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ACT Block’s Questions On Northland Unemployment

ACT Block’s Donnelly’s Questions On Northland Unemployment

Whangarei New Zealand First MP, Hon Brian Donnelly, is angry that a question to the Government about alarming unemployment statistics in Northland was blocked by the ACT Party today during question time.

Mr Donnelly wanted to ask the Minister of Enterprise and Commerce, Max Bradford, to explain why unemployment rates in Northland had risen from 10.4% to 13.1% in the last 9 months.

ACT MP, Patricia Schnauer, cynically stopped debate and blocked the question.

“On the one hand ACT is berating beneficiaries, but when hard questions about the effect of government policies are asked, they don’t want to acknowledge there is even a problem,” said Hon Brian Donnelly.

“The Government must be called to account for the horrific unemployment statistics of Northland. These people are not going away. The Government cannot sweep them under the carpet until the election.

“Northland has already borne the brunt of this Government’s policies since 1990 and now they don’t even want to talk about it in our country’s Parliament,” concluded Mr Donnelly.


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