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United Future Striving For Balanced Policies

16 November 2000


The United Future coalition will be emphasising a new combination of sensible economics and compassionate social policy as its key messages says Inky Tulloch, president United Future New Zealand.

“What we are talking about is a less ideological approach to dealing with New Zealand’s problems. As a political party we want to take mainstream New Zealand into our hearts and minds and represent their interests through policies that reward initiative and innovation, lower costs for businesses and consumers and promote less red tape and bureaucracy.

“We are absolutely determined to avoid the trap of seeing economic and social policy as separate entitities. In putting forward genuinely business friendly economic policies we will ensure we can build amore compassionate and responsive social system – one that recognises people need a “hand-up” sometimes in their lives.

“Social policy will be pro-family and provide a “hand-up” to families and individuals in their hour of need,” says Mr Tulloch.

He says it will go further than this by devising and pursuing a Citizens Charter which will provide a broad agreement between government and New Zealand citizens to ensure such rights as access to a well funded professional education and health system, a safe and secure neighbourhood and dignity and security in old age are realities, not just catch phrases.

A major priority will be building a strong party organisation to give effect to United Future policies.

“If we are aiming to be a representative party of mainstream New Zealand then we must encourage such people to come on board and
contribute their ideas and time. In return we can offer them an opportunity to be involved in policy formulation and contribute to party operations,” says Mr Tulloch.

He says the party will be aiming to run candidates in every electorate and put forward a comprehensive list for the next General Election. “We are here to make the best and most positive contribution to politics we can, so we will be reaching out over the coming months to gain a diverse and vibrant membership,” concludes Mr Tulloch.


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