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

 


Policy: Economy - Getting The Economy Back On Trac


Sunday 14th Nov 1999

Rodney Hide


In the mid-1990s New Zealanders were looking forward to a bright future, but by
1999 our overall economic position had significantly deteriorated. What went
wrong? Some factors, like the drought and the Asian crisis, were out of our
control. Others were self-inflicted: the government's lack of direction and
economic vision, and its decision to put government spending before tax cuts.
The upshot is that prosperity in New Zealand continues to be held back by
extraordinary waste in government and far too much regulation. Labour and the
Alliance are promising even more taxation and regulation! This will cost
people jobs and the country growth and cause more skilled young New Zealanders
to emigrate. New Zealanders deserve better.

ACTÆs goals

- New Zealand to have the highest growth, and lowest unemployment, in the OECD,
and to have the highest living standards in the Asia-Pacific region

- To foster wealth creation by reducing taxes and eliminating stifling
regulations

ACT believes

- Prosperity comes from an open economy, low spending and taxes, minimum
regulation, and honest and stable government

- Our tax system, Government red tape and bureaucracy are destroying far too
many jobs and businesses

ACT will

- Implement a five-year staged programme of tax reductions so that working New
Zealanders can keep more of their hard-earned money

- Through those tax reductions, give New Zealanders the security and prosperity
they are seeking this election, 80,000 new jobs, balanced books while
maintaining Government spending at present levels

- Reduce waste in government and focus government on delivering essential
services

- Remove the red tape and employment law restrictions that are killing jobs

- Reinvigorate property rights in land by boosting rights to compensation and
restore common sense in safety, environmental, heritage and historic places
regulation

- Review local authority legislation with a view to forcing local authorities
to focus more on core activities and to end their excesses in relation to the
RMA and business rating differentials

- Tackle road reform to address problems of congestion and investment and local
government ineptitude

- Stop government departments from imposing taxes on business in the guise of
user charges

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news