PM Press Conference on the UN Security Council,
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In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
Mr Key said the New Zealand government is a firm believer in the two-state solution and would remain committed to getting both countries “back to the table”. “New Zealand can make a positive difference,” he said.
Key also stated that, as of Wednesday, GP visits will be free for children under 13, and paid parental leave will be increased. More funding will also be available to hospices.
Asked about the recent announcement that an Australian NGO, Horizon Housing, may be placing a bid on stating housing in New Zealand, Key said there is nothing to be concerned about. The cash flow will be coming into New Zealand in the form of large deposits, rather than generating profit for use in Australia.
Pressed on the rising milk prices in supermarkets, Key did not agree milk was overpriced. The fact coca-cola is cheaper than milk did not phase Key – “water is free,” he said.
Mr Key said New Zealand would not be considering a sugar tax, rather the solution to obesity lay in labelling and more education.
Finally, asked about our carbon emissions, Key said it’s harder for New Zealand to reduce emissions due to our reliance on agriculture. He said “science will provide an answer” to the problem.