Parliament

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

 

ACT Raising Real Issues

ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today in response to media questions as to why ACT’s support has increased by 50 percent, “ACT has been raising the issues of concern to New Zealanders, the Treaty industry, run away social welfare, law and order and the increasing red tape and bureaucracy. ACT has put forward carefully researched practical positive solutions, a timetable for Treaty claims, a hand up rather than a hand out for welfare, Truth in Sentencing, and a regulatory responsibility law to curb red tape.

“ACT’s polling has always said that the support for Labour was marshmallow soft and as the electorate learned of Labour’s policies such as de facto compulsory trade unionism and the tax and spend, Labour’s support would melt.

“The rise of the Alliance is also bad news for Labour. The Alliance is now in a position to demand that any future Labour/Alliance Government makes Mr Anderton Deputy Prime Minister and implements the Alliance’s more radical socialist programme. This is driving middle of the road supporters across to both ACT and National.

“What’s important about the poll is that it confirms the trends; that the Left’s support is falling and support for the Centre-Right has risen in every poll since Jenny Shipley announced an election.

“What the voters don’t want is for Mr Peters to be holding the country to ransom. This latest poll shows that by a party vote for ACT, the country can prevent a repeat of the shambles three years ago.

“I predict the next set of leadership polls will confirm another trend: that Mrs Shipley is pulling in front of Helen Clark, by an increasingly significant margin. The opposition leaders in this country only deliver victory for his or her party when they are more popular than the incumbent Prime Minister. Miss Clark is on her way to becoming the Neil Kinnock of New Zealand politics-an unelectable Labour leader, losing an unloseable election,” said ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble. ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>

 


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

Government: Cabinet Accepts Turkish Authorities’ Request For The Managed Return Of Three NZ Citizens

Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year... More>>

ALSO:


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels