parties to come together to enact Labour’s KiwiBuild and Healthy Home Bills, which are currently before Parliament, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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New year, same old story for underfunded health

While the New Year often heralds resolutions to improve, the industrial strife currently wracking ambulance workers shows the Government has little interest in properly investing in the health sector, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.

“The tense stand-off between ambulance staff and the St John organisation is evidence of growing industrial turmoil in the health sector caused by years of underfunding by the National Government.

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Government’s EV charge runs flat

New figures obtained by Labour show that the National Government has left the handbrake on over its purchasing of electric vehicles, with less than 0.4 per cent of its All-Of-Government Panel purchases being EVs since Minister Simon Bridges announced that the Government was “driving the switch to electric vehicles”.

“Just eight electric vehicles have been purchased in the six months since Minister Bridges made his commitment, among the 2039 vehicles purchased by the Government’s procurement panel in that period,” says Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Sue Moroney.

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