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Nats’ policy top 10, what’s missing?

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, August 6th, 2008 - 24 comments
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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.

24 comments on “Nats’ policy top 10, what’s missing?”

  1. You mean, SP’s top 10 list.

    Policy is still to come.

    “Reform the Resource Management Act. (degrade a piece of legislation world renowned for its focus on sustainability and community input)”

    This just makes you look stupid.

    Captcha: resumed pie mmmmmmm pie

  2. no, top 10 list from National conference, printed in the hearld.

    RMA is a piece of legislation world renowned for its focus on sustainability and community input.. foreign policymakers come to learn about it.

  3. forgetaboutthelastone 3

    10. Binding referendum on MMP.

    Because as Lockwood says: “under MMP it’s very hard to win.” Shouldn’t that be – “under MMP it’s very hard for National to win”?

  4. vto 4

    “9. Reform Electoral Finance Act. (allow secret trusts and anonymous donations again)”

    This is what your own goons still allow you egg..

  5. Alex 5

    Tax cuts for the rich? It might be helpful if you define ‘rich’, because there are a lot of middle class people who are aching for a tax cut and probably don’t consider themselves rich. So what are we talking here as regards rich – combined household income of 100k plus or what?

  6. I think its obvious to all voters now, that National indeed has a secret agenda to be unveiled on attaining government only, the only question really is, “what will be on the agenda?”

    10 Likely “post-election” Policies.

    #1. Absolute capping of health and education funding.
    #2. Scrapping the modern aprenticeship scheme
    #3. Hiking student fees to cover the “interest free” aspect.
    #4. Re-introduction of Bulk Funding into the education system.
    #5. Reducing the ability of communities to oppose development that goes against their interests.
    #6. No increases in the minimum wage whilst in office.
    #7. Continuing with WFF – but capping funding at current levels, removing the legal requirement that it be topped up every year.
    #8. Force-down wages in attempt to attract foreign investment, presenting New Zealand as “the Profitable Partner”.
    #9. Removing government owned enterprises from the eye of public scrutiny by partially selling off, as part of a PPP arrangement, and then citing commercial confindentiality as a clause to withhold information it currently demands that Labour unduely restricts.
    #10. Selling Kiwibank, New Zealand Post, and Meridian Energy in a second term.

  7. “allow secret trusts and anonymous donations again” – the only party with really secret trusts (secret from their own members) and undisclosed donations are currently in government and voted for the EFA.

    “I did not have financial relations with that man”

  8. Felix 8

    “I did not have financial relations with that man’

    Gold.

  9. vto 9

    “1. Tax cuts. (for the rich)”

    Who else is going to get them? The poor? How can those who don’t even pay tax get a tax cut?

    And we are all aware where the “rich” point is for the rich-prick haters. $60,000 per annum – the level that the 39% envy tax was nailed back at day dot.

    Absolutely pathetic.

  10. Matthew Pilott 10

    Yeah, what happened to helping out with this underclass, fixing it so we never have another power crisis, stopping tagging and all that?

    Makes you think that they were just saying those things for effect or something…

    I like the idea of allowing ‘special projects’ in the RMA – why not create an instrument that’s as vulnerable to corruption as possible, allowing some minister’s mates to get their project through without the pesky ‘punters’ having their say…

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    Jeez vto, you’re looking a bit angry there. You came here to try and test your ideas, and maybe learn a bit. Seems you’re just becoming bitter and cynical. Maybe take a few weeks oiff or you’ll be unbearable closer to the election.

    I’m not sure who al theez Rich-Prik Hayterz r but 60-k getz a gud deal wif Labrz tax kutz. Al luv theyr, vee-to, peece

  12. sdm 12

    The RMA needs work. As does the Local Government Act. Try building a house on a piece of land that you own, in which everything complies with height ot boundary and site coverage etc, and yet the conent process takes 8 months without justification (noting that they advertise 20 working days). But don’t worry, after these tremendous holdimng costs, you must pay a development Levy! Bastards.

    Remember Labours definition of a rich person is someone who earns a mere 60K!. But with no income splitting, that can be a households income – rich prick!.

    Raise standards in education – maybe introduce standards, because they dont seem to currently exist.

    MMP referendum – a welcome departure from the Labour mantra of not caring what the public think. God forbid we actually have a say! God forbid Helen not be the decision maker for us all!

  13. vto 13

    Putting aside my cynicism and snide remarks, I have to agree with MP re the potential for serious problems with proposed chages to the RMA. This is one area where I will be seriously interested in the detail. What ‘special projects’ are etc … hmmm

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    Lynn: not sure if anyone else is getting this but the comment editing function seems to have gone, or is very erratic (usually fails to load comment, or if so, fails to save it).

  15. vto 15

    Noted Mr Pilott. My points have tended that way recently. Partly due to the ridiculous partisan nature of blog posts, partly due to other factors. Sometimes the partisanship is so heavy that to me it appears that nothing more than a snide angry dig is deserved. Will try to keep me brain cogs turning smoothly..

  16. vto. secret trusts are banned under the EFA as are large anonymous donations. Key said he thinks restoring them would be ok.

  17. djp 17


    vto. secret trusts are banned under the EFA as are large anonymous donations. Key said he thinks restoring them would be ok.

    have you got a source on that steve? maybe he just thinks that doing what you (apparently) did on sunday was ok

  18. r0b 18

    not sure if anyone else is getting this

    ditto (last night).

  19. Patrick 19

    I do think the EFA isn’t perfect and does need some work, but I really like the intentions of it and it will become much better once people involved in politics actually start understanding it (I’ve spoken to both National and Labour supporters in the last week or so who have both had a flimsy grasp on the detail of it).

    So how does Mr Keys’ Top 10 help the “underclass”?

    Or should we just ask Bill, he seems to be running the show anyway…

  20. Patrick 20

    djp: the Electoral Commission’s summary is pretty good:

    http://www.elections.org.nz/rules/ec-media-electfinbill-191107.html

  21. read his speech 21

    SP – on the EFA read the speech properly. Key says that he will retain current measures around transparency for donors. See

    “Let me also say, National will retain the measures in the current Act which provide greater transparency in political donations.”

    http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=28318

    Will you be editing your post and comments to reflect this? I somewhat doubt it because of the ‘hit and run’ tactics you guys normally apply

  22. read his speech. On mornng report a few weeks ago (I wrote a piece on it, can’t find it just now), Key said they would reform the EFA and said he didn’t think anonymous donations and secret trusts are an issue. In fact, repeatedly asked about them he refused to say he would keep the current restrictions in place.

    So, we’ve got two contradictory statements from Key within a couple of weeks. Which should I take as authoritive? Moreover, why should I have to choose, since when was it too much to ask for some basic consistency?

  23. djp. It was on Morning Report July 23rd but is no longer online… I referenced it in this http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2567 piece but when I wrote that piece it wasn’t online yet and they only keep things online for 7 days.

  24. Stephen 24

    And we are all aware where the “rich’ point is for the rich-prick haters. $60,000 per annum – the level that the 39% envy tax was nailed back at day dot.

    I don’t remember an envy tax, think it was more a ‘we need more money to pay for the damage National did to the ‘X’ system, and increase numbers of teachers/doctors/nurses’ etc..

    Anyhoo ‘rich’ is 80,000 as of October…

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