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David Bennett

Minister struggling to see through the weeds

November 11, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The recent report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on the impact of weeds on native ecosystems highlights some glaring deficiencies in our biosecurity system, says National’s spokesperson for Biosecurity David Bennett

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Minister adding transport costs to inflation bubble

November 11, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The recent National Land Transport Plan includes a $2 billion loan that is a last-minute attempt by the Minister of Transport to balance the books, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Auckland must pull back on parking plans

November 05, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Auckland authorities need to pull back on plans to do away with hundreds of carparks, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Another loop on the roundabout of consultation

November 02, 2021 Share

David Bennett

More plans, more talk, no achievement – the Minister of Transport is stuck in park when it comes to developing New Zealand’s transport infrastructure, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Food security needs certainty

November 02, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government must act now to ensure New Zealand growers have certainty in how Covid will handled, says National’s Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett.

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Government on track for another announcement

October 28, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Here we go again. Another transport announcement from the Government who are yet to deliver on all of their previous transport announcements, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Another one bites the dust

October 02, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The final nail has gone into the coffin of the $785 million Auckland Harbour cycling and walking bridge again highlighting the inability of the Labour Government to deliver on transport, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Even the humble Suzuki Swift can’t escape Labour’s tax

September 23, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Transport Minister Michael Wood needs to urgently clarify who will be exposed to his Car Tax, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Transmission blackspots will create emergency blackspots

September 20, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government must explain exactly what it will do to sort out Transmission Gully’s transmission problems before the expressway opens, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Minister must ditch Clean Vehicle Bill

September 17, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Motor Industry Association’s withdrawal of support for Labour’s Clean Vehicle Bill is yet more reason for Transport Minister Michael Wood to ditch his car tax plan, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Unskilled pruning of labour force is a rotten policy

September 12, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government’s confirmation of the availability of Recognised Seasonal Employer workers from selected countries is not enough to fix its rotten approach to labour supply, says National’s Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett.

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Industry withers in Spring as strict lockdown rules bite

September 09, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The commercial flower industry is being left out in the cold in this latest lockdown. It’s an industry that can’t close its doors and get a wage subsidy to pay its staff. It’s a constant process of planting, toil and regeneration, National’s Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Business will stall if trucks can’t get moving

September 09, 2021 Share

David Bennett

New Zealand risks grinding to a halt if we can’t ease freight and supply line challenges. We risk a situation where freight can’t get out of our biggest city and certainly can’t get to the South Island, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Government misses the bus with transport bias

September 08, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government’s “flagship” transport plan ignores the opportunities to adopt smart transport solutions while developing a stronger nationwide road network that can help bolster public transport solutions, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Labour’s transport plan doesn’t prioritise economic growth

September 07, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government has missed an opportunity to grow the New Zealand economy to help us bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic in its National Land Transport Plan, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Labour’s failure to plan constraining our economy

September 06, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government has had months to plan for a situation where there could be an Alert Level border in the country, like Auckland and the rest of the country, but once again its failed to prepare, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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National MPs out in strong support of farmers

July 14, 2021 Share

David Bennett

This Friday rural communities up and down New Zealand will stage a protest at the overbearing government interference in their businesses and lives, and National MPs will be right there supporting them, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Government needs to move faster on Pacific bubble

April 07, 2021 Share

David Bennett

National supports the call by Hawke’s Bay orchardists and businesses that are reliant on seasonal work to open a travel bubble with the Pacific Islands, Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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National answers horticulture sector’s call for help

March 20, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Allowing seasonal workers from COVID-free countries to enter New Zealand without quarantine needs to happen fast to plug the yawning gap in our horticulture sector’s workforce, National’s Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Parker playing for time on winter grazing

March 17, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Environment Minister David Parker has had no choice but to defer the implementation of the intensive winter grazing in Southland for one year, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Now isn’t the time to be making life harder for farmers

September 12, 2020 Share

David Bennett

The Green Party’s agriculture policy is another slap in the face to Kiwi farmers at a time when we should be focused on growing our primary sector, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Minister missing in action

August 23, 2020 Share

David Bennett

The Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor has taken a staggering 10 days during the Auckland level 3 lockdown to grant a blanket exemptions for sheep and beef farmers, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Labour fails to plan for primary sector

August 21, 2020 Share

David Bennett

Labour needs to stand up for the essential primary sector workers who are wrongly being turned away at Auckland region checkpoints, MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly and National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett say.

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Government underestimating labour shortage

June 25, 2020 Share

David Bennett

 

The Government is underestimating the size of the labour shortage rural contractors are facing as they come into their busy season, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Potential labour shortage unless visa problems fixed

June 12, 2020 Share

David Bennett

The Government needs to act fast or dairy farmers will be left short-staffed during the busy calving season as thousands of worker’s migrant visas are set to expire, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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