web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

National declines to discuss policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, November 17th, 2011 - 15 comments
Categories: accountability, election 2011 - Tags: , ,

RNZ has a great Policy Q&A site up.  They list policy under many topic areas  (Climate Change, Economy, Education etc.), with questions that they put to the parties, and the answers that they received.  Here’s a sample from the Agriculture & Primary Industry section:

What will you plan to do to counter declining fresh water quality and will that include toughening regulations on intense farming and other users?

National

Declined to answer this question.

Labour

Labour’s water policy supports irrigation from sustainable sources but says taxpayers should not be asked to fund new water schemes. Labour will investigate and work with farmers and other major water users to develop a resource rental charge as an economic and environmental tool that would encourage wise use of water. It will vary by region to reflect differing climates and be spent locally on new irrigation schemes, the clean-up of polluted waterways and improved drinking water supplies.

National declined to answer the question?  Too hard?  Nope, check any question you like (even the one on keeping National Standards). National declined to answer them all.  Nothing.  Nada.

This could have been an excellent resource for voters.  Elections should be about options for the future, and Key tries to deflect attention from the teapot tape fiasco by saying that National wants to focus on the serious issues. But National’s non-participation shows that they’re too arrogant to even bother engaging on policy.

15 comments on “National declines to discuss policy”

  1. hoom 1

    The feedback I’m getting and what the public of NZ are telling me is that they are really interested in the Tea Tapes not the unattractive details of our policy.

  2. ianmac 2

    My impressions are that the National Policies are just little bits around the edges.

  3. idlegus 3

    i saw this the other day & i couldnt believe that national are this backward. national have totally missed the boat with social media & putting information online, the other parties seem to be way more engaging & upfront on the internet. the parties that seem to have a best grasp of social media are the greens, mana & labour, its definately made me a bit more involved. so maybe this election will have more participation & votes from young & otherwise lethargic (politically) people & maybe it will advantage the left because they have better internet networks, i do hope.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    “This could have been an excellent resource for voters.”

    I think you’ll find it is an excellent resource for voters. They can see what the National party thinks of an informed electorate.

  5. freedom 5

    This Q+A should be immediately disseminated as far and wide as possible .

    This is nothing short of a middle finger to the Voters !

    24 hours ago their Leader bleated for Policy discussion.

    This is something practical everyone can do, regardless of their leanings.

    Get this Q+A out there people and help save New Zealand

  6. hoom 6

    Look I’ve referred the possibly illegal absence of our policy to be investigated by the police and that’s all I’m going to say about that today.

  7. Michael 7

    The reason the National Party haven’t given any answers to the questions posed by NatRad is because the National Party simply don’t HAVE any answers to the problems facing the country. It’s not that they won’t answer the questions; it’s that they can’t.

    • seeker 7.1

      Totally correct Michael. I was only thinking today how completely unskilled the Nats are when it comes to governing /running a country. When is new Zealand going to wake up to this very real fact? Any minute now I hope.

  8. Fred 8

    What do the polls say ?

  9. Paul Bailey 9

    For the Policy Q&A site the Greens policy is..

    The Greens have been leading the charge on fresh water, both in and out of Parliament. We recently released Clean Rivers, our plan to make our rivers and lakes clean enough to swim in again. We will: Set standards for clean water; introduce a fair charge for irrigation water; support water clean-up initiatives. The first goal involves adopting a National Policy Statement on fresh water, setting a minimum standard for water quality and adopting a National Environmental Standard for intensive agriculture. We would also introduce a moratorium on resource consents in at-risk catchments. We need better regulation, otherwise we will be forever cleaning up the mess further down the catchment. We would assist farmers to meet the new standards by incentivising the adoption of sustainable farming practices, and helping with funding for riparian planting and fencing.

  10. ianmac 10

    Amazing National absence. And here is Joyce saying that there are more important issues to discuss than tea-tapes. Yeah right!

  11. anne 11

    National have only put superficial policy out there because if they put out there real intentions
    it would scare the voting public.
    One mooted is that there will be “Much,much deeper and bigger cuts involving everyone” key’s words under the shroud of the rwc,so what does that mean for nz’ers?
    Another is that the nats intend to issue $35b of govt bonds,costing tax payers $100-$150m a year,
    $1.3b govt bonds have already been downgraded in the national and westpac banks.
    Standard and poors are now eyeing up how the partial sale of state owned assests are going to stand up to the scrutiny of the agency,scary times comming from scary political nat politics.
    Salary increases for all politicians backdated to july,should this kind of rort of the tax payers happen when people are thrown out of jobs and the minimum wage got .25c increase,that increase wasn’t backdated 5-6months, where is the justice?

  12. locus 12

    Can anyone fill in the “Declined to answer this question” with what the national party line is on each of these topics/questions? No let’s make it easier… does the nat party have one unambiguous well reasoned policy on ANY of the questions raised by RNZ? If so, why didn’t they put up an answer?

Links to post

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government’s housing failure puts pressure on Reserve Bank
    The Government’s failure to take action on the housing crisis has put pressure on the Reserve Bank Governor who has to deal with a rampaging housing market and low inflation at the same time, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.… ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour wishes Russel Norman well
    The Labour Party wishes Russel Norman well in the future as he stands down as Green Party co-leader, Labour Leader Andrew Little said today. “Russel has made a significant contribution to New Zealand politics in his nine years as co-leader… ...
    3 days ago
  • Russel Norman to stand down as Green Party Co-leader in May
    Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party's Annual General Meeting in May.Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM."After… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    3 days ago
  • Russel Norman to stand down as Green Party Co-leader in May
    Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party's Annual General Meeting in May.Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM."After… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    3 days ago
  • UE bar hike denies access to thousands
    A Government rule change denying access to thousands of young Kiwis access to tertiary education is doing nothing to build a smart, fair future, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.  “NZQA rules changed by the Government have reduced… ...
    3 days ago
  • Progressive Rainbow rights? Yeah, nah….
    Legally, New Zealand is perhaps one of the more progressive countries when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights even though we have further to go on the last two. However, the latest Westpac’s Rainbow Acceptance… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • National’s back to the future on housing sell-off
    National’s newly announced state housing policy is simply a re-run of its failed ideologically-driven 1990s experiment, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “News articles from the mid-1990s uncovered by Labour shows this is just more of the same. ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s back to the future on housing sell-off
    National’s newly announced state housing policy is simply a re-run of its failed ideologically-driven 1990s experiment, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “News articles from the mid-1990s uncovered by Labour shows this is just more of the same. ...
    4 days ago
  • National’s back to the future on housing sell-off
    National’s newly announced state housing policy is simply a re-run of its failed ideologically-driven 1990s experiment, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “News articles from the mid-1990s uncovered by Labour shows this is just more of the same. ...
    4 days ago
  • Waihopai – years on, still the same
    On 24 January, I attended the Waihopai Base protest in my electorate.  It was attended by a great range of people who are all concerned about the direction our country is heading in.  Thank you to all of those who… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    5 days ago
  • Greens call for ring-fencing of state home proceeds
    The Government must ring-fence the proceeds of any state home sales and spend every dollar raised on more Government-built homes in order to address the housing crisis, the Green Party says.Prime Minister John Key has indicated that his first major… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    6 days ago
  • English breaks his $6000 wages promise
    Just one month into the new year Bill English has already rowed back on his election promise of real wage rises for New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “During the election campaign National promised Kiwis that the average… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    2 weeks ago
  • RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home
    The Government’s proposed changes to the RMA won’t increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “Tinkering with the RMA will not solve National’s housing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • What is the real ‘price of the club’?
    What price is too high to join a club?  According to the current the New Zealand Prime Minister, the lives of young Kiwi men and women are a part of the package. In his latest BBC interview, John Key fails… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Palestine – NZ talks loudly in New York, does little at home
    Even though New Zealand has been gently slumbering over the last few weeks, world affairs have been progressing at its usual break-neck speed. There have been a number of significant steps since we all disbanded from the last parliamentary year.… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National
    News that Auckland’s housing is now among the 10 most unaffordable in the world confirms the Government’s housing policy has failed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “After six years in power, National’s housing policies have not fixed the housing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rheumatic fever rates continue to soar despite millions spent on prevention...
    The Government’s $65 million spend on rheumatic fever prevention has made little impact on the alarmingly high rate of the disease among young New Zealanders, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Latest figures from ESR show there were 235 notified… ...
    3 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere