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

 


Desperate Nats roll out the same tired old lines

Labour 2000 web site
National keeps repeating the same untruths about Labour's ACC policy, Labour ACC spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today.

"The Nats are becoming increasingly desperate as their support erodes. That desperation is shown by today's caucus crisis meeting - instead of being out on the hustings, the National MPs have gathered in Wellington to try and find someone to blame for their dismal campaign performance.

"A similar desperation is shown in the flurry of media statements on ACC from minor National MPs. They have demonstrated a complete ignorance of the facts about injury compensation.

"A survey like the one conducted by the Tourism Industry Association only shows half the picture. There are employers who believe they are now paying less in premiums for workplace injury insurance. What they have failed to allow for is the residual claims levy that still has to be paid to ACC and risk-sharing arrangements which will cost them money.

"If an employers private insurance premium is less than half of last year's ACC premium, then and only then are they likely to be better off.

"The claim of one Palmerston North employer that he might review his business plans if Labour wins the election, merely reflects an Employers Federation campaign against Labour.

"International experience shows that a well-managed single public model is the best way to deliver accident compensation. The changes Labour proposes will make injury prevention the first priority, followed by proper rehabilitation and compensation.

"National's scare campaign on ACC, like its vitriolic attack on unions, is gaining no resonance with the voters. They would be better to focus, like Labour, on the big issues that concern New Zealanders; like proper health care, access to education and job creation," Ruth Dyson said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news