New Zealand Needs Change
Kiwis are struggling: wages are low, taxes are high, prices are soaring, interest rates are high.
New Zealand is slipping further behind the rest of the world. Our best and brightest are leaving – 78,000 people in 2007 alone.
Helen Clark and Michael Cullen have spent nine years carving the economic cake instead of baking it bigger. They have made it harder and harder for kiwis to get ahead.
I think New Zealand can do much better. It’s been great having Sir Roger Douglas’s help. His experience and insight have proved invaluable.
Our first job is to set a goal: that is to beat Australia by 2020 – economically, socially and politically.
Other parties accept that New Zealand will fall further and further behind. We don’t.
We need the goal. We have a plan to achieve it. To bring our kids home, we must grow average wages by at least $500 a week. Here’s how:
1) Cut state spending to Australian levels to lower inflation and interest rates, leaving more money with those who earned it.
2) Cut and flatten tax rates, giving more incentive to create wealth and jobs.
3) Limit local government to core activities to keep rates down.
4) Reform the public service reducing waste to, save millions for things we DO need.
5) Get rid of nutty regulations and red tape, allowing companies to focus on creating more wealth and jobs. My Regulatory Responsibility Bill would set a checklist for good lawmaking and stop politicians easily passing laws for cynical political reasons.
6) Reform the Resource Management Act, so good projects start and finish sooner.
7) Give a scholarship to every child to give our kids the best start in life and reward good teachers.
8) Encourage better and faster treatment of patients by using the private health sector more effectively.
9) Re-introduce competition to accident compensation.
10) Help welfare recipients get back to work sooner and provide more generous support for those in real need.
11) Welcome high quality immigrants so industry gets the skilled workers they need.
12) Allow freedom of contract, making it easier to trial new workers and replace poor performers – businesses run better with the right staff, and workers and companies earn more.
13) Determine what businesses the State should own and whether private firms could provide better services in some areas.
14) Improve infrastructure and build better networks – like roads, water and electricity. Replacing user charges with tolls that reward off-peak use smooths demand and reduces bottlenecks.
15) Cut the remaining tariffs on imports – giving us cheaper imports and allowing exporters who can’t compete to switch to fields where they can.
16) Free up more land for housing to reduce the price of sections on the fringes of our cities, helping more people achieve the Kiwi dream of owning a home.
17) Make people safer by strengthening law and order. Bring back private prisons. Get tough on taggers and young offenders. –Speed up the court system so justice is served quickly.
18) Adopt rational policies on climate change. Labour’s plan will put New Zealand out of business and hurt Kiwi families. . A low carbon tax would be cheaper and more effective than an emissions trading scheme. Strengthen our constitutional framework to make democracy more democratic, and adopt a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. This would cap State spending and keep taxes low.
19) Appoint mentors to at-risk families to reduce family violence and have fewer damaged children who feel they have no option but to turn to crime.
These are policies that will enable New Zealand to catch and pass Australia and provide all New Zealanders with a decent standard of living.
Rodney Hide MP
'Authorised by Nick Kearney, 137 Beach Haven Road, Auckland'.
May 22, 2008, 16:14