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Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:27

Talofa lava, 

I rise to speak about the Budget. To me it is a little bit like a dirty river, occasionally it looks nice and sparkly on the surface but if you dive down into the details it will make you sick. What is more, it is going to, I think, get this Government into trouble.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:04

Kia ora ngā mihi nui kia koutou kia ora

Everyone no doubt has seen the newspaper series featuring headlines like 'I almost lost hope': Woman, 23, lands dream home in Auckland, or How to buy a home before you turn 30: Millennial tradies get a head start or From nothing to two homes, one in Auckland, in two years,It’s a bit like instgramming food in a famine but people are clicking the clickbait because buying a house has gone from normal to unusual.

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:27

Tēnā koe e Te Māngai. Is it really too much to ask for a New Zealand business to call for a level playing field so that it can compete internationally, so that our businesses that invest their time, their capital, their skills, often their houses—everything they have—in their businesses are able to succeed in competition with international competitors? That should be the basis of our support for business—the fact that we will make sure that they have the opportunities to compete at least on a level playing field. However, in this world some companies compete unfairly.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:34

Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. I rise to take a call on the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. I do not know whether there has ever been a more misnamed bill put in front of this House. This bill is not about energy innovation; this is about energy tinkering around the margins. This is about energy bureaucracy. This is not about energy innovation. I do not even know whether the Minister has actually looked up in the dictionary what the definition of "innovation" is, because it is not contained in this legislation.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 17:12

​Tēnā koe, Mr Chair. Thank you for calling me on this bill, the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. We would like to talk to the general provisions in Part 1 of the bill. The purpose of the Act is to enable New Zealand to apply anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Actually, the purpose of this amendment is why the Government should not apply anti-dumping. We are deeply concerned over this bill and have expressed that concern in the committee process.