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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.

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