Here’s the top 10 policy priorities that John Key bullet-pointed at the conference on Sunday. See if you can spot what’s missing:
1. Tax cuts. (for the rich)
2. Disciplined Government spending. (while borrowing huge amounts for unspecified government spending)
3. Stop growth of public service. (except Nats’ promises already require about 1000 more public servants)
4. Attack on criminal gangs and “P”. (but no extra money for Police, hmm, magic?)
5. Reform the Resource Management Act. (degrade a piece of legislation world renowned for its focus on sustainability and community input)
6. Greater use of of private sector. (taxpayers paying private sector profits)
7. Raise standards in education. (well, create National standards, increasing bureaucracy but no extra funding for actual teaching)
8. Retain super entitlements and adjustments. (note, super payments at 66% of the average income are actually currently above the legislated entitlement of 65%, will National drop back to 65%)
9. Reform Electoral Finance Act. (allow secret trusts and anonymous donations again)
10. Binding referendum on MMP. (attempt to return to a less proportional system)
That’s right, there’s nothing on raising wages, nothing on closing the wage gap with Australia, nothing on health, nothing on climate change.
Two issues matter every day to Kiwis: earning enough to maintain a decent standard of living and the health of their families. All they get from National is a shrug of the shoulders. As a society, we face no greater threat than climate change (and its twin, peak oil). Again, National has nothing.
It seems all National does have are secret plans to privatise assets and cut back on public services.