Labour reshuffle their pack

Andrew Little has announced a bit of a reshuffle of portfolio responsibilities for the labour caucus to cover the departures of Phil Goff and David Shearer.

There’s nothing much surprising.

Curiously Little has created a new role for himself, New Economy, explaining this with a fairly vague “Labour is committed to growing wealth in the economy through greater innovation and productivity”. Sounds quite similar to what the current Government talks about, and also looks compatible with Green rhetoric.

It will be interesting to she whether Labour try build their campaign around ‘New Economy’. It will need to be explained as more than going back to pre-neoliberalism.

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Labour will need to do a lot more than shuffle a few speaking roles.


Labour readies for 2017 election

Labour leader Andrew Little today announced a reallocation of portfolios in his shadow cabinet following the retirements of David Cunliffe, Phil Goff and David Shearer and the arrival of new Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood.

“These changes will help sharpen Labour’s focus on some core areas. We know we can do so much better as a country and the team I lead into next year’s election will be working as hard as ever to show New Zealanders Labour has a plan for the future.

“I am underlining how important this is by creating the New Economy portfolio. Labour is committed to growing wealth in the economy through greater innovation and productivity.”

In other changes Michael Wood will be the spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, Ethnic Communities and Revenue.

Chris Hipkins adds all the associate delegations of Tertiary Education held by David Cunliffe to his overall Education duties.

“Education is a crucial area for Labour because of the funding freeze on schools and declining performance, and we’ll be increasing pressure on the Government on this. Chris will be focusing all his energies on this important area and so will be stepping down from the Senior Whip role. I will be nominating Kris Faafoi to be the new Senior Whip with the vote taking place at the first Caucus of 2017. Chris will retain the Shadow Leader of the House role.”

David Parker also takes over Foreign Affairs from David Shearer. Stuart Nash gains State Owned Enterprises and will also be the new spokesperson for Innovation and Science, and Research and Development.

Iain Lees-Galloway will be the new Defence spokesperson. Dr Megan Woods adds State Services to her duties while Clare Curran takes over ICT and moves into the Shadow Cabinet.

“We’re really looking forward to 2017 and spending time talking to New Zealanders up and down the country about how a Labour led Government will restore the Kiwi dream,” says Andrew Little.

 

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10 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  16th December 2016

    Didn’t seem to make a difference?

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  2. Corky

     /  16th December 2016

    Is Andy a few cards short of a full pack? ” New Economy,?” Eh? Can’t he fugging read? We already have the best economy in the world. Lol…don’t let me stop you,son. Fire away. Teach those Tory bastards a lesson they wont forget.

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    • Blazer

       /  16th December 2016

      productivity…something the Natz do not understand.

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  16th December 2016

        They just misunderstand it Blazer. Two immigrants doing the same work, for less than half of what a Kiwi would accept, is an increase in productivity by their standards…

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        • Gezza

           /  16th December 2016

          Oh no, they understand that.

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  16th December 2016

            I’m not sure that they do G.They might have a bit of time to reflect on their choices though, when they are trapped in the rubble of the new parliament offices, after a big quake. Maybe then, they might have an opportunity to reflect on why awarding a tender to the lowest bidder isn’t always the best decision….

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  3. looks like angry andy is rearranging the deck chairs on the labour titanic

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    • Blazer

       /  16th December 2016

      meanwhile Rubber Billy and Bubbles promote all the players in the so called leadership challenges.

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  16th December 2016

        Don’t pretend to be upset that those two are now in charge Blazer. The Nats and Labour are now almost even, as far as ‘talent’ goes…. 😀

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  4. The depth of the in the house talent can be judged by the fact Goff Mark II goes straight into a spokesman role….. and on ethnic matters!!! Hell I thought that was Twitfords territory with his mastery of chinese sounding names??

    Labour are trying very hard to destroy themselves and become New Labour. Where is Jim Anderton by the way – surely he will rally to the red flag in its hours of deepest despair and need???

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