Kris Faafoi’s Column

Where are the jobs?

By Mana Labour MP Kris Faafoi

Our unemployment rate now stands at 7.3%. 13,000 more Kiwis in the last three months have found themselves out of work.

That averages out at 1000-plus a week

Here in Wellington region, during that three months more than 2400 locals lost their job. Numbers are one thing, but the lives and the families affected are another.

High levels of unemployment also mean high levels of child poverty. Child poverty as we all know leads to health, education and social issues that are hard to turn around.

So for the Government to be presiding over the worst period of economic growth in 50 years and to have unemployment at the highest rate of unemployment in 13 years shows clearly that the policies of the last four years have not worked.

And worse still – dealing with the issues created by National’s high unemployment could take a generation to fix.

This time last year one of John  Key’s many election promises was that he would create 170,000 new jobs, instead we have 175,000 people looking for work.

It’s time for a change. Under a David Shearer Government, Labour will create new economy that leads to a high wage, high skilled future. One that’s about a confident, proud New Zealand.

New Zealanders need an economy that encourages investment in our productive sector, they are the firms who are struggling or are looking at an opportunity in a sluggish economy, they are the firms that will create jobs.

Capital gains tax needed

To do that we need policy to convince Kiwis that financially backing our businesses is just as good an option as investing in property – if not better. That’s where Labour’s plan for a capital gains tax comes in. A CGT will not only redirect investment, it will also ensure a fairer tax regime which will make sure everyone who earns an income pays their fair share of tax.

The change that is needed is change that helps our youngsters in Kapiti get into careers, get skills and get some confidence that comes with a job, an income and the ability to support themselves.

For that we need policies like converting the dole into a subsidy for employers who are willing to take on an apprentice – but just need that little bit of help to make the business case get over the line.

We need to be investing in tertiary institutions to get those without work learning new skills or building on the skills they already have.

In essence, we need new ideas and new energy because disappointingly the last four years under John Key simply haven’t taken us down the right path.

Need to soar like an eagle

We need our economy to begin soaring like an Eagle. We need leadership that can see the bigger picture and target the opportunities to get Kiwis into work.

175,000 unemployed Kiwis are feeling the pain of John Key making a lot of noise – but making little difference.

New Zealand Herald columnist Fran O’Sullivan summed it up well earlier this month when she wrote “For Key to simply shrug his shoulders on this score doesn’t cut it…..We owe it to the young people who are yet to even get on the employment ladder to be less ostrich-like as a nation”?

We need more Eagle and less Ostrich.

 

 

 

 

 

Where are the jobs?

 

Our unemployment rate now stands at 7.3%. 13,000 more Kiwis in the last three months have found themselves out of work.

 

That averages out at 1000-plus a week.

 

Here in Wellington region, during that three months more than 2400 locals lost their job. Numbers are one thing, but the lives and the families affected are another.

 

High levels of unemployment also mean high levels of child poverty. Child poverty as we all know leads to health, education and social issues that are hard to turn around.

 

So for the Government to be presiding over the worst period of economic growth in 50 years and to have unemployment at the highest rate of unemployment in 13 years shows clearly that the policies of the last four years have not worked.

 

And worse still – dealing with the issues created by National’s high unemployment could take a generation to fix.

 

This time last year one of John  Key’s many election promises was that he would create 170,000 new jobs, instead we have 175,000 people looking for work.

 

It’s time for a change. Under a David Shearer Government, Labour will create new economy that leads to a high wage, high skilled future. One that’s about a confident, proud New Zealand.

 

New Zealanders need an economy that encourages investment in our productive sector, they are the firms who are struggling or are looking at an opportunity in a sluggish economy, they are the firms that will create jobs.

 

To do that we need policy to convince Kiwis that financially backing our businesses is just as good an option as investing in property – if not better. That’s where Labour’s plan for a capital gains tax comes in. A CGT will not only redirect investment, it will also ensure a fairer tax regime which will make sure everyone who earns an income pays their fair share of tax.

 

The change that is needed, is change that helps our youngsters in Kapiti get into careers, get skills and get some confidence that comes with a job, an income and the ability to support themselves.

Capital Gains Tax Needed

(CGT) comes in. A CGT will not only redirect investment, it will also ensure a fairer tax regime which will make sure everyone who earns an income pays their fair share of tax.

The change that is needed, is change that helps our youngsters in Kapiti get into careers, get skills and get some confidence that comes with a job, an income and the ability to support themselves.

For that we need policies like converting the dole into a subsidy for employers who are willing to take on an apprentice – but just need that little bit of help to make the business case get over the line.

We need to be investing in tertiary institutions to get those without work learning new skills or building on the skills they already have.

In essence, we need new ideas and new energy because disappointingly the last four years under John Key simply haven’t taken us down the right path.

We need our economy to begin soaring like an Eagle. We need leadership that can see the bigger picture and target the opportunities to get Kiwis into work

175,000 unemployed Kiwis are feeling the pain of John Key making a lot of noise – but making little difference

New Zealand Herald columnist Fran O’Sullivan summed it up well earlier this month when she wrote “For Key to simply shrug his shoulders on this score doesn’t cut it…..We owe it to the young people who are yet to even get on the employment ladder to be less ostrich-like as a nation”?

We need more Eagle and less Ostrich.

 

 

 

 

André Gide: “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

Your column reads like some psychopathic 4 years old wish list.

“We need leadership that can see the bigger picture” ….. that clearly rules out anyone in the current parliament, or in fact globally, we are so screwed.