Parliament

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

 

Own Up To True State Of Economy Mr Key

Barbara Stewart MP
Spokesperson for Labour and Industrial Relations

10 February 2014

Own Up To True State Of Economy Mr Key

The Government is turning a blind eye to the continuing stream of job losses as it talks up the economy, says New Zealand First.

Goodman Fielder has announced it will close its Hamilton meat processing plant with the loss of up to 125 jobs, says spokesperson for Labour and Industrial Relations, Barbara Stewart.

“Prime Minister John Key told Parliament two weeks ago that the Government’s policy focus is on areas that will help businesses invest, grow and create more jobs.”

He also made claims of economic growth, job creation and higher incomes, says Mrs Stewart.

“Perhaps Mr Key would like to repeat those words face to face with the people of Hamilton, where there is high unemployment. He has some explaining to do.

“There are 147,000 people out of work in New Zealand who are all being bypassed by this so-called rock-star economy. It does not add up. It is time for the Government to be honest.

“For the Prime Minister to suggest that the economy is heading in the right direction rubs salt into the wounds of these workers and their families.

“Jobs losses cause suffering right across a community. Families tighten spending, local businesses suffer and kids and their schools are affected.

“In 2012 there was a long list of job losses around the country and last year was little better. This year is off to a gloomy start for the 125 Goodman Fielder workers who have lost their jobs,” says Mrs Stewart.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election