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Marriage Equality and other bills

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 pm, August 29th, 2012 - 51 comments
Categories: equality, minimum wage, Privatisation - Tags: ,

Louisa Wall has had her first reading of the Marriage Equality Bill passed 80 – 40.  History is in the process of being written…

Clayton Cosgrove’s attempt to entrench state-owned assets so that future sales require 75% of Parliament to agree failed by 1 vote: once again, Peter Dunne’s.  Surely this just shows that the Government still has the likes of KiwiBank, KiwiRail and TVNZ lined up on the block for sale after the next election…

Now David Clark’s bill to get a $15 minimum wage is being debated, with David Bennett doing his best to justify why National’s empty benches will be voting against a bill that will reduce poverty in this country…

51 comments on “Marriage Equality and other bills”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    Good for the equality bill.

    Although entrenching state owned assets is a good idea we actually need to go further and make it so that if any action by the government can be reasonably proven to be bad for the country before the government enacts it then that government gets done for treason if it enacts it. It’s time we started putting limits on the actions that the government can do.

    And the minimum wage bill will fail by one over dunne MP as well.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 1.1

      I wouldn’t go so far as treason charges, but I would provide for measures to assess any legislation against its stated aims, with automatic reversal if such aims are not met. So, for example, when John Key lies that asset sales will help reduce debt, and the debt increases, boom – automatic repossession and reversal. The National Party’s lies about about the fiscal neutrality of tax cuts would similarly see that “policy” reversed.

      A genuine holding to account would go a long way to ensuring that our laws are based on evidence rather than political loony-tunes.

  2. Carol 2

    Shame on Dunne. He shows in his recent votes and (non) statements on asset sales what he really stands for. JANUS! Just Another Neoliberal Unscrupulous Scammer.

  3. Carol 3

    I watched the first reading of the Marriage Equality view live on TV. I found some of the speeches quite moving: e.g. Kevin Hague talking about the changes since he began his 20+years relationship at a time when he and his partner, if their relationship was known, could have lost their jobs and been put in prison.

    It was also interesting to hear a couple of old conservative guys who were initially against the bill, who after investigating the issue, changed their minds.

    It was fun to watch some twitter comments during the speeches: e.g.:

    https://twitter.com/hollyrwalker/status/240733482496696320

    So much respect for those MPs like Paul Hutchison who were initially opposed but have changed their minds #MarriageEquality

    On Jamie Lee Ross’s speech in support of the bill:
    https://twitter.com/metiria/status/240736773880299520

    @marcuslush thats libertarians for you, irritating as hell but sometimes weirdly on the side of the angels

    On a conservative guy who spoke against the bill:
    https://twitter.com/CitizenBomber/status/240734820639059968

    people who wear bow ties shouldn’t be allowed to marry #marriageequality

    which got this response:
    https://twitter.com/helenkellyCTU/status/240735308197552128

    @CitizenBomber next they will be making him wear hipster pants!

    https://twitter.com/annetterongotai/status/240732972846825472

    Annette King ‏@annetterongotai
    Historic day debating Marriage Equality Bill. So different from Homosexual Law Reform debates of 1980s when debates were full of venom.

    https://twitter.com/DavidCunliffeMP/status/240735806459891712

    Some touching and profound speeches on marriage equality. Viva Louisa Wall. And also one from John Hayes.

    And I particularly like the comments in someone’s (?) speech/es about how it’s important to keep church/religion and state separate.

    I think this highlights, what to me, was a dubious reason given by Chris Finlayson for voting against the bill: he said that marriage should be left to the churches, mosques etc. If that was the case, laws on marriage would be removed from the country’s (secular state) legislature. Also, there’s a clause in the bill saying churches can choose not to marry some couples if they decided they didn’t fit their definition of marriage. It’s Finlayson’s choice on he he votes, but his reasoning seemed weird to me.

    I understand more and agree with the reasoning of the old gay guy referred to who said he was against the bill, and preferred civil unions because it didn’t have all the negative associations and baggage of marriage (gender inequality etc).

    I also liked when a speaker referred to the large amount of support for the bill from young people who would be the people to be most affected by legal marriage equality.

    • Tigger 3.1

      Finlayson’s reason makes no sense. I’ve been to dozens of weddings where no religion was involved. So are none of those people married? Finlayson is one of the most unhappy out gay men I’ve ever met. He’s voted this way to ‘fit in’. It’s very sad.

    • Tigger 3.2

      But big props to Paul Hutchison for voting for it to make NZ a better place, especially for his words on suicide.

  4. Carol 4

    And now the PM is giving license to his MPs to get nasty in opposing the later stages of the marriage bill:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7577518/Gay-marriage-debate-to-get-tougher-and-nastier

    Prime Minister John Key says Parliament has strongly endorsed equal rights with its initial support of a bill to legalise gay marriage but warns the debate will get “tougher and nastier”.

    I guess JK just can’t stand that much amount of goodwill and respectful debate around a bill introduced by an opposition MP.

    Nasty little man.

  5. kiwi_prometheus 5

    Too bad about the gay “marriage” thing. The “Life Style Liberals” and Feminist manhaters will probably get their way. Sign of the times, marriage is already in a wrecked state, this will be the icing on the cake for the aforementioned.

    • mike e 5.1

      kp your own expectations and wanting to interfere in what other peoples relationships, are leading you to have these self destructive thoughts.
      Where are all these feminist man haters is that your mother or sisters wife or daughters no its just plain bigotry.
      You obviously come from a catholic back ground from what I have disseminated. The catholic church has a history of having women subjugated and gay bashing but their reality is they are to busy involved in every body else’s decisions while being hypocritical in their own actions.
      Thats why people are leaving formalized religion in droves.

      • kiwi_prometheus 5.1.1

        I’m not Catholic.

        I’m not religious.

        Why does everyone think you can’t oppose gay marriage if you’re not religious?

        Have I put forward a religious argument? No.

        Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a pivotal biological arrangement that you can’t pretend a man and a man are capable of.

        • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.1

          “It’s a pivotal biological arrangement ”

          No it isn’t. It’s a legal and social arrangement.

          • kiwi_prometheus 5.1.1.1.1

            NO, the man and woman bit is!

            “[ Marriage ] is a legal and social arrangement.”

            For a man and a woman – it acknowledges that pivotal biological arrangement.

            “Its about Luuuvvvv!” is usually the cry that goes up. It maybe about that too, but that isn’t sufficient. That pivotal biological arrangement is necessary. Without it, it isn’t marriage anymore.

            To feel otherwise is self delusional.

            • Te Reo Putake 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Could you define the biological arrangement, KP? Procreation?

              • kiwi_prometheus

                It includes that as part of those physiological and psychological complimentary differences unique to a union between a man and a woman.

            • fatty 5.1.1.1.1.2

              how do intersexed and transgendered people fit into your biological arrangement?

              • kiwi_prometheus

                They are a different arrangement obviously.

                • fatty

                  “They are a different arrangement obviously.”

                  Obviously…so you are happy to base your concept of marriage on the laughable concept of gender binarism?
                  Do intersexed and transgendered people get to ‘choose one of your teams’…or are they just not allowed?

                  • kiwi_prometheus

                    “laughable concept of gender binarism?”

                    No its your Postmodern/Deconstruction nonsense trying to pass as Philosophy that is laughable.

                    It has been pointed out that when was the last time a philosopher spoke to an audience large enough to be called the general public?

                    Philosophy has been locked up again in the rarified environment of academia, slave to coffee table feminists.

                    “Do intersexed and transgendered people get to ‘choose one of your teams’…or are they just not allowed?”

                    Possibly.

        • McFlock 5.1.1.2

          Tell me that you don’t think your last two sentences constitute an argument against marriage equality.

          • kiwi_prometheus 5.1.1.2.1

            ^ see above

            • McFlock 5.1.1.2.1.1

              hollering that it’s between a man and a woman is not an argument. It’s a dogmatic assertion.
                       
              Why is marriage between only one man and one woman?  

              • kiwi_prometheus

                Because of the unique physiological and psychological complimentary differences belonging to a union between a man and a woman.

                These are necessary.

                You won’t find them between a man and a man, you won’t find them between a man and 100 women, you won’t even find them between a brother and sister, mother and son.

                Which really brings up the huge flaw in your claim that it is about rights and luuuvvv! From your stand point you can’t stop a brother and sister marrying or an uncle and niece or 10 people all together.

                • McFlock

                  Because of the unique physiological and psychological complimentary differences belonging to a union between a man and a woman.

                  You’re still dancing around providing an argument. What differences? Why does marriage require (for example) one penis and one vagina? What authority restricts marriage from involving two penises?

                  • kiwi_prometheus

                    “Historical decisions of the Courts are the basis for the existing bar, decisions that can only be overturned by legislative amendment.”

                    ^ From wiki.

                • mike e

                  I suppose priest and child doesn’t count either

                  • kiwi_prometheus

                    Oh oh, is that the Lifestyle Liberals next step?

                    After all its all about the lurvvv right? Like that stupid little sign the protestor is flapping “Let me marry who I love!” – like what, your Pomeranian? lol

            • felix 5.1.1.2.1.2

              k_p I’ve explained to you several times where babies come from but you don’t appear to have understood.

              You still seem to think they come from “marriage” which is laughably naive of you.

              Would it help if I drew you a picture?

              • kiwi_prometheus

                I’m sure they supply you with plenty of crayons and scrap paper where you are kept.

                • felix

                  Still no response, eh? I’ll try again:

                  Do you understand that people fuck regardless of whether they’re married? YES/NO

                  Do you understand that this fucking is where babies come from? YES/NO

                  Two simple questions that even a simple mind ought to be able to answer.

                  • felix

                    It’s so weird, whenever anyone asks k_p a question that provides an opportunity to back up the things s/he writes, s/he suddenly has to leave.

                    Then when s/he comes back it’s groundhog day again and it never happened.

                    So weird!

                    • kiwi_prometheus

                      That ‘s/he’ thing you got going there is kinda clumsy isn’t it? Why don’t you come up with a made up word instead, its what you feminists spend a lot of time doing in the Literature Department at tax payer expense isn’t it?

                    • felix

                      I wouldn’t know k_p, I’ve never set foot in a literature department and have no idea what goes on in one.

                      But why should I make up a word? I’m quite happy with my way of referring to people of whom I don’t know the gender. If you’re not happy then perhaps you should be the one coming up with neologisms.

                      ps care to answer the questions yet?

                    • felix

                      Aaaaand still no answer.

                  • kiwi_prometheus

                    “You still seem to think [ babies ] come from “marriage” which is laughably naive of you.”

                    Where do you get this from?

                    • felix

                      From the many comments you’ve made on the topic where you’ve said that man/woman marriage is special because PROCREATIONZ.

                      The procreative functions of humans have been extensively studied and are very well understood. Marriage doesn’t really come into it.

        • mike e 5.1.1.3

          Biology other animals primates as well have different sexual arrangements.
          Humans are not much different .
          Except we have bigotry.
          By those who are scared of their own sexuality.
          The Kinsey Report was the first to open the lid on human sexual behaviour.

  6. captain hook 6

    why do queer people want to do straight things?

    • kiwi_prometheus 6.1

      Its that feeling we all get when we feel shut out of some exclusive club. Or like the little brother who wants to tag along with his older sibling and mates.

      • vto 6.1.1

        kiwi, you never answered the questions yesterday about impairment in the workplace by drugs and alcohol. Are you going to? Or just leave it as a mindless empty confused rant?

        • kiwi_prometheus 6.1.1.1

          My boss use to get stoned, said it made him ‘get in the zone’, concentrate better. That might have been his subjective experience, but he was just a pain in the ass to work with.

          • vto 6.1.1.1.1

            ok thanks for the clarification

          • mike e 6.1.1.1.2

            Sounds like he was gay kp was it consentual

            • kiwi_prometheus 6.1.1.1.2.1

              Well there is a strong association between drug addiction/abuse and homos oops I mean Omosexuals [ such a cold clinical term! ], but no he wasn’t. There was an office lesbian though, provided lots of entertainment, fought like cat and dog with her girlfriend old enough to be her mother, would bring all the drama to work.

              • kiwi_prometheus

                ^ She drank like a fish too.

                Suppose you lot will claim it’s because she isn’t allowed to get married. :roll:

  7. Tim G 7

    Thread lock time. All that matters is:

    1. k_p’s view is that “the unique physiological and psychological complimentary differences belonging to a union between a man and a woman.” define marriage.
    2. One of the mob made a good point in response: “so you are happy to base your concept of marriage on the laughable concept of gender binarism?”
    3. The rest of the mob wants to have a go and fling childish insults at him and accuse him of avoiding the question.

    • kiwi_prometheus 7.1

      One of the mob made a good point in response: “so you are happy to base your concept of marriage on the laughable concept of gender binarism?”

      ^ Don’t I get a chance to hit back?

      After all like you say I’m getting mobbed, it takes awhile to get around to them all!

    • kiwi_prometheus 7.2

      “One of the mob made a good point in response: “so you are happy to base your concept of marriage on the laughable concept of gender binarism?””

      But its not a good point. It’s that clunky old 80’s Feminist deconstruction nonsense…is that the foundation of the Left these days and the push for gay ‘marriage’?

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    7 hours ago
  • Regional air routes must be maintained
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    10 hours ago
  • Action needed on decades old arms promise
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    11 hours ago
  • Worker safety top of mind tomorrow and beyond
    Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorated tomorrow, is both a time to reflect and to encourage a better safety culture in all workplaces, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway.“On Worker’s Memorial Day, working people across New Zealand will remember those… ...
    1 day ago
  • Communities forced to stomach water woes
    Confirmation by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman that he is to wind up a water quality improvement scheme will leave thousands of Kiwis with no alternative but to continue boiling their drinking water, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. The Drinking… ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour calls for immediate humanitarian aid for Nepal
    The Government should act immediately to help with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “The Nepalese Government is appealing for international assistance following yesterday’s massive quake. The full impact is only now being realised… ...
    2 days ago
  • New holiday reflects significance of Anzac Day
    Anzac Day now has the full recognition that other public holidays have long enjoyed, reflecting the growing significance it has to our sense of identity and pride as a nation, Labour MP David Clark says.“The importance of the 100th Gallipoli… ...
    2 days ago
  • Housing crisis hurting export growth
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    4 days ago
  • Gallipoli’s lesson: never forget, never repeat
     A special monument to one of our greatest war heroes should be a priority for the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “This will honour the spirit of Lieutenant Colonel William Malone, who led 760… ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister for who? Women, or Team Key?
    Louise Upston yesterday broke her silence on John Key’s repeated unwanted touching of a woman who works at his local café, to jump to the defence of her Boss. Upston repeated Key’s apology but, according to media reports “she refused… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Taxpayer bucks backing US billionaire
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    5 days ago
  • English’s sins of omission: ‘Nothing left to be done’ on housing
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    5 days ago
  • Climate change now hurts Kiwis
    Kiwis have twice been given timely and grave warnings on how climate change will hit them in their hip pockets this week, says Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The first is the closure of the Sanford mussel plant and the… ...
    5 days ago
  • Clean, green and chocolate!
    Like many people I absolutely love chocolate! But until recently I hadn’t given much thought to how it was grown and produced. Fair trade and ethical food production are core Green Party principles, so yesterday Steffan Browning and I were… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    5 days ago
  • National admits loan shark law not up to it
    National has admitted new laws to crack down on loan sharks, truck shops and dodgy credit merchants aren’t up to the task of protecting vulnerable consumers, Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Paul Goldsmith has acknowledged the laws might just… ...
    5 days ago
  • Power and the Prime Minister
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Extra holiday offers time to reflect
    The Mondayisation of Anzac Day provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to spend more time with their families and their communities, Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark says. “This is the first time legislation I introduced, to have Anzac and… ...
    6 days ago
  • More angst and anguish for red zone locals
    Local residents will be bitterly disappointed by the Government’s cherry picking of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding compensation for red zoned property owners, Labour Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says. “Home owners have taken all… ...
    6 days ago
  • Australia shows why we need a sovereign wealth fund now
    Australia has not managed its great mining boom well, says HSBC’s chief economist for Australia and New Zealand, Paul Bloxham. When times are good, governments need to save for the bad times that will inevitably follow, and this can be… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    6 days ago
  • Pure Water- pure rip off
    New Zealanders’ rights to fresh water must be protected before commercial allocations are given, but the Government is allowing resources to be taken, says Kelvin Davis MP for Te Tai Tokerau.  “The Government needs to resolve the issue of water… ...
    6 days ago
  • Cabinet paper reveals weak case for Iraq deployment
    A heavily redacted copy of a Cabinet paper on New Zealand’s military deployment to Iraq reveals how weak the case is for military involvement in that conflict, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  The paper warns that given the failure… ...
    6 days ago
  • Malaysia’s booty is Kiwis’ lost homeownership dream
    It’s unsurprising the Auckland property market is so overheated when Malaysians are being told they can live large on Kiwi’s hard-earned rent money, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “A Malaysian property website lists nearly 4000 New Zealand houses and… ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministry’s food safety resources slashed to the bone
    The Ministry for Primary Industries’ failure to monitor toxic and illegal chemicals in red meat is a dereliction of duty, Labour’s Primary Industries and Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI compliance officer Gary Orr today admitted National’s much-vaunted super… ...
    7 days ago
  • Ministry must protect organic food industry
    The Ministry for Primary Industries must take urgent action to protect New Zealand’s $150 million organic food and beverage industry by establishing a certification regime, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Despite working with Organics Aotearoa on the issue… ...
    1 week ago
  • Tony Abbott, indigenous rights, and refugees
    This week, Tony Abbott has visited Aotearoa New Zealand, bringing with him his racist policies against indigenous Australians and his appalling record on refugee detention camps. Abbott has launched a policy “to close” remote aboriginal communities, which is about as… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • PM’s housing outburst bizarre
    Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has described the Prime Minister’s latest comments on the Auckland housing crisis as bizarre. “John Key is deep in denial. He must be one of the only people left who are not concerned about the risk… ...
    1 week ago
  • Deflation: Another economic headache linked to housing crisis
    National’s housing crisis is causing even further damage with the second consecutive quarter of deflation a genuine concern the Reserve Bank can do little about, as it focusses on Auckland house prices, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This is… ...
    1 week ago
  • Pot calling the kettle black over fossil fuel subsidies.
    Over the weekend alongside nine other countries the New Zealand Government has endorsed a statement that supports eliminating inefficient subsidies on fossil fuels. Fossil fuel subsidies are a big driver of increasing emissions. Good on the Government for working internationally… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • At last – a common sense plan for Christchurch
    The Common Sense Plan for Christchurch released by The People’s Choice today is a welcome relief from the shallow debate about rates rises versus asset sales, Labour’s Christchurch MPs say. "Local residents – who have spent weeks trawling through the… ...
    1 week ago
  • National must lead by example on climate change
    The National Government must meet its own climate change obligations before it preaches to the rest of the world, Labour's Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. "Calls today by Climate Change Minister Tim Groser for an end to fossil fuel… ...
    1 week ago
  • Biosecurity rethink a long time
    The Government has opened New Zealand’s borders to biosecurity risks and its rethinking of bag screening at airports is an admission of failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. Nathan Guy today announced a review of biosecurity systems in… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chinese rail workers must be paid minimum wage
    KiwiRail must immediately stop further Chinese engineers from working here until they can guarantee they are being paid the New Zealand minimum wage, Labour’s MP for Hutt South Trevor Mallard says. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Better consultation needed on Christchurch asset sales
    The Christchurch City Council (CCC) should be promoting wide and genuine public consultation on its draft ten year budget and plan given the serious implications for the city’s future of its proposed asset sales, outlined in the plan. Instead, it… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Healthy Families’ a good start but not enough to tackle obesity relate...
    Today the Government is making a the meal out of the launch of its ‘Healthy Families’ package to promote ‘healthier decisions’ and ‘changing mindsets’ over nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Great! The programme is based on a successful model from… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Healthy Families’ a good start but not enough to tackle obesity relate...
    Today the Government is making a the meal out of the launch of its ‘Healthy Families’ package to promote ‘healthier decisions’ and ‘changing mindsets’ over nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Great! The programme is based on a successful model from… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    2 weeks ago
  • No more sweet talk on obesity
    The Government should be looking at broader measures to combat obesity rather than re-hashing pre-announced initiatives, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “While it is encouraging to see the Government finally waking from its slumber and restoring a focus on… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government two-faced on zero-hour contracts
    The Government should look to ban zero-hour contracts in its own back yard before getting too high and mighty about other employers using them, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Information collated by Labour shows at least three district health… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Scrutiny of battlefield deaths should continue
    As New Zealand troops head to Iraq under a shroud of secrecy, the Government is pushing ahead with legislation to remove independent scrutiny of incidents where Kiwi soldiers are killed in hostile action overseas, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damp-free homes a right for tenants
    Labour is urging tenants to use a little known rule which gives them the right to live in damp-free rental homes. Otago University researchers have today highlighted the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 as a way tenants can force landlords to… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National must take action on speculators
    The Government must take action on property speculators who are damaging the housing market and shutting families and young people out of the home ownership dream, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “There are a number of options the Government could… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Milk price halves: A $7b economic black hole
    Global milk prices have halved since the peak last year, creating an economic black hole of almost $7 billion that will suck in regions reliant on dairy, crucial industries and the Government’s books, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kitchen plan set to swallow up health boards’ funds
    The financial impacts of implementing a proposal to outsource hospital food, forced on them by a crown-owned company which is now facing an auditor-general’s inquiry, are being felt by district health boards across the country, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Reserve Bank scathing of Government
    The Reserve Bank’s most scathing critique to date of National’s inability to handle the housing crisis shows the Bank is sick of having to pick up the pieces, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “John Key continues to deny there is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for McDonald’s to upsize work hours
    Labour is calling on McDonald’s to have more respect for their workers and offer them more guaranteed work hours. McDonald’s is proposing to guarantee its workers 80 per cent of their rostered hours, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Brownlee misses the boat on asbestos
    Gerry Brownlee has once again missed an opportunity to improve the lives of Cantabrians post-earthquakes, Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson says. A new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser,… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must come clean on troop deployment and protections
    New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cancer prevention calls gain momentum
    Research showing bowel cancer treatment sucks up more public health dollars than other cancers once again highlights the need for a national screening programme, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A study by Otago University, which found colon cancer is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Burger King shows zero-hour contracts not needed
    The abandonment of zero-hour contracts by Burger King is further evidence good employers do not need to use them, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. "Congratulations to the Unite Union and Burger King for settling an employment agreement… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis deserve more than reheats
    The Government looks set to rely on regurgitated announcements for this year’s Budget if today’s speech is anything to go by, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “National has been building up to this Budget for seven long years, promising a… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Landlords not cashing in on insulation schemes
    The fact so few landlords have taken up the generous taxpayer subsidy for retrofitting shows it is time to legislate minimum standards, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “Many landlords aren’t using Government insulation schemes because they don’t want… ...
    2 weeks ago

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