Labour could reveal plans before World Cup

Phil Goff
Phil Goff
Labour's plans for the country look likely to become clearer in the next few weeks with leader Phil Goff today signalling policy releases before the Rugby World Cup.

Prime Minister John Key outlined at the weekend the first in what is expected to be a large list of National's welfare reform policies, but yesterday signalled that the country would have to wait until after the tournament to hear more details.

"I'm sure there'll be announcements along the way, but I think, just generally, the focus will be the rugby World Cup for that six-week period and then it's be the election for the next five-week period," he said.

Mr Goff today told reporters Labour was still working on the timetable for the release of major policies.

"There are a lot of policies to be released, and with the World Cup it will be compressed into a shorter period of time so we may well be releasing some policies before then."

He indicated issues around savings and skills training would be among Labour's more significant policies.

"What we want to see is a more comprehensive approach to ensuring that people have relevant skill training so that you can match people who are unemployed with current skill shortages, that's an important policy."

With regard to savings policy, Mr Goff said the party was still looking at whether it would reverse changes made to the KiwSaver scheme in this year's budget.

"We haven't ruled it out, we haven't set precisely what we can do about that. We're looking at the wider context of savings policy," he said.

"People are now less confident about KiwiSaver than they were. What I think it is that we need is certainty around that, and that may mean that every effort should be made to make a bipartisan approach on the issue of savings."

As with this year's budget, Mr Goff said reallocated funds would be used to fund some Labour policy.

"We will be constrained, there's no doubt about that. It will involve some reprioritisation, it will involve some policies that will be contingent on getting economic growth."




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