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


Labour presides over slide to mediocrity

Labour presides over slide to mediocrity

“More evidence has been released today that shows Labour is presiding over a slide to mediocrity,” says National Party Finance spokesman John Key.

He is responding to figures that show New Zealand has slipped four places to 18th in the annual global competitiveness scoreboard published by the Swiss-based IMD World Competitiveness Centre this week.

The United States topped the 2004 table, on which Singapore was second, Canada third and Australia fourth. Criteria are based on economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.

“Labour has done nothing for the past six years but erect barriers to growth. While those barriers don’t have a dramatic impact on the upside of the cycle, they will really start to bite on the downside.

“New Zealand risks falling even further behind Australia tonight, with Australian Treasurer Peter Costello preparing for across the board tax cuts.

“Michael Cullen and Labour have steadfastly refused to address New Zealand tax rates. They’ve been collecting more and more off Kiwi workers, while imposing new costs on business and consumers through things like the Carbon Tax.

“Only National can be trusted to deliver lower taxes for working New Zealanders,” says Mr Key.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news