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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, March 25th, 2008 - 32 comments
Categories: dpf, im/migration, national, spin - Tags: , , ,

David Farrar appears to be throwing his weight in behind National Party’s “New Zealand Sucks” campaign with another misleading post on migration to Australia.

Titled “The exodus grows”, DPF’s take on the most recent stats is that the rate at which people are “fleeing New Zealand” is accelerating.

It’s perhaps disguised as one of David’s curiously obsessive posts on numerical detail but don’t let that fool you – the clue is in the emotive language.

As is increasingly common over at Kiwiblog the post’s singular purpose is to reinforce a perception that National’s doing its best to fuel. Their pollsters have identified “emigration to Australia” as a hot-button issue and advised them not to let reality get in the way of perception.

new graphAs we’ve reported before, the country’s not emptying out at all – to Australia or anywhere else.

Last year not only did 99.33% of us choose to stay, but total net inflow exceeded outflow – more people are coming here than leaving.

The sky isn’t falling. This is the Nats playing politics. Their deafening silence in terms of a policy solution to the “problem” their pollsters have cooked up is telling.

32 comments on “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

  1. Steve Pierson 1

    He says “people left NZ forever”. in the stats, a permanent emigrant is a new zealander who leaves intending to be away longer than a year and a foreigner who leaves having been here longer than a year. Most of the kiwis, and some of the foreigners, come back.

    Farrar knows that, of course.

  2. infused 2

    You’ve already been rebutted on kiwiblog.

  3. Ruth 3

    I hate this rhetoric too. Contrast this to the American view. Those from the right, left, far right, far left ALL have a love of their country.

    Incidentally many US top execs who have been transferred here for a 12 month contract have stayed. They have eschewed salaries of millions because this is a great place to live and bring up kids.

  4. Tane 4

    Must have missed that one infused – do feel free to elaborate.

  5. infused 5

    I’m sure you can read.

  6. higherstandard 6

    Ruth

    I think you’d be wrong to assume that those from all side of the political spectrum don’t love NZ.

    They may be collectively a bunch of dickheads and you’ll certainly see more garbage written and professed during an election year but underneath it all I wouldn’t question the patriotism on the left or the right.

  7. Tane 7

    I’m sure you can type too, infused. Or are you incapable of making an argument without reference to Davey’s talking points?

  8. infused 8

    It’s already been debated before, same old shit over again. Debating it again isn’t going to change anything.

  9. the sprout 9

    this is all good though, National are innoculating the public against their own whinging by shouting wolf every time they think someone might be listening.

    it just makes their message boring and lacking credibility, which is great should they ever actually have something important to say.

    btw, the “NZ Sucks Campaign” is excellent framing and sums National’s position nicely.

  10. infused 10

    the sprout: I could swear that was thestandard to be honest. Only no one listens.

  11. Ruth 11

    Higher standard if they do love this country they have a funny way of showing it.They bash it at every oppportunity.

    With the John Key hate sites like this one most of the time, and the Helen Clark hate sites, it is easy to get tarred by the negativity if you stand too close. I’ve cut down on the political blogs I read because of it.

    You should blog, you say interesting things.

  12. When I talked to Davey about this issue face to face, he attributed this supposed “mass exodus’ to the centralization of capital resulting from economies of scale (melbourne, sydney) and free movement of capital (globalisation). Essentially his theory was that the labour was just following the capital, and it had little to do with the tax regimes, or the respective policies of the NZ and Aus governments (corporate tax in NZ compares fairly well to Aus).

    New Zealanders don’t fare too badly when it comes to personal income tax either.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Income_Taxes_By_Country.svg

    So not only is fiddling the figures to create the impression of a “mass exodus”, but he doesn’t really actually believe that this fake problem is government’s fault. Sometimes he really can be a very confusing man. I wonder if he confuses himself sometimes.

