Student magazine endorses Labour Party

In what it calls an "unusual" step, student magazine Critic has endorsed the Labour Party in its last editorial before the election, stating "the only choice for students is clear".

The magazine took a crack at the Otago University Students’ Association for a claimed lack of political advocacy for students, saying it felt the need to do so in its place.

Because Labour was weaker in some respects than it would like, including on climate change, it was "imperative" for the Green Party to be part of a new government.

"Critic’s hope is for a Labour-led coalition ... but our main wish is to prevent a continuation of the National Party in government."

Labour would "speak on behalf of the [interests of students] where necessary".

"In endorsing the Labour Party for this election, we are not by any means saying they are the perfect option . . .

"The only two parties who can be leading a government following election day are the National Party or the Labour Party, and to that end we believe the only choice for students is clear," Critic said.

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