Alliance says TPPA would lock in a corporate power grab

The Alliance Party says the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) could lock New Zealand into a future where economic and political decisions are made by and for a small elite.

Negotiators having been working on this trade deal since 2007 and met in Auckland this week to have another go at hammering out an agreement.

Alliance Party co-leader Kay Murray says we should not be so naïve as to imagine that anything good for New Zealanders will come out of the TPPA. Continue reading

Not too late to save Hillside if the political will is there

The Alliance Party is appalled but unsurprised at KiwiRail’s announcement that they are to close Dunedin’s Hillside Workshops, making 90 workers redundant.

“We don’t accept this decision,” says Alliance Party co leader and former South Dunedin candidate Kay Murray.

Ms Murray says the Government must intervene right now to demand that KiwiRail keep Hillside workshop open and build their rolling stock there.

She says it is not too late to save Hillside if the political will is there. Continue reading

Kiwis left in the cold by asset sales

Kevin Campbell, Alliance Party co-leader

More New Zealanders will go cold if the National Government is allowed to sell shares in our power companies.

Providing New Zealanders with affordable and reliable electricity would be secondary to providing shareholders with the maximum return on their investment.  The asset sales plans have understandably met with massive opposition from New Zealanders.

Now these plans have been delayed, and are looking even more shaky and shonky.

This is the time to make sure that asset sales, including our power companies, are stopped for good. Continue reading

Thank you!

The Alliance thanks all our members and supporters for their help in the 2011 election campaign, the seventh general election the Alliance has contested.

It wasn’t a good result for a fairer New Zealand. Our social problems and economic insecurity will continue to grow over the next three years.

Up to a million New Zealanders did not vote. This is a crisis of democracy when people in a democratic society do not believe their voice matters or counts.

Let’s continue to work together for a truly democratic society. Jobs, health, education and housing are still issues that are important for most people.

We hope you will join us as we can only achieve a better world by working together.