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

 


It’s The Economy, Steven

David
CUNLIFFE
Economic Development Spokesperson

25 October 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

It’s The Economy, Steven

As more evidence mounts of the problems facing the economy Steven Joyce needs to stop pretending the country is ‘heading in the right direction’ and do his job of developing the economy, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“Steven Joyce’s role is economic development. That means he has to help develop the economy. Instead he sits back and hopes it will all turn out for the best despite even John Key admitting the economy is set to get worse this year.

“Steven Joyce even refuses to accept the crippling effects of the high dollar on our exporters and manufacturers. His currency denier beliefs are destroying the economy, not developing it.

“There are 162,000 people looking for work in this country, the manufacturing sector is in crisis, the only industry treading water is the primary sector and a thousand Kiwis are leaving for Australia every week.

“Steven Joyce’s claim that the economy is ‘heading in the right direction’ is wrong on several fronts. Just 13,000 jobs were created in the last year, the performance of manufacturing index and performance of services index have both declined in recent months and the NZIER shadow board has declared that the economy has ‘failed to ignite’ and the exchange rate is ‘overvalued’.

“Like his leader and finance minister Steven Joyce is far too relaxed about the economy, making up figures and one-liners to gloss over the facts. He seems to think his economic development role is hands off and only involves shuffling bureaucrats around and printing glossy brochures.

“This is coming back to haunt him and New Zealanders are demanding action.

“With apologies to Bill Clinton I have a one-liner for the minister: ‘It’s the economy, Steven’.”

NZIER shadow board: http://nzier.org.nz/sites/nzier.org.nz/files/October%202012%20Shadow%20board%20release.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

AMA: Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news