robson-on-politics Thur 23 June
robson-on-politics Thur 23
robson-on-politics, a newsletter
from Matt Robson MP
Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party
Taking the fair trade message to the Aussies
Australia's bullying stance against NZ applegrowers betrays the whole campaign for fair international trading rules. The strong protest outside Parliament yesterday had a message that I will take to Australians when I appear on a Sydney TV station next month.
Fair, transparent trade rules will save lives
Asians, Latin Americans and Africans are demanding that the wealthiest nations in Europe, Japan and the U.S. pull-down their unfair import barriers which cause poverty, under-development and, in parts of the world, starvation and war. Two months ago, ten million people from 70 countries held a cross-border protest against unfair trade rules that are killing people every day.
It is morally and economically repulsive that the richest governments in the world spend NZ$140 billion a year to protect a privileged few elite capitalists in their own markets. Their tariffs, quotas and subsidies are designed to kill-off competition from efficient, often small producers in agriculturally-strong economies like ours.
14-17 years olds spend $1m a week on alcohol
14 and 17 year olds drink about $1 million worth of alcohol each week - $52 million worth of alcohol a year. Not a bad return for the liquor industry which spends about $35 million a year on advertising aimed at all age groups, but with a strong bias aimed at young people.
The government earns just $600 million a year from alcohol excise duties that covers a fraction of the cost to taxpayers of fixing the harm from alcohol (estimated at between $2 billion and $16 billion to health, justice, police, ACC and social welfare systems).
The Supreme Court ruled this week that the Inspector-General of Security does not need to consider human rights when examining the SIS’s security certificate against Ahmed Zaoui. However, Ministers will have to do so if they wish to deport Mr Zaoui. Further, Ministers cannot take any steps towards deportation at this stage. See the Human Rights Watch site for latest developments in Algeria:
Make a submission on Sale of Liquor Bill
asked me how they should get their message through to
politicians to take urgent action to reduce the harm being
caused to too many young people by the misuse of alcohol.
For advice on how to make a written submission to the Law
and Order Select Committee considering my Bill go to:
Progressive going to Ohariu to talk alcohol
The leader of the “family-friendly” party, Peter Dunne, has to explain why he doesn't think Ohariu-Belmont families should be listened to on as vital an issue as the alcohol purchasing age and TV liquor advertising. The Progressive Party will hold, before the September election, a public meeting in Ohariu on this issue to hear what the people in that Wellington electorate think about New Zealand's youth binge drinking and how to fix it.
We'll send the results
to Mr. Dunne, although, given that United staunchly opposed
Progressive's Four Weeks Annual Leave law change a couple of
years ago, we're not holding our breath that it will have
any effect on him.
Tax cuts and borrow under the Nats
In April last year
I got an email from National's finance man, John Key. He
told me then that if you add up all of National's tax cut
promises then they will total an absolute maximum (his
emphasis) of $1 billion a year. A chocolate fish is on offer
to the first person to tell me what this would mean for the
average wage worker’s weekly income.
Public forum on alcohol, P in Dunedin tonight
Just a reminder to those in Dunedin, Jim is
chairing a public forum in the city tonight on P, alcohol
and other drugs. The forums, organized by the NZ Drug
Foundation, are a real opportunity to share ideas on how we
turn the tide against drugs. Fullwood Room, Dunedin Centre,
1 Harrop Street, Dunedin - 7.30 p.m.
More top stories are at http://www.progressive.org.nz