Tag: Welfare

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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James Shaw’s Commencement Debate Speech

Speech – Green Party Ki a koutou ku hoa Premata, huri noa i te Whare, ng mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.Commencement Debate Speech James Shaw – 9th February 2016 E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe. (Mr Speaker, greetings to you.) Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. (To all of you my Parliamentary friends, across the House, happy New Year.) Mr Speaker. Today, I want to talk about leadership and I want to start by talking about a subject that many National MPs will become very familiar with next year. I want to talk about retirement. Superannuation One of the big challenges the Government has promised they’re not going to fix is superannuation. Most of the people in this room know the numbers. In the next few decades our population will age and retire. Our tax revenues will go down because there will be fewer people working. Our healthcare costs will go up. And our superannuation commitments will double to $25 billion a year by 2028. We know that the Prime Minister is very relaxed about all of this. Nowadays he’s so relaxed I wonder if he’s got a special dispensation from the Associate Health Minister. Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen was not so relaxed. That’s why he set...

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Hon Jo Goodhew: In Focus: 28 January 2016

Press Release – New Zealand National Party While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling.In Focus: 28 January 2016 Hon Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata Drought still affecting Canterbury While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling. And while over the last couple of weeks there has been a good amount of rain, and some of the irrigators have had a break, it has not been enough to remove the necessity to extend the medium-scale drought event classification until the end of June. Marlborough, Canterbury and parts of Otago were originally classified as a medium-scale event on 12 February 2015 and have had insufficient rainfall for more than a year now. Farms really need good consistent follow-up rain to bring soil moisture levels closer to normal. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced an increase of $150,000 for the work of rural support trusts, almost a third of this for the North Canterbury region. The Year Ahead After spending some time talking with media before Christmas about the highlights and lowlights...

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Grant Robertson’s Speech to 2015 NZLP Conference

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party It is a pleasure to be back in Palmerston North, the city of my birth. It is true to say that my family left Palmy reasonably soon thereafter, but there is no truth to the rumour that as a 16 month old I went to my mother to request a transfer!Grant Robertson’s Speech to 2015 NZLP Conference Grant Robertson, Finance Spokesperson Palmerston North, Saturday 7 November 2015 It is a pleasure to be back in Palmerston North, the city of my birth. It is true to say that my family left Palmy reasonably soon thereafter, but there is no truth to the rumour that as a 16 month old I went to my mother to request a transfer! Coming to Palmerston North these days is to see a city and region that is bursting with potential. A strong university, science organisations to build on on the primary industry base, the potential for new and innovative businesses. Now, if we could just get a government that backs the regions! Delegates, it is school prize giving season. For anyone cynical about future generations, attendance at these is a life-affirming experience. They are heart-warming celebrations of success, albeit a bit of a marathon for parents and unsuspecting MPs. Success comes in many forms at these prizegivings. From the students winning subject prizes, to the awards for...

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Peters: Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances

Speech – New Zealand First Party The performance of the National led government resembles a unique blend of circus and soap opera. When there are major social and economic issues to be resolved our future as a trading nation is at stake the leadership is obsessed with pandas …Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 3 OCTOBER 2015 EMBARGOED TILL DELIVERED Speech to Public Meeting, Tauranga Greerton Community Hall 1263 Cameron Rd Tauranga 1pm, Saturday, October 3, 2015 Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances The performance of the National led government resembles a unique blend of circus and soap opera. When there are major social and economic issues to be resolved – our future as a trading nation is at stake – the leadership is obsessed with pandas or red peaks. New Zealanders are being treated as gullible and naïve. The government’s army of media consultants and spin doctors have dragged numerous red herrings across the path of serious issues that might be questioned and scrutinised. The frivolous idea to change our flag floundered from the beginning so the Prime Minister reverted to a deal with the Greens to change the law upon which the ink had barely dried to put yet another flag design up for public diversion. When the fifth flag option, with barely one per cent support, showed all...

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