robson-on-politics Fri 15 October
robson-on-politics Fri 15
a weekly newsletter from Matt Robson MP Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party www.progressive.org.nz
Progressive: positive about people and jobs
Fri 15 October
Another Major Regional Initiative today
Jim Anderton today announced funding for a National Centre of Maintenance Engineering. The Centre will help the Eastern Bay of Plenty become an even stronger base for capital-intensive industries like forestry than it already is. If we can improve the productivity of equipment, we can improve the productivity of industry, and create more jobs, wealth and opportunity.
We all know that lifting productivity is not just about upgrading equipment, but it is also more importantly about up-skilling people. People with skills in maintenance engineering can make a significant positive difference to the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Progressive is proud of its role in driving the coalition government's regional development programme. http://www.progressive.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1275
Latest developments on Ahmed Zaoui
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear, on Nov 10, the appeal against the decision to refuse bail. The Court also refused leave for the Crown appeal against the decision that TVNZ can interview Ahmed Zaoui. Next Wednesday at Parliament I co-host the Wellington launch of the book I almost forgot about the moon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Quality jobs in forest processing
The Labour Progressive government actively encourages the strengthening of regional economies with projects like the recently-launched Tairawhiti Regional Development Strategy which promotes the expansion of food and wood processing. More good news this week in the campaign to create more high-quality jobs in the processing side of the forestry sector after Ernslaw One confirmed it is to create up to forty new quality jobs in Gisborne - more than offsetting recent lower paid job losses in harvesting.
Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine now controlled drugs
The Labour Progressive coalition government's decision to
classify ephedrine and pseudoephedrine as controlled drugs
comes into today. The pharmacy-only products containing
pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are sometimes stolen by the
unscrupulous criminals who manufacture P to peddle to our
most vulnerable young. By giving these substances controlled
drug status we give our Customs wider powers to investigate
importation syndicates including the ability to conduct
controlled deliveries as well as allowing for penalties of
up to 8 years imprisonment for those caught importing the
drugs without a licence.
Over 50% of food exports are added-value
A Massey University study on Thursday shows the extent of the progress New Zealand has made in the five years of progressive government. For the first time ever, more than 50% of all food & beverage exports are now added-value. Now that's progressive! http://www.progressive.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1273
And Aotearoa's textiles sector is thriving
In 1998, we
exported $208 million of textiles, clothing and footwear
production. That has more than doubled to over $440 million
as the progressive government continues to work with the
sector on strategies to expand in the increasingly
borderless global economy.
Waitakere forum on 'P', alcohol & other drugs
Last night the nation-wide roll-out of public forums on P, alcohol and other drugs, organized by Jim Anderton, continued with an informative meeting in Waitakere. Among the most vulnerable in our community, often in low income households, drugs are destroying lives and opportunities. Marijuana is the most used illicit drug of use.
reports that 4% of 15-17 year olds are regular users. While
marijuana is bad, our number one drug problem is alcohol.
The total of alcohol related offences increased by nearly 80
percent in 2002/03 compared to the previous year. The
increase followed the lowering of the drinking age. A recent
survey only around half of all parents know when their
children drink. 14 to 17 year olds are drinking more and
more often. I've got a Bill to put the age back up to 20
Tune into 531AM for The Robson Hour 12 - 1 Sun See www.progressive.org.nz for more news
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