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


Clark outlines anti-business agenda

Hon Roger Sowry MP National Party Industrial Relations Spokesman

23 October 2003

Clark outlines anti-business agenda

"Helen Clark has used a speech to the CTU today to outline Labour's anti-business agenda," says National Party Industrial Relations spokesman Roger Sowry.

"It provides the clearest signal yet of the Labour Government's anti-employer initiatives in industrial relations, initiatives that will eventually erode growth and stifle investment.

"She's re-iterated plans to impose huge costs on employers through the four weeks leave election bribe, while entrepreneurs can expect a bureaucratic nightmare as equal pay for equal work provisions are put in place.

"It's ironic that Helen Clark and Margaret Wilson are pursuing this old-school, heavily regulated European style approach to labour laws, at the very time that the labour laws of France and Germany are stifling growth and causing high unemployment.

"The agenda will do nothing to improve our competitiveness, reduce business compliance costs or grow jobs and wages.

"It's becoming increasingly clear why the Government has abandoned its policy of returning New Zealand to the top half of the OECD in a decade, given there's also more trouble heading the way of our economy.

"Australia will soon start reaping rewards from a Free Trade deal with the US. That will inevitably put the business environment in New Zealand under increasing pressure.

"Helen Clark has already admitted she's worried about the impact of divestment to Australia, but her Government's agenda will only serve to speed up a business exodus across the Tasman," says Mr Sowry.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news