Little to reveal at least one policy at conference

  • 08/11/2015
Little to reveal at least one policy at conference

By Sarah Robson

Labour leader Andrew Little will unveil at least one new policy when he delivers his keynote speech to his party's annual conference today.

About 500 party members have converged on Palmerston North this weekend for Labour's first major gathering since last year's disastrous election result.

Much of the conference so far has focused on cleaning out the closet and preparing for the 2017 campaign.

Two of Labour's most contentious policies - a capital gains tax and raising the retirement age - have been dropped and party members have been warned they need to show a united, disciplined front to have any chance of success at the ballot box.

Mr Little says his speech this afternoon will present an alternative approach for tackling some of the big issues affecting New Zealanders.

He will also be detailing practical action to create more jobs.

Yesterday, Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson reaffirmed the party's pledge to reduce unemployment to four per cent by the end of its first term in government - something it campaigned on in 2014.

Mr Robertson said careers advice urgently needs to be made professional and developed as a partnership between students, schools, businesses and training providers.

He also wants workers to be given greater opportunities for training and retraining.