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


Labour supports strong, sustainable agriculture

EMBARGOED 1:00 am 4 November 2008 Media Statement

Labour supports strong, sustainable agriculture sector

The Labour Party in government is delivering policies that promote a strong, sustainable future for our primary industries, the party's Finance and Rural Affairs spokespeople said today when welcoming the publication of Federated Farmers' 2008 Election Manifesto.

"The Labour Party congratulates Federated Farmers of New Zealand for the effort and thoroughness of their 2008 General Election Manifesto published today.

"Labour is committed to raising the value of New Zealand merchandise exports as a proportion of our economy over time, and there is absolutely no question that the primary industries must play a vital role in that endeavour.

"While there are differences in approach on some issues between the New Zealand Labour Party and Federated Farmers, those differences are in the nature of a rational discussion between two parties committed to this country's best long-term interests," Dr Cullen and Mr O'Connor said.

Labour Party policies that are being implemented by the government to assist to elevate our primary industries onto a higher value chain include:

 Labour slashed the corporate tax rate to 30 percent on April 1 (from 33 per cent);
 Labour in April introduced a 15 per cent research and development tax credit (this is a tax cut on our innovative New Zealand-based firms);
 Labour has successfully initiated the most ambitious set of bilateral and multilateral agreements which has lowered overseas' unfair barriers on our exports to the Asia Pacific region;
 Labour unveiled an unprecedented level of investment in new research, development and innovation for New Zealand's pastoral and food industries when it earlier this year launched the New Zealand Fast Forward Fund;
 Labour in government has re-vitalised regional economies by working alongside the private sector, regional government and community organisations to promote industry and regional development;


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election