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A new government and a new direction - Brash

A new government and a new direction

21 August 2005
Dr Don Brash
National Party Leader

A National Government will make New Zealand a country which rewards and respects those who want to work hard, acquire skills, and get ahead, National Party Leader Don Brash said today in opening National’s election campaign in Auckland.

“On 17 September, New Zealanders will confront some stark choices. Two very different policy programmes, driven by two very different sets of values, and two very different styles of politics, will be on offer,” says Dr Brash.

“It will be an important choice – indeed, a momentous choice for our country. That is the reason that the National Party’s tax and welfare policies are so important.”

Dr Brash says lower taxes and better incentives are the key to re-igniting the spirit of enterprise required if New Zealand is once again to be a land of opportunity.

“Tomorrow, I will announce the details of a comprehensive set of changes to the current tax rates. Our package will reduce the tax burden by $2.2 billion in year one – the 2006/07 year – rising to $3.9 billion in year three. For most hard-working New Zealanders, that will bring welcome relief.

“New Zealand is at risk of a growing acceptance, indeed encouragement, of mediocrity in far too many aspects of our national life.

“Yes, our best sportspeople are in the top international league, but too often our children are discouraged from trying hard to win. Yes, our best educated people are amongst the best educated in the world, but too many of our schools no longer celebrate those who do outstandingly well, no longer give marks, no longer give meaningful grades.

“These are sure signs of a society that has lost its way, lost its focus and lost its sense of values,” he says.

“National promises to end the era of government by smoke and mirrors, end the rule of the Beehive spin merchants, and end the political correctness which has overrun our ship of state.

“National’s vision is for a country with living standards at least equal to those in Australia, where every child gets the best education of which they are capable, where those who need help from the government get it but those who don’t need it stand on their own two feet, and where eliminating crime is taken seriously and every person is equal under the law,” says Dr Brash.


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