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

 


Labour makes desperate sop to the regions

Hon Steven Joyce
Minister for Economic Development

22 July 2014

Labour makes desperate sop to the regions

The Labour Party's regional announcement today is a desperate bid to distract people from Labour’s own internal problems, including how their regionally based candidates and MPs are deserting them, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

“Labour’s classic response to problems is to throw money around, and today David Cunliffe is doing that again in another desperate attempt to revive his leadership,” Mr Joyce says.

“The independent data shows that the regions have been leading New Zealand’s economic recovery. Eight out of 11 regions have a lower unemployment rate than Auckland. And migration data out yesterday confirms that people are voting with their feet, and staying in the regions under National rather than moving to Australia.

“Mr Cunliffe’s claims about the regions hollowing out have proved to be as hollow as most of his other assertions.”

Mr Joyce says the irony is that it is the policies being advanced by Labour and their mates would cause real economic damage to New Zealand.

“Between Labour and the Greens they want to put a capital gains tax on all productive businesses and farms, introduce big freshwater levies, institute a carbon tax that is five times the world price, restore a national award system which would force regional employers to pay wages at the same rate as employers in Auckland, put the brakes on any more trade deals, and clamp down on the dairy industry and oil and gas exploration,” Mr Joyce says.

“That recipe would really damage the regions, and it would take a lot more than a $200 million slush fund to solve it.

“This Government’s comprehensive Business Growth Agenda is doing the hard work alongside regional New Zealand to lift our competitiveness and encourage investment right across the country. We are focused on working with regional businesses, and the evidence is there in the growth of job opportunities across the country.

“Over recent weeks we have seen a parade of Labour MPs that have broken ranks with their party because of its negative attitude to the regions and the list gets longer by the day. Shane Jones, Andrew Little, Damien O’Connor, Rino Tirakatene, Kelvin Davis and now Dover Samuels have all spoken out against Labour’s regional development policies. I suspect the public will take much more notice of them than of David Cunliffe.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news