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Grant Robertson on the adjusted unemployment figure

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 17th, 2016 - 205 comments

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“The sad reality is that while the change in measurement might elicit a lower number or percentage it will not mean one fewer person is unemployed.”

Grant Robertson’s pre-budget speech

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 31 comments

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Grant Robertson has just delivered his pre-budget speech. One takeaway message: “Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson says Labour will set out a tax package before the 2017 election to set out how it will raise revenue to address issues in education, health and housing”.

A week is a long time in politics

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, May 5th, 2016 - 17 comments

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Over the past week the Government has gone from “there is no problem with the Overseas Investment Office” to announcing an urgent review and a staffing boost to make sure that approvals of foreign purchases of land are being properly processed.

Labour’s strong week – National and land sales to foreigners

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 30th, 2016 - 63 comments

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Labour had a strong week this week with the disclosure of individuals behind a Mossack Fonseca related entity had criminal convictions for environmental damage forcing the OIO to review its original decision.   Grant Robertson has correctly called for a full inquiry into the circumstances relating to the Government stopping a review of the Foreign Trust regime.  And Phil Twyford has persuaded the OAG to rule that Housing New Zealand’s handling of parts of the housing sale process were sub standard.

Grant Robertson: Full independent inquiry needed to save New Zealand’s reputation

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, April 29th, 2016 - 33 comments

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Grant Robertson is calling for a full inquiry into circumstances surrounding the Government’s 2015 decision not to review the country’s foreign tax rules.

The sock puppets, the media and the UBI

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 31st, 2016 - 116 comments

Jordan Williams

Labour’s discussion of a possible UBI is still generating debate.

Job cuts and the future of work

Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, March 29th, 2016 - 73 comments

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Two headline job losses today underline the importance of Labour’s Future of Work.

Homosexual law reform happened 30 years ago

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, February 21st, 2016 - 94 comments

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Some thoughts on yesterday’s gay pride parade and why National has in the space of 30 years changed from being deeply anti gay rights to being superficially in support.

There are people living in cars

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 37 comments

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Grant Robertson gave an impassioned speech yesterday in Parliament on how poverty in New Zealand is a disgrace.

Grant Robertson’s speech to the 2015 Labour Conference

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, November 7th, 2015 - 68 comments

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The text of Grant Robertson’s speech to the 2015 annual Labour Conference.

Labour to defy TPP on property ownership?

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, October 7th, 2015 - 164 comments

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If this report is accurate it opens an interesting can of worms!

Labour is the party of economic competence

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, August 17th, 2015 - 146 comments

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The old myth that National are good managers of the economy should now be well dead and buried. For a recent case study see Robertson vs Joyce on dairy prices…

Grant Robertson’s pre-budget speech

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, May 15th, 2015 - 58 comments

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Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson gave his pre-budget speech this morning. “So, what would a responsible government be doing in the Budget next week?”…

Embarrassed for NZ

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 30th, 2015 - 87 comments

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A late run succeeds

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 46 comments

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On October 4th Andrew Little was looking to see if he was even going to be in Parliament because he hadn’t achieved the near impossible task of winning New Plymouth. He was at the bottom of small list and only got back into parliament on special votes. But Andrew Little has a well deserved reputation is a organiser and a campaigner. It showed.

Last chance to vote

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, November 17th, 2014 - 67 comments

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The Labour leadership campaign is in the home straight.  Various authors have declared their preference and why and I thought I should do the same.

My (late) vote

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, November 16th, 2014 - 54 comments

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Here are my votes for the leadership contest. It was a hard choice, especially having to rank them. But my main criteria was to look for the people who I think had the most chance retaining and utilising the ever increasing membership and the other parts of the party together into a election winning system for the left.

Standard questions: Grant Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, November 10th, 2014 - 81 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are Grant Robertson’s answers.

Andrew Little in Auckland on Sunday and virtual hustings

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 8th, 2014 - 30 comments

The Labour leadership race continues!

Labour leadership hustings video

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 3rd, 2014 - 12 comments

In case you haven’t been able to make it to any of the leadership hustings, here’s the speeches from the Nelson meeting last week.

Grant Robertson live Q&A

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, November 2nd, 2014 - 135 comments

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Grant Robertson will be joining us live here tonight at around 7:30pm. As usual all comments / questions will be strictly moderated.

Chat with Grant Robertson Sunday 7:30

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 am, November 2nd, 2014 - Comments Off on Chat with Grant Robertson Sunday 7:30

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Labour leadership contender Grant Robertson will be joining us here at The Standard live on Sunday around 7:30pm for a chat.

Labour leadership events this weekend

Written By: - Date published: 5:54 pm, October 31st, 2014 - 19 comments

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Meet the candidates.

Leadership Election: Candidates Start Painting Themselves Into Corners

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2014 - 74 comments

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InsideOut has a look at the current state of the labour leadership campaigns. Predictably they plump down on the side of a particular candidate. But they do point to various issues with all of the campaigns.

All Things Being Equal…

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 27th, 2014 - 171 comments

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Assuming that all four contenders for leadership of Labour are equally worthy, there is a defining factor that ought to be considered…vulnerability to attack.

I’m backing Grant

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, October 26th, 2014 - 174 comments

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We have 4 great Leftie contenders, who all want to take Aotearoa where we want it to go. Whomever wins, I’ll back them to the hilt. But I have a vote and a voice, and I’m backing Grant – here’s why.

The first hustings

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 128 comments

The leadership contest has kicked off with a bang.

Cullen endorses Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 137 comments

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Grant Robertson picked up a heavyweight endorsement yesterday.

Labour’s Leadership campaign heats up

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, October 20th, 2014 - 100 comments

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The Labour leadership campaign is now under way and the first meet the candidates meetings are scheduled for this week.

Which West Wing politicians do the Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 14 comments

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So which West Wing politician do the current Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?  Dedicated to one of the best political activists I know.

Grant Robertson campaign launch

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, October 15th, 2014 - 50 comments

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