Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Dunne celebrates first year of C & S achievements

Thursday, 19 October 2006

Dunne celebrates first year of C & S achievements

United Future leader Peter Dunne, noting that it's a year since United Future and Labour signed the confidence and supply agreement that led to the formation of the Government, said today significant progress had already been made on the policy programme agreed on.

"I'm particularly pleased that the Business Tax Review I've been overseeing as Minister of Revenue is well down the track of public consultation and has sparked a wide-ranging and informative debate on the whole topic of tax reform.

"The agreement called for the development of a national medicines strategy and this work, too, is well-advanced with a public consultation document likely to be issued before the end of the year."

Mr Dunne said United Future had long campaigned for a more generous tax regime for donations to charities.

"The Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen and I have just released a series of proposals for increasing the tax breaks available as well as innovative ideas such as tax rebates for volunteer work, not just financial donations, in order to encourage public volunteering and philanthropy in New Zealand.

"As foreshadowed in the confidence and supply agreement, the Prostitution Reform Act is currently under review with a working group that includes United Future MP Gordon Copeland and former United Future MP Larry Baldock as members.

"The working group is looking at ways to reduce under-age prostitution and street-soliciting. The group has visited Auckland and is about to visit Christchurch to hear from affected residents.

He said a nation-wide pest reduction strategy is well underway, with positive and workable feedback from a wide-range of outdoor recreation groups and the Ministry of Conservation. An announcement is likely within the next few months.

United Future is working closely with the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture to find solutions to water quality issues and agrarian runoff.

"I am pleased that the Government has stuck to its word not to alter the legal status of cannabis nor to introduce 'hate speech' legislation and I am especially delighted that the Government threw out the unworkable carbon tax proposal and is now working on a sensible climate change policy.

"United Future has an agreement with the Government for private hospital capacity to be used to reduce waiting lists where feasible, and currently work is being done to extend this practice within the health system."

Mr Dunne said the success of the confidence and supply agreement showed that small parties were able to play a valuable role in delivering sensible, stable government to New Zealand.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news