Parliament

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

 

Timid Labour and National Selling NZ Short

27 April 2000

TIMID LABOUR AND NATIONAL SELLING NEW ZEALAND SHORT

New Zealand continues to be sold short by timid economic leadership from both the Labour and National Parties, says United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne.

He was commenting on the less than enthusiastic reactions from both major Parties to the Institute of Policy Studies’ proposals for Trans Tasman currency union.

“Their cautious and predictable reaction is typical of the tired old thinking that has held New Zealand back for too long.”

“Today’s increasingly globally interdependent world, and the spread of e-commerce are leading to the most radical shake-up ever in both international trade patterns and the perception of national boundaries, and demand a new approach by Governments.”

“It is foolhardy to think that a small, isolated economy like New Zealand can buck this trend, yet that is precisely the attitude that the ‘Think Small’ approach of both Dr Cullen and Mr English is encouraging.”

“All they are doing is confirming New Zealand’s slide to economic backwater status,” he says.

Mr Dunne says while currency union with Australia should not be viewed as a panacea, it is inevitable.

“Currency unions are the logical next step from the development of the integrated trading blocs we have seen throughout the world over the last 25 years or so.”

“Instead of Canute-like resistance to the move, we should be able to count on our Government to listen to business and commercial opinion about the advantages of currency union, and then to work progressively to achieve it.”

“At the moment, the only assurance we seem to have is that the Government will play its usual wet blanket role so that nothing will happen and thus another potential opportunity will be squandered.”

“New Zealand is too small and vulnerable to allow small-minded, timid, ‘live for today’ politicians to continue to dice with its future in this way.”

“The IPS study provides an opportunity we should build on, rather than automatically knock down,” Mr Dunne says.

ENDS

New Zealand’s Liberal Party


MEDIA STATEMENT
HON PETER DUNNE, MP
LEADER UNITED NEW ZEALAND
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 1.
Ph(04)471 9410 or (025) 469 808. Fax (04)499 7266.
e-mail: peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz. Internet Address: http://www.united.org.nz


New Zealand’s Liberal Party


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels