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

 


No need for Government to import workers

Bob Simcock
National Social Services Spokesman

11 December 2000

No need for Government to import workers

The only consistent things about this Government are its astounding hypocrisy and its ability to send out mixed messages, National's Social Services Spokesperson Bob Simcock said today.

"We have the Minister of Social Services pretending that the unemployed must take up whatever jobs are available or lose their benefits.

"On the other hand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs says we should allow more Pacific Island people into the country because 'There are jobs in New Zealand that New Zealanders do not want to do'.

"Mr Goff's argument could only be taken seriously if New Zealand were to experience some kind of full employment nirvana, an unlikely prospect under a Labour-Alliance administration.

"We have employers looking for unskilled labour all over the country. For example, last summer we saw tonnes of apples rot on the ground as Hawke's Bay orchardists failed to recruit sufficient fruit pickers, yet long-term unemployment numbers were up.

"How can growing long-term unemployment figures be turned around when the Government doesn't expect people to work if it is inconvenient?

"We don't need to import workers when there are plenty of able New Zealanders to fill the vacancies. We just need to stop making excuses for them," Mr Simcock said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news