Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

PM Grossly Ignorant On ACC Issues

Gerry Brownlee, MP
Opposition ACC Spokesperson

8 February 2000

PM Grossly Ignorant On ACC Issues

Helen Clark's statement that there was no evidence that employers were getting cheaper premiums under a competitive ACC system, is nonsense, and showed how grossly ignorant she is on ACC issues, National's ACC spokesman Gerry Brownlee said today.

"The evidence is all around her. The fact for instance that @Work Ltd can make a profit of over $5 million by insuring just eight percent of the market, as the so called "default insurer" for employers who did not bother to shop around, means that other insurers will be faring even better.

"If the default insurer can make it work and make a profit, through an emphasis on accident prevention and rehabilitation, then the system is really working, and all Helen Clark's "loss leading "arguments, used before the election, are blown out of the water.

"Any trained economist or accountant will tell you that this sort of healthy competition will see premiums continue to decline.

"Clark needs to acknowledge a few facts: * Workplace accidents have dropped; * Premiums are cheaper for most businesses; * Business does not want a change back to the old, re-nationalised ACC; * There is no compelling reason for such a change, with workers accident cover remaining the same as ever.

"Instead, she is forcing these changes through for purely ideological reasons. The Government's stance on ACC is in danger of making them a laughing stock, as submissions pile up at the select committee against the change, and evidence continues to show that we are all better off under the current scheme," Mr Brownlee said

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>

 

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages