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PM making NZ communities less safe

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on PM making NZ communities less safe

Source: National Party The Prime Minister is misleading New Zealanders by falsely claiming prisons are full of low level offenders in order to try and justify the mess her Government is making on law and order and its refusal to build a new prison, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “The Government’s handling of proposed changes […]

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Finlayson appalled at Hezbollah protest

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Finlayson appalled at Hezbollah protest

Source: National Party Shadow Attorney-General Chris Finlayson is appalled at the open support for the terrorist organisation Hezbollah at a protest in Auckland. “A protest in Aotea Square on Friday was carried out by members of the Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation of New Zealand. This is the same group that posted a video on Youtube in […]

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More incompetence from amateur Government

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on More incompetence from amateur Government

Source: National Party The Government’s embarrassing back down on Three Strikes has underlined the cracks in the Coalition and shown just how little thought is going into decisions which directly affect the lives of New Zealanders, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “Just days after defiantly promising to repeal the Three Strikes law, Justice Minister Andrew […]

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Govt sends business confidence into ‘free fall’

By   /  June 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt sends business confidence into ‘free fall’

Source: National Party Plummeting business confidence should be sending shivers down the spines of Government ministers, with Auckland businesses sending a clear signal that Government policies are taking the economy in the wrong direction, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “Almost half of Auckland businesses surveyed by the Auckland Business Chamber believe that the economy is […]

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Minister’s uncaring treatment of partnership schools

By   /  June 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Minister’s uncaring treatment of partnership schools

Source: National Party The Minister of Education’s handling of the process around partnership schools has been incompetent, uncaring and reckless, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “A number of schools have now received a ministerial termination letter while they are still in the dark about whether or not they will be able to reopen as […]

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Twyford’s numbers badly wrong on foreign buyers

By   /  June 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Twyford’s numbers badly wrong on foreign buyers

Source: National Party Housing Minister Phil Twyford failed to defend his numbers this morning on foreign home buyers in New Zealand because he got them badly wrong, says National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins. “When challenged on the AM Show today and faced with official statistics, Phil Twyford failed to defend his previous stance that foreigners […]

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Weak Davis must be called back to select committee

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Weak Davis must be called back to select committee

Source: National Party In a breath-taking display of incompetence, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis refused to answer questions on his $170 million tourism portfolio during a select committee estimates hearing today, National’s Tourism Spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Mr Davis has proven exactly why he is considered one of the weakest links in an already struggling Government, […]

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Jones wrong that oil and gas ban is “irreversible”

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Jones wrong that oil and gas ban is “irreversible”

Source: National Party The assertion by Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today that the ban on oil and gas exploration is “irreversible” is incorrect and misleading, National’s Energy and Resources Spokesperson Jonathan Young says. “Not only was his Government’s ban on oil and gas exploration made without any consultation, without a cost-benefit analysis and without going […]

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R&D tax credit policy built on Minister’s guesswork

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on R&D tax credit policy built on Minister’s guesswork

Source: National Party The Research and Development (R&D) tax credits policy introduced by Megan Woods is still short on detail and long on generalities after today’s estimates hearing, National’s Research, Science and Innovation Spokesperson Dr Parmjeet Parmar says. “Today I asked the Minister several key questions on the policy, but she quite simply has not […]

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Government is putting our universities at risk

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government is putting our universities at risk

Source: National Party New Zealand’s universities risk slipping further down the international rankings if the Government doesn’t urgently address its misplaced spending priorities, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paula Bennett says. “For the first time in nearly two decades universities in New Zealand have received no increase in Government funding, not even to keep up with […]

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Critical opportunity for feedback on climate law

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Critical opportunity for feedback on climate law

Source: National Party National’s Climate Change Spokesperson Todd Muller is encouraging all New Zealanders to ensure their voices are heard as the Government consults on its proposed Zero Carbon Bill. “Public consultation is the logical next step to build on what we have already heard from experts like the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and […]

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Minister admits political bias in Provincial Fund

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Minister admits political bias in Provincial Fund

Source: National Party Shane Jones’ admission this morning that his Provincial Growth Fund is a political tool is backed up by new figures released this morning revealing Northland as the main recipient of taxpayers’ money, National’s Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The Provincial Growth Fund should really be renamed the Political Survival Fund […]

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Prime Minister must reconsider oil and gas ban

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Prime Minister must reconsider oil and gas ban

Source: National Party The Prime Minister must urgently revisit her Government’s decision to end oil and gas exploration for the good of New Zealand, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “The Government didn’t want the advice before making the decision to end oil and gas exploration in New Zealand, but the advice from officials shows that […]

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Cost of working groups $114m and counting

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Cost of working groups $114m and counting

Source: National Party The Government’s obsession with working groups has at least a $114 million price tag but the real cost comes in the form of lost opportunities, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “The cost so far of less than half of the Government’s 122 working groups and reviews is over $114 million which says […]

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Robertson admits no economic analysis on oil and gas ban

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Robertson admits no economic analysis on oil and gas ban

Source: National Party Finance Minister Grant Robertson admitted this afternoon no Treasury analysis has been completed on the economic impact of the Government’s decision to ban oil and gas exploration, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “It is staggering that on such an important economic issue, the Government has commissioned no analysis from the Treasury […]

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Govt must act quickly on remaining EQC claims

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt must act quickly on remaining EQC claims

Source: National Party The report by the Independent Ministerial Advisor for the Earthquake Commission (EQC) released today is a step in the right direction, but requires the Government to take immediate action, National’s EQC Spokesperson Stuart Smith says. “The people of Christchurch have had their voices heard and now it’s time for the Government to […]

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Small businesses shut out of Tax Working Group

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Small businesses shut out of Tax Working Group

Source: National Party Small businesses continue to be treated with contempt by the Ardern-Peters Government with the Revenue Minister today exposing the lack of representation of small business owners on the Tax Working Group, National’s Revenue Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith and Small Business Spokesperson Jacqui Dean say. “Apparently small business owners who are worried that their […]

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Education Budget full of holes

By   /  June 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Education Budget full of holes

Source: National Party At a Select Committee hearing today Chris Hipkins confirmed that there are a number of holes in Labour’s education budget, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “The Education Minister confirmed today that only the small Ministry support staff pay equity claim is expected to be met within current baselines. This leaves a […]

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Chilling effects on business piling up

By   /  June 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Chilling effects on business piling up

Source: National Party The Government’s naïve and muddled decision-making is hurting business and investment confidence across the economy, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “Officials’ advice revealed today that banning offshore oil and gas exploration would have a ‘chilling effect’ on investment in that sector was just the tip of the iceberg when it […]

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Compulsory bargaining will hurt competitiveness

By   /  June 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Compulsory bargaining will hurt competitiveness

Source: National Party The Government’s determination to force workers and industries to collectively bargain wages and conditions will drive down the competitiveness of our employers, while undercutting workers’ rights to tailor employment contracts to suit themselves, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety Spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “Today’s announcement by Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway […]

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