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

 


New Zealand: A New Direction

David Shearer

Labour Party Leader

18 November 2012

MEDIA STATEMENT

New Zealand: A New Direction

Under my leadership, Labour will take New Zealand in a new direction and make the big changes needed to deal with the challenges we face as a nation, says Labour Leader David Shearer.
 
"National is taking us on a path of disappointment, decline and constant struggle. I won't accept that future for New Zealand.
 
"My path is about reigniting Kiwi values of fairness, building a smart powerful economy and giving New Zealanders the opportunities they need to realise their dreams.
 
"The new direction under Labour will be a hands-on government that’s willing to get involved and back businesses and Kiwis who are working hard to get ahead. It’s not the hands-off, leave it to the market approach of the current government which has failed.
 
The market has failed and so has National when it comes to the deep-seated problem of affordable housing. The Kiwi dream of owning your own home is increasingly out of reach for many New Zealanders. Labour will make that dream a reality.
 
"We will put in place the missing rung on the housing ladder by overseeing and investing in the largest building programme in 50 years. It will put 100,000 Kiwi families into new affordable entry-level homes within 10 years.
 
"This will also boost our stagnating economy and create the decent well-paid jobs we need.
 
"It's time for action. This isn't about big government. It's about being smart, active and using the powerful levers that only a government can use to make a difference to people's lives.
 
"We will also deal with poor quality rental housing by requiring landlords to bring their properties up to minimum standards in terms of insulation and efficient heating. I won't stand by and watch families, and particularly children, live in cold, damp and mouldy homes, where their health and future suffers. 
 
"New Zealanders deserve better. It is time for the government to lift its sights and get stuck in —and under Labour it will.
 
"Labour has always been the Party that is prepared to make the big changes and that's what we will do again so that New Zealand flourishes,” said David Shearer.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news