Evidence that the Key Government recklessly approved a GCSB spying operation to intercept Chinese diplomatic communications between offices in Auckland will pointlessly damage our relationship with China, the Green Party said today.
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Four nominees have put their hats in the ring to replace Russel Norman as Green Party male Co-leader, the party announced today.
The nominees are:
- Kevin Hague
- Gareth Hughes
- James Shaw
- Vernon Tava
Metiria Turei is the sole nomination to be re-elected as female Co-leader.
“It’s a very good thing that party members have such a high calibre and experienced field of candidates to choose their new leader from,” said Green Party co-convenor Georgina Morrison.
The Green Party whole-heartedly supports the Chief Human Rights Commissioner’s call for a cross-party accord on housing, and it’s time other political parties put their petty differences aside for the good of New Zealanders, the Green Party said today.
“It’s time to stop playing politics with housing. New Zealanders want affordable, accessible, healthy housing now, and they’re looking at us, their elected politicians, to make that happen,” said Green Party housing spokesperson Kevin Hague.
Christchurch City Council’s announcement that it has engaged Cameron Partners to provide financial advice on asset sales casts doubt over the value of the consultation process for its Long Term Plan, the Green Party said today.
“Mayor Lianne Dalziel is insisting that no decision has been made on asset sales and that the decision will occur only after the consultation has concluded,” said Eugenie Sage, the Green Party’s Christchurch spokesperson.
Political parties need to stop cherry-picking their housing policies and adopt a package of new and wide-ranging measures to help New Zealanders into their first home, the Green Party said today.
“Politicians need to stop pussy-footing around on housing and introduce the new and widespread measures that will address both supply and demand,” said Green Party housing spokesperson Kevin Hague.
“Other political parties are scared of getting real on this issue. The Green Party isn’t.
“We have been the lone political voice on supporting a capital gains tax.
The New Zealand government should stop providing intelligence assistance to Bangladeshi security agencies that are known to systematically engage in human rights abuses, said the Green Party today.
The latest Snowden documents show the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has been the lead agency analysing data gathered by the American National Security Agency (NSA) in Bangladesh. The GCSB wrote reports for the NSA, which then passed the reports on to the Bangladeshi security agencies.
John Key needs to recognise his government’s policies are driving up house prices and instead adopt the Reserve Bank’s recommendation to introduce a Capital Gains Tax, the Green Party said today.
“The Reserve Bank today said John Key’s policies are preventing Kiwis from owning their own homes and that a Capital Gains Tax is needed to stem the demand created by tax-free gains on property investments,” said Green Party housing spokesperson Kevin Hague.
The Government should take note of huge increases in Auckland’s public transport patronage figures released today by Auckland Transport and bring forward funding for the City Rail Link, the Green Party said.
“The Government should stop delaying and fund the City Rail Link immediately,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.
“The Green Party will be looking for significant increases in public transport infrastructure investment in Budget 2015. Anything less is short-changing hundreds of thousands of commuters.
New Zealanders deserve to know when our troops are being deployed to Iraq, said the Green party today.
Reports out of Australia say that New Zealand troops will begin their deployment today. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed the deployment of Australian troops and has also disclosed when troops will be operational.
“The New Zealand public have a right to know when our troops are in Iraq,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.
“It is unacceptable the Australian public are told when their troops go to war and the New Zealand public are not.
A huge underspend in special education shows that Government Budget promises can’t be trusted and Ministers have no idea about the real needs of children, the Green Party says.
More than $32 million of funding for children with special needs has not been spent by the Government, despite families of children with special needs complaining for years that they’ve been denied the support they deserve.