A $10 minimum wage, home ownership schemes, a halt to Chinese borrowing, income tax exemptions for local growers and farmers, a better shipping service, reduced reliance on foreign workers, a government minister code of conduct and the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Finance minister Mark Brown says criticism of the setting of the June 14 election date by parliamentary leader for the Democratic Party, William “Smiley” Heather shows the opposition’s “total ignorance and lack of understanding” regarding financial management and government processes.
Leaders of the Cook Islands Party (CIP) have responded to the Margaret Matenga’s claims of corruption and bias in the runoff for the Titikaveka CIP candidacy.
Local economist Vaine Wichman says the reason a substantial part of the capital expenditure budget has not been spent by the government is based on complex issues involving land and community feedback.
“We are more than ready!”
Those were the words of opposition deputy leader and spokesperson James Beer following last week’s announcement of an early general election on June 14.