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

 


English fooling no-one on inequality

David

PARKER

Spokesperson for Finance
24 June 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

English fooling no-one on inequality

Bill English’s narrow and selective focus on a small subset of inequality statistics is fooling no-one, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.

“Bill English is yet again trying to hoodwink New Zealanders by claiming inequality is not growing. New Zealand is now a country where the gap between the wealthy and the less well-off grows wider every year.

“The public knows that. Bill English is so out of touch that he thinks the 75 per cent of New Zealanders who say the gaps are widening are wrong.

“National cherry picks statistics to back up its claims. The OECD Report that Bill English cites is based on 2011 data but he knows the 2012 data shows income inequality reaching its highest level in recorded history.

“The income inequality data also excludes capital gains on the likes of investment housing, which is a significant contribution to inequality in this country.

“The truth is, in the 1980s New Zealand was in the best 30 per cent of the OECD for income inequality. Since then income inequality has got worse overall in the OECD, while New Zealand’s downward trend has deteriorated even further. We are now in the worst 40 per cent of countries for income inequality.

“The consequences of income inequality at these levels pile up every year. That’s why home ownership rates have dropped to their lowest level in 50 years and 285,000 children live in poverty.

“Under National the gaps will only widen.

“We need better paid jobs, lower power bills and more affordable housing.

“If Bill English really wants to make a difference, reduce inequality and child poverty, he should adopt our Economic Upgrade policies to create the better jobs and higher wages that New Zealand needs to become a more equal society,” David Parker says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news