  13. oh and on the subject of confusion – I recently copped a one-week ban for being mischievous on kiwiblog. Only that was three weeks, and I’m unable to log in under my usual name. I even tried logging in under a different pseudonym, asking davey if I could contribute under my usual one. But each time I do this, I’m screened, and am no longer to log in under even the new pseudonym. I think davey’s had enough of my impudent questioning of his misleading spin!

  14. John 14

    Why oh why do the Nats think New Zealand is such a hole? It is hard to understand the National Party NZ Sucks Campaign, when New Zealand is a dream destination for many people in the US, UK, and Europe(especially true for those who have already visited at least once). The world loves us and John Key and David Farrar hate us. Go figure.

    If the grass is so green in Australia, why is David Farrar still here? Is he so bad at what he does that he can’t get a job in his dream country?

  15. higherstandard 15

    John

    I don’t think there is any evidence to suggest that The National Party, John Key or David Farrar hate NZ on the contrary their desire to make a difference, debate issues and in Key and the Nats case run for public office demonstrates just the opposite.

  16. I wonder what sort of person raises his conspiracy theory here about me secretly banning him, rather than e-mail me directly again.

    The Roger Nome user alias got restored two weeks ago (and I think I emailed you to say this) and as I said you just need to reset the password. Everyone else suspended has managed this pretty easily. If people have a problem doing it themselves I can set a password for them.

    I disabled your new alias because RodHide could be seen to impersonate Rodney Hide. I stated this twice on the blog before I did so.

    And returning to The Standard’s rather desperate reliance on PLT net migration, it is confusing two semi-separate issues.

    The level of inwards migration is effectively set by the Government. Yes there are factors such as NZers returning home (and that has also been dropping) but the Govt can and does adjust the requirements for migration with the points system, language requirements etc etc.

    If the Govt wanted to, it could have 150,000 or even 200,000 migrants a year coming here. As a non third world country there is almost no limit to how many people would move here if they could.

    So while the net migration figure is of some importance (if one does not have positive net migration then the population probably shrinks) it doesn’t mean the outwards migration figure is not also important, and of concern that it has been so dramatically increasing. You can deny there is a problem by arguing net migration, but frankly you look like people in denial.

    As an example there is a big difference between say losing 40,000 people a year, and having 44,000 people migrate here and between losing say 200,000 people a year and having 204,000 people a year move here. There are also economic costs to losing people who have embedded in the local economy as oppossed to having new workers from overseas. That is not an argument against immigration – I am a fan of it, but that simply replacing someone in NZ, with someone else is not the same as retaining them in the first place. A bit like an employer would rather keep staff longer than have 30% staff turnover annually.

    So while net PLT migration is a useful indicator for some things, it is one which can change dramatically by govt policy as there is near infinite demand from people to live here. And even if policy does not change, it is better to retain people than replace them.

    Now having said that I would not discourage people leaving to do their OE, but you want most of them to come back. And the stats again show that the number of NZers returning is actually dropping, despite the numbers leaving going up. That is a concern.

    So I think I am on much stronger ground in saying there is a problem, than the attempt to use the above graph to say “Hey it is all fine here”. You are out of touch with NZers if you think there is not widespread concern over how many people are leaving – the social dislocation for families is a big factor. People are talking about this *all* the time.

    As Roger Nome points out it is not my view that govt policy is the biggest factor involved. The view I expressed to him is that people tend to migrate from city to bigger city, not country to country, and this shows in internal and external migration. But this is not to say govt policy can not influence that overall trend, and also can not help persuade people to come back from overseas. I believe govt policy definitely can affect the rate.

    A bit like how water vapour affects global temperatures far more than carbon emissions, but that isn’t to say we shouldn’t have god policy on carbon emission!

  17. randal 17

    as has been shown by reputable economists it is impossible to encourage mass immigration here because for one reason the cost of paying for infrastructure to accomodate them would not be paid for over the working life of the persons unless new zealanders would put up with third world slums and therefore population increase must be achieved incrementally. for another reason where are the jobs that the pro business lobby would provide? there is no reason for most industry now so promoting more is like chasing chimeras which seems to be the nats favourite pastime besides whipping up emotions and confusing people with dubiuos arguments.

