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Anderton Joins The Ruling Classes

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07 November 2003

Anderton Joins The Ruling Classes

“The Progressive Party Leader has today confirmed that he has completed his metamorphosis and is now a fully fledged member of the ruling classes,” said New Zealand First Maori Affairs spokesperson Bill Gudgeon.

“Mr. Anderton, in the manner becoming passé for the Prime Minister and her colleagues, has self-congratulated the Government on New Zealand’s average unemployment rate.

“Mr. Anderton glosses over the continuing debilitating effect of double figure Maori unemployment and ignores the ever increasing number of under-employed New Zealanders who cannot get anything more than casual or part-time work.

“Maori will only become achievers when this Government recognizes that its erstwhile “closing the gaps” policies have failed to uplift Maori or to enable them to fulfill their potential.

“Until the Government does something to help Maori achieve its average unemployment figures are nothing but a thin veil hiding the truth,” said Mr. Gudgeon.


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