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

 


Chorus report release timing cynical

David CUNLIFFE

Labour Leader
 
14 December 2013                                         

MEDIA STATEMENT

Chorus report release timing cynical

The Government’s release of an Ernst & Young report into Chorus’ financial position on a Saturday afternoon, just two days after it said it wouldn’t be making it public until next week, is a cynical move timed to ensure minimal public response, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“This is a substantial report that goes to the heart of National’s flagship broadband policy. On Thursday Amy Adams was adamant it wouldn’t be released until Monday at the earliest.

“The Government drops it on a Saturday afternoon to divert attention from the fact it is copping fall-out from the asset sales referendum.

“From first reading it appears Kiwis could again be being softened up for another corporate welfare pay-out, with suggestions the taxpayer could be left to pick up a $200m-$250m shortfall.

“A drop in copper prices was predicted at least two years ago. This is a mess of the Government’s own making and one it is now trying to sweep under the carpet in the run-up to Christmas.”

David Cunliffe said Labour would be able respond more fully to the report once it had read it thoroughly.
 
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Journalism’s Future In The Era Of “Alternative Facts.”

Already, the White House has made it clear that the media are the new enemy that the new President’s supporters will be encouraged to unite against. (What else can they do now they don’t have Hillary Clinton to demonise any more?)

The fantastic phrase “alternative facts” coined by Trump spinmeister Kellyanne Conway captures the media strategy in a nutshell. More>>

 

Employment: Minimum Wage To Increase To $15.75

The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017... The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rates will increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Sit-In Occupation To Stop Niki’s Eviction

The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company hopes to issue a Possession Order for 14 Taniwha Street, Glen Innes. This will give them the ability to forcibly evict Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti who has lived at 14 Taniwha Street for 21 years... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

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? 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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news