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Labour's election year congress promises

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/05/2017

Labour have used their election year congress to make promises on what they will deliver if successful in their effort to win government in September's general election.

HOUSING:

* Ending negative gearing which allows property investors to claim tax write-offs on rental properties.

* Labour claims the tax break is worth $150 million a year.

* "We will close the loophole. It's over," Leader Andrew Little announced.

Under Labour's plan, the money will be used for home insulation and heating grants.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH:

* A comprehensive school-based health service for every state secondary school.

* Costed at $40 million.

* Focus on youth mental health.

* Unveiled by Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern.

EMPLOYMENT:

* Lower unemployment to four per cent in the first term.

* Announced by finance spokesman Grant Robertson.

TAX:

* A "fairer tax system".

* A government tax working group.

* Committed by finance spokesman Grant Robertson.

TOURISM:

* A Labour government will consider introducing a tourist tax to help meet the cost of tourism infrastructure.

IMMIGRATION:

* Labour to reduce immigration by "tens of thousands".

* Includes cuts to work visas and student visas.

* Announcement by Leader Andrew Little expected in coming weeks.

PROCUREMENT:

A Labour government will ensure Kiwi firms get their fair share of the $40 billion worth of contracts the government hands out every year.

Committed by Grant Robertson.

INFRATRUCTURE:

Ensure infrastructure is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

"We cannot have the productivity of our businesses compromised by cars and trucks stuck in traffic in Auckland for hours at a time": Andrew Little.

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