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Harawira Calls For Return to 1930's policies

From MANA Leader Hone Harawira’s State of the National Address today.
23 November 2011

MANA Leader Hone Harawira says New Zealand needs to go back to the policies such as job creation schemes, state housing programmes, a quality education system and solid health care which got the country out of the great depression in the 1930’s.

He says today the country faces an almost identical set of circumstances to those in the 1930’s which lead the Michael Joseph Savage Labour government supported by an alliance with Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana to create the welfare state in a revolution that protected those at the very edges of society.

“Today we need another revolution - one where people give a damn about the 270,000 kids who aren’t getting enough to eat every day; where society commits to housing those living in inadequate and overcrowded housing; where we find the money to put everyone into work; and where we pass legislation to eradicate poverty.

“We need to turn our priorities on their head, and reorder our world to put our people before profit and our children before everything.

“This Saturday voters will have an opportunity to back a party who have identified eradication of poverty as a primary goal, of voting for a party that chooses to walk away from the same-old way of doing politics, of choosing a party of activist leaders with the best record of all candidates in stepping up to the plate in defence of the poor and the defenceless, and of supporting a party like we haven’t seen since the Labour Party of the 1930’s.”

He says Labour abandon the poor with Rogernomics in the 1980’s and MANA is filling the gap with policies which will be funded by no more tax cuts to the rich, no more tax breaks for big business, no more bailouts for failed finance companies, cancelling the construction of new prisons, no more subsidies for private schools, and no more public monies on millionaire yacht races – and a simple taxation plan based on the Hone Heke Tax, a real Capital Gains Tax, an Inheritance Tax, and a Progressive Income Tax.


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