Parliament

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

 

Asset sales obsession hammers Greymouth


David
Shearer
Labour Leader

25 October 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Asset sales obsession hammers Greymouth

John Key’s obsession with selling our assets has cost 220 workers their jobs and shattered the community of Greymouth, says Labour Leader David Shearer.

“The Spring Creek miners are a casualty of the Government’s insistence on preparing Solid Energy for sale.

“National is solely focussed on the bottom line and making a quick return by selling off the company. It’s ignoring the impact of that decision on the workers, their families, local businesses and the wider community.

“Labour takes a very different approach. We would look to the long-term future of Solid Energy and work with the miners and the company to find a way through.

“The miners are proud of their work. They brought a proposal to the Government in an attempt to keep the mine open but Tony Ryall rejected their plan outright. They deserve better than that.

“Selling assets isn’t the solution to growing our economy. It’s about creating jobs and opportunities.

“For this country to succeed Labour believes government needs to be a player in the game but National is just sitting on the sideline.

“New Zealand needs to change. I believe in a high-wage, high-skilled future for New Zealand. In Government Labour will stand alongside workers, businesses and our heartland communities such as Greymouth to help them grow.

“Labour has the bold and innovative ideas to get the economy growing, businesses expanding and workers earning better wages.

“John Key promised a brighter future but he has let Kiwis down. New Zealanders have every right to be disappointed in him,” says David Shearer.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog