robson-on-politics Thur 1 Sept
robson-on-politics Thur 1 Sept
robson-on-politics, a newsletter
from Matt Robson MP
Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party
On campaign trail in Christchurch
Tomorrow I'll join Jim to campaign in Christchurch, starting at the Alcohol Drug Association where we'll talk about the public health consequences of the Shipley Government's decisions to liberalize liquor-retailing and to lower the alcohol purchasing age. Progressive's policies are evidenced-based and directed at improving the common good.
That is why our party has been prepared to cross the self-interested liquor industry in the interests of trying to get better laws to protect young teenagers and children from not only alcohol suppliers but also other drug peddlers.
Send submissions in on Alcohol Harm Bill
You get two votes on September 17 but because we are a democracy you can also have your say on all bills before they become law.
If you have a view on how we can turn the tide against youth binge drinking, regardless of who forms the next government, write a submission on my Sale of Liquor (Youth Alcohol Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill.
The Progressive Party's Bill seeks to raise the alcohol purchasing age to 20, that is the age you can walk into your local corner licensed dairy and buy alcohol.
It also strengthens provisions relating to the supply of liquor to minors and provides a restriction on TV broadcast liquor advertising before 10pm, amongst other things. This is a public health issue so have your say.
Brash, Dunne and Hide as silent as the lambs
The leaders of National, United and ACT make a lot of noise about law and order and against drugs, but they are as silent as lambs when it comes to the biggest drug challenge of society and the biggest source of disorder - inappropriate alcohol sales to kids. I wonder why, given the overwhelming evidence that the current law isn't working?
Cooperative housing and capitalisation
The journalists who covered Progressive's new policy to actively encourage councils to get involved in cooperative housing late last week were genuinely interested in it.
While the Labour-Progressive government has made strong gains for New Zealand in jobs, education and health services, one of the areas that definitely needs more attention by the next Parliament is much stronger and innovative ideas to get modest income families into their own homes.
How long would Nat-United govt last?
United Future Outdoor has been issuing appeals to 2002 ACT Party voters to switch over in 2005 to United, while its leader Mr. Dunne has been emphasizing the only time he's actually sat in Cabinet was in the short-lived National-United Government in 1995-1996 infamous for its Surtax and its sale of Contact Energy.
Mr Dunne, of course, had been elected to the 1993-1996 Parliament on the Labour ticket and had been a Labour junior minister outside of cabinet in 1989-1990 at the height of Labour's "Rogernomics" phase after the late Mr. Lange had stood down and asset sales of Telecom, Air NZ, PostBank etcetera were at their height.
Mr Dunne and Dr Brash will shortly "appear" together publicly and some of the most senior people of the United list are more extremist in their "tough on drugs" (except alcohol and tobacco, by far the two biggest drug problems) stance.
Nat-United would borrow, sell, cut, and hike
The thing about a National-United coalition committed to significant overseas borrowing to part fund its massive income tax cut proposals, of course, is that United Future's proposal to sell 40% of the last of our remaining national strategic assets would only partly pay for all their Big Promises.
National Super would have to be cut within a few years, while higher user-pay fees for education and health can be expected within three years before their support party, NZ First, would no doubt pull the plug!
We’re getting good feedback as 800,000 Progressive manifestos are being delivered to letterboxes across New Zealand by a team of volunteers and by Kiwipost. The manifestos detail the reasons voters should give their Party Vote to Progressive. Good feedback too from the launch of the Progressive housing policy. I may be biased but I say the mainfesto is worth a look at: