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The smoke & mirrors of the surveillance-military-economic-complex

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, May 21st, 2014 - 29 comments
Categories: accountability, afghanistan, democracy under attack, greens, john key, labour, same old national, Spying, trade, uk politics - Tags: , , ,

There are a range of issues in the main and secondary media, which are part of a GCSB-intelligence-surveillance-military-complex. Some significant elements seem to be posing as diversions from other parts of the complex, and the way all parts hang together. What will he offer Obama, to advance a NZ’s position in the TPPA?

socialist aotearoa fuck tppa

Most of the mainstream media are focusing on the drone issue.  They and politicians are keeping up the heat on John Key as to whether he and/or the GCSB have been complicit in providing intelligence resulting in US drones attacking drone strikes killing civilians and (at least one) Kiwis in Afghanistan Yemen.

DRONES

Surprisingly, as micky savage points out, the MSM has pretty much ignored the significance of the extra details, and narrative produced by Campbell Live last night: a narrative that charts the shift of the GSCB’s main focus from military-based security, to include a strong focus on “economic” security.  This includes issues of digital copyright, as reflected in the Dotcom saga, as well as with significant aspects of the TPPA.

The Green Party and David Cunliffe have raised questions about why the PM is not going to be asking questions related to the drone issue, in his up coming meeting with Obama.  In contrast, Key has said the focus of his talks with Obama will be trade and the TPPA (see for instance Patrick Gower’s article on this).  Here, in plain sight, is an issue that, in the MSM today, is  not being treated as a major issue. This is at a time when the TPPA negotiations are at a  crucial point. Claire Trevett gives it passing mention:

A White House statement said the meeting will cover co-operation on matters from the Trans Tasman Pacific Partnership to military to military co-operation. Mr Key said that did not necessarily mean a visit by a US warship was in the near future.

[…]Mr Key said he would not raise issues of drone strikes or mass surveillance by intelligence agencies.

Jane Kelsey’s press release today, on her monitoring of the TPPA negotiations, has received little attention.

‘At the end of a two-day ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Singapore it seems clearer than ever that New Zealand stands to get almost nothing if they do reach a deal, and we will pay a very high price in return’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey, who has been observing the meeting.

Today’s statement from the TPPA ministers had the familiar recycled rhetoric of “meaningful progress”, “narrowing remaining differences”, and “building momentum”.

‘There are signs of a possible breakthrough on the sticking point of agriculture. But that would fall far below Trade Minister Groser’s “gold standard” of comprehensive liberalisation for agriculture’, Kelsey said.

While Grosser has claimed he will not accept any major formal concessions on “medicine patents, copyright, or state-owned enterprises,” it is unclear how his lack of bargaining chips will result in significant positive results for NZ.  Kelsey concludes:

‘In return for what looks like an empty deal, New Zealand will still be expected to make major concessions on the rules for Pharmac, Internet freedom, regulating foreign investment and much more’.

The TPPA ministers announced a ‘pathway for intensified engagement’ in market access and rules, such as intellectual property and state-owned enterprises, includes another ‘chief negotiators’ meeting in early July. By not calling it ‘a round’ they can avoid the need for any formal stakeholder presence.

‘The question now is where the New Zealand government will draw its new red line, and what price it will make the country pay for a deal that delivers few, if any, tangible returns’.

So what can Key possibly achieve in his talks with Obama on trade?  And does he think he has some major bargaining chips?  Some TPPA concessions for NZ in response to Key holding the line in support of the US government and intelligence services with respect to drones, digital surveillance, etc?

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  • As pointed out byghostwhowalksnz, Clapper is labelled “top NSA spook” by Dotcom, in the Twitter image. He is Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  He does not have information about all the details of operational matters of the NSA, but has overall responsibility for the NSA and  other US intelligence agencies.

29 comments on “The smoke & mirrors of the surveillance-military-economic-complex”

  1. Philj 1

    xox
    ” You see John, it’s just like this ….”

  2. Tracey 2

    the thing is, i have a caddy already

  3. Clemgeopin 3

    I thought that during the parliamentary question time today, Cunliffe’s grilling of Key regarding the GCSB issue was weak and Key’s mumbling answers were even weaker.

    The questions should be specific, single and sharp, avoiding two parts, which gives Key the advantage of wriggling out easily by answering just the easier part.

    The opposition needs to be smart and incisive in its razor sharp questioning. .

    • karol 3.1

      It may not be the right time because Key would have been well prepared for any questions on the topic. There were some interesting points in the replies. Basically, Key fell back on his memory (which he indicates may be faulty).

      Hon David Cunliffe: Why did he state on 4 April 2013 that the role he played in Ian Fletcher’s appointment as head of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) was “Only that the State Services Commissioner came to me”—came to me—“with the recommendation.”, when in fact he personally phoned him to encourage him to apply for the job?

      Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Because at the time I was asked in the House that was my recollection. At the end of the day, it was my appointment anyway.

      Hon David Cunliffe: Who organised the breakfast meetings on 17 June 2011 and 12 March 2010 between him and Ian Fletcher at the Stamford Plaza and Hyatt Regency respectively?

      Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I cannot be 100 percent sure, but, to the best of my recollection, it would be my office.

      Hon David Cunliffe: Given that, to the best of his recollection, his office organised both meetings, is it correct that the 17 June breakfast was held 3 days after he signed off on the interview panel for the GCSB director’s position and 3 weeks before the existing shortlist of candidates for that position was scrapped; if so, does he still claim that the GCSB role was not discussed with Mr Fletcher at that breakfast?

      Rt Hon JOHN KEY: In answer to the last part of the question, yes.

      Hon David Cunliffe: Was anyone from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet or his office present at the meeting held on 14 December 2011 to brief on Operation Debut against Mr Kim Dotcom?

      Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Well, no one from my office was. I cannot be sure whether the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet had a representative there.

      So if they didn’t discuss the GCSB role, what did they discussed? It could have been things to do with surveillance, the NSA, etc…?

      Cunliffe then went on to the topic of the GCSB sharing information about New Zealanders with our partners. This is related to the broader role of the GCSB and the shift in its focus which began with the lead up to fletcher’s appointment.

      It is interesting that Key fudges this point. This indicates some issues of significance re the PM’s and/or other ministers jobs were liekly discussed.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2

      Agree here.
      None of the questions were on notice, it was just a generic stand by your answers thing.

      Key obviously didnt bother to get answers to possible questions and if he did ignored his briefing and just gave generic answers that could apply to any meeting.

  4. Anne 4

    I’ve been pondering the question:

    Why is the MSM ignoring the matters arising out of the Campbell Live programme?

    Is it too big for them so they’ve decided to look the other way?
    Are they scared to report on it because their bosses (MSM and political) won’t like it and they might lose their positions?
    Is it professional jealousy because they didn’t have the gumption to do it?
    Is it too complicated for them to get their heads around it so they’ve decided to ignore it?
    Or are they just showing their political prejudices in favour of the Key government.

    Is it one of these in particular or a bit of all of them?

    • Clemgeopin 4.1

      Yes, it is strange and enigmatic! What Campbell revealed was a matter of very serious nature, involving the PM’s integrity and misleading of parliament and the public. Perhaps the MSM is waiting for some more revelations before taking up the issue? Of course, a lot of political journalists and commentators in the MSM seem to enamored by Key for some reason. We have quite an inefficient, uncritical, un-analysing and lazy fourth estate in this country, who seem to be more interested in minor issues generally!

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      Why is the MSM ignoring the matters arising out of the Campbell Live programme?

      Senior editors don’t want to run with it.

      • Anne 4.2.1

        That’s the short answer CV. But I want to know the reason they don’t want to run with it. For example, have they been warned not to run with it? A brief word in one person’s ear and a few text messages is all it would take.

        • karol 4.2.1.1

          Trotter makes some good points on this.

          For me, the most significant thing about CL last night was the narrative it constructed about the shifts in NZ intelligence and surveillance under Key’s watch – cosying up to the US, and the shift towards economic or commercially-based surveillance, digital copyright, etc.

          This is where the TPPA comes in as a significant issue re-Key’s trip to visit Obama.

          Cunliffe was focusing more on the drones issue.

          • Anne 4.2.1.1.1

            Trotter makes some good points on this.

            Yes he does karol. That is why I am suspicious of the MSM’s avoidance of the issue. I suspect they’ve been tipped off to keep their mouths shut or else… There are subtle ways of doing this without issuing direct threats.

            It makes a nonsense of the claim that NZ is corruption-free.

            • karol 4.2.1.1.1.1

              This evening, Audrey Young, channeling John Key has launched an attack on John Campbell:

              Prime Minister John Key has accused TV3 broadcaster John Campbell of falling for conspiracy theories in the wake of Campbell Live show on Tuesday about the unlawful surveillance of internet mogul Kim Dotcom by the GCSB spy agency and the appointment of its chief, Ian Fletcher.

              Mr Key suggested facetiously that Campbell turn next to whether US President Barack Obama was born in the United States, whether the American Government was behind the September 11 attacks and who killed the Kennedys.

              “I’ve had some respect for John,” Key said to reporters at Parliament, “but when you do, I suppose, two years and come up with absolutely nada, what you do is what he did which was set a whole lot of assumptions to music.

              “The first I ever heard of Kim Dotcom was the 19th of January 2012.”
              […]
              “I can’t tell you exactly everything we talked about because I would never say that,” Mr Key said “but I can tell what we didn’t talk about.

              “We didn’t talk about Kim Dotcom because it is impossible to talk about someone you don’t know.”

              Mr Dotcom tweeted this after that that was “the logic of a liar.”

              Kim Dotcom insists he has proof that Mr Key is lying when he says he first heard about him on January 19, the day before his Coatesville mansion was raided by the FBI and that the proof will force Mr Key to resign.

              And the clincher from Key, attacking Dotcom’s claim in court that Banks had talked to Key about Dotcom’s firework display at New Years eve in Auckland:

              Mr Key said he had “no idea what John Banks said to Kim Dotcom but all I know is he has never spoken to me about going to fireworks.”
              He would never go to such fireworks anyway because he always spent Christmas and New Year in Hawaii.

              What with Key’s shunning of NZ holidays, and citing US conspiracy theories…… all adds up to supporting the narrative in Campbell Live, showing how much Key was cosying up to and following the US govenrment.

              • Anne

                This evening, Audrey Young, channeling John Key has launched an attack on John Campbell

                I’m sure John Campbell is expecting it, and coming from Tory girl Audrey Young (Daddy an ex Nat minister and brother a Nat MP) he won’t be too bothered.

                • karol

                  When I have time, … which won’t be for a day or two, I might do a post showing how Young has unwittingly reinforced the suck-up-to-the-US narrative presented in Campbell Live.

                  John Key, claiming to be the typical Kiwi bloke, trots out US conspiracy theories, sucks up to powerful Americans, and runs of to Hawaii at every chance.

                  • Anne

                    I might do a post showing how Young has unwittingly reinforced the suck-up-to-the-US narrative presented in Campbell Live.

                    Good one karol.

                    Whenever trolls (and Key is our top troll) are lying or don’t have an answer they trot out the conspiracy theorist jibe. Like Richard Nixon, he will get his comeuppance in due course.

              • Tracey

                The chronology as stated by Karol (summarising CL) and BLiP’s links to actual quotes of John key are not fabrication.

                As those of you who have read here the last couple of days have seen, my own interest is the denial of Key being the one to suggest Fletcher and telling Rennie he would contact Fletcher following their meeting about the unsuitability of the short listed candidates. And then doing so.

                I haven’t seen anyone provide any plausible explanation, apart from John Key forgot. But that is NOT plausible because it was not a cabinet club meeting to fundraise, or a dinner at Antoine’s or even a golf fundraiser, it was a meeting to talking about appointing the new head of the GCSB, for which Key has Ministerial responsibility. It is not, I submit, plausible that he did not remember.

                His answer reminds me of Paula Bennett when asked about the cabinet club by a reporter… it looked like she couldnt remember whether it was se cret to be covere dup or not, so she defaulted to lying.

          • freedom 4.2.1.1.2

            With the TPPA being just one of the handful of new global [empire] treaties being written that the USA is central to, it makes one wonder, what other countries have had new spy bosses installed?

          • Wayne 4.2.1.1.3

            Karol,

            The visits etc have been occurring for many years and is an integral part of the “5 eyes” relationship. And I really don’t think it has much to do with TPPA.

            But I am sure TPPA will be a central discussion topic on the the PM’s visit to the US. It is after all the strategic economic initiative that the US has in respect of its Asia Pacific relationships. But it will only happen if everyone thinks they are getting something worthwhile out of it. The Us cannot force the other states into it – it requires give and take by everyone.

            • Tracey 4.2.1.1.3.1

              but will john remember any of it afterwards

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.3.2

              But it will only happen if everyone thinks they are getting something worthwhile out of it.

              But that’s not true is it Wayne? Not everyone is in on the discussions and, from what we’ve seen of the actions of this government, they’re more than happy to go against the interests of NZ for US corporates.

        • Paul 4.2.1.2

          They’re running with it.
          They’re just running with John Key like the repeaters, lapdogs and poodles they are….

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10068990/Key-knocks-Campbell-conspiracy-theories
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11259123

          And TVNZ pretending it never happened.

  5. A.Ziffel 5

    “providing intelligence resulting in US drones attacking civilians and Kiwis in Afghanistan.”

    Kiwis in Afghanistan attacked by U.S. drones, really?

  6. greywarbler 6

    Really.

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 7

    There is a major error in the job description of ‘top NSA spook James Clapper’

    He is not head of the NSA nor is he head of the CIA, he is Director of National Intelligence ( DNI) which is a coordination body , nominally in charge of the NSA and CIA and the whole alphabet soup of US intelligence archipelago.( Around 16 different bodies) plus reporting to the President.

    He previously had been had been in charge of DIA ( Defence Intelligence Agency, the military)

    There is no way Clapper would have been aware of any detailed observation targets like Dotcom.

    When you are trying to get specifics nailed down this is a major fail, and really blows any link to Clapper and the Key GCSB circus.

    GCSB is just a tiny atoll in the NSA lagoon.

    • karol 7.1

      Well, I have added a note to the post. That quote about top spook is from Dotcom’s Twitter. I have read him before referring to Clapper in that way.

      He may not have knowledge of all operational matters, but he is an important figure in the narrative about the change of direction of the GCSB under Key’s watch.

  8. Instauration 8

    Sorry Karol
    But if you reference of; “drone strikes killing civilians and (at least one) Kiwis in Afghanistan.”
    refers to the Kiwi “Daryl Jones” – he was murdered in Yemen, not Afghanistan.
    Yemen is not an acknowledged theatre of war.

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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • Hey RaboDirect, if Mike Hosking’s selling you, I’m not buying.
    A nasty side of radio announcer Mike Hosking spilled out into view last week as he ‘bashed’ the victim of John Key’s serial bullying. Hosking, supported by TVNZ’s OneNews, sponsored by RaboDirect, vilified the waitress whom the Prime Minister admits… ...
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    2 days ago
  • Is Auckland boring enough?
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    2 days ago

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    7 hours ago
  • Regional air routes must be maintained
    The Government must use its majority shareholding to make sure Air New Zealand cooperates with second tier airlines stepping into the regional routes it has abandoned, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Air New Zealand’s cancellation of its Kaitaia, Whakatane,… ...
    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
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    2 days ago
  • New holiday reflects significance of Anzac Day
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    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
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    5 days ago
  • Clean, green and chocolate!
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    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
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    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
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    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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