Parliament

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

 

National failing workers and the environment

13 November 2012

National failing workers and the environment

Unemployment is growing one-and-a-half times faster in New Zealand than across the rest of the OECD, the Green Party said today.

Parliamentary Library research shows that unemployment has gone up 3.1 percent since National took office in 2008 while unemployment has risen only 1.9 percent, on average, across the rest of the OECD over that same period.

“Unemployment under National is growing significantly faster here than throughout the rest of the developed world,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“The rapid growth of unemployment under National’s economic policies compared to the rest of the OECD should be a cause for genuine concern about the economic direction National is taking New Zealand.”

Steven Joyce reconfirmed National’s focus on expanding mining, intensifying agriculture, and supporting casinos in the House today in response to questions from Dr Norman about the record unemployment statistics.

“National’s focus on mining and dairy intensification is not a job rich economic strategy. It’s also a strategy that comes with very high environmental and social costs,” said Dr Norman.

“A smarter way to run the economy would be to invest in clean, green jobs. All the evidence from overseas shows the greener the industry, the higher the job growth rate.

“But until you admit that there is a problem, there’s unlikely to be any reconsideration of National’s jobless economic direction.”

Dr Norman cited research from the Pew Center and the US Bureau of Labour Statistics that details the job intensity and growth potential of the green economy.

“Pew’s research shows that between 1998 and 2007, clean energy economy jobs in the USA – a mix of white and blue-collar positions, from scientists and engineers to electricians and machinists – grew by 9.1 percent, while total jobs grew by only 3.7 percent,” said Dr Norman.

“We can have an economy that creates jobs and shifts our economy onto a more sustainable footing.”

Green Party plan for a job’s rich economy:
http://www.greens.org.nz/greenjobs

Pew Center research:
http://bit.ly/Uzio2q

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Budget '17: Budget Spends Down Future Surpluses

Tax cuts for every working New Zealander, targeted to low and middle income earners, more generous assistance for families and renters, and a massive spend-up on public services infrastructure mark Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s election year Budget.

The package of changes to income tax thresholds, the Working for Families programme, and the Accommodation Supplement is the Budget’s political centrepiece and will cost $2 billion a year. More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

ALSO:

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election