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


Don't turn the clock back with National

19 May 2005

Hon Jim Anderton MP, Progressive Leader

Don't turn the clock back with National

The Progressive Party supports this budget because this is a pro-business, pro-personal wellbeing budget that will make New Zealand a fairer place to live, Jim Anderton Progressive Leader said in his speech in reply to the Budget today.

"The driving force for the Progressive Party involvement in this and the previous coalition government is two- fold. First, to develop a full employment economy and secondly, to win social justice for our communities and regions after years of neglect from hands-off governments.

"We are a business-friendly party with a social conscience.

"Unlike the National Party. They would turn back the clock to a low value, low wage economy. The work we have done supporting businesses and hard working New Zealand families would be lost if a National government got hold of the Treasury benches.

"They say they offer choice - what they really offer you is the choice of high unemployment and low growth, the choice for families to struggle without strong investment in early child care and after school care support which working families deserve, the choice to turn back the clock to the failed ideas of the 1990s.

"I say, don't go backwards with National - keep moving forward with a Labour Progressive coalition government," Jim Anderton said.


Jim Anderton's full speech notes available at www.progressive.org.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news