My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

Keep neurosurgery in Dunedin

The National Government is proposing to take neurosurgery away from Dunedin. 

It is a backwards move that is likely to endanger lives and impact on the whole Dunedin community.

Furthermore, removal of neurosurgery from the hospital is estimated to cost our health board $2 million more every year because the DHB would be expected to continue to meet patient transportation and healthcare costs (in Christchurch!) as well as the additional cost of providing accommodation for families.  Other health services in Dunedin would need to be cut to meet the additional costs.  This is crazy.

Both Pete Hodgson and Richard Thomson have written articles pointing out that keeping neurosurgery in Dunedin is a must.

There are likely to be downstream effects of these proposed cuts to health services in Dunedin.  More…

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And we're off

Three newspapers have so far announced my candidacy:

The Dominion Post jumped the gun on 6 July.  The Star and the ODT have covered the story in recent days.

At this stage, a profile in the local newspapers is nice to have, but it’s not essential to my chances as a candidate.  It is the local members who will choose Pete Hodgson’s successor.  Having said that, I have greatly appreciated the encouraging comments from those who have seen the articles – friends, colleagues and members alike. 

Thank you.

 

          

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Is the Gini out of the bottle?

MP Pete Hodgson announced last month that he is stepping down in time for the next election. Pete will leave some big shoes to fill.  I want to stand in Dunedin North for Labour because I want to build on the results Labour has achieved for people here and throughout New Zealand.

One of the things I am passionate about is addressing the growing inequalities in our country.  Economists measure inequality in income using the Gini coefficient.  It gives a pretty good feel for what is going on in a society over time.  New Zealand’s Gini coefficient has grown significantly over my lifetime (meaning we now live in a less equal society than when I was a child).  

The last Labour Government halted the growth in the gap between rich and poor. More…

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Mining our future

The National Government’s back-down on mining is great news for the tens of thousands of New Zealanders who have rallied to get common sense heard on this issue.  Schedule 4 areas are specially chosen as important to our conservation estate.  They are preserved not just for our recreation and enjoyment, but for that of future generations.

It is heartening to see National being embarrassed on this issue.  National’s argument that mining these particular areas would somehow help to generate a step-change in our economy is laughable.  Not so funny was the damage to our 100% pure brand and associated tourism industry.  This was an obvious point clearly made in the Economist magazine back in March.

I wonder what National’s next big idea for a ‘step-change’ will be?

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