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

 


A Pathway to Prosperity

A Pathway to Prosperity

Brendan Horan MP says John Key has presented New Zealand with an election year message that is a triumph of corporate spin.

“Where is there any hope for the people? Where is there any vision for prosperity, openness or transparency? All National is offering is words,” said Brendan Horan.

“Reading John Key’s statement in Parliament today, it is apparent that National is committed to decimating the public service. 3,000 core jobs have vanished at the expense of our communities. National appears committed to economic pauperism, continuing to borrow net - net, not gross - over $68 million / week, adding to New Zealand’s overall indebtedness.

“Where are the 13,000 new homes National promised in Auckland.

“National’s health system is failing New Zealanders with the development of a waiting list of 170,00 people waiting to get onto a waiting list for surgery. Recently in my electorate office I saw the mother of a 12 year old boy, worried sick that it had taken seven months just to get an appointment for the boy to see an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist.

“National is failing to deliver on safety in the workplace. Minister Simon Bridges stands idly by while more hard-working New Zealanders are dying in the forests, in the ports, and in other worksites. The shame around forestry safety, the failure of Simon Bridges to instigate a full review of the industry, is not acknowledged by the Prime Minister.

“And what of jobs? Working people determine their prosperity and economic betterment from their personal perspective. While John Key looks no further than business confidence, apparently at its highest point since 1999, working people know the reality is different.

“When John Key became Prime Minister, 97,000 people were unemployed. Today the figure is over 50% higher, 150,000 unemployed. From their personal perspective, people know that John Key is not delivering jobs.

“Fortunately fresh change is coming. Over the past weeks I have been heartened by the good people who have contacted me following the announcement of the New Zealand Independent Coalition. They are excited at the idea of an entity that will put people into the heart of politics.

“I look forward to being able to challenge the propaganda of party politics. New Zealand’s greatest asset is our people. The New Zealand Independent Coalition will focus on pathways to prosperity for the people of New Zealand,” said Brendan Horan.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news