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


Voting opens and no fiscals from National


Deputy Leader

Spokesperson for Finance

3 September 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Voting opens and no fiscals from National

Voting in the election has opened today but National has still not released its fiscal plan for its next term and is keeping Kiwis in the dark, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.

“Many New Zealanders are already heading to the polls today to cast their vote – a great thing for democracy.

“However they will be in the dark about National’s spending plans for the next term. Labour has released its alternative budget and revised it following the pre-election fiscal update. Labour will be $1.169 billion in surplus in 2015/16.

“By contrast the pre-election fiscal update shows a smaller surplus for the National Government in the same year of 0.8 billion. The PREFU budget figure is likely to be further eroded by National’s announced spending plans they have not yet accounted for.

“Yet National’s campaign is so inept they still haven’t released their fiscal plan. They are yet to update their numbers, despite announcing several big spending promises.

“National hasn’t reacted to modern election practices. It’s time to be more open with New Zealanders,” says David Parker.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news