Tag: New Zealand Labour Party

Govt hasn’t made the TPP case for small business

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party Almost two-thirds of small businesses do not fully support staying in the TPP showing the Government has struggled to sell New Zealand businesses on the deal, says Labours Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark.David Clark MP for Dunedin North Trade and Export Growth Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 11 May 2016 Govt hasn’t made the TPP case for small business Almost two-thirds of small businesses do not fully support staying in the TPP – showing the Government has struggled to sell New Zealand businesses on the deal, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has desperately spun the latest MYOB figures to try to sell a good news story for the Government. The figures are clear though. The MYOB press release says, ‘36 per cent said they favoured staying in the TPP’. That means two-thirds are either against the deal or haven’t yet formed a strong enough view to affect their vote. “Just 39 per cent of exporting small businesses support the TPP. This shows there are growing concerns that the TPP is more than just a trade deal. “By refusing to engage properly with concerns of the opposition, unions, academics and business as in previous FTAs, National has run roughshod over a traditional bi-partisan convention. Tying the hands of future governments has previously only been done by agreement....

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Government should just ban foreign speculators

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party The Prime Ministers musings about a land tax on non-resident buyers is just more tinkering, and the Government should just ban foreign speculators as the Australian Government has done, says Labours Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.26 April 2016 Government should just ban foreign speculators The Prime Minister’s musings about a land tax on non-resident buyers is just more tinkering, and the Government should just ban foreign speculators as the Australian Government has done, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This is classic John Key. Just enough to get the issue off the front page. Just enough to make it look as if he is doing something. “The overwhelming majority of Kiwis support Labour’s policy. It is simple, it is clean, and in Australia the requirement for foreign investors to build new homes has channelled $30 billion into new home construction in the past year. “The Prime Minister is a day late and a dollar short. He has been rubbishing Labour’s policy for the past three years, and denying that foreign speculators are even a problem. He refused to even try to negotiate a carve-out for a ban in the TPPA. And now he has some complicated land tax idea that would apply to Kiwis who happen to be working or living overseas. “John Key needs to reflect on the number of young Kiwi...

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Government must protect Pharmac as promised

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party John Key must tell New Zealanders that he will not bow to pressure from wealthy drug companies or their US negotiators and put Kiwi lives at risk, Labours Health spokesperson Annette King says.Annette King MP for Rongotai Health Spokesperson 26 April 2016 Government must protect Pharmac as promised John Key must tell New Zealanders that he will not bow to pressure from wealthy drug companies or their US negotiators and put Kiwi lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “News reports today have the drug lobbyists Medicines New Zealand openly threatening New Zealand, with Kiwis not being able to access drugs unless concessions are made on the TPP. “Chair Heather Roy said drug companies will ‘just not bother’ to register drugs here unless the Government gave way ‘so even if people wanted them and could afford them they wouldn’t have access to them’. “That is a threat, and it comes on the eve of a delegation from the US Trade Representatives’ Office arriving in New Zealand reportedly to talk about implementation of the TPP. “The Government promised New Zealanders that Pharmac would be protected under the TPP and there were constant assurances that we would not pay more for medicines. There is already doubt the Government can guarantee this. “John Key must tell us whether Pharmac is on the agenda...

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Action not words, needed on housing speculation

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party John Key should be taking action to crack down on speculation in our overheated housing market, instead of random musings on land tax, Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford said. “John Key suggested today on TVNZ’s Q and A programme that a land tax …John Key should be taking action to crack down on speculation in our overheated housing market, instead of random musings on land tax, Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford said. “John Key suggested today on TVNZ’s Q and A programme that a land tax on overseas buyers might be a way to deal with the housing crisis that is leaving many middle New Zealanders with little hope of the security of home ownership. “After years of denying there is a problem it seems the Prime Minister might have woken up to the damage that offshore speculators are doing. But there is no action to back up these musings. The government continues to sit on its hands as house prices spiral upwards and the Kiwi dream of owning a home slips out of reach of more people. “This random statement from John Key raises a lot of questions. Has he done the work on what the impact of a land tax would be, and how it would apply? Is this just a revenue grab or would it actually have an impact...

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Govt worried about public scrutiny – cuts down TPP process

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party The Government wants to trim the process for hearing TPP submissions to get the controversial legislation off the agenda for election year in a shocking case of political expediency, Labours Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark says.David Clark MP for Dunedin North Trade and Export Growth Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 8 April 2016 Govt worried about public scrutiny – cuts down TPP process The Government wants to trim the process for hearing TPP submissions to get the controversial legislation off the agenda for election year in a shocking case of political expediency, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark says. “The Government had decided to cut back the national interests assessment process by three weeks. “National is clearly uncomfortable with scrutiny of its flimsy National Interest Analysis. Now they want to get the issue off the agenda before election year. “At every turn, they have failed to convince New Zealanders that the deal stacks up. Now they are reduced to scaremongering about exclusion from future trade deals as the only reason to support the legislation. They are also dead-set on pushing through concessions in our copyright law when it is not even clear the USA Congress will support the agreement. “Labour continues to support free trade, but we cannot support a deal that undermines sovereignty and commits us to retain economic...

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