Arguments We Need to Win in 2014

What’s good for business is good for everyone, right? Wrong, actually.

Businesses that pay all workers a liveable wage, that provide a healthy and safe working environment, that tread lightly on environment, that turn out quality products or services that we actually need, and that pay a decent tax on their profits can benefit us all.

Businesses that pay low wages except to an elite few (usually offshore) directors and shareholders, that are unsafe for workers, that wreck the environment, that churn out junk, and that use every trick in the book to avoid paying their fair share of taxes cost the country and the planet. Continue reading

SkyCity Convention Centre Not Needed

Sadly SkyCity casino looks set to get its way. The promise of a new convention centre will be enough to secure it a 27-year extension to its licence and the right to have an extra 230 pokies and up to 52 more gaming tables.

Throughout the debate over the wisdom of this deal the Alliance Party has waited in vain for somebody to ask the question “Why do we need a convention centre anyway?” Continue reading

Would the Real Left Wing Parties Please Stand Up?

The Alliance Party is amused and, quite frankly, confused, to hear John Key repeatedly refer to a possible Labour/Greens coalition as a “far left” government in the media these days.

Key bases his assessment on their new power policy which would see a government provider buying all the power from generators. However Key should ponder the fact that the state owned all aspects of power generation and the distribution of electricity right up until 1999. And no one ever described the Holyoake and Muldoon led National governments of this era as “far left” because electricity was state owned.

Not that being a “left wing” party is a bad thing. For the majority of New Zealanders, having a genuine “left wing” coalition government would be very good indeed. Continue reading

KiwiRail is not just a Business it is an Essential Public Service

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

Can the Government Guarantee Domestic Power Prices if the Power Companies Are Sold?

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.

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