Crown Fibre to sort out Mr Fixit’s Clusterfix
Posted 5th Dec 2013
National is running a seat-of-the-pants government by re-negotiating the $1 billion UFB Chorus contract on the basis of a verbal briefing, Labour’s associate Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“Ernst and Young was called in to analyse Chorus’ financial position. Labour supported a full and independent forensic analysis. But rather than completing and releasing a full accounting of the company’s position, Ernst and Young has only provided a verbal briefing to the minister. More...
John Key caught out on Chorus
Posted 3rd Dec 2013
John Key has been caught out today in making misleading statements on the Chorus debacle, Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“A Goldman Sachs report from November 2011 reveals that at least one financial analyst predicted the wholesale price of copper would fall and provided an estimate for smaller Telcos of $8.47 per month which was significantly less than the final price of $10.92 a month announced by the Commerce Commission.
“John Key and his Communications Minister have been saying for weeks that no financial analysts had predicted the extent of the fall in the copper price.
Government sits on hands while meat workers forced onto dole
Posted 29th Nov 2013
Mosgiel meat workers are being forced onto the dole, or into precarious or part time low paid work as Government continues to turn a blind eye to the rapidly deteriorating meat industry, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says.
“While almost half of the workers from Silverstream’s Silver Fern plant have secured work at Balclutha’s Finegand works after the Mosgiel plant was mothballed for the season, the distance and cost of travelling means many may find it too expensive to continue at Finegand.
“Competition among companies for diminishing markets has left the meat industry in turmoil, and let down dozens of workers and their families.More...
Govt must reveal the whole truth on the state of Chorus
Posted 29th Nov 2013
“The Government must provide an absolute and full release of the Ernst & Young Chorus report without any sanitisation of the findings,” says Labour’s Associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“And it has to be the whole financial truth and nothing but the truth.
“Amy Adams must be open with the people of New Zealand over the real state of Chorus’ books. She is under great scrutiny over how she deals with the Chorus crisis and needs to act with the utmost transparency and integrity.More...
Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture by Helen Kelly - readable version
Posted 27th Nov 2013
Protecting our democracy: Stemming inequality and why workplace laws are so important
Kia ora koutou
It is a great honour to be able to give this lecture and thank you for coming. I have been reading up on Dorothy with much admiration. Getting on with the things that need to be done. Good values and practical work – nothing like it to make a difference to peoples lives and speaking in a lecture in your honour Dorothy is a great privilege – thank you.
I also want to thank Clare Curran for setting up this sort of event. New Zealanders need to talk more about work and what is happening to it and it is great Clare that your electorate has given me this chance.