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


National prefers to see people stay on dole

24 January 2006 Media Statement

National prefers to see people stay on dole - Mallard

National can not be trusted with getting the facts right, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard said today in response to claims from National's Katherine Rich.

"Mrs Rich seems to be using a John Key approach to the truth. It may be deliberate or just ignorance. The goverment's only grant to Jack Links was $50,000 for a feasibility study - a far cry from the $550,000 she is falsely claiming went to this company. This just confirms that anything National says should not be trusted as being factually correct," Trevor Mallard said.

"The Jack Links plant has been operating for three years and although this latest development is regrettable, there has to date been a $12 million capital investment in the plant, technology and expertise transfers, export earnings and employment and training for people who were previously unemployed.

"Katherine Rich and the National party clearly would have preferred that those unemployed people had stayed on the dole instead of being trained, and taking up the jobs that have been provided by Jack Links over the last three years," Trevor Mallard said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. 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