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

 


Regional job security cops double blow

Regional job security cops double blow

The sale by Carter Holt Harvey of its pulp and paper and packaging business to a joint venture between Oji Holdings and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, is a further blow to Kiwi-owned manufacturing industries, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“What really matters to New Zealanders is good jobs in all our regions. The Government’s total lack of vision and support for domestic manufacturing and timber processing has led to a loss of confidence in these industries.

“This sale will lead to a further $1.037 billion of assets transferred into foreign ownership and ultimately make it harder for New Zealanders to control their own economic destiny.

“New Zealanders care deeply about the ability of their government to create the conditions for better jobs, higher wages and a sustainable domestic industry.
“The news of this sale comes on top of cuts at South Island saw mills, with Dunedin sawmiller Southern Cross shedding 79 jobs at its Balclutha mill, and at others across the South Island, due to lack of log supply.

“Labour’s forestry economic upgrade will ensure the supply of local timber for local mills and will address the issue of most of our timber exports being shipped offshore as whole logs.

“Under National, factories have closed, industries have haemorrhaged jobs and real wages have declined in many of our regions.

“New Zealanders deserve better than a government cutting special deals for its corporate friends – from casinos, to multinationals like Rio Tinto seeking cheap electricity, and Hollywood film studios.

“Labour’s recently-launched forestry and manufacturing policies show that we mean business and will create jobs, add value to products, keep mills and factories open and help redevelop our regional heartlands, offering hope, opportunity and choice for all New Zealanders.

“These latest blows add two more good reasons as to why Labour will lead a new government after the September election,’’ said David Cunliffe.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>

 

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news