Labour’s policy disarray continues

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You’ve got to give it to Damien O’Connor for at least trying to be relevant. He’s in a face-off with Nikki Kaye and needed to look as though he was doing something when Nikki saved the good-ol Kiwi sausage sizzle from the officious bureaucrats.

Sad thing was his media release was two days after Nikki had announced the changes.

Then in Labours’ rush to be seen responding to the Government’s announcement, Damien didn’t do his homework. 

Damien said “Labour will not support the Bill unless Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) is also included”. Oh really Damien.

I wonder how Labour’s front bencher Annette King feels about that considering that when she was Food Safety Minister she said

“New Zealand has for many years opposed mandatory country of origin labelling internationally as we believe CoOL should be a commercial decision for businesses, rather than a matter for the Government, and because we believe mandatory CoOL is potentially an unnecessary barrier to international trade.”

When you’re in opposition you have time to look at issues in detail and make comments at select committees dealing with Bills. Damien sat on the Primary Production Select Committee that looked at the Bill – but didn’t say a word.

It’s no wonder Labour is in complete disarray.

While organising a BBQ seems a common thing for Labour, the chances of aligning policy among senior Labour MPs seems near on impossible.


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