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

 


Copper tax axed by National’s partners

David CUNLIFFE

Labour Leader

ICT Spokesperson

28 November 2013             MEDIA STATEMENT

Copper tax axed by National’s partners

Support for National’s copper tax has evaporated with National now isolated as the only party in Parliament supporting a crony deal for Chorus, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“Labour supports the proper, independent regulatory process undertaken by the Commerce Commission and its decision to reduce copper broadband prices for all New Zealand families. Labour believes the Government should uphold the Commerce Commission’s decision and enforce the fibre broadband roll-out with Chorus.

“National must not add to its crony hall of shame that includes, Rio Tinto, SkyCity, Warner Brothers and others by intervening to bail out Chorus.

“Labour has always stood for faster, cheaper broadband in a pro-competitive market framework. When cutting its UFB broadband deal with Chorus National weakened the regulatory framework in exchange for a binding contract to roll out fibre.

“The Commerce Commission review of copper broadband was known when Chorus entered into its contract. They took the risk. To override the regulator would undermine the integrity of the telecommunications market and its regulatory framework.

“Labour commends the Government’s minority partners and NZ First and the Greens for taking a principled position. National is now isolated, as it should be, because its position has no contractual, public policy or moral basis.

“Intervening to protect Chorus either by keeping up the copper tax on Kiwi households or by direct bail out to Chorus would shift the cost and risk from the market to Kiwi families.

“There is a simple solution. The Government should honour the Commerce Commission’s decision and enforce the UFB contract with Chorus. Over the long term Chorus will remain profitable.

“Labour expects the Government to abide by the lawful regulatory process and to accept the Commerce Commission’s recommendation to cut copper broadband prices for Kiwi households,” David Cunliffe says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Water, Pests, Erosion...: Commissioner Releases Mixed Report Card On Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment. “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues to face up to” said Dr Jan Wright. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Private Schools Beneficiaries Of Extra Cash

“Not only did this year’s Budget freeze operational funding for state schools, but 86 per cent of secondary school principals say they don’t get enough funding, and the demand for school donations from parents is rising at 10 times the rate of inflation... Now we’ve got Hekia Parata proposing more cash for private schools." More>>

ALSO:

Shop Hours Bill Second Reading: Government Blocks Easter Trading Petition

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shewan Inquiry Into Our Tax Haven Rules

Like the political equivalent of lithium, Prime Minister John Key is routinely administered to dull any politically dangerous mood swings amidst the general public... More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

As Govt Cuts Lobby Anti-Smoking Group Funds: On The Nation - Plain Packaging Debate

Imperial Tobacco leaves open possibility of law suit against New Zealand government if plain packaging is introduced, as planned. Says it’s a “last resort” but “of course we will defend the right to use our brands”. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news