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United business policy: RMA biennial review

Dunne launches business policy: RMA to face biennial review

United Future would review the Resource Management Act every two years to make sure it’s serving the country well, the party’s leader, Peter Dunne, said today in announcing United Future’s business policy.

“It will be audited to make sure that its providing certainty, shortening time-lines and reducing user costs - and who knows we might even get the odd V8 race back into this country!” Mr Dunne said.

“This complex legislation has been improved twice already and will be further improved, but it needs monitoring on a regular basis to keep it serving the country’s best interests,” he said.

He also said the United Future was committed to improving transport infrastructure, giving priority to areas where roading constraints are holding back economic growth and development.

“A good transport system is the lifeblood of a vibrant business sector - and right now that lifeblood isn’t circulating freely. We need to fix that.”

He said United Future would also undertake an immediate review all legislation and regulations that impose coercive powers and administrative burdens on businesses to ensure the impact on business is minimised, consistent with the overall public interest.

Other features of the business policy include:

• Retain the Ministry of Economic Development, but refocus it away from ‘picking winners’ and towards removing impediments to business.

• Reduce company tax to 30 cents in the dollar over the next three years.
• Enshrine property rights in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.
• Review general grievance and dismissal procedures in the Employment Relations Act
• Allow employers to take on new employees for a trial period of up to six months.

“New Zealand does well when business does well. Families do well when there are businesses to employ them, and United Future is committed to continually providing a better environment in which to do business,” he said.


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