Bill to save TVNZ7 from the axe
Posted 10th May 2012
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A private members bill, released today, would ensure the survival of TVNZ7, New Zealand’s only wholly non-commercial television channel which is about to be dumped by the National Government.

“My TV7 Bill establishes an independent broadcasting foundation to run the channel, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran said.
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Economic development plan critical to our future
Posted 7th May 2012
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The Dunedin Economic Development Strategy, released today, is being welcomed by Dunedin Labour MPs David Clark and Clare Curran.

“Well considered economic development is critical to Dunedin’s future, and we congratulate those who have worked on the plan.

“Economic development does not happen by accident. This document focuses action on creating the long term growth and vibrancy in our city that we all want,” David Clark said.
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Gagging workers can’t mask dodgy decision
Posted 30th Apr 2012
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News that Hillside workers have been barred from commenting on the numerous faults found with KiwiRail’s Chinese-made wagons, underlines the need for a full inquiry, says Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran.

“KiwiRail workers, including those at Hillside, have been threatened with the sack if they speak out about the extent of the faults in the 300 imported Chinese wagons.
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Government unwise to shrug off transparency bid
Posted 16th Apr 2012
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New Zealanders are demanding increased transparency and ethics in politics and it’s up to politicians to take notice, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“New Zealand has, for years, had a reputation as a country with very little corruption but there is a disturbing and growing pattern of cronyism and political interference appearing in government decision-making.
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Women keeping the Spirit alive
Posted 13th Apr 2012
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Keeping the spirit alive, both literally and figuratively, is behind a move by Dunedin’s past and present women MPs.

Labour’s Clare Curran, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei and former MP Katherine Rich, are urging the region’s women to donate what they can to bolster the coffers of the Otago women’s rugby team, the Spirit.
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Has John Key ignored warnings on Huawei?
Posted 5th Apr 2012
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It appears the Prime Minister has ignored warnings from his own security agencies on Huawei’s involvement in our broadband infrastructure, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Despite telling the House yesterday that he remained comfortable with New Zealand’s relationship with the Chinese telco – the same one the Australians have banned from tendering for broadband infrastructure - John Key admitted he had received advice in 2010 from security agencies.
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PM has questions to answer over NZ on Air link
Posted 3rd Apr 2012
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John Key’s admission today that he chaired the committee which appointed his own electorate chair Stephen McElrea to the board of NZ on Air directly links the Prime Minister to allegations of cronyism and political interference, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The question now is whether John Key declared a conflict of interest personally and stood aside from the chair when Mr McElrea was appointed to the NZ on Air Board, or not.
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NZ deserves same internet security as Australia
Posted 27th Mar 2012
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The National Government’s stonewalling on what it knows about the Chinese company Huawei’s involvement in the roll-out of our ultra-fast broadband raises more questions about cyber security and the integrity of New Zealand’s network than it answers, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.
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NZ on Air subsidises foreign commercial shows while Kiwis are served repeats
Posted 21st Mar 2012
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An overhaul of NZ on Air is becoming more urgent following revelations that it has provided a totally misleading impression of the growth of local content on our television channels, says Labour's Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.



“Last week, NZOA told media that ‘local content increased by 3.1 per cent on 2010 figures -an extra 338 hours of home-grown TV’. But it neglected to say that any local content growth last year was entirely driven by a phenomenal 16% increase in the hours of New Zealand programmes being repeated. Repeat screening jumped from 2660 hours in 2010 to 3094 hours last year.
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Otago rugby solution a huge relief to our region
Posted 15th Mar 2012
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Dunedin Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark today said all of Otago owes a big thank you to the effort and commitment of all those who have pulled together to save Otago rugby.

“It’s been a tough few weeks for our region with the prospect of losing our senior team in the ITM Cup, and facing up to the entrenched financial collapse of the Otago Rugby Football Union, Clare Curran said.
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Igloo investigation a start, more heat needed
Posted 14th Mar 2012
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While the Commerce Commission’s investigation into new pay TV platform Igloo is a step in the right direction but it doesn’t go far enough, Labour’s Broadcasting and Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

The investigation, under Section 47 of the Commerce Act, will examine whether the new pay TV platform Igloo, a deal between TVNZ and Sky, breaches merger rules.
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Foss goes missing over NZ On Air
Posted 29th Feb 2012
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Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has either displayed his incompetence or was deliberately attempting to mislead the House when he ducked questions on the growing crisis involving NZ On Air in the House today, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“A series of emails and reports tabled today clearly show the Minister was advised in January, by both the NZ On Air chair and MediaWorks, of the controversy surrounding John Key’s electorate secretary Stephen McElrea who sits on the board.
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Keeping Otago rugby alive and kicking
Posted 28th Feb 2012
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Dunedin Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark have swung in behind the beleaguered Otago Rugby Football Union, saying the province has a fine and long rugby tradition.

After over 130 years of supporting rugby in the region, the ORFU announced yesterday that it was unable to manage its debt of over $2.2 million and would apply to the High Court for liquidation on Friday.
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KiwiFM deal a dodgy asset sale
Posted 24th Feb 2012
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The National Government appears to have conducted a secret and possibly illegal sale of a Crown asset by allowing Mediaworks to reduce the local content on the KiwiFM frequencies and move to become commercial, says Labour’s broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“We should be getting actively behind a service that’s going to serve our nation’s young people, not conducting secret deals behind closed doors that favour one media organisation,” Clare Curran said.
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New ICT Minister puts big business before consumers
Posted 21st Feb 2012
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New ICT Minister Amy Adams’ disregard of pleas to introduce a shared regulatory environment across the telco and broadcasting sectors is a slap in the face for Kiwi consumers, says Labour’s ICT and Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The new Minister’s address to the Future Broadband conference in Auckland was the first opportunity she had to set herself apart from her predecessor Steven Joyce and of the influence of the big monopoly players in both markets, Sky and Telecom,” Clare Curran said.
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Stephen Fry just saying what we all think
Posted 20th Feb 2012
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Actor Stephen Fry should be congratulated for putting the cat among the pigeons at the same time this country’s leading stakeholders are meeting to discuss the future of ‘high speed’ broadband in New Zealand, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“It will be interesting to see if the state of the nation's broadband finally gets some attention following Mr Fry’s comments, which include such gems as ‘probably the worst broadband I’ve ever encountered’, ‘pathetic’ and ‘Come on New Zealand, you’re world champions at rugby and film making…pressure the providers to stop it being a digital embarrassment’.
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Community ‘in limbo’ about school’s future
Posted 17th Feb 2012
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says it appears that poor communication by those charged with sorting out Rotary Park School’s issues have led to further uncertainty about its future.

“The School started Term 1 in turmoil, with parents bringing their children to school not knowing what was ahead.” Clare Curran said.
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Progress needed for all New Zealanders with disabilities
Posted 15th Feb 2012
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The debate sparked by the staffing and technical requirements of New Zealand’s first profoundly deaf MP, Mojo Mathers, highlights the plight of the wider hearing impaired community, says Labour’s Disabilities spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Parliament today marks an historic moment in terms of a more holistic and accurate representation of New Zealand as Green MP Mojo Mathers gives her Maiden speech.
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Technology essential for democratic debate
Posted 14th Feb 2012
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News that New Zealand’s first deaf MP has been told that she will have to pay for technology that will allow her to fully participate in Parliament is totally unacceptable, Labour’s Disability spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“We are calling on the Speaker to immediately fund the equipment that Mojo Mathers requires to participate in parliamentary debate.
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Perceptions of interference and cronyism abhorrent
Posted 10th Feb 2012
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Any perception of government interference in broadcasting is an abhorrence, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Broadcasting programming matters should be a responsibility of New Zealand on Air,” Clare Curran said.

“Any other country where the Prime Minister’s electorate chair is involved in programming, where the Government gives soft loans to broadcasters, and where the Prime Minister gets free air time would rightly be regarded as corrupt.
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Government has eyes wide shut
Posted 9th Feb 2012
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National is continuing to distance itself from a party official’s involvement in programmes with political implications, despite admitting that the Broadcasting Minister is in fact accountable for the inappropriate behaviour of NZ on Air board members, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.
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PM can’t duck this one; McElrea needs to go
Posted 8th Feb 2012
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The involvement of a National Party official, closely linked to the Prime Minister, in making decisions about a taxpayer-funded documentary on Whanau Ora - a controversial government initiative - demonstrates high level political cronyism and interference, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.
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NZ on Air back in spotlight
Posted 3rd Feb 2012
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The role of NZ on Air is back in the spotlight with intense public scrutiny expected over the appointment of its new chair, and questions about its ability to perform its statutory functions being raised, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“A briefing to new Broadcasting Minister by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage has warned that commercial imperatives driving the two main television networks mean NZ on Air won’t meet its public service obligations.
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Adams’ ICT intentions shrouded in secrecy
Posted 2nd Feb 2012
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Extraordinary secrecy surrounds decisions new Information Technology Minister Amy Adams faces in the next six months, calling into question her judgement and her Government’s arrogance and lack of transparency, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The briefing paper provided by the Ministry of Economic Development to Amy Adams has large tracts withheld on key issues in the portfolio, including all the pending decisions and action required in the next six months,” Clare Curran said.
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Call repeated for Education Minister to intervene in Dunedin school crisis
Posted 27th Jan 2012
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The future viability of Dunedin’s Rotary Park School is increasingly in doubt as more parents enrol their children in other schools, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says.

“I want to reiterate my call to the new Education Minister to get out of her office and pay attention to what’s happening with Dunedin’s schools.
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NZ on Air should be politically neutral not politically neutered
Posted 17th Jan 2012
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Labour is concerned that New Zealand on Air, designed to be an independent government funding agency, might have been compromised by political interference from the National Party, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“NZ On Air appears to have been spooked into seeking legal advice on the types of programming broadcasters can schedule, following accusations from John Key’s electorate chairman Stephen McElrea, of political bias by the regulator just prior to the 2011 general election,” Clare Curran said.
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Stratos a goner thanks to National’s ineptness
Posted 24th Dec 2011
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Free-to-air broadcasting in New Zealand has been dealt another blow with the shock announcement that Auckland-based Stratos Television is to close, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Stratos, modelled on Australia’s SBS and the channel that provided New Zealand with the popular Al Jazeera news, says that while it reaches an audience of almost one million, it is no longer financially viable.
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Landmark destruction must stop
Posted 2nd Dec 2011
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Buck passing over the future of a threatened Otago landmark has got to stop, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says.

Her comments follow reports that a contract has been awarded to allow increased quarrying activity on Saddle Hill, named by Captain Cook in 1770 and one of the region’s most important landmarks.
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Open government policy a first
Posted 18th Nov 2011
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Labour today released New Zealand’s first comprehensive Open Government policy developed in consultation with the public, committing to a set of principles and actions to instil greater confidence in government.

“Many New Zealanders regard politicians and politics with cynicism. They feel disconnected from the democratic process and they feel unable to connect with politicians or the way government operates,” Labour MPs Clare Curran and Grant Robertson said.
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Labour backs call for spectrum deferral
Posted 10th Nov 2011
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Labour's Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran is supporting calls by InternetNZ to defer key decisions regarding the future of the 700MHz "digital dividend" spectrum, which will be available for new uses once New Zealand moves to fully digital television broadcasting in 2013.

"InternetNZ has called for a delay while key technical decisions are made in regional and global standards-setting bodies.
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MP urges to Dunedin community to have their voices heard
Posted 8th Nov 2011
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is inviting locals to join her at a meeting this Sunday with Phil Goff, Leader of the Labour Party and Rev Dr David Clark, Candidate for Dunedin North.

“The high cost of living is a pressing issue for many people in Dunedin. Prices have risen across the board and the cost of basic items like food, power and petrol means a lot of low income families and workers are doing it tough” MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran said.
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MP calls Dunedin residents to support can for clothing event
Posted 19th Oct 2011
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is urging locals to support their local foodbanks by donating a can of food, and in return they will get some quality, pre-loved clothing this Thursday and Friday.

“South Dunedin Voice, a community group representing the voices of people from South Dunedin, has set up a two day event starting tomorrow called ‘Can for Clothing’.
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Labour commits to a digital nation
Posted 17th Oct 2011
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Labour’s Communications and IT policy, announced today, will invest in local people, business and intellectual capital to drive our economy forward, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Kiwi kids are growing up in a digital world. It is our responsibility to ensure they have the skills and career pathways available to enable them to excel in this increasingly important arena,” Clare Curran said.
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Don’t stop the press Lockwood
Posted 7th Oct 2011
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Speaker Lockwood Smith is being urged to reconsider his ruling banning The New Zealand Herald from covering politics from its press gallery office for 10 days by the Labour Party.

The ban, which applies from Monday, follows the publication of a photograph of a man trying to jump from the public gallery into the debating chamber.
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Where are the jobs for Dunedin Mr Joyce?
Posted 6th Oct 2011
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Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran is calling on Transport Minister Steven Joyce to outline the details of a partnership agreement with a Spanish company he claims will deliver new jobs for Kiwis.

The contract, for 57 new electric trains, was signed today.

“While Steven Joyce announces a major contract with a Spanish company, rail workers are made redundant in Dunedin. The region’s rail engineering workforce has been decimated by the actions of his Government in recent months, and without on-going contracts its future is precarious,” Clare Curran said.
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PM’s DJ stint subject of complaint
Posted 4th Oct 2011
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Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson, Clare Curran, has deep concerns over Mediaworks’ handling of its decision to allocate the Prime Minister a one-hour hosting slot last week.

The party has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Standards Authority over the show, which aired on Radio Live, a subsidiary of Mediaworks, on Friday. In 2009 the Government effectively subsidised Mediaworks to the tune of $43.3 million in a deferred payment deal.
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Port job cuts wrong signal to region
Posted 30th Sep 2011
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The job cuts announced today by Port Otago are another body blow to our region, Labour’s Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says.

“I understand that the jobs are being axed because management expects a decline in container numbers due to Port Otago no longer being the trans-shipment hub for shipping from Maersk.
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Highlanders colours decision the right one
Posted 7th Sep 2011
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Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says the Highlanders have made the right decision by ditching their controversial new green jersey for home games, deciding to use it only for away matches next year.

Clare Curran said it was good to see the Highlanders having the guts to admit they had made a dumb decision to change the strip, alienating their fan base across Otago and Southland.
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Labour: ‘Termination clause’ to go within 90 days
Posted 31st Aug 2011
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Labour will introduce a Bill within 90 days of taking office to remove the so-called ‘termination clauses’ from the Copyright Act, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

Clare Curran said the clauses --- which give the District Court the ability to impose account suspension as a remedy for infringing file sharing --- can’t work in the long term.
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Labour urges ISPs to lift data caps
Posted 22nd Aug 2011
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New Zealand Internet Service Providers should consider lifting caps on data, now that there will be stronger competition in the international bandwidth market, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

In response to news that Vodafone New Zealand and Pacific Fibre have signed a multi-million dollar agreement for an undersea cable system between New Zealand, Australia and the US Clare Curran said: “Any measures that are intended to break down New Zealand’s digital divide in terms of connectivity, speed and pricing are to be encouraged.
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Education issues to the fore next week in Dunedin
Posted 5th Aug 2011
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National standards, the future for early childhood education, including home-based care and playcentres will be the focus of discussion on Monday in Dunedin.

Labour’s education spokesperson Sue Moroney will visit Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centres and meet with ECE Providers and Principals to discuss ECE Cuts and National Standards.
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Too late to cover your back, Minister
Posted 2nd Aug 2011
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The Speaker must hold Steven Joyce to account for his deliberate obfuscation around a letter from Telecom boss Paul Reynolds about the Government’s ultrafast broadband project, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

The letter made reference to the possible structural separation of Telecom. Mr Joyce has previously denied seeing any correspondence on the issue.
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Question Time for Mr Joyce
Posted 1st Aug 2011
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Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran has laid a complaint with Speaker Lockwood Smith over whether Communications Minister Steven Joyce deliberately misled Parliament by not revealing the existence of a crucial letter from Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds on the ultrafast broadband project.
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Don’t blame the messenger Minister
Posted 26th Jul 2011
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce’s absurd attempts to fudge the part he and the National Government played in discussions with Telecom over its ultrafast broadband scheme suggest the entire contracting process was a sham, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The negotiation process has been shrouded in secrecy since day one.
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Another backroom deal for Joyce's UFB scheme?
Posted 21st Jul 2011
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The Government's controversial broadband scheme is facing potential conflict of interest issues again with news that China's Huawei Technologies is set to be named a "preferred supplier" of equipment for its ultrafast broadband rollout, Labour's Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
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Backing Kiwi companies and workers
Posted 21st Jul 2011
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Labour will use major government contracts to back New Zealand firms instead of exporting jobs offshore as National is doing, says Labour Leader Phil Goff.

Labour’s policy was released in Dunedin after MPs met with Hillside rail workers who are facing redundancy following KiwiRail’s decision not to bid for manufacturing tenders that were later let to foreign firms.
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Gutless Government sells out skilled Kiwis
Posted 14th Jul 2011
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A gutless National Government must be held accountable for the loss of 44 skilled jobs at Dunedin’s Hillside workshops today, says Labour’s MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran.

“National and its lapdog KiwiRail have unnecessarily given hard working Kiwis the boot,” Clare Curran said.

“National’s policy has seen important rail carriage contracts handed to the Chinese to the detriment of Kiwi livelihoods,” Clare Curran said.
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Copyright bill costs concern
Posted 13th Jul 2011
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The Government looks to have seriously under-estimated the processing costs of its new copyright law and the number of infringement notices expected as a result of it, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“While the costs of processing alleged copyright infringements have, to some extent, been recognised with the decision to charge rights holders - predominantly US movie studios and record labels - up to $25, ISPs estimate the cost could actually be as high as $56 per notice.
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Government kills the television star
Posted 13th Jul 2011
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The axing of the TVNZ Charter spells the end of a long tradition of public television broadcasting in New Zealand and sets the agenda for TVNZ to be sold should National be re-elected, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The removal of the charter, which encouraged TVNZ to screen locally-produced content, forces our public broadcaster into competing commercially, eliminating the need for TVNZ to act in the public interest in any way.
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Media lobby group a welcome watchdog
Posted 11th Jul 2011
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On-going concerns about cuts to local free-to-air television content are well-founded, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.

Former NZ On Air chairman, David Beatson, and various academics and industry stakeholders have called for a lobby group to be set up to monitor challenges the non-commercial sector is facing in the digital environment.
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School closures and mergers mismanaged
Posted 8th Jul 2011
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Labour’s Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is warning that the Government’s mishandled plans to close and merge several schools is a forerunner of worse to come.

Anne Tolley announced today that five South Dunedin schools would be closed and merged into two. College Street School, Caversham School, and Calton Hill School will merge to become one full primary school on the site of the present Caversham School, with a second campus at Calton Hill. Macandrew Intermediate and Forbury Schools would be merged to form one full primary school, located at the Macandrew Intermediate site.
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Anti-competitive Telco Law Hands a Free Pass To Telecom for a Decade
Posted 27th Jun 2011
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he National Government has handed Telecom a free pass to overcharge its way through the next decade by passing a telecommunications law which establishes an anti-competitive network during that period, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

The National Government has rushed the law through without adequate consideration of the consequences, Clare Curran said.
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Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband, and Other matters) Amendment Bill
Posted 24th Jun 2011
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Mr Speaker. In 2008 this government was elected on a promise. A fairly big promise. It was No 2 in its pledge card to the NZ public and it was to deliver ultrafast broadband to 75% of NZers in their homes in 10 years. For $1.5 billion.

The National Government is pushing through this bill because it wants to satisfy its election promise – A promise that shouldn’t have been made, couldn’t be delivered, and can only be met by selling the law. Which is what it’s done.
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Joyce Flounders on Poor Broadband Performance
Posted 21st Jun 2011
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New Zealand’s internationally declining broadband performance raises serious questions about whether this Government’s $1.5 billion ultrafast broadband investment will actually make the country digitally competitive, says Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Statistics show that since 2008 monthly prices in New Zealand have slipped from seventh cheapest to fourth most expensive among OECD countries, and that we have gone from 12 to 21st for download speed and 12th to 24th for connection speed since the government took power,” Clare Curran said.
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Government must commit to Kiwi jobs
Posted 20th Jun 2011
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The Government should come clean on whether Telecom will be required to employ New Zealand workers to roll out ultrafast broadband, or allowed to give jobs to a foreign-based workforce, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

There are mounting fears that the new Telecom split off company, Chorus, will use an Australian contracting firm, Visionstream, to recruit cheap, foreign labour to lay broadband fibre. Industry insiders have confirmed the company does not directly employ skilled fibre engineers or the workforce required to dig the trenches for the fibres, but uses contractors instead.
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Misjudgment costs Kiwis jobs
Posted 9th Jun 2011
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The forty one jobs lost at KiwiRail’s Dunedin Hillside workshops today illustrate the real-life effects of government procurement policy, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Parker and Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran.

“Transport Minister Steven Joyce claimed jobs were not at risk. Today’s layoffs provide the harsh proof of his misjudgement,” David Parker said.
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Highlanders need strong support, not a new jersey
Posted 31st May 2011
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A change to the Highlanders colours is a dumb idea and should be scrapped, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran said today.

“So much history --- 127 years --- can’t be tossed out overnight,” Clare Curran said. “Invercargill, Dunedin, Oamaru and all the towns in between should be up in arms about this decision.
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Telecom price gouging allegations puts spotlight on Govt broadband decision
Posted 26th May 2011
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Telecom’s known record of price gouging has put the spotlight on National’s decision to grant the Telco the lion’s share of the ultrafast broadband build, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“National’s decision this week to hand the monopoly Telco more than a $1 billion in taxpayer money enables further price gouging for the incumbent to secure a market advantage,” Clare Curran said.
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Broadband monopoly ties up taxpayer funds
Posted 24th May 2011
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The Government’s broadband plan will tie up $1.35 billion of taxpayer funds until possibly 2036, with taxpayers bearing the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in interest, says Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

Clare Curran says an examination of the contract between Chorus, the new network building company (split off from Telecom), and the Government reveals that repayment of the government’s investment will be massively delayed - to between 2025 and 2036.
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Steven Joyce forced into massive back-down on Telco Bill
Posted 18th May 2011
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Steven Joyce has ditched the controversial anti-competitive regulatory holiday in his broadband Bill for what appears to be an even worse stitched together last minute compromise that has been forced on him by the Maori Party, says Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The government’s much vaunted broadband scheme is in tatters. Steven Joyce has been forced into a hugely embarrassing back-down.
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Anti-competitive broadband Bill creates a monopoly to push prices up
Posted 16th May 2011
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Labour has today spelt out its opposition to the government’s new broadband bill as anti-competitive, promoting monopolistic behaviour and likely to result in higher costs to consumers for the new broadband network.

“Labour has also expressed concern about the official advice received on aspects of the bill,” Clare Curran, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson, says.
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Labour will repeal key parts of broadband bill
Posted 11th May 2011
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Labour will vote against National’s broadband bill and in Government would repeal sections of it that we believe will have an anti-competitive effect on the telecommunications industry to the detriment of consumers, says Labour’s spokesperson for Communications and IT, Clare Curran.

“A Labour Government will repeal the regulatory forbearance period and undertake an immediate review of the ultrafast and rural broadband schemes,” Clare Curran said.
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Food Outlets in South Dunedin
Posted 9th May 2011
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The Editor

Otago Daily Times

PO Box 517

Dunedin



09 May 2010



Dear Sir or Madam

Recently my attention was drawn to an article in the Otago Daily Times which discussed Dunedin’s capacity to cater for Rugby World Cup fans, food wise.

My sharp eyed constituent noted that although a number of food outlets in my Dunedin South Electorate were listed, none specific to South Dunedin were mentioned. Some quick research by him revealed that there are in fact 37 food outlets in the immediate South Dunedin area and that many of those sell the sort of plain and hearty fare; a feed of fish and chips or a Kebab, perfect for Rugby World Cup fans whose finances may well be getting stretched after weeks of touring the country.
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Labour: drop mobile rates now
Posted 5th May 2011
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Labour today calls on New Zealand’s mobile phone carriers to immediately drop their retail prices on mobile termination rates for calls and texts which would help New Zealanders struggling to make ends meet, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The major mobile carriers could demonstrate immediate commitment to a competitive market by dropping their retail prices now following the Commerce Commission’s decision on wholesale pricing today,” Clare Curran said.
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Speech on the Television New Zealand Amendment Bill
Posted 3rd May 2011
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Mr Speaker this Bill represents three things that this government is becoming renowned for:

Weakness, Cronyism and dodginess.

The weakness of this Minister in not having any real plan for public broadcasting in this country other than to get rid of it. If he did have plan then he's been rolled. He's a weak Minister. This legislation is a disgrace. His approach to public broadcasting is a disgrace and he's a waste of space.
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Qualified support for industry broadband solution if it benefits consumers
Posted 26th Apr 2011
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Labour today announced qualified support for a compromise solution suggested by the telecommunication industry to the impasse over the Government’s controversial broadband scheme, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Labour will examine the proposed solution in detail, but supports any added protection for New Zealand consumers and fair pricing for access to our newest network,” Clare Curran said.
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Public must be reassured on broadband deals
Posted 21st Apr 2011
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An independent review of the Government’s broadband deals must be undertaken urgently following serious conflict of interest allegations against its top adviser on broadband, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson.

“New Zealand consumers must be reassured that they won’t be screwed by the broadband deals being announced by this government,” Clare Curran said.
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Halt broadband decisions pending review
Posted 20th Apr 2011
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Labour says the Government must halt decisions on the broadband rollout following revelations that the man responsible for designing it is at the centre of anti-competitive findings against Telecom which saw the company fined $12 million in the High Court yesterday.

Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says a cloud now hangs over the whole of the Government’s broadband scheme.
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Government broadband law should not be for sale
Posted 19th Apr 2011
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Telecom’s final offer to claim the bulk of the Government’s $1.35 billion to build our ultrafast broadband network represents an attempt to buy something which shouldn’t be for sale, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Telecom’s announcement yesterday that it has provided the Government with a binding offer on UFB and that it will reorganise its business is its latest move to game play its way into securing taxpayer money and enormous regulatory concessions,” Clare Curran said.
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Labour keeps New Zealanders online
Posted 14th Apr 2011
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No New Zealander can be disconnected from the internet thanks to the negotiated outcome Labour achieved on controversial copyright law, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, repealing section 92A of the Copyright Act was passed today by 111 votes to 11.
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Labour supports a high level summit on public broadcasting
Posted 14th Apr 2011
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The nation’s top thinkers, business leaders, politicians, academics and senior media industry figures should converge to discuss the future of public broadcasting and media in New Zealand, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

Clare Curran said Labour welcomed a call for action by 60 of our finest media experts to urgently address the crisis public broadcasting faces in New Zealand.
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Key should defer Auckland rail decision while Wong under investigation
Posted 13th Apr 2011
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Labour today called on the Prime Minister to instruct KiwiRail to defer any decisions on who will win the bid to build electric trains for Auckland.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard said the Prime Minister’s admission that he was aware that the Auditor General’s Office had begun an inquiry including into a possible link between Sammy Wong, China North Rail and KiwiRail meant that any decisions on this matter should be deferred until the inquiry was complete.
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Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill
Posted 13th Apr 2011
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I have mixed feelings about this Bill coming before the House today.

The House is in urgency, and given that its been sitting on the order books for months, there’s nothing about today or tomorrow that requires it suddenly to be passed quickly.

This Government uses urgency excessively. Some recent statistics compiled by my colleague Grant Robertson bear this out:
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Govt set to prop up another corporate mate at the expense of NZ consumers
Posted 12th Apr 2011
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New Zealanders will be forced to pay more for ultrafast broadband while the National Government props up Telecom, in yet another case of bad decision-making favouring corporate mates, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The Government should be warned that overseas investors are currently looking askance at New Zealand’s broadband scheme and thinking twice about risking their capital,” Clare Curran said.
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Demise of NZPA tragic blow for Kiwi journalism
Posted 7th Apr 2011
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The announcement that the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) will close after more than 130 years is a tragic blow for New Zealand journalism and the agency’s staff, says Labour’s Communications spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Over the coming months and years Kiwis may come to understand just how important New Zealand’s only national news agency has been in terms of providing them with independent, New Zealand-flavoured news,” Clare Curran said. “The agency has made an immense contribution to New Zealand’s place in the world.
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National backs its mates, and sinks TVNZ7
Posted 7th Apr 2011
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Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman’s denial in Parliament today of reports that the axe has fallen on New Zealand’s last public service television channel is embarrassing confirmation of a breakdown in communication between him and TVNZs chief executive, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.
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Labour seeks Government agreement to moderate controversial telco law
Posted 7th Apr 2011
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Labour is seeking government agreement to moderate a controversial telco law which it believes will put broadband prices up and won’t encourage new connections to its new fibre network, says Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

Labour Leader Phil Goff wrote to Prime Minister John Key today requesting his engagement to achieve a consensus on the Bill and work through the amendments needed to ensure bi-partisan support.
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Speech to Telcon Conference 2011
Posted 7th Apr 2011
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I want to start with our economy. Our future.

It’s estimated that the ICT industry contributes nearly $20 billion to the New Zealand economy

According to the Technology Investment Network report 2010 (TIN100), exports of the top 100 technology companies are $4.9 billion annually, now ranked second only to the dairy sector
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Commerce Commission inquiry could give Kiwis more choice and drive competition
Posted 5th Apr 2011
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There is finally hope that New Zealand consumers might get a wider choice of broadcast content through traditional and new media via high speed broadband following today’s announcement by the Commerce Commission, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Labour believes today’s Commerce Commission announcement that it will investigate potential barriers to end-user uptake of ultra-fast broadband could be the first important step in achieving a converged regulatory framework across New Zealand’s broadcasting and telecommunications industries,” Clare Curran said.
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Labour calls on the Government to re-tender rural broadband scheme
Posted 1st Apr 2011
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Labour is calling on the Government to review and re-tender the rural broadband initiative in light of industry concerns, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Increasing speculation about monopoly pricing and a lack of competition to provide rural New Zealanders with a real choice of services provides a sound argument for a review.
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Vodafone decision shows foresight and responsibility
Posted 31st Mar 2011
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The decision by Vodafone to move jobs back to New Zealand shows foresight and responsibility, Labour’ Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Vodafone is showing leadership to the rest of the telecommunications industry and the rest of New Zealand by shifting 125 jobs from an overseas call centre back home,” Clare Curran said.
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Higher prices for existing phone and broadband ahead
Posted 23rd Mar 2011
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New Zealanders will face higher prices for their existing phone and broadband services for almost a decade if a controversial new telecommunications law is passed, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“I have been advised that the passage of the Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will see a price hike of at least five dollars a month on the average phone and broadband bill for many consumers.This new law will stifle competition in the copper market, while the vast majority of Kiwis will not be able to access fibre for up to a decade.
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Labour to fight new Telco laws and secretive process
Posted 15th Mar 2011
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Labour will fight the government’s new telco laws and has slammed the government for its secretive drafting process and intention to ram them through into law without proper scrutiny, Labour’s Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran and Finance Spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.

“Labour strongly opposes moves to truncate the hearing of submissions into just one week this week, despite the Bill not being required back in the House until June,” David Cunliffe said.
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The chilling effect
Posted 9th Mar 2011
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I'm in London. Everywhere I go there's an outpouring of empathy and sympathy for New Zealand and for the people of Christchurch.

A service held at Westminster Cathedral last week attracted 5000 people. It was organised on Facebook in just a couple of days.

The customs officer at Heathrow Airport detained me (nicely) for about 10 minutes because he wanted to talk about Christchurch. He'd never been there but he had lived in LA during the 90s and knew what a big earthquake was like.
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MP Welcomes Opening of ‘Christchurch Embassy’ in Dunedin
Posted 2nd Mar 2011
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has congratulated the Dunedin City Council and community groups for creating a safe place for Christchurch residents who have been forced to flee their city following last week’s earthquake.

The ‘Christchurch Embassy’, based at the Dunedin Railway Station, will be a place of welcome and refuge for Christchurch people who want to find support and agencies to meet their needs.
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Telco SOP Outrageous Abuse of Process
Posted 16th Feb 2011
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The National Government is rushing through one of the biggest changes in telecommunications in New Zealand history and appears set on handing more than $1 billion of taxpayer’s money to Telecom, awarding it monopoly status over fibre broadband delivery and a 10 year free period from price regulation,” Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
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MP calls on Dunedin-ites to Discover South Dunedin Heritage Open Day
Posted 15th Feb 2011
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Dunedin South Clare Curran believes many Dunedin-ites, including herself, don’t know about some of the amazing features that lurk in South Dunedin and she challenges all of us to get out and discover them this Saturday.

“Discover South Dunedin Heritage Open Day is going to be one of the biggest events to hit South Dunedin this year and it’s only its first year. For instance did you know that behind the concrete block wall in Braemar St lies the Dunedin Gasworks Museum and a newly restored Fitting Shop Building with a Working steam powered machinery Traction engine?” she said.
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Clare Curran's Response to Prime Minister's Address
Posted 8th Feb 2011
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John Key’s vision is dull. No substance. There’s no other way to put it. He’s out of touch with real New Zealanders who are struggling to cope with skyrocketing power, petrol and grocery bills.

And he doesn’t have any new ideas. The ideas he’s had are questionable as to whether they can be delivered and whether he’s committed to delivering them.
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Rural broadband win for Vodafone and Telecom could entrench the digital divide
Posted 7th Feb 2011
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The government must release its reasoning for awarding the $285 million rural broadband contract to Vodafone and Telecom as there are too many unanswered questions and New Zealand’s rural community deserves transparency and answers, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
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Air New Zealand takes service sky high
Posted 7th Feb 2011
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Air New Zealand should today be congratulated for taking communications sky high with the introduction of mobile phone and data capabilities on its new black A320, Labour’s communications, broadcasting and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

The service, active within the next month, will enable passengers flying on board the Black A320 to use their mobile phones to send and receive text messages, emails and calls during domestic flights by routing mobile phone signals through an aircraft cell site.
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Commerce Commission review of broadcasting and Telco regulation needed
Posted 4th Feb 2011
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Labour strongly supports indications that the Commerce Commission will review the broadcasting sector and believes there’s a need for a converged regulatory framework across both telecommunications and broadcasting, says Labour’s communications and IT and broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“There are critical decisions looming in both sectors which will impact on services provided to New Zealanders. Such as who will roll out ultrafast broadband in our urban areas and fast broadband across rural New Zealand, and the legislative changes proposed in the Telecommunications Amendment Bill.
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Is NZ about to take a great leap backwards on broadband?
Posted 1st Feb 2011
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New Zealand will take a great leap backwards if Telecom secures both the urban and rural broadband schemes as suggested in media reports today, and is given a 10 year regulatory holiday through a government law change, Labour’s Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Labour is demanding greater transparency around how the government is determining the broadband contracts,” Clare Curran said.
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Govt and KiwiRail have opportunity to create NZ jobs
Posted 20th Jan 2011
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The closing date this week for tenders to build Auckland’s new electric trains provides an important opportunity for the government to ensure a much - needed injection of new jobs in New Zealand, Labour MPs Trevor Mallard and Clare Curran say.

“Labour urges KiwiRail and the government to strongly consider the value to New Zealand’s struggling economy when it decides which company will win the $500 million bid for 38 electric multiple unit (EMU) fleet for Auckland,” Clare Curran said.
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Labour MP, Warehouse and Qantas unite to get gumboots to held flood relief in Queensland
Posted 14th Jan 2011
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200 pairs of gumboots are on their way to assist with flood recovery in Queensland, thanks to the generosity of The Warehouse and Qantas Airways, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran.

“I was contacted late Tuesday night with a request for help from an old friend in Melbourne,” Clare Curran said. “Jacqueline Pascarl is coordinating a recovery operation in Toowoomba, Queensland, and said among the most essential items were gumboots and mosquito nets, coils and repellent.
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Kiwi workers cut out of rail wagon fleet upgrade
Posted 14th Dec 2010
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KiwiRail’s decision to choose China CNR Corporation (CNR) as its preferred tenderer to supply 300 wagons to bolster its ageing fleet is a huge and possibly terminal slap in the face for its own staff, say Labour MPs Darren Hughes and Clare Curran.

Transport spokesperson Darren Hughes said that KiwiRail had “essentially taken a very narrow view in choosing CNR.
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Telecom wins UFB but can NZers afford it?
Posted 13th Dec 2010
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Today’s announcement that Telecom will get the bulk of the $1.5 billion ultrafast broadband contract entrenches fears of a commercial monopoly stranglehold on our newest infrastructure network, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“This is perhaps the most important decision in telecommunications policy in a decade, it will have implications for decades to come.
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Steven Joyce’s 3 minutes of shame
Posted 10th Dec 2010
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce spoke for just three minutes last night when introducing the Telecommunications Amendment Bill into parliament, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“John Key pledged $1.5 billion to deliver ultrafast broadband fibre to 75 per cent of New Zealand homes. It was No 2 in his top 10 pledges before the 2008 election.
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No guarantee of major broadband agreements before election
Posted 7th Dec 2010
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After two years in office National is still drip-feeding the public information about its ultrafast broadband scheme, with no indication who the major players will be and when those decisions will be made, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Despite announcing two regional agreements today to deliver fibre in Northland and the Central North Island, Communications Minister Steven Joyce was unable to guarantee that the remaining 25 ultrafast broadband agreements could be finalised before next year’s election,” Clare Curran said.
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Parents in Otago to face increased ECE costs
Posted 3rd Dec 2010
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Parents in Otago will face increased early childhood education costs of up to $40 per child per week because of National Government funding cuts, says Labour MP Clare Curran.

“Labour has conducted the largest survey of Early Childhood Education centres around the country and has found centres are increasing costs and reducing staff,” said Clare Curran.
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Dunedin Policing Changes – Community Meeting
Posted 29th Nov 2010
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is holding a community meeting this week to discuss the proposed changes to Dunedin Police. The meeting will take place this Wednesday 1 December at 1.30pm, in the Green Room, Mayfair Theatre.

At the beginning of the month an internal report to police staff outlined proposed changes to Dunedin’s police structure which could see officers moved out of suburban police stations and into centralised teams.
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Are the wheels falling off broadband?
Posted 17th Nov 2010
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Delays, confusion, and now the perception of conflict of interest are casting a shadow over the way Communications Minister Steven Joyce is handling the rollout of its $1.5 billion ultrafast broadband scheme, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“More than two years after the election, the country is still waiting to hear who will win the contract to roll out the National Government’s big election pledge,” Clare Curran said.
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Clare Curran MP to hold community meeting to discuss impact of police changes
Posted 16th Nov 2010
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says there are mounting concerns around the proposed restructure of Dunedin Police, which could see officers moved out of suburban police stations and into centralised teams.

Following a meeting on Friday with Southern Region Police Chief Bob Burns, Clare Curran said she will be holding a public meeting on 1 December to involve the community in discussions about the changes.
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Steven Joyce digs a hole on broadband contracts
Posted 16th Nov 2010
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce continues to dig himself into a hole by denying that a potential or actual conflict of interest exists, Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Murray Milner undertook consultancy work for Chinese Technology company Huawei at the same time he was a director of Crown Fibre Holdings, and today Steven Joyce admitted he met with Huawei during his recent visit to China,” Clare Curran said.
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Joyce must urgently address possible conflicts of interest on Crown Fibre Holdings Board
Posted 11th Nov 2010
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The perception of conflict of interest issues surrounding a director of the Crown company established to roll out ultrafast broadband must be urgently addressed by Communications Minister Steven Joyce, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Revelations that Crown Fibre Holdings’ director Murray Milner acted as a consultant for Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei whilst simultaneously serving as a director for Crown Fibre Holdings represents a potential conflict that ICT Minister Steven Joyce must address.
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Otago and Southland celebrate neurosurgery victory
Posted 10th Nov 2010
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Dunedin Labour MP’s Pete Hodgson and Clare Curran today congratulated southern communities whose refusal to give up neurosurgeons in the region has resulted in a decision to retain three specialists in Dunedin.

The South Island Neurosurgical Service expert panel has recommended a minimum of three neurosurgeons should be based in Dunedin, and that the South Island-wide service should comprise eight neurosurgeons once fully established.
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National’s lack of vision for broadband is taking New Zealand backwards
Posted 10th Nov 2010
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National’s ‘do-nothing’ approach to the communications sector has been laid bare by a Commerce Commission report that found New Zealanders are paying through the nose for internet and phone services, says Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

The report found New Zealanders face steep fees for mobile internet and high-use broadband and are charged among the highest telephone line rentals in the OECD.
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National’s lack of vision for broadband is taking New Zealand backwards
Posted 10th Nov 2010
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National’s ‘do-nothing’ approach to the communications sector has been laid bare by a Commerce Commission report that found New Zealanders are paying through the nose for internet and phone services, says Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

The report found New Zealanders face steep fees for mobile internet and high-use broadband and are charged among the highest telephone line rentals in the OECD.
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Last minute compromise ensures Labour’s support for Copyright Bill
Posted 3rd Nov 2010
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No New Zealander will have their Internet connection terminated as a result of proposed new copyright laws due to a last minute compromise between Labour and National, says Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“This compromise means that termination of Internet access as an ultimate penalty for repeat copyright infringement remains in the Bill, but cannot be enacted unless the Minister makes the decision to do so.
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Joyce using public ignorance to disregard criticism on UFB
Posted 1st Nov 2010
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The National Government’s willingness to roll over to the demands of parties putting themselves forward as partners in the ultrafast broadband networks is the latest example of disregard for NZ law, legal trade obligations and public scrutiny, Labour’s Communication and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
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Labour to oppose Government plan to exclude broadband prices from Telco Act for 10 years
Posted 13th Oct 2010
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Labour today announced it opposes the government proposal to remove regulation of Ultrafast broadband by excluding UFB from the Telecommunications Act until 2020.

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said Labour was unconvinced that there is a compelling case to remove normal regulatory controls on UFB pricing.
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran urges people to actively vote in the local body elections.
Posted 1st Oct 2010
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“There’s no law in New Zealand requiring you to vote in local body elections this week, but I hope the people of Dunedin will exercise their right and responsibility and support local democracy,” Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

As of 20 August, approximately 87% of the estimated eligible population in Dunedin were enrolled to vote, and as at 5pm Wednesday 29 September, just 24.04% of eligible voters had returned their voting papers.
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Will the new broadband fibre network be built by electricity lines companies?
Posted 9th Sep 2010
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The Government needs to reveal its whole plan for Ultrafast Broadband to New Zealand taxpayers and give some certainty to the industry, Labour’s Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“It appears that electricity lines companies will be part of a regional approach to rolling out broadband as part of the urban strategy managed by Crown Fibre Holdings. This raises questions about the role that Telecom will have, if any.
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Joyce issues death warrant to regional fibre rollout
Posted 26th Aug 2010
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Today’s government decision to require national, instead of region by region rural broadband proposals is a virtual death warrant to regional competition and suggests that the ground is being laid for Telecom to win both the urban and rural broadband schemes, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said.
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Australian federal politician to speak at OpenLabourNZ event
Posted 25th Aug 2010
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The Australian politician who has spearheaded Australia’s open government initiatives will address the OpenLabourNZ public event in Wellington on Saturday, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran announced today.

Kate Lundy, Labor Senator for the Australian Capital Territory is the second international keynote speaker to be announced.
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OpenLabourNZ – a new way to involve and evolve policy
Posted 24th Aug 2010
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The Labour Party will this weekend take a new step towards a greater emphasis on openness and transparency in government, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said.

“The OpenLabourNZ conference being held in Wellington on Saturday is a new initiative and uniquely New Zealand event, the format is drawing on similar processes used in Australia, the US and the UK,” Clare Curran said.
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Dunedin parents owe over $30 million in child support
Posted 20th Aug 2010
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Figures received by Dunedin South MP Clare Curran show that 3,721 Dunedin parents owe around $39m in child support. Of this, $24.9m is penalties.

“Over three thousand Dunedin parents are defaulting on their obligations and our children are the ones that suffer” said Clare Curran.

“The annoying thing is that reports received by Revenue Minister Peter Dunne since 2007 have highlighted this problem. Three years and another report later, the same issues are exposed. It’s about time he stopped sitting on his hands and started doing something about the situation.
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Open Govt expert to talk at OpenLabourNZ public event
Posted 18th Aug 2010
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The keynote international speaker at the OpenLabourNZ public event on August 28 has advised US Senators, Congressmen and political leaders on the use of Internet since 1999, including Senate candidate Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Howard Dean, and Barack Obama (before he became US President).
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Registration opens for NZ’s first political open policy development public event
Posted 16th Aug 2010
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Labour has today opened registration for a public event as a part of the first New Zealand attempt to develop policy in an open forum directly involving the community, and using online technology.

The event, which will take place on Saturday 28 August in Wellington, will involve high profile international speakers and bring together ideas generated over the last four months on how to deliver open and transparent government.
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Has Key passed the buck on national cyber security?
Posted 13th Aug 2010
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Labour today expressed concern that the Prime Minister John Key appeared to not consider cyber threats to New Zealand’s critical national infrastructure as part of his responsibility.

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said she had put a series of written questions to the Prime Minister this week on whether there were any plans to establish a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in New Zealand, following the establishment of a CERT in Australia.
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Labour pays tribute to Ernie Newman
Posted 13th Aug 2010
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Labour today paid tribute to the Ernie Newman, chief executive and spokesperson for the telecommunications users group TUANZ, after news he will step down from his position.

Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran and former Communications Minister (now Labour Finance spokesperson ) David Cunliffe both said Ernie Newman had played an powerful role in fronting issues for consumers and the industry  over the last 11 years.
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Joyce’s excuses on OIA don’t wash
Posted 9th Aug 2010
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Communications and IT Minister Steven Joyce’s excuses for failing to release a Cabinet paper on the Government’s plans for ultrafast broadband don’t wash, Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“To refuse to release the paper on the grounds some information may be ‘misconstrued’ shows the Government is attempting to hide information from the public,” Clare Curran said.
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Government continues to fail on jobs front for Otago
Posted 6th Aug 2010
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Unemployment in Otago has decreased over the past three months from 6.3% to 4.7% which sounds promising; however the labour force participation rate reflects a workforce who have given up looking for employment, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

"This government’s lack of economic plan continues to adversely affect Kiwi families," Clare Curran said.
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Government continues to fail on jobs front for Southland
Posted 6th Aug 2010
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400 more people in Southland have lost their jobs over the past three months as the government’s lack of an economic plan rebounds on Kiwi families, Labour MP Clare Curran said today.

“Overall unemployment has sharply increased from 6% to 6.8%. Locally this represents a rise from 3.3% to 4.4% in unemployment in Southland. ” Clare Curran said.
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The right decision on mobile termination rates
Posted 4th Aug 2010
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Labour today welcomed Communications Minister Steven Joyce’s decision to regulate mobile termination rates.

“The Minister has made the right decision for a competitive mobile market, and consumers will come out on top,” Clare Curran said.

Labour called for the regulation of mobile termination rates, which are the wholesale prices charged by a mobile network operator for providing services to customers from other networks, in March this year.
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Does Steven Joyce know the answers?
Posted 4th Aug 2010
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce today ducked a question in Parliament on why his decision to regulate mobile termination rates contradicts plans to provide a new fibre network with a ten year regulatory holiday on the pricing of fibre.

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said Mr Joyce’s response has raised questions over whether he is on top of his portfolio, or if he just doesn’t want to draw attention to the contradiction.
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Time for independent oversight and transparency in govt broadband scheme
Posted 3rd Aug 2010
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Labour has today called for Telecommunications Commissioner Ross Patterson to be given an independent oversight role in the government’s ultrafast broadband (UFB) scheme.

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said that there was a real of a lack of transparency, confused governance and increasing uncertainty about how the decision is being made to spend $1.5 billion of taxpayer money.
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South Dunedin's Got Talent 2010
Posted 3rd Aug 2010
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South Dunedin's Got Talent has become a highlight of the South D entertainment calendar and it’s only just getting started, Labour’s Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

The second annual talent competition which highlights South Dunedin’s best and brightest is being held at the Mayfair Theatre on 15 August.
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Transparency needed on broadband
Posted 2nd Aug 2010
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A revised proposal by Telecom to take the lion’s share of the government’s $1.5 billion ultrafast broadband plan is big on rhetoric but light on detail, demonstrating a lack of transparency and certainty on how this major piece of infrastructure will be delivered, says Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.
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Obama’s open government guru to speak at NZ Labour public event
Posted 1st Aug 2010
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US President Barack Obama’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer Beth Noveck will be the key note speaker at a public event to provide input into Labour's policy on open and transparent government.

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said Labour will hold a public event on 28 August in Wellington to bring together ideas generated over the last four months on how to deliver open and transparent government.
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Major uncertainties around Broadband plan
Posted 27th Jul 2010
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Major concerns are being raised around the Government’s ultrafast broadband project, which could derail the goal of affordable and accessible broadband services for New Zealanders, Labour’s communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Concerns expressed by industry groups InternetNZ and TUANZ that an operational separation variation request by Telecom NZ may amount to the end of operational separation are extremely concerning,” Clare Curran said.
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Dunedin Digital Strategy Drives Economic Future
Posted 26th Jul 2010
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The Dunedin City Council's Digital Strategy will be a key driver for Dunedin's economic future, and should be fully supported, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

"The Dunedin Digital Strategy's objectives to improve access to the digital world for Dunedin citizens, to achieve universal digital literacy and to enable Dunedin to become a recognised centre of technology and a pillar of Open Government are timely, necessary and crucial for the economic future of our community," Clare Curran Said.
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Government contracts to lock out local business
Posted 21st Jul 2010
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The Government’s plan to award lucrative state sector contracts to a cosy club of multinational suppliers will cut competition and lock out local business, Labour’s Communication and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“This will disadvantage our local economy under the guise of saving money,” Clare Curran said.
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A step forward for software innovation
Posted 15th Jul 2010
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Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran has welcomed Commerce Minister Simon Power’s decision to develop guidelines to exclude computer software from being patentable.

“I want to congratulate the Minister for keeping his word and supporting the Commerce Select Committee’s recommendation to remove the patentability of software,” Clare Curran said.
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NZ risks becoming digital backwater
Posted 4th Jul 2010
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New Zealand risks becoming a digital backwater if the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting is delayed, Labour's Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Broadcasting Minister Jonathon Coleman’s comments to TV3’s ‘The Nation’ that the switch would be delayed because of fears voters would not like the move proves the Government has no co-ordinated policy to take advantage of the technical and content convergence between digital telecommunications and broadcasting, “ Clare Curran said.
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Have UFB delays compromised process?
Posted 29th Jun 2010
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Concern is mounting in the telecommunications industry around the delay in rolling out ultrafast broadband fibre and that may be compromising the bidding process, Labour’s spokesperson for communications and IT Clare Curran said today.

“The Government must tell New Zealanders when it will announce its partners in the UFB rollout. There are now too many questions being asked about the role that Telecom will play and whether other bidders have been wasting their time,” Clare Curran said.
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Volunteering with a family focus
Posted 21st Jun 2010
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Volunteer awareness week is underway with the objective of “raising people, not money,” a theme which highlights the meaningful contribution we can all make to our communities, says Labour’s Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

The theme this year is Volunteering Across the Generations which places emphasis on the different types of volunteer work available to suit particular generations and raises awareness around opportunities for family volunteering.
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When will Brownlee deal to electricity price rises?
Posted 17th Jun 2010
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Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee needs to explain to the people of Dunedin why his latest electricity reforms have been such a failure, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

“The announcement by Contact to raise prices by an alarming 6.5% is precisely the opposite of what Mr Brownlee promised,” Clare Curran said.
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Joyce should move swiftly to regulate mobile termination rates
Posted 16th Jun 2010
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce should accept today’s revised recommendation of the Commerce Commission to regulate mobile termination rates, Labour’s Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“The Minister must act swiftly to regulate so that the industry and consumers can move forward without uncertainty,” Clare Curran said.
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Key spooked on digital switchover and pre-empts his Ministers
Posted 16th Jun 2010
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John Key’s comments indicating a later start to switching on digital delivery of television are a major set-back for the broadcasting and telco industries and for NZ communities, say Labour’s broadcasting and communication spokespeople, Brendon Burns and Clare Curran.

John Key now claims it’s likely it will be 2015 before sufficient people received digital television to switch off analogue delivery. The date he earlier suggested was 2013.
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Dunedin Celebrates Samoan Independence Day and the beginning of Puaka / Matariki
Posted 1st Jun 2010
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Talofa Lava and Kia Ora!

This week is sure to be vibrant for Dunedin South with local events celebrating Samoan Independence Day and the beginning of Puaka / Matariki, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

Samoan Independence Day celebrations will be held this weekend with a ball at the Glenroy Auditorium on Friday night. All proceeds from the ball will go to the renovation of the Ekalesia Fa'alapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) church facilities in Macandrew Road.
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Govt risks broadband and operational separation in muddled process
Posted 24th May 2010
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The Government must explain the timing of its announcement about Telecom’s request to structurally separate and whether this has compromised the tender process for its $1.5 billion broadband rollout,” Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The Government needs to reveal whether parallel discussions have been held with Telecom about structural separation while a closed tender process is underway to roll out ultrafast broadband to 75% of New Zealanders,” Clare Curran said.
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Dunedin parents will be hit by ECE changes
Posted 21st May 2010
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Parents of children under three in Dunedin early childhood education centres will be hard hit by the Government’s Budget and face an increase of $42.50 per child per week, Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran said today.

Labour has called a community meeting to discuss the ECE Budget cuts on Monday. It will be attended by Dunedin’s Labour MPs and our Early Childhood Education spokesperson Sue Moroney.
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Speech to Communications Day Auckland Summit
Posted 18th May 2010
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Thank you for the invitation to speak today.

This industry is critical to our country’s future socially and economically for at least the next 50 years.

New Zealand is at a turning point in its history. We are poised to create a new network. A network that will deliver critical infrastructure for our nation.
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Joyce should act quickly to regulate mobile termination rates
Posted 12th May 2010
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The Communications Minister Steven Joyce should accept today’s revised recommendation of the Commerce Commission to regulate mobile termination rates, Labours Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“The minister must act swiftly to regulate so that the industry can move forward without uncertainty,” Clare Curran said.
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XT’s failures must not affect broadband rollout
Posted 7th May 2010
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Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said the Government must ensure Telecom’s failings, highlighted in a review of its XT network, are addressed and credibility is restored to the telco if it is to take part in the nationwide broadband rollout.

“The independent review of XT found shortcomings with Telecom’s planning, processes and technical capabilities that led to a number of major network crashes,” Clare Curran said.
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Joyce should visit Dunedin and see what Kiwi workers can achieve
Posted 4th May 2010
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Labour's Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has invited Transport Minister Steven Joyce to Dunedin, so he can see first hand that the workers at the Hillside Rail workshop are capable of building the rolling stock needed for the Auckland electrification project.

"Mr Joyce admitted in Parliament today that he has not visited either of the rail workshop yards at Woburn in Lower Hutt or Hillside in Dunedin," Clare Curran said.
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Failure to support KiwiRail build shows lack of faith
Posted 3rd May 2010
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says a lack of support for a KiwiRail build of Auckland’s electric trains shows no faith in Kiwi skills and capability.

“The strong independent economic case by reputable Berl Economics, which details the benefits of having Auckland’s 13 electric locomotives and 114 ‘cars’ built in New Zealand, creating up to 1275 new jobs, shows the arguments stack up for a New Zealand build,” Clare Curran said.
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Labour to begin open policy process
Posted 29th Apr 2010
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Labour is embarking on its first open policy process, inviting the public to participate in developing its policy on what an open, transparent government might look like.

The open policy process titled #OpenLabourNZ is being launched via the Labour MPs blog Red Alert

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said the policy process was an experiment in how Labour could engage with the community, seek their input, build support and use new technologies and methods to develop policy.
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Certainty and clarity needed on mobile termination rates
Posted 28th Apr 2010
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce should move swiftly to regulate mobile phone termination rates once he receives revised advice from the Commerce Commission, Labour Communications & IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“There are widespread concerns that game playing by telcos in the marketplace may result in further delays in making a decision,” Clare Curran said.
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First reading speech on the Copyright Infringement File Sharing Amendment Bill
Posted 22nd Apr 2010
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I’d like to congratulate Minister Simon Power for all the hard work that has gone into this Bill. It’s been quite a journey and I acknowledge and recognise the genuine commitment that has taken place to get to this point.

Copyright in 2010, has become a brand, or a code. The prevalence of illegal downloading both in NZ and globally is a very real and important issue. The balancing act between protecting the rights of creators of content and allowing and encouraging access to information and material is a delicate and increasingly tricky issue which is currently exercising the minds of parliaments across the world.
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Outdated business models undermine copyright law
Posted 22nd Apr 2010
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New Zealand’s copyright law will not address the fundamental issue of copyright infringement and unauthorised file sharing until it reflects new business models, Labour spokesperson for Communications and IT Clare Curran said today.

“New Internet business models are required to enable our innovators and creators to control and distribute their own content, to boost our economy,” Clare Curran said.
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Report confirms Govt treating rural NZ as poor cousin on broadband
Posted 22nd Apr 2010
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A just-released KPMG report has confirmed Labour’s view that the National Government is under-investing in rural broadband, Labour’s Communications and IT Spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“The KPMG Agribusiness Agenda says that despite the productive capacity of the New Zealand economy being increasingly focused in rural communities, only 1.6 per cent of the Government’s proposed funding for broadband and fibre networks is aimed at rural communities,” Clare Curran said.
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TelstraClear needs to keep Kiwi jobs Kiwi
Posted 21st Apr 2010
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TelstraClear’s plans to cut up to 170 call centre jobs in Christchurch and Paraparaumu to outsource them to the Philippines is evidence of a worrying trend in the communications industry, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“According to the EPMU, the union which represents telecommunications workers, up to 170 New Zealanders could be joining the dole queue if the proposal as reported goes ahead and the Australian-owned TelstraClear moves its call centre operations to the Philippines,” Clare Curran said.
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Software exclusion will encourage Kiwi innovators
Posted 20th Apr 2010
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The exclusion of computer software from a Patents Bill before Parliament is a step towards helping New Zealand become more innovative Labour MPs Lianne Dalziel and Clare Curran said today.

The Patents Bill proposes excluding computer software from being patentable, on the basis of it being, like books or movies or music, based on a concept and receiving protection under copyright.
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Gas Works Museum a Unique Treasure
Posted 13th Apr 2010
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran today applauded the Dunedin City Council’s decision to put the brakes on Progressive Enterprises plans to build a supermarket on Andersons Bay Road.

“The site is adjacent to the Gas Works Museum and careful consideration must be given to complementary development. The Gas Works Museum is a unique treasure; one of Dunedin’s best kept secrets and it needs the support of Dunedin’s leaders to ensure it ongoing viability.”
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Is Government paying lip service to transparency?
Posted 11th Apr 2010
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The National Government should demand that the details of secret trade talks are made public when the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations start in Wellington tomorrow, says Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The Government has an important opportunity to show New Zealand citizens that it is not just paying lip service to its claims of transparency. We’ve heard countless claims by the Government that it is about being transparent, Here’s the chance to prove it.
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Labour opposes suspending access to the internet as a penalty
Posted 31st Mar 2010
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Labour today announced it would support the Government’s Copyright Infringement File Sharing Amendment Bill but remains strongly opposed to some aspects of the Bill.

Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said the bill includes some sensible provisions, so Labour will be supporting it to select committee to make sure people have a chance to have their say.
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Youth MP Selected for Dunedin South Electorate
Posted 31st Mar 2010
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is proud to announce that Talia Ellison of Queens High School has been appointed as Youth MP for Dunedin South. Talia was selected following a speech competition at the Performing Arts Centre in South Dunedin.

Each of the four high schools in the electorate, Kings, Bayfield, Taieri and Queens High Schools were invited to select a candidate. Candidates spoke of why they would be the best choice for the electorate.
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Is core infrastructure safe under Joyce?
Posted 22nd Mar 2010
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Communications and IT Minister Steven Joyce has revealed his disregard for New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

On TV3’s ‘The Nation’ Steven Joyce said he is disinterested in Telecom’s fate, despite the XT network failures, questions over its ability to roll out the Government’s broadband network and its falling share price.
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Congratulations Adam Hall on the gold medal at Paralympics
Posted 22nd Mar 2010
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Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran MP today congratulated Adam Hall on winning the gold medal in the men's standing slalom at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

“This is an outstanding achievement for a remarkable young man,” said Clare Curran.

“Adam, who is now 22, is from Outram near Dunedin and was a student at Taieri College. His achievement is fantastic and reflects not only his own personal efforts and determination but also the efforts of many people including family who have supported him.”
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Rural broadband sounds good but concerns remain over a digital divide
Posted 22nd Mar 2010
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Labour remains concerned that Government plans for rural broadband will create a digital divide between urban and rural New Zealand.

The Government’s plan is a step towards delivering an essential service to all New Zealanders, but will take too long, and be an inferior service in comparison to the urban broadband rollout.
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Why don't Dunedin's teen parents have your support Tariana?
Posted 10th Mar 2010
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Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran today accused Associate Social Development Minister Tariana Turia of hypocrisy and a lack of consistency in supporting a North Island teen parenting programme, while not supporting the sole Dunedin programme which now faces closure.

“When Tariana Turia visited the Heretaunga College yesterday to trumpet the success of its teen parent programme she didn’t mention that she had not supported continued government funding of Dunedin’s only teen parenting programme," Clare Curran said.
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Labour calls for regulation on mobile termination rates
Posted 9th Mar 2010
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The Government should put consumers first and regulate mobile termination rates to keep call costs down, Labour spokesperson for communications and IT Clare Curran said today.

“High mobile termination rates are a barrier to entry for new players in the market, which leads to less competition and higher prices,” Clare Curran said.
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Joyce needs assurances from Telecom
Posted 25th Feb 2010
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Communications Minister Steven Joyce must put Telecom on notice to come clean with its customers around the stability of its XT network, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“I have received reports from several highly placed sources that the Telecom XT network was never properly tested before it went to market,” Clare Curran said.
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Time for Minister to get on the blower
Posted 23rd Feb 2010
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Time for Minister to get on the blower

The time has come for Communications Minister Steven Joyce to demand some answers from Telecom following the latest major outage in the XT network, Labour’s Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“The patience of XT customers has run out and the lack of public confidence in the mobile network requires Steven Joyce to ask some frank questions of Telecom management,” Clare Curran said.
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Joyce not fighting for XT customers
Posted 23rd Feb 2010
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Joyce not fighting for XT customers

Telecom boss Paul Reynolds has exposed Steven Joyce’s lack understanding of the anger or frustration XT customers are experiencing, Labour’s Communications spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Mr Reynolds told a press conference today that he phoned the Communications Minister yesterday to update him on the latest XT outage. Paul Reynolds said Steven Joyce passed on his sympathy and support for Telecom,” Clare Curran said.
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Why is there no signal from Joyce over XT outages?
Posted 22nd Feb 2010
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It seems four outages in ten weeks on Telecom's XT network isn't enough to get Communications Minister Steven Joyce concerned, Labour's Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"Thousands of Kiwis who've switched to XT continue to plagued by technical problems but as yet we've have no signal from Mr Joyce that he cares enough to intervene to at least seek assurances that the faults will be properly fixed," Clare Curran said.
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Make consumers your priority Steven
Posted 22nd Feb 2010
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Make consumers your priority Steven

Communications Minister Steven Joyce must put consumers first when responding to the Commerce Commission’s report on mobile termination rates, Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“For some time mobile phone companies have been charging customers unjustifiably high rates to make calls and send texts between networks,” Clare Curran said.
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Parents need more reassurance around National Standards
Posted 8th Feb 2010
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has written to 35 primary and intermediate Boards of Trustees in her electorate to express concern about the proposed introduction of National Standards in schools.

She has offered to meet with the Boards to explain her concern, and has asked Boards to work with teachers to establish what is best for the children at their school.
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Telecom compo is great, but what about certainty
Posted 2nd Feb 2010
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Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran today welcomed Telecom's compensation package for last week's XT network blackout but wants assurances that its core services are reliable.

"Telecom's $5 million package will go some way to easing anger from customers but what they really want is certainty in a product and service they were told in advertising was world class," Clare Curran said.
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Copyright - Improving, but could do better
Posted 17th Dec 2009
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Labour's Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says the Government's latest copyright plan is an improvement on its previous proposal, but more scrutiny is required to see if it will actually work.

"On the face of it the new three strikes process is relatively fair on the internet using public, but more questions need to be answered before we can have complete confidence in the proposal," Clare Curran said.
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What's going on with ACTA?
Posted 11th Dec 2009
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Kiwi internet users need to be kept in the loop about what is going on in the behind closed doors negotiations of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Labour's communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"ACTA has the potential to have massive implications on New Zealand's proposed copyright laws and how internet piracy is policed locally," Clare Curran said.
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Govt broadband discriminates against people living in rural communities
Posted 3rd Dec 2009
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The National Government's broadband scheme will create a digital divide between urban and rural New Zealand, Labour's Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"It's time Communications and IT Minister Steven Joyce acknowledged that rural New Zealand will not get the same deal as urban New Zealand on broadband, despite his claims to the contrary.
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Joyce must ensure mobile market is fair for all
Posted 30th Nov 2009
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Communications and IT Minister Steven Joyce will soon face a big test on whether to regulate mobile termination rates, Labour's ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

A draft Commerce Commission recommendation has said that the Government should establish stronger market rules to encourage competition in the mobile phone market in order to reduce both mobile and land-line prices.
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Progress on new broadband company but concerns remain about Telecom's role
Posted 30th Oct 2009
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The newly announced board of Crown Fibre Holdings seems balanced between a traditional Telco and a wider infrastructure-based approach to rolling out ultra fast broadband, but significant questions remained about the role of Telecom, Labour IT and Communications spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
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National's answer to rural broadband poses more questions
Posted 29th Sep 2009
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Labour welcomes the government's proposals on rural broadband and the reform of the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) but is not yet convinced it will truly deliver fast broadband and reliable, affordable local residential phone services to all rural New Zealanders, Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
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Name the date, Mr Joyce
Posted 16th Sep 2009
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It's taken National nine months to come up with a proposal that looks remarkably like Labour's pre-election programme for delivering ultrafast broadband, Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"Labour welcomes today's urban broadband announcement to deliver ultrafast broadband to 75% of New Zealanders, provided it's truly a move away from a monopoly, Telco-centric infrastructure approach," Clare Curran said.
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National's rural broadband plan addresses inequalities but raises serious questions
Posted 10th Sep 2009
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The National Government has acknowledged the voices of rural New Zealand by announcing it will rollout broadband across rural New Zealand, but important questions must be answered quickly to allay industry concerns, Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"Labour is committed to equitable rollout of ultrafast broadband across rural and urban New Zealand and has expressed concerns for some months that the Government had appeared to leave 25% of the population out of its planned broadband rollout," Clare Curran said.
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Labour welcomes release of section 92A summary submissions
Posted 3rd Sep 2009
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Labour spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology Clare Curran has welcomed the National Government's release of a summary of submissions received in response to the Section 92A proposal document.

"I am impressed with the quality and quantity of submissions received which reflect the time submitters have put into the issue," Clare Curran said.
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Telecom rethink needed or customers will suffer
Posted 20th Aug 2009
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For the good of customers and its shareholders Telecom must re-examine its proposed maintenance contracting arrangement with Australian based company Visionstream, say Opposition Labour spokesperson Trevor Mallard and Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

"Telecom's decision to contract out the work done by its telecommunications engineers to Visionstream has created unrest and uncertainty amongst the 900 workers affected," Trevor Mallard said.
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Tolley should listen to kids over enviroschools
Posted 19th Aug 2009
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School children from Dunedin and Wellington are calling on Education Minister Anne Tolley to reverse her decision to cut funding to enviroschools.

Primary school students from two Wellington schools will gather on the steps of Parliament today to sign a petition calling on the Minister to reverse her decision to axe enviroschools funding.
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Why is the Government moving ultra-slow on broadband?
Posted 17th Aug 2009
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Government delays in announcing how and when it will roll out ultra-fast broadband to 75% of New Zealand is damaging the information communications industry, Labour spokesperson on communications and IT Clare Curran said today.

"It's time the government told the public its plans. The ICT industry has been in limbo since the election," Clare Curran said.
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National's indifference to skilled workforce will undermine broadband rollout
Posted 30th Jul 2009
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The National Government has no commitment to a skilled information and technology workforce and is indifferent to moves that will drive down wages and fragment this important workforce, Labour Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"It's widely recognised the government needs a highly skilled workforce to deliver its $1.5 billion ultrafast broadband to the streets of New Zealand," Clare Curran said.
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Vision needed on copyright - not quick fix
Posted 14th Jul 2009
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National has missed an opportunity to show some long term vision on the vexed issue of copyright infringements, Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said.

"The Government's Section 92A Review Policy Proposal Document released today is a stop gap measure which does not address the underlying issues around copyright infringement," Clare Curran said.
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National makes rural New Zealanders second class citizens on broadband
Posted 29th Jun 2009
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A quarter of New Zealand's population living in rural areas is not included in the National Government's ultrafast broadband scheme, creating what is essentially a digital divide between urban and rural communities.

Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran today said that not only had the Government delayed its announcement on how to rollout ultrafast broadband to 75% of New Zealand, but had also confirmed that rural New Zealand was a second tier priority for the delivery of ultrafast broadband.
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Broadband delays starting to look like "backsliding"
Posted 24th Jun 2009
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The rollout of broadband to New Zealand homes was a central promise in National's election campaign, but seven months after the election the Government is deferring further announcements for another two months, says Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

"There are worrying signs of backsliding in the time the Government is taking to announce how it is going to roll out of $1.5 million programme as fairly and efficiently as possible," Clare Curran says.
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National proposals to axe free local calls still on the agenda
Posted 10th Jun 2009
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National are rapidly trying to distance themselves from a review that could see foreign ownership in Telecom increase and an end to free local calls, Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

"Despite protestations to the contrary from National Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce that there are no plans to increase foreign ownership in Telecom or axe free local calls, both ideas are clearly being considered.
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Could this be the end of free local calls?
Posted 10th Jun 2009
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The National Government should front up if it's seriously considering opening the way for full foreign ownership of our largest telecommunications company and the prospect of New Zealanders paying for local landline calls, Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

A proposal for scrapping the Kiwishare in Telecom is outlined in a Cabinet paper, prepared by Bill English, posted in a hard to find place on the Ministry of Economic Development's website.
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National breaks its election promise on broadband fibre to homes
Posted 29th Apr 2009
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The National Government's core $1.5 billion election promise to deliver ultrafast broadband fibre to 75 per cent of New Zealand homes cannot be delivered and it's time they owned up to it, said Clare Curran, Labour's communications and IT spokesperson.

"It has been revealed that New Zealanders face an extra cost of between $2000 and $3600 per household to connect to an ultra-fast broadband network. This is despite the National Government's promise to deliver broadband fibre to 75 per cent of homes at a cost of $1.5billion from government funds and up to a possible equal amount from the private sector.
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Thomson sacking proved to be an empty gesture
Posted 1st Apr 2009
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The sacking of Otago DHB Chair Richard Thomson by Health Minister Tony Ryall last month was an empty, vindictive political gesture and has resulted in no changes at the board since, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

"New Otago DHB Chair Errol Millar today confirmed at a Health Select Committee in Wellington today that there had been no substantive changes since Mr Thomson's sacking and that he had been working closely with and consulting Mr Thomson, who remains a member of the Board," Curran said.
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National pinches Labour's broadband policy
Posted 31st Mar 2009
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The National Government has back-flipped on its pre-election broadband policy in favour of a policy based on the previous Labour Government's Broadband Investment Fund (BIF).

Labour spokesperson for Communications and IT Clare Curran said National had completely shifted from its pre-election policy of a single, regulated utility model for delivering broadband to one that is regional, open and contestable.
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Talks on Internet copyright issues positive
Posted 25th Mar 2009
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A meeting last night of stakeholder groups to discuss Internet copyright issues made good progress, Labour spokesperson on Communications and IT Clare Curran said today.

Ms Curran, Labour Commerce Spokesperson Lianne Dalziel, and Labour Culture, Arts and Heritage spokesperson Grant Robertson, arranged a meeting in Parliament which was attended by around 25 representatives from copyright holders and artists, Internet service providers and consumer groups.
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Finally, some leadership on Copyright issue
Posted 23rd Mar 2009
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Labour's spokesperson on Communications and IT, Clare Curran, today welcomed the Government's decision to intervene on section 92A of the Copyright Act, after weeks of calling for leadership on the issue.

"Labour has been calling on the Government to urgently work with stakeholders to ensure a workable code of practice is in place, and to establish a third party to resolve copyright disputes.
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Jobs Summit Forum to discuss ideas?
Posted 20th Mar 2009
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Labour Leader Phil Goff says regional jobs summits have value if they are forums to raise and discuss ideas to promote job creation.

"New Zealanders will be surprised to learn that Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is threatening to exclude Labour MPs from regional summits for suggesting positive ideas for the Government to consider," Phil Goff said.
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Government's hands-off approach to copyright not working
Posted 12th Mar 2009
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The National Government's hands-off approach to ensuring a workable code of practice is in place to resolve copyright issues may end up resulting in a quarter of internet service providers in New Zealand not adhering to the code, Labour spokesperson on communications and IT Clare Curran said today.
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Government must intervene constructively on copyright
Posted 11th Mar 2009
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It's time for the National Government to intervene and provide stability and certainty on copyright issues for rights holders, internet service providers, and New Zealanders who use the internet, Labour spokesperson on communications and IT Clare Curran said today.

"The decision by Telstra Clear, announced today, to pull out of the code of practice being drafted by the TCF that sets out how telcos would interpret the law leaves the government with no choice but to intervene," she said.
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Labour welcomes plan to keep broadband fund model for rural New Zealand
Posted 26th Feb 2009
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Labour today cautiously welcomed indications by the Government that it would use the previous Labour Government's Broadband Investment Fund (BIF) as a model to deliver broadband in rural areas.

Labour Communication and IT spokesperson Clare Curran says this was a sign that the Government recognised the BIF as a reputable model to deliver broadband services equitably across New Zealand.
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Government has to act now on copyright
Posted 19th Feb 2009
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Despite official advice on the importance of finding a solution to the copyright issue, the National Government today missed an opportunity to take steps in that direction when it refused leave for an Amendment Bill to the Copyright Act to be introduced.

Labour spokesperson for communications and information technology Clare Curran today sought leave to introduce a Bill to amend the Act to ensure a workable code of practice was in place with the approval of the relevant Minister before Section 92A comes into force.
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Public discussion on Carisbrook welcomed
Posted 19th Feb 2009
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today that she totally welcomed the opening of public discussion about the future of the Carisbrook site and called on the South Dunedin and Caversham communities to get involved and have their say.

"Should the new stadium go ahead in the north part of Dunedin, then the redevelopment of the Carisbrook site offers unique opportunities for the people of South Dunedin" she said.
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Labour supports constructive solution on copyright
Posted 18th Feb 2009
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Labour spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology Clare Curran is calling on the Government to be proactive to facilitate agreement on a draft code of practice between internet service providers and copyright holders.

Clare Curran said today that Labour was prepared to work with the National Government and other parties to support the internet service providers and rights holders reach a satisfactory code of practice to protect copyright.
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Thomson sacking wrong
Posted 17th Feb 2009
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran today expressed sadness at Health Minister Tony Ryall's decision to sack Otago District Health Board Chair Richard Thomson.

"My dismay is not only for the Mr Thomson and the board, but for also for the people of Dunedin whom the board serves, and for our system of democracy and transparency in this country.
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National's broadband roll out will be ultra-slow
Posted 12th Feb 2009
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Confirmation today by Minister for Communications and Information Technology Steven Joyce that National's plans to deliver ultra-fast broadband will take a year to create and a decade to deliver will send shockwaves through the industry, Labour Communications and Information Technology spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
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Release Broadband policy now Mr Joyce
Posted 10th Feb 2009
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The National Government must release its broadband plan in the interests of industry stability, says Labour communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran.

"The axing of the Broadband Investment Fund (BIF), which had widespread industry support, has dented this important industry," she said. "The prospect of sustained delays in rolling out a comprehensive broadband programme across New Zealand while the Government dreams up a new scheme will create further damage.
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National Govt plunges NZ's digital future into uncertainty
Posted 5th Feb 2009
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Labour spokesperson for communications and IT Clare Curran today described as gut wrenching and wrong the National Government decisions to axe the Broadband Investment Fund (BIF) and the Digital Development Council.

"Today the National Government achieved two things in the strategically important area of digital technology," she said.
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Labour welcomes progress on draft code
Posted 5th Feb 2009
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Labour MPs today welcomed the release of a draft code by the Telecommunications Carriers Forum (TCF) that would manage how Section 92A of the Copyright Act would apply.

"The leadership being shown by the TCF, and the desire to come to a mutually acceptable solution from both internet service providers (ISPs) and those representing copyright holders is very encouraging," Labour Commerce Spokesperson Lianne Dalziel, ICT spokesperson Clare Curran and Associate Arts Culture and Heritage Spokesperson Grant Robertson said.
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Scrapping Government Shared Network backward step
Posted 4th Feb 2009
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Scrapping the Government Shared Network (GSN) is a backward step at a time when the National Government should be supporting information technology projects, Labour MPs said today.

Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran and State Services Commission spokesperson Grant Robertson labelled the move to discontinue the GSN as retrograde and short sighted.
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Dunedin South MP questions Ryall's judgement and motivation in seeking to sack Otago DHB Chair
Posted 30th Jan 2009
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Dunedin South MP Clare Curran today expressed dismay at the events unfolding at the Otago District Health Board, and questioned Health Minister Tony Ryall's judgement and motivation in seeking to sack Board Chair Richard Thomson.

"Public accountability is important, but there is a difference between accountability and blame," she said.
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Major broadband projects under threat
Posted 17th Dec 2008
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Major broadband projects under threat following National Government inaction

Dithering by new Communications Minister Steven Joyce could lead to a pullback of investment by private sector service providers in broadband infrastructure, supposedly the flagship of national's turbo charge economic growth plan, Labour spokesperson for communications and IT Clare Curran said today.
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Maiden Seech
Posted 16th Dec 2008
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Tena koutou, koutou te kahui torangapu o Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu.


Tena koe hoki e te mana whakawaa o te whare nei. He kupu whakamihi tenei no roto mai i te awa o Otakou me ona wahapu ki a koutou e noho nei ki te waha o te ika. Tena koutou, tena hoki tatou katoa.


I dedicate this speech to my grandmothers; Ellen Kinney and Peg Thompson, two strong willed, but compassionate women who would be proud, if somewhat astounded to see me standing here today.
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Campaign launch speech
Posted 7th Sep 2008
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Firstly, I’d like to say Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in the audience, thank you for spending part of your day here.


Thank you all for being here. It means a lot. This is a big deal.


Thank you to my team of hard working, dedicated, talented and wonderful volunteers. You all know who you are. We cannot run this campaign without you. A special thank you to Glenda, my very capable and calm campaign manager and Kirsty who has helped make today’s event happen.
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EPMU Delegates forum
Posted 30th Apr 2008
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I’m in the Labour Party because I believe in the values that underpin Labour. What are those values?


They’re about getting rid of inequality, building strong communities and encouraging potential. And they’re not just Labour values, they’re New Zealand values.
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Workers Memorial Day speech
Posted 28th Apr 2008
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On Anzac Day, tens of thousands of NZers turned out at dawn parades around our country to honour and commemorate our soldiers, sailors, air men and women. I marched here in Dunedin behind the veterans with my mum wearing the medals of her two older brothers, my uncles, who died in WW2 .


Private Gerald Howard, killed in action in Tunisia, North Africa, 25 April 1943 aged 22.
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