16 Oct 2010

Labour signals more interventionist economic policy

12:14 pm on 16 October 2010

The Labour Party has signalled it will follow a more interventionist economic policy and give more powers to trade unions.

The detail is not clear yet. But Radio New Zealand's political editor says there was lot of talk on Saturday morning about the high level of the dollar and suggestions that Labour would require the Reserve Bank to intervene much more.

The party is holding its annual conference in Auckland

It is also proposing tougher measures against drivers who flee the police, including the possibility of imprisonment on a first offence.

Party leader Phil Goff told a conference of the Police Association on Friday that immediate impoundment and confiscation of cars is also an option.