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


De-Coding Dr Cullen

Cullen’s latest statement defending Labour’s promises is typical of wacky Labour logic, Bob Simcock, Hamilton West MP said today.

“It is a confusing, self-contradictory jumble that is impossible to decipher”, Mr Simcock said, “He seems to think that we will assume that because he is such a clever man it must be our fault that we can’t make any sense of what he says. Let’s look at his words:”

‘Our Superannuation Policy is not a spending policy but a saving policy’.

‘The Superannuation Fund will be raised from existing income taxes’.

‘We plan to keep taxes slightly higher in order to pre-fund the cost of supporting baby boomers in their retirement.’

‘The additional $1.5 billion…will be funded by dividing the budget surplus in two parts.’

“These quotes all come from one press statement! Perhaps Labour has decided to replace its no policy strategy with a strategy of policy so obscure no one can pin them down on it”.

Does the super policy cost an extra $1.5 billion? Will it be funded from;

(a) existing taxes;
(b) increased taxes;
(c) surpluses;
(d) nothing because it’s a “saving policy not a spending policy”?

“Is this like Labour’s extra spending on Foreign Aid. ‘We’ll do it sometime, maybe, if we can ever afford it’?”

“If that’s the strength of Labour’s commitment to it’s credit card promises voters have a right to know”, Mr Simcock concluded


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news