Government in denial over income inequality Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.
“The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher than when National took office in 2008.
“National has repeatedly denied what most New Zealanders understand - that the gap between rich and poor is widening.
Please explain Minister… yet again Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no one at the Ministry of Primary Industries will say why. It does not appear to be a food safety issue.
“What is going on with the Ministry and its lack of oversight of our trade with China? China is our biggest and most important market. Exports of casings to China were worth $98 million in the 2012/13 financial year.
Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’ A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“Reporting directly to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will undertake a wide-ranging inquiry into how information technology projects are managed by government agencies, and ensure systems work better and more efficiently in future.
Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“New Zealand once valued itself as the one of the best countries, if not the best country, in the world for bringing up children. Today's report shows this isn’t the case for too many Kiwi families and children.