Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


The Shearer Reshuffle: Fresh Talent, Experienced Hands


The Shearer Reshuffle: Fresh Talent, Experienced Hands


Labour Caucus Reshuffle - 25 Feb 2013

Scoop Audio+Video+Photos

By Mark P. Williams

Today David Shearer announced his reshuffle of the Labour caucus. He called it a mixture of fresh talent and experienced hands to get the best out of his team. He said that his decisions were driven by his desire to address the central issues of jobs, economic growth, 'delivering a world-class education', 'protecting the health of our people' and 'giving all kiwis the opportunity to get ahead'. He stated that the National Party's 'hands-off' approach had failed and said that Labour would have a 'hands on approach' to guide New Zealand forward.

The highlights include:


  • Grant Robertson taking responsibility for jobs and employment
  • David Parker would continue to head Labour's economic team, joined by the 'rising star' of David Clark
  • Annette King will be taking on the health portfolio
  • Phil Twyford will take on housing
  • Jacinda Adern will continue to lead on social development
  • Chris Hipkins will take on the full education portfolio
  • Maryam Street will take on the environment portfolio

Mr Shearer then took questions from the press gallery.

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

*******

# # #

After the main press conference, David Parker, Phil Twyford and Annette King then spoke to the media about their new roles.

*******

David Clark - On Steven Joyce's "Soft Underbelly"

David Clark said that he was looking forward to taking on Steven Joyce, saying that he had seen some weaknesses that he wanted to challenge him on.

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

Phil Twyford - On Housing Affordability

Phil Twyford described the current National Party policies as 'floundering around' and searching for something to blame for the current situation in housing affordability; he called it a 'market failure' and said that the government do not have a clear plan whereas Labour does.

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

Annette King - Health is about stories: Challenging Tony Ryall On Community Health

She described a 'climate of fear' in the health sector, of health workers requesting anonymity to prevent possible consequences for speaking out. Asked if it could be the case that Tony Ryall was doing a very good job for the health sector, Annette King said that she felt sure that he was doing a 'very good political job'.

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.


*******


Click for big version.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics Of Publishing The Trump Dossier

The controversy over the dossier purporting to show US President-elect Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia has been virtually overshadowed by the related controversy over whether the Buzzfeed site should have published the dossier in the first place... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Meryl Streep’s Speech

Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech at the Golden Globes – which is the award ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – was a defence of journalism and of journalists... More>>

New HiveMind Project: What Should We Do About Sugar?

While most people agree that increased sugar consumption is a major cause of too many New Zealanders being overweight and obese, what we should do about this remains a matter of debate and argument. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Vladimir Putin’s Wonderful, Fabulous, Very Good Year

Safe to say that no-one, but no-one has had a better 2016 than Vladimir Putin. What an annus mirabilis it has been for him. Somehow, Russia got away with directly interfering in the US election process, such that a friendly oligarch is about to take up residence in the White House, rather than a genuine rival. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On The Media Normalisation Of Trump

We all supposedly agree that the media is going to hell in a tabloid handbasket, but the trends to the contrary can be a bit harder to spot. In his 1970s book The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe had mocked the way the media instinctively acts as what he called The Victorian Gentleman. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: The Reality Of Fake News

Fake news as reality; the inability to navigate the waters in which it swims; a weakness in succumbing to material best treated with a huge pinch of salt. That, we are told, is the new condition of the global information environment. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news