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ENG: Philip Bruce Goff (born 22 June 1953) is the Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Mount Roskill. During the Fifth Labour Government, in office from 1999 to 2008, he served in a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister of Defence of New Zealand, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and Associate Minister of Finance. He served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party between 11 November 2008 and 13 December 2011. Political career Goff had joined the Labour Party in 1969, the same year he left home, and held a number of administrative positions within the party. In the 1981 elections, Goff stood for Parliament in the Roskill electorate, and was elected. Three years later, when ...
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Phil Goff reveals he has not given up hope‎

Phil Goff isn't sure whether he believes in God, so he doesn't pray. Has he felt like praying sometimes, though? The politician gets the point and laughs. "I think people are put on earth, or are on earth, to determine their own fate," he says. Forging his fate as opposition leader, of course, hasn't turned out so well. "Being leader of the Labour Party is a huge privilege," he says, leaning back in the sunshine. "But being leader of the opposition is a pain in the arse." The trouble is that one goes with the other. Goff still has a sense of humour after three years of grief. Perhaps you ...

Kiss and make up too late for ACT, says Goff

Labour leader Phil Goff says an apparent "kiss and make up" between ACT leader Rodney Hide and MP Heather Roy is too late for the party to redeem its image. After a week of messy disputes, Mr Hide and Mrs Roy have declared a truce. She returned to Parliament on Wednesday. Mr Hide had said she was "fragile" and might struggle to return to the party after being deposed as deputy leader by John Boscawen. The ACT caucus met again yesterday and pledged support for the leadership team. In front of the news media Mr Hide apologised for any distress his behaviour had caused Mrs Roy, and she ...

Goff slams

Labour leader Phil Goff is accusing the government of writing off high unemployment, as the price New Zealand has to pay to recover from the recession. But Finance Minister Bill English says saving, not spending, is the key to long-term economic health."If people were rushing back to the shops and the housing market then I would be a bit concerned that New Zealanders hadn't got the message," English told TVNZ's Q + A programme. "Well to some extent it is because a lot of those jobs were dependent on this credit-fuelled economy that we had, particularly from 2005 onwards, and we are going ...

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Goff Raises in Parliament Attacks on Ethnic Community - Indian Weekender
Goff Raises in Parliament Attacks on Ethnic CommunityIndian WeekenderLabour's ethnic affairs spokesperson Phil Goff raised in Parliament last week growing concern in the community about law and order and safety. It was, he said, the top issue raised with him at the recent political forum organised by the Indian Central ...
A week is a long time in politics - Stuff.co.nz
A week is a long time in politicsStuff.co.nzOPINION: One more week and time will be called on the 50th New Zealand Parliament. It has been a topsy-turvy three years since the last election. Labour has gone through two leaders - Phil Goff and David Shearer - and is up to its third, David Cunliffe.and more »
Oral Questions July 22 - 2 Transcript - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Oral Questions July 22 - 2 TranscriptScoop.co.nz (press release)Hon Phil Goff : If the Minister is as competent and hard working as the Prime Minister alleges, why did he take no steps between 12 May and 30 June to secure the waiver for diplomatic immunity that the Malaysians had on offer, given the seriousness of ...
Court jester Joyce impales Cunliffe with rapier wit - New Zealand Herald
Stuff.co.nzCourt jester Joyce impales Cunliffe with rapier witNew Zealand HeraldHe is also a far sharper and powerful debater than was the one-dimensional Phil Goff in 2011. But then neither Labour leader has ever really got the better of John Key in that other verbal boxing ring — ministerial question-time in Parliament ...Opinion: Joyce reveals cruel wit from formidable skills armouryOtago Daily Timesall 24 news articles »

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