Parliament

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

 

Govt Needs To Change To Catch Wave

29 July 2001

National welcomes this week's Knowledge Wave conference in Auckland but warns that the Labour Government's restrictive policies will prevent it capturing the knowledge wave and growing the economy.

"The conference is the next step from National's Foresight project, a two-year review of the knowledge society which resulted in the 1999 Bright Future package," National's Tertiary, Research Science and Technology spokesperson Maurice Williamson said.

"Bright Future allocated $223 million to research and development, incubators, scholarships, and teaching. Catch the Knowledge Wave is the next step in the direction clearly signalled by the National Government.

"Knowledge always has been and always will be a key driver in wealth creation. We look forward to the conference generating new insights into how New Zealand can build on its unique characteristics enabling it to be a successful knowledge-based economy," Mr Williamson said.

National's Finance spokesperson Bill English said this would be difficult under the anti-growth Labour Government. "Through the 1980s and 1990s New Zealand's barriers were torn down and the country gained a large infusion of knowledge through increased trade, investment and immigration.

"The Labour-Alliance coalition has dumbed down education, limited funding to science, research and technology and is holding tertiary institutions to ransom over funding. It has also made labour laws and planning rules more restrictive, proposed endless new taxes and breached its own budget. The result is a 2 percent economy after the Government inherited the economy of 4 percent growth from National.

"The Government has already demonstrated through its commitment to the Superfund that its top priority in coming decades is retirement income. New Zealand cannot afford an early retirement. The conference will succeed if it makes economic progress a top priority. It could turn out to be a direct challenge to the Government's policies rather than the public relations exercise the Government wants.

"National's drive to grow the economy through lower taxes, encouraging foreign investment, opening up immigration, better education, innovation and lower regulatory and compliance costs can catch the wave," Mr English said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>

 

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels