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Paul Goldsmith

New Justice Minister misleads from the start

June 20, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Newly appointed Justice Minister, Kiri Allan, is already misleading New Zealanders a week into the role, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Minister needs to front on electoral changes

June 18, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New Justice Minister Kiritapu Allan needs to explain why the Government thinks New Zealand should ditch equal voting rights for all and accountability at the ballot box, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says

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Government deceit of victims laid bare

June 16, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Victims of crime are missing out on support because a Government-funded assistance scheme was deliberately under promoted to stay within budget, National’s Justice Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s Local Bill discards democratic principles

June 08, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s support for legislation currently before Parliament sees two key democratic principles abandoned, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour weakens the law on serious offenders

June 02, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

At a time when violent crime is increasing, Labour is set to weaken prison sentences for serious offenders, National’s Justice Spokesperson, Paul Goldsmith says.

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New jobs tax could not be more poorly timed

May 20, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s Income Insurance Bill is a slap in the face to the squeezed middle who are getting smashed by the cost of living crisis, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government should scrap mandatory Union Deals

May 16, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

News that the Government’s misnamed Fair Pay Agreements have put New Zealand on a Top 40 list for possible prosecution by the International Labour Organisation is beyond embarrassing, National’s Workplace Relations & Safety spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Victims miss out again under Labour

April 30, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The revelation that fewer than 70 cases have been supported by the Government’s strangulation initiative means hundreds of victims have missed out on support they were promised, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Canning discriminatory Rotorua Bill the right move

April 28, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour has predictably started backpedalling on the discriminatory Rotorua District Council Bill but rather than just pressing pause, they need to can the whole thing now, National’s Justice Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Robertson dissembles on Rotorua Bill

April 26, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Grant Robertson’s comments this morning will leave Kiwis confused about Labour’s plans to change the nature of our democracy, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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U-turn coming for discriminatory Rotorua local bill?

April 24, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Willie Jackson’s comments today on the discriminatory Rotorua District Council bill suggest Labour is rightly considering a U-turn, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Discriminatory Rotorua Local Bill should be dropped

April 22, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Rotorua District Council Bill must be scrapped following the Attorney General’s report today that it is discriminatory and would breach the Bill of Rights, National’s Justice spokesperson, Paul Goldsmith says.

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Decline in perception of academic freedom alarming

April 08, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New research showing a large number of academics are apprehensive about exercising their freedom of expression reflects an alarming culture of intolerance under this Government, National’s Justice Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Victims miss out because of incompetent Minister

April 04, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Victims of crime missed out on support they were entitled to because Justice Minister Kris Faafoi failed to sign off the criteria for a $3 million victim support fund for more than five months after the fund was announced, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s union bill will harm the economy

March 29, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s misnamed ‘Fair’ Pay Agreements Bill will reduce flexibility and harm New Zealand’s economy, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Govt must reconsider refusal for riots investigation

March 24, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government must reconsider their refusal for Parliamentary inquiries into the riots after today’s announcement that New Zealanders will have to wait until March 2023 for the complete IPCA report, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Govt must stop stonewalling riots investigation

March 21, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Prime Minister’s insistence that the only inquiry needed into the Parliamentary occupation and riots is an Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) investigation is untenable and unrealistic, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour blocks Justice Committee hearing on riots

March 17, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s decision to block a request for a briefing from the Police Commissioner on the Parliament occupation and riots is further evidence that they have no interest in transparency, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Zero victims supported by $3 million scheme

March 04, 2022 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The fact not one person has been supported by a $3 million fund to help victims makes a mockery of Labour’s election promise to better support victims, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Fair Pay Agreements must be scrapped

December 09, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government should ditch its Fair Pay Agreement policy following Business New Zealand’s refusal to be the Government’s preferred partner, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Where’s the education urgency?

November 17, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Re-opening schools today in Auckland and Waikato has been great for some, but too many are still missing out, National’s Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Auckland’s education funk hurting students

November 05, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Ongoing uncertainty about schools reopening in Auckland has put much of the education system there into a funk, with students missing out, says National’s education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

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Non-education farce in Auckland must end

November 01, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government must today announce a swift reopening of Auckland and Waikato schools to arrest the decline in students’ education and mental health after more than two months out of the classroom, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government too slow to re-open schools

October 27, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government is wrong to keep most children out of school in Auckland until 15 November at the earliest, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Schools decision wrong and misguided

October 20, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government is wrong to keep most children out of school in Auckland, possibly for the rest of the year, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Where’s the plan to help Auckland’s students?

October 18, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government must provide a date and plan for Auckland schools to reopen now, says National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

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What’s the plan to reopen Auckland schools?

October 12, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

After seven weeks of lost school time, Aucklanders need a plan to get their children back to school, says National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

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Government negligence keeps kids locked out of school

October 11, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government’s lack of preparedness is the reason students are missing out on even more critical school time, says National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

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Reopening schools absolute priority

October 07, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government should move heaven and earth to make sure schools reopen in Auckland on October 18, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Muddled priorities behind education strike

October 04, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government’s confused spending priorities in education have created the conditions for the planned strike by Ministry of Education psychologists, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government must heed advice on maths

October 03, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

All our talk of succeeding in a knowledge economy is empty so long as our maths education remains a goddamn mess, says National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

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Clearer expectations of home learning required

September 17, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Confirmation today that Auckland students will spend another two weeks trying to learn from home underscores the need for better guidelines to make sure kids are actually engaged in education, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour should listen to the education experts

September 13, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government should listen to the strong message from accounting and economics teachers that its proposed curriculum changes are misplaced and go back to the drawing board, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Quit the education complacency

September 09, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is mythmaking about the impact of school closures on learning, no doubt to downplay the impact of his Government’s failures over Covid, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government vague on lockdown education

August 25, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

As kids and parents face weeks away from school, the Government remains vague on the reality of education under lockdown, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Kids missing out because progress isn’t measured

August 02, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government must implement a standardised way to measure progress to make sure no children fall through the cracks, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government must urgently prioritise truancy crisis

July 30, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New Zealand’s truancy crisis is only going to get worse if schools aren’t required to submit their attendance data, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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What is Western Science?

July 26, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Proposals for NCEA science risk taking our curriculum down a rabbit hole at a time when the Government should be focused on turning around our declining achievement in science, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Alarm bells should be ringing in education

June 29, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Education Review Office warning of a ‘slippage of expectations’ in mathematics teaching must be the catalyst to turnaround declining achievement in foundational subjects, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Quit the ideological warfare, Minister

June 21, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Rather than keep fighting ideological battles, the Government should be focusing its on energy on making sure our kids are at school in the first place, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour kills second language bill

June 03, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s move to kill a National Member’s Bill to give primary and intermediate schools the tools to teach a second language is narrow-minded and misses a golden opportunity to equip our kids with greater language skills, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National submits on New Zealand history curriculum

June 01, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The National Party agrees that teaching New Zealand history to our kids should be a core part of the curriculum, but we have serious concerns around elements of the current proposal, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Govt prioritises ‘white privilege’ training over falling grades

May 27, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

It is right to have important conversations around inequities, but it is wrong to peddle crude, simplistic, stereotypes imported from America which are more divisive than constructive, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Time to enforce social obligations for truancy

May 24, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Rather than abandoning social obligations on beneficiaries to send their children to school we should be enforcing those requirements especially at a time when New Zealand is facing a truancy crisis, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Thin rations to turn around truancy crisis

May 22, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Parents and teachers will be disappointed that in a Budget with about $15 billion worth of new spending, so little was devoted to pressing challenges in education, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Warped education priorities short-changing kids

May 17, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Government should be focusing on making sure our kids are at school and learning, rather than have them discuss their white privilege, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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New Zealand is in a truancy crisis

May 06, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New Zealand has a truancy crisis as new figures show almost 40 per cent of students did not attend school regularly in term four of 2020, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour wrong to limit where kids can go to school

April 22, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Proposed changes to the Education and Training Act 2020 are part of an ongoing attack on school choice by Labour, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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17 schools have fewer than 20 per cent of kids regularly at school

April 15, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Today’s revelation by the Government that there are 17 schools where fewer than 20 per cent  of students are attending school regularly is just another illustration of the magnitude of New Zealand’s attendance crisis, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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New figures show New Zealand’s attendance crisis

March 30, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Newly released attendance data National has been calling for for months shows an alarming number of students don’t attend school regularly, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government hiding our student attendance crisis

March 19, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The only way we can fix New Zealand’s appalling school attendance levels is by first knowing the full extent of the problem, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Lockdown’s impact on student learning dire

March 03, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

NZQA’s assessment that the University Entrance pass rates for 2020 would have ‘fallen off a cliff’ without free credits shows the huge impact lockdown disruption is having on learning, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Words alone mean nothing, Minister

February 24, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Words and good intentions will not solve New Zealand’s truancy crisis, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour sending mixed messages on education

February 11, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s messaging on New Zealand’s curriculum is confused and misses what is important to improve student achievement, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Proposed history curriculum lacks balance

February 03, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The proposed new history curriculum for schools is lacking in balance and needs revision, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Measuring progress key to raising student achievement

February 02, 2021 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Making sure students actually attend school and have their progress measured are the big issues the Education Minister needs to tackle to lift performance, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Failing education standards won’t help wellbeing

December 09, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

News that New Zealand’s 13 year olds have recorded their worst-ever results in the latest international comparison study (TIMMS) should be ringing alarm bells across the education sector, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Dire economic warning for New Zealanders

October 15, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The International Monetary Fund’s dire economic forecasts paint a grim picture of the New Zealand economy under Labour, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour failed to deliver on their key promises

October 15, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Back in 2017 Labour claimed they would be a transformational government but they have failed on almost all of their policy promises to New Zealanders, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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A choice with Labour – drowning in debt or higher taxes?

October 14, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s inability to control their spending means they will either drown New Zealand in a sea of debt or burden hardworking New Zealanders with higher taxes, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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More than a million Kiwis would pay Wealth Tax

October 13, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Greens are spreading misinformation about how many people would be liable for a wealth tax, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Higher taxes inevitable under Labour

October 12, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Protests from Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson do nothing to change the fact that higher taxes are inevitable under Labour, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour fudging more numbers

October 10, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The number of jobs likely to be created by yesterday’s announcement for $100 million for marae don’t stack up and won’t secure Kiwis’ future in long-term employment, Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Outrageous use of taxpayer funds so close to the election

October 07, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

It is outrageous if reports are correct that Finance Minister Grant Robertson has signed off $100 million of taxpayer money to upgrade marae around the country after voting has started, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Goldsmith acknowledges Frydenberg’s tax cuts

October 07, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Australian Budget overnight shows the Australians understand that tax relief is an essential component of an economic plan to restore prosperity, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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David Parker identifies error in Labour’s tax policy

October 05, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour needs to defend the basis of its tax assumptions in its fiscal pamphlet and respond to attacks from Labour MP David Parker that New Zealanders will simply avoid paying their higher tax rate, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Retired Kiwis better off under National’s tax cuts

October 04, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

A retired couple will be $1000 better off under National’s tax stimulus package, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s fiscal pamphlet missing another $10 billion

October 02, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

National can reveal that Labour’s fiscal pamphlet, which included a massive $140 billion mistake, has another $10 billion gap in it, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour releases a pamphlet with a $140bn mistake

October 01, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Grant Robertson should rip up his mistake ridden fiscal pamphlet and present New Zealanders with a credible plan, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says

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Labour pumped up on debt

September 30, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Despite the Reserve Bank pumping more than a billion dollars a week to hold up the economy, Labour still can’t deliver an economic plan, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour missing $10 billion for infrastructure

September 29, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour needs to explain how it’s going to pay for $10 billion of funding for Light Rail and Pumped Hydro, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Survey results show need for tax relief

September 27, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

A new survey showing 40 per cent of respondents lived in homes where someone had seen their wages or hours cut during the last six months underscores the need for National’s tax relief from 1 December, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Labour’s economic hypocrisy on full display

September 18, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s attack on National’s prudent plan to grow the economy, pay down debt faster, and put more money in Kiwis’ pockets shows how clueless they are when it comes to plotting a roadmap out of this economic crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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New Zealand in deepest recession in living memory

September 17, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The economic numbers today are proof that this Government has failed to keep our economy progressing, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour must front on Ihumātao before the election

September 13, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s deafening silence on the Ihumātao dispute continues to undermine the business confidence we need to get the economy back on track, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Higher taxes won’t create jobs

September 10, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s higher taxes will do nothing to help create jobs but it will stifle investment, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s first instinct: Higher Taxes

September 09, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

No country in the world has ever taxed itself out of recession, but Labour’s first instinct is to raise your taxes, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour offers more loans and debt

September 08, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Labour’s plan for small businesses is to offer more loans and get deeper into debt, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s economic plan: another public holiday

September 07, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New Zealand is in the biggest economic crisis in a generation and Labour’s answer to this is another public holiday, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Ardern’s defence of Shaw sends terrible spending message

September 07, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Prime Minister’s wholehearted support for James Shaw as an ‘exceptional Minister’ sends a terrible message about the standards for spending in this Government, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Come clean on tax, Labour

September 06, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Less than six weeks before the election, Labour continues to conceal its tax intentions and it’s time to come clean, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Job loss figures show scale of economic challenge

September 04, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The latest unemployment figures paint a sad picture for thousands of New Zealand families and highlight the scale of the economic challenge our country is facing, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour puts saving own skin ahead of sensible spending

September 03, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Reports that indicate Education Minister Chris Hipkins gave verbal sign off for the Green School funding shows Labour is more interested in saving its own skin than looking after taxpayer money, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Shovel ready fund, or just another slush fund?

September 02, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The murky brinksmanship revealed in the decisions to fund the Green School suggest the $3 billion shovel ready fund is operating like a slush fund by the Government, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Nearly 400 a day out of work over lockdown

August 31, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The first full week of lockdown cost nearly 400 New Zealanders their jobs every day, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government’s economic claims ring hollow

August 28, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Finance Minister’s claim that his Government have been careful economic managers rings hollow given it turned a forecast $6 billion surplus into a $1 billion projected deficit before the Covid-19 crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Govt takes no responsibility for costly lockdown

August 25, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

We are two weeks into a stricter lockdown, which Treasury estimates is costing the country $500 million a week and many jobs, and the Government refuses to take any responsibility, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Unclear Govt advice could cost businesses thousands

August 19, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Businesses need immediate clarity that they will not be liable for thousands of dollars in back pay because they followed the Government’s own wage subsidy scheme guidance, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Kiwis paying heavy price for Govt border failure

August 17, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

National supports extending the wage subsidy following Auckland’s Level 3 lockdown, but ongoing subsidies can’t hide the heavy price Kiwis are paying for the Government’s border failures, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Reality sets in for Kiwi businesses

August 11, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

“The economic reality is now hitting home to New Zealand businesses, with more pessimistic than optimistic about their own prospects,” National’s Finance Spokesman Paul Goldsmith says in reaction to ANZ’s Business Outlook report for August

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Labour needs to come clean on tax

August 10, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

With less than six weeks before the election, it’s past time that Labour reveals its tax plans to New Zealanders, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Unemployment figures don’t tell the full story

August 05, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The unemployment figures released today don’t reflect the sad reality for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have found themselves unemployed in the past months, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour needs to explain how it will repay NZ’s debt

August 03, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

With the election only weeks away, Labour needs to clearly explain to voters how it intends to repay the massive debt it is taking on to deal with Covid-19 – and whether its plan will involve higher taxes, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Kiwis need more than two-trick pony on economy

August 02, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Massive debt-fuelled spending and keeping the border tight are necessary but insufficient to restore our economy and create jobs, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Job losses pile up under Government with no plan

July 31, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Today’s troubling revelation that another 1500 Kiwis lost their jobs this week highlights the need for a sound economic plan to get us through the current jobs crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour/Green Govt certain to raise tax & destroy jobs

July 27, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The one certainty about a Labour-Green Government is that it would raise the taxes Kiwi families and small businesses are forced to pay - and destroy jobs in the process, National’s Finance Spokesman Paul Goldsmith says.

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It’s about growth and disciplined spending, not borrow, borrow, borrow

July 24, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The best path back to prudent levels of debt in a decade or more is an absolute focus on economic growth, combined with disciplined spending, National’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today

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Economic crisis deepens and business confidence drops

July 21, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The economic and jobs crisis is looking even worse on the back of news that confidence among small businesses has plunged to an all-time low, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Businesses and landlords in legal limbo

July 13, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Many businesses and commercial landlords are in a completely unacceptable legal limbo because of Coalition infighting and incompetence, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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More than a third of businesses plan to lay off staff

July 07, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

More than a third of businesses plan to lay off staff over the next three months, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Prime Minister and Finance Minister slippery on tax

July 01, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

While National has committed to no new taxes for Kiwis in our first term, both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are being slippery on whether Labour will increase taxes or not, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Higher taxes inevitable if Labour-Greens win

June 28, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New Zealanders gained a glimpse today of what a Labour Greens government would look like, and it involves a lot more taxes, National’s Finance spokesperson, Paul Goldsmith, said today.

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NZ Govt the biggest spender, yet still one of the worst performers

June 26, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The New Zealand Government is spending more than any other country responding to Covid-19 yet will still suffer some of the worst economic impacts, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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IMF figures show NZ economy falling behind Australia

June 25, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

 

The latest IMF report shows New Zealand’s GDP is falling at a much faster rate than Australia’s, with the difference in growth costing the New Zealand economy $8 billion this year, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Shambolic Coalition creating economic uncertainty

June 24, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

The Coalition Government’s chronic instability is creating huge uncertainty in the economy at a time when businesses need confidence to grow and create jobs, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Border bungles will cost jobs

June 21, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Restoring confidence in our handling of the border is a critical part of restoring our economy, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Scrutiny needed over Covid spend-up ahead of election

June 17, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Finance Minister Grant Robertson needs to give New Zealanders confidence that the Covid Recovery Fund isn’t just going to be used for election bribes, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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OECD says New Zealand economy hit harder than most

June 11, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

New figures show New Zealand is likely to experience a bigger economic shock from Covid-19 than Australia and other OECD countries despite being in a better position than most to manage the crisis, National’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Govt finances show urgent need for growth plan

June 10, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Crown account figures released today show we already have a deficit of $13 billion and net debt has already increased by nearly $20 billion on pre-Covid levels, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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New Zealand facing largest decline in GDP in 160 years

May 27, 2020 Share

Paul Goldsmith

Estimates from the Reserve Bank today show New Zealand will this year experience the largest decline in annual GDP in at least 160 years, highlighting the seriousness of the economic crisis we are facing, National’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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