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The new cabinet

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, October 24th, 2017 - 78 comments

Details about how the next Cabinet may be made up are emerging. Winston Peters may regain the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as being Deputy Prime Minister.

Labour won’t regain power until it wins the tax debate

Written By: - Date published: 4:36 pm, September 25th, 2017 - 178 comments

Labour didn’t deserve to win on Saturday because, firstly, because it failed to bring a fully-fleshed tax policy to voters, and, secondly, it never attempted to win the ideological battle over tax. To succeed at the next election, Labour must begin work today to frame this debate.

Finance debate – Grant Robertson vs big flaming gasbag

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, September 7th, 2017 - 54 comments

The RNZ debate between Labour and Nat finance spokespersons has just concluded – Grant Robertson vs a big flaming gasbag. Robertson very strong, gasbag unable to name One Single Person who agrees with his $11.7bn big lie.

Steven Joyce’s comprehension fail

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, September 4th, 2017 - 42 comments

Steven Joyce’s claim that Labour’s budget forecasts have a $11 billion dollar hole in them raises some concern with his ability to actually understand Government budgetary processes.

National’s brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 16th, 2017 - 11 comments

The homeless crisis is getting that bad in Auckland that people are dying because they have nowhere to live.

Debt to Income Loan Limits

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 15th, 2017 - 116 comments

this is not the hope you were looking for

The possible introduction of debt to income lending ratios will potentially have an enormous effect on New Zealand’s housing market.

Labour Congress so far

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, May 14th, 2017 - 11 comments

Speeches and policies from Congress so far.

More thoughts on the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, March 25th, 2017 - 111 comments

The Labour-Green Budget Responsibility Rules announcement this week ought to dispel the notion that Labour and the Greens cannot work together.

Grant Robertson: Future of Work

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, November 9th, 2016 - 10 comments

At the Labour Conference over the weekend, Grant Robertson announced the results of the Future of Work Commission.  Ideas for policy to cope with a new age of work.

Grant Robertson Speech: Future of Work Commission results

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, November 5th, 2016 - 52 comments

Text of a speech from Grant Robertson to the 2016 Labour Party Conference concerning the results from the Future of Work Commission.

Robertson: Lessons from the Future of Work Commission

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 10 comments

Robertson: “What is the economic paradigm that will meet the challenge of world of less secure work, more automation?”

Grant Robertson on the adjusted unemployment figure

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 17th, 2016 - 206 comments

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

Grant Robertson’s pre-budget speech

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

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

A week is a long time in politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sock puppets, the media and the UBI

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

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

Job cuts and the future of work

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

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

Homosexual law reform happened 30 years ago

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

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

There are people living in cars

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

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

Grant Robertson’s speech to the 2015 Labour Conference

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

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

Labour to defy TPP on property ownership?

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

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

Labour is the party of economic competence

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

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

Grant Robertson’s pre-budget speech

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

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

Embarrassed for NZ

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

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A late run succeeds

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

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

Last chance to vote

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

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

My (late) vote

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

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

Standard questions: Grant Robertson

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

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

Andrew Little in Auckland on Sunday and virtual hustings

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

The Labour leadership race continues!

Labour leadership hustings video

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

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

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