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Phil Goff Audio 8/8/11: Share Market "Uncertainty" & More

Phil Goff Audio 8/8/11: Share Market "Uncertainty" & More

Audio by Reesh Lyon

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Phil Goff this afternoon briefed the media on:

International & Domestic share market "uncertainty" & economic recovery: Government has "head in the sand" thinking asset sales and tax cuts for rich will help NZ's economy.

Economy: outlines ways in which Labour aims to lift NZ's economy: monetary & tax policy changes, boosting R&D funding and up-skilling population.

Wages: attacks Government for policies that would "cut wages."

Milk Prices: inquiry needed into the price of raw milk, despite claims milk prices are set globally. Not right that in a country that produces milk that people pay more than in countries where milk is imported.

Milk Prices Inquiry: Government "last to the party" on decision to hold an inquiry.

GST: no decision on whether Labour would take GST off milk.

Milk price choices: not an option for all people to "shop around for milk," but prices do vary greatly.

Mana Party support: not concerned that Mana will syphon off Labour votes. Swing towards Labour in te Tai Tokerau by-election indicates strong support. People "turned off" by squabbling between Maori & Mana Parties.

Asset Sales: "It's a dumb Idea to sell your assets... and most people don't believe that it makes economic sense to flog off your assets," especially in a time of international uncertainty when prices would be low.

Compulsory Savings: still working on savings policy. Wont' rule compulsory savings in or out.

• Warren Tucker & SIS: hasn't spoken with Warren Tucker this week. Not impressed that blogger Cameron Slater apparently received information from SIS before media did.

Future SIS Briefings: will have someone with clearance to sit in on future meetings. Next meeting with Warren Tucker later this month.

CERA review panel appointments: hasn't seen documentation, more info from Clayton Cosgrove's office.

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