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Perfect storm threatening construction industry

Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa has no real idea of why the building sector is in crisis, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. Mr Bayly asked in...


Shabby exploration ban will prove costly

Further evidence shows that the Government’s sudden change in approach to offshore exploration opens it up to the risk of legal challenge, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says....


Major immigration backdown welcome, but too late

The Government’s major backdown on post-study work rights for international students is welcome, but the damage to New Zealand’s international reputation has already been done, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse...


EQC Tribunal fails to deliver for Christchurch

The Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Bill is underwhelming and doesn’t provide any substantive relief for people with outstanding EQC claims, National’s EQC spokesperson Stuart Smith says. “Justice Minister Andrew Little...


No reason for Martin to lead Haumaha inquiry

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin’s suggestion that she is automatically responsible for appointing a Chair for the inquiry into the process that led to Wally Haumaha’s appointment as Deputy Police...


Government arrogant in face of real concern

David Parker’s dismissal of plunging business confidence levels as ‘the vibe of a self-selected subset of CEOs’ is just the latest example of a concerning level of arrogance from this...


More fuel taxes but less regional road investment

The Government needs to continue National’s record of investing in our transport network instead of taxing New Zealanders more and driving our industries overseas, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says....


Government in denial on the economic slowdown

The Government has its head in the sand on the economy and the effect its policies are having on business confidence, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. “The Government’s anti-growth...


Nurses settlement only the tip of the iceberg

The news that the nurses have settled is small comfort to the public given that a number of other sectors and industries are experiencing the effects of an uncertain industrial...


Labour divided on class sizes

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ refusal to commit to reducing class sizes is at odds with commitments made by Labour MPs at the election and adds to the long list of...