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PM's speech tired and defensive

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Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that the Prime Minister's speech to the National Party conference had failed to live up to the expectations created by her spin doctors that she would relaunch her party by giving the speech of her life.

"This tired and defensive speech was not an election winner," Helen Clark said.

"Its only proposed new initiatives were those which have already failed in the current term of Parliament - attacks on the Holidays Act, abolition of the Employment Court, a reduction in rights for workers, and roading reform.

"Those moves aside, National promises more of the "business as usual", which has produced economic and social failure.

"There were no signs of flesh on the bones of Max Bradford's rhetoric that hands-off policies have failed. Nor are there likely to be.

"The Prime Minister needed to produce in this speech a vision for New Zealand and a clear set of policies to achieve it. She did neither. Her last chance for a relaunch has been squandered," Helen Clark said.

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