The Alliance Party is concerned about amount of misinformation circulating about the long term unemployment. It is time for a bit of honesty both from the government and employers. Continue reading
New Zealand is widely credited with being the first country in the world to introduce a social welfare system at the beginning of last century. Once again we are leading the way in welfare but this time not in a good way, the Alliance Party believes. We have become the first country to commission an actuarial valuation of our benefit system for working age adults. Continue reading
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
Alliance Party Co-Leader and former MP Kevin Campbell says the decision by the Government to keep Government appointed Commissioners in charge of the Canterbury Regional Council is a further blow for the spirits of the people of Canterbury. Continue reading
It is time to accept that rail is an essential public service, necessary to build communities and facilitate industries. Rail is there to serve the public good. It will never be a cash cow, according to Alliance co-leader Kay Murray. Ms Murray says “What KiwiRail needs to be is a high quality accessible rail network that moves both people and freight safely and efficiently.” Continue reading
The government says domestic power prices will not rise steeply if shares are sold in the three publicly owned power companies, but can they guarantee it? And what if they are wrong? This has the Alliance Party worried, according to co leader Kay Murray.
I was impressed and excited to read a local finance broker’s advice to potential “mum and dad” investors in privatized public assets in the Otago Daily Times (Friday 6 July 2012).
Mr Chris Timms of Craigs Investment Partners says any complaints about ordinary Kiwis not being able to get in on the sale of the 21st century are misplaced.
It comes down to lifestyle choices and priorities.
Cut out the cigarettes and takeaways, and you can be in to win.
As Mr Timms says, you can save money, be healthier and buy some shares.
It is a well known fact that the working classes of New Zealand expend their lives in a haze of cigarette smoke, while simultaneously pouring jugs of beer down their throats and stuffing their ample jaws with burgers and chips.
It’s amazing they actually find time to work full time and raise families.
In some cases, they linger on well into their seventies on superannuation (another drain on the economy.)
We need to buy back the assets we already own because we needed to give tax cuts to high income people, like finance industry high flyers for example. Continue reading
The Alliance Party pleads with “Mum and Dad investors” not to buy shares in the electricity companies which the Government is putting up for sale, says Co-Leader Kay Murray. Continue reading
For the Alliance Party the Mixed Ownership Bill is a case of ground-hog day. The Alliance was formed to fight the privatization agenda of the 1980′s and 1990′s. “We find it profoundly depressing that this government is determined to repeat the failures of the past,” said Co Leader Kay Murray. Continue reading
Alliance co leader Kevin Campbell says he is outraged at John Key’s comment on Breakfast TV that the country doesn’t have the money to pay aged care workers a decent wage. Continue reading