Parliament

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

 

Dunne Outlines United Future's Plans

1:00 Pm Monday 5 August 2002

Dunne Outlines United Future's Plans

Speaking to the Rotary Club of Wellington today in his first major post election speech, United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, outlined his party's plans for the coming three years.

He told the meeting United Future was a secular centrist party, capable of working with either of the major parties in government.

"We are neither left nor right - we are the sensible middle party MMP needs to work effectively."

"We draw from the classical liberal tradition with policies based on clear principles, a deep sense of compassion, and profound tolerance of others."

"We aim to be a constructive influence - certainly holding true to our core values - but also working positively with other parties on the things we agree over," he said.

Mr Dunne said United Future has commenced talks with Labour over the shape of the next government not for any ideological reasons, but because of a prevailing belief that the country needed economic and social stability, and people deserved an overall sense of security and certainty.

"The shift of votes at the election made it clear New Zealanders did not want a more left wing government, but preferred a broad continuation of the current direction with the addition of a moderating influence."

"United Future's role is to be that influence, and we are determined to play that role responsibly in the interests of good government and a stable economic climate on which much need economic growth can be built," he said.

Mr Dunne said it was also clear that United Future's emphasis on promoting the family struck a chord with many voters, and would be a priority in any agreement with Labour over the shape of the next government.

"We know that when the family is doing well, our country is doing well, and our goal is to make New Zealand the best place in the world to work and raise a family again."

"Too many New Zealand families are not doing well at present, and too many children are suffering."

"All of us in politics have to face up to the grim statistics and agree to work co-operatively to make a positive difference for New Zealand families," he said.

Mr Dunne said that United Future wanted any agreement entered into with Labour over the shape of the next government to be for a three year basis.

"Events like the break-up of coalitions over the last six years, or the Greens' threat to throw their toys out of cot over GE have given small parties a bad name, and have left New Zealanders feeling cynical and disillusioned."

"United Future will not go down that path."

"New Zealanders voted for us to be the middle party that can bring much needed common sense and stability back to government, and we are not going to abuse that trust and confidence," he says.

Ends


Note: The meeting Mr Dunne will be speaking at is at the Copthorne Plaza Hotel, Plimmer Towers, Wellington


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Speech: NZ Moves To Red


Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday....
More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga


The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...
More>>



 
 



Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>


Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>


Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>



Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>


Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels