17 Mar 2011

Labour goes on attack over price rises

7:25 pm on 17 March 2011

The Labour Party has criticised the Government for not reining in rising prices.

During Question Time in Parliament on THursday, Labour's deputy leader, Annette King, used comments National made while in Opposition to put pressure on Finance Minister Bill English.

Labour believes the Government is vulnerable on the question of rising prices, particularly since the increase in GST has helped push up inflation.

Ms King asked what National was going to do about rising petrol prices, when in Opposition it had demanded the Labour government of the time do something to bring prices under control.

Mr English replied that the Government had no control over Libya's leader, Colonel Gaddafi. Later, he said overall price rises were forecast to be lower during the next two years than in 2008, Labour's last year in government.