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


Progressive candidates on a mission to protect NZ

20 April 2005

Hon Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader

Progressive candidates on a mission to protect New Zealand's gains

New Zealand has the lowest unemployment rate and one of the very highest rates of economic growth in the developed world, but the progress we've made over the past five years is at risk in this year's general election.

That is a key message Progressive Party deputy leader, Matt Robson, is taking to the Progressive Party's Bay of Plenty campaign meeting in Tauranga this evening.

"There is a great amount of goodwill toward Progressive leader Jim Anderton in the Bay of Plenty for his vital roles inside the coalition government, promoting policies to propel regional and economic development, and to turn the tide against the harm being caused to young people by drug and alcohol abuse.

"The Progressive Party is the practical achiever in the coalition.

"From creating Kiwibank to the Ministry of Economic Development, Four Weeks Annual Leave and Paid Parental Leave which help working families stay in the workforce and outside of welfare - we just get on with the job of getting good things done for people," Matt Robson said.

“Our economic development policies have seen the number of people in work soar past the two million mark, and the number receiving the unemployment benefit is below 55,000 for the first time in a generation.

"Our candidates' job in this election is to seek Party Votes for Progressive.
Bay of Plenty people who choose to give their Party Vote to Progressive are really taking out insurance for better growth, more jobs and strong public health policies against drug abuse.

"The reality is that Helen Clark is going to lead the next government, but it will be a coalition government. New Zealand can't afford the risk to our prosperity posed by the anti-economic development and pro-cannabis liberalization platforms of other parties that Helen Clark would turn to in the event that the Progressives aren't back in the next Parliament in sufficient numbers," Matt Robson said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election