  18. Noddy (used to be Dr.No) 18

    David’s “curiously obsessive posts on numerical detail” still don’t quite match up to your curiously obsessive posts on David himself…

  19. John 19

    Hey Higher

    I take it your job in the National Party campaign is to raise questions about other people’s posts without providing evidence of your own. I like it. Good technique. Did they teach you that in Slippery John’s Office?

    Tell me, what statements do you have from John Key and David Farrar that are positive about New Zealand? Seems to me they only like to point out the negatives. Sometimes I wonder if the Aussies are paying them to advertise on behalf of Australian employers.

    Most people seem to be pretty happy living here – evidence 99.33% didn’t leave last year and more arrived from overseas than left.

    So, tell us with references and in their own words what do John Key and David Farrar love about New Zealand?

  20. higherstandard 20

    John

    No actually I’m a healthcare professional on the Nth Shore of Auckland.

    If you want to see positive comments from Farrar and Key I’d have a look at their respective histories, websites and press releases.

    I think you make the common mistake of mistaking politics and campaign speak with one’s love of their own country. While I frequently disagree with politicians on all side of the political spectrum I respect that they are all to some extent driven by making a positive difference to NZ despite being misguided at times.

    Your comment regarding most people being pretty happy living here is correct of course most people love living in NZ that should preclude them saying that wages are higher in Australia and that a proportion of the population are hurting with rising cost of living and mortgage rates.

    Perhaps rather than me finding soundbites about what Farrar and Key love about NZ you could email them directly I got ward rounds to do.

    Have a good day.

  21. randal 21

    dont let your political fulminations get in the way of providing a competent medical service service free of outside distractions…i.e. keep your mind on your job..and I see when david farrar takes a hit he runs off and starts whingeing on trade me opinions…what a flea!

  22. DPF:

    “The Roger Nome user alias got restored two weeks ago (and I think I emailed you to say this) and as I said you just need to reset the password. Everyone else suspended has managed this pretty easily.”

    As you know, I’ve already done that several times Mr Farrar. Each time I’ve done it “your comment is awaiting moderation” has appeared on my first posting – then it has disappeared. Following that, I’m unable to log in under that password. Now I’m unable to even log in under “Roger Nome” with a new password (Also – you never did email me about this).

    Apparently a similar fate has befallen young James Sleep at Kiwiblog. At “newzblog” – he posted saying that he had talked to a “young nat” who had claimed to be your employee. The young nat, then (as young people do) purportedly mouthed off, saying that you run your business out of National Party headquarters. Sleep then insists that he took this information to you, and since hasn’t been able to post on kiwiblog.

    http://newzblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/david-farrar-puts-silence-on-potential-unmasker/

    http://newzblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/truth-will-out/

    Now in my opinion you have every right to ban people from your blog. It is however sad for you, and the National Party that you have trouble being honest about it.

  23. The standard has also posted about the issue here ….

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=1061

  24. James has posted several times on my blog since then. But you know RN that defaming me on this blog is not the best way to put me in a good mood to spend some time helping you out.

    But regardless e-mail me what password you want and I will set it for you. If your first post is held (like everyone else’s) it will be cleared in time.

    Oh and if someone can translate what Randal is complaining about for me, that would be useful. I actually take the time to post a detailed reply here (which no one has responded too substantively) and he suggests I have run off. And what trade me has to do with anything I don’t know. The mug owner (someone who is very much of the left) emailed me and asked if I would promote his auction, and I did.

  25. Why hello DPF – any chance you’ll let me back on your blog anytime soon? I mean even after all these months your little coterie of freaks seem to be taking my name in vain on close to a daily basis and well, it just doesn’t seem fair to deny me right of reply now does it?

  26. Benodic 26

    David- while it would matter if 200,000 people were leaving a year to be replaced by 204,000 immigrants that’s not what’s happening.

