Parliament

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

 

robson-on-politics 10 December

robson-on-politics 10 December

robson-on-politics, a weekly newsletter from Matt Robson MP Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party www.progressiveparty.org.nz

More for film industry jobs

A small amount of seed money will boost the film and television industry in Auckland. The $2 million investment is expected to boost GDP by up to $35 million and lead to more than 250 jobs each year. Now that's Progressive!

*********************

Tackling student debt benefits the economy

At the Maori student debt summit at Victoria University this week, I said Progressive has < a concrete plan to tackle the debt burden. As our billboard says:

Meeting repayments for graduates working in New Zealand will benefit the whole economy. That will benefit Maori, who have a higher participation rate in tertiary ed than Pakeha but take longer on average to repay the debt. Our economic development polices are helping too, by delivering nearly 250,000 new jobs in five years.

I'm happy to tell a snide ex-colleague that the billboard money isn't Parliamentary funding nor from corporates, but donations from Progressive members and supporters. If you like the billboard, forward this email and tell youtr friends the URL is www.progressive.org.nz/student-loans

*********************


A difference of opinion with some church leaders

I welcome the support of the Catholic church leaders for a lot of good things that are happening. Their courage in speaking out for justice for Ahmed Zaoui is one example. But Jim Anderton and I both regret the church's alignment with Destiny's misunderstandings on civil unions. All that the Bill does is to provide legal recognition of people's relationships. Civilisation did not come to an end when Homosexual Law Reform was passed in 1986, nor will the sun stop shining in 2004.

Click http://www.progressive.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1431 here for Matt's speech in the 3rd reading yesterday

*********************

The Supreme Court decision on Ahmed Zaoui

Over the past fortnight it became obvious that release from prison was inevitable, so it was sweet to see Ahmed Zaoui arrive at the Dominican Priory last night. It has been a long, long journey since he was held in isolation at Paremoremo and Mr Winston Peters started spouting off about 'an un-named terrorist.'

Still there is a long road ahead. Ahmed faces the Crown appealing in the Supreme Court against the decision that human rights must be considered. Then there is the review of the security risk certificate by the Inspector General of Security, and whether it is upheld.

We MPs now have the responsibility of changing the law so that never again can anybody be imprisoned for two years without trial or charge.

*********************

Brash, National keep on flip flopping

There are reactionaries, some Right and sadly some Left, who say New Zealand "can't" compete internationally, that China "will never" be democratic, that governments "shouldn't" legislate to reward loving long-term relationships, establish four weeks annual leave and paid parental leave for working families, nor establish a Kiwi-owned bank to deliver services for all of our regions.

This week we had National and ACT highlight yet again they'd wreck New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and pull down Kiwibank. Strangely, National keeps on attacking people investing in New Zealand. But at least National gave up on their original threat to tear up working families' fourth week of annual leave. Kids can rejoice.

*********************

ANZ jobs news is our fifth birthday present

Five years ago today the new government was sworn in with high hopes. What a lot Jim Anderton and I have been able to deliver as part of the coalition: Kiwibank, four weeks leave, the anti-drugs campaign to protect the young, industry and regional development leading to jobs, and more. Today's news is that the jobs ads survey records a 14% jump in the last year.

*********************

On The Robson Hour on 531PI on the AM band, Sun noon - 1pm: Tim Barnett on civil unions, Senator Abacca Anjain-Maddison from the Marshall Islands (used as a nuclear weapons test site) and Su'a Kevin Thomsen on just what the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs does.

*********************


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Northland’s Covid Case, And Biden’s Battle Lines

The South African variant at the centre of the Northland case of community transmission calls for a reset of several aspects of our Covid response. Some aspects of that reset are overdue. Since the pandemic began, the debate on whether transmission can be (or is mainly) via small aerosols rather than larger droplets has barely been reflected in official health policy, which has focussed largely on the droplets...More>>

 

National: Leader Of The Opposition’s State Of The Nation Speech

Kia ora and thank you for that welcome. It is a pleasure to be here. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Auckland and the EMA for hosting me at this first event in your centenary year. National and Rotary share many common principles, including community ... More>>

ALSO:

Ministry Of Health: Probable Case Of COVID-19 In A Returnee

The Ministry of Health is investigating a positive test result in a person who recently travelled from overseas and completed their stay in managed isolation in a facility in Auckland. In the case we are investigating and reporting today, the person had ... More>>


ALSO:


Oranga Tamariki: Chief Executive Grainne Moss Steps Down

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More>>

ALSO:

USA: Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand And China Sign FTA Upgrade

Trade Ministers for New Zealand and China today signed an upgrade to the free trade agreement between the two countries. “This modernises our free trade agreement and ensures it will remain fit for purpose for another decade,” Minister for Trade ... More>>

Oxfam NZ: Wealth Of New Zealand’s Richest Person’s Soars By $3.4bn Since Beginning Of Pandemic

New Zealand’s richest citizen, Graeme Hart, has seen his fortune increase by NZ$3,494,333,333 since March 2020 – a sum equivalent to over half a million New Zealanders receiving a cheque for NZ$6,849 each, reveals a new analysis from Oxfam today. The New Zealand ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Public Housing Plan Announced

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More>>

Government: Pre-Departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels