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


Govt On Wrong Track With Unemployment


Labour Leader
14 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Govt On Wrong Track With Unemployment

New Zealand is rated as the 6th worst performer among OECD countries in terms of increasing unemployment since the onset of the global financial crisis, says Labour Leader David Shearer.

“New Zealand is now ranked 28th out of 34 OECD countries with the number of people unemployed rising 1.5 times faster than the OECD average since September 2008. Countries in a worse position include Greece, Spain and Ireland.

“Under questioning in Parliament today, John Key’s defence was that it’s not as bad as it looks because we started from the strong position left by the previous Labour Government with low unemployment.

“This shows John Key has simply squandered the strong position he was left in and instead of ‘taking the harsh edges off the recession’ as he promised, the National government has performed poorly compared to the rest of the world in terms of protecting jobs.

“Under this Government, there’s been an 80% increase in the number of unemployed New Zealanders – more than twice the rate of the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.

“These aren’t just numbers. They’re people who are struggling to pay their bills, to support their families and are considering moving to Australia to find a job and better opportunities.

“John Key’s also reneged on his promise to give our young people access to decent training opportunities. In 2009, he said that was critical because otherwise we ‘risk diminishing the potential of an entire generation of New Zealanders and I won’t accept that’. Yet the number of modern apprentices has dropped by 2500 since then. Another broken promise.

“John Key is happy to accept second best and a path that leads to decline and constant struggle. I’m not. I’m proud of New Zealand and I want better for our people.

“Labour will take concrete steps to create jobs and training opportunities so that all New Zealanders can contribute to building a modern and prosperous economy,” said David Shearer.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news