    Only .67% of New Zealanders left last year and they were replaced, with no discernable economic impact and by people who were, overall, more skilled.

    There is no mass ‘exodus’ and New Zealand is not emptying out. You’re just scaremongering.

  27. DPF:

    “But you know RN that defaming me on this blog is not the best way to put me in a good mood to spend some time helping you out.”

    Defaming you? Do you know that it can be considered an act of defamation to insist that someone has been defaming you when they haven’t?

    “But regardless e-mail me what password you want and I will set it for you.”

    Well I’m a bit miffed as to why I can’t do this myself now. i.e. only a few days ago I was able to, but the last several times I’ve tried have been unsuccessful. I will however take you up on that. I look forward to rejoining the discordant chorus that is kiwiblog.

  28. Hi Sod-

    Hey, one little piece of advise, should you be allowed the distinguished privilege of posting on kiwi blog again – don’t bring up Curia Market Research. I reckon we’re closer to the truth on this than is comfortable for our beloved Davey.

  29. Do you mean I shouldn’t mention the fact he runs it out of National party HQ and it does mostly National party work (oh, and work for it’s third-party allies)? Or do you mean I shouldn’t discuss the possibility that this work is effectively a kickback for his blogging work?

  30. Yeah, all that stuff Sod. It really must be giving him a bit of stress. I reckon lots of people who read DPF’s blog visit blogs that point these things out anyhow.

  31. Sod – Actually I sometimes wonder if it’s worth hitting up a PI for the job? To clear it up once and for all. I wonder if Wayne Idour is still in business? i.e. every serious candidate in the 2008 primaries is in the authoritarian-right quadrant of the political compass.

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/usprimaries2008

  32. ..Can a moderator please delete that last post?

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    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    2 days ago
  • Will poor TPP dairy outcome stop National selling our homes?
    Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party After failing to protect the right to stop foreign speculators buying our houses its clear the Government is not going to get wins on dairy in their TPP negotiations either, Labours Trade and… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    2 days ago
  • More Farmland Falling into Foreign Hands
    Press Release – New Zealand First Party More Farmland Falling into Foreign Hands, Despite English Saying Only Kiwi Farmers Can Make a ProfitMore Farmland Falling into Foreign Hands, Despite English Saying Only Kiwi Farmers Can Make a Profit Finance… ...
    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    2 days ago
  • Government Tilts the Playing Fields
    The most shocking example of Government bias can be seen when comparing the treatment of the Problem Gambling Foundation and Relationships Aotearoa with how they bail out failing private and Charter Schools.Wanganui Collegiate is an elite Private School of around… ...
    2 days ago

  • Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion
    Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for… ...
    6 hours ago
  • Will poor TPP dairy outcome stop National selling out our homes?
    After failing to protect the right to stop foreign speculators buying our houses it’s clear the Government is not going to get wins on dairy in their TPP negotiations either, Labour’s Trade and Export spokesperson David Parker says. “Labour has… ...
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley
    Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
    1 day ago
  • Submission to Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Rege...
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Draft Transition Recovery Plan on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party.  It is important that the citizens of Canterbury have a voice in the governance of the next step of… ...
    2 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
    In 2010, National rammed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill through Parliament. Paul Quinn’s Member’s Bill existed because Paul Quinn thought anyone who’d been imprisoned was a serious offender, and serious offenders had ‘forfeited’ their right to vote.… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    2 days ago
  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
    The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The company has told shareholders it… ...
    3 days ago
  • National’s Health and Safety Reform Bill: less safety and fewer rights at...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is embarking on a campaign to fight the changes that weaken the Health and Safety Reform bill. As part of the campaign the CTU has organised vigils with the display of 291 crosses… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    3 days ago
  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
    3 days ago
  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    3 days ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
    New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Nikki Kaye’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    4 days ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    4 days ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    4 days ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    5 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    5 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    5 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    6 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    6 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    1 week ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    1 week ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    1 week ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    1 week ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    1 week ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    1 week ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    2 weeks ago

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