14 October 2008 - 5:20pm

20 Point Plan

01 Government Waste

Action: Cut state spending to Australian levels.

Benefit: Lower inflation. Lower interest rates. More money left for people who earn it.

02 Tax

Action: Cut and flatten rates.

Benefit: More incentive for people with initiative to create wealth and jobs.

03 Local Government

Action: Limit to core activities.

Benefit: Lower rates. Keep money for other things.

04 Public Service

Action: Close departments we don't need. Reduce bureaucracy. Return bureaucracy to non-political role. Limit cabinet to 12. Limit parliament to 100 MPs.

Benefit: Millions saved for things we do need, good states servants freed up for more productive jobs, unbiased advice, better decisions sooner and fewer baubles of office.

05 Red Tape

Action: Get rid of nutty regulations. Appoint Minister of Regulatory Reform. Pass Regulatory Responsibility Act - to set checklist for good lawmaking.

Benefit: The state no longer wastes productive people's time on pointless form filling. Firms cut free of red tape can focus on creating more wealth and more jobs. Politicians must consider national interest, so can't easily pass laws for cynical political reasons.

06 Resource Management

Action: Reform the Resource Management Act.

Benefit: Good projects start and finish sooner.

07 Education

Action: Create a competitive market.

Benefit: Kids learn faster. State funds parents, parents choose schools. Schools reward good teachers. Good teachers drive education - to please parents not bureaucrats.

08 Health

Action: Create competitive market.

Benefit: Hospitals cure more patients, sooner. (State gives health policies to all. Paitents choose hospitals. Doctors, not bureaucrats drive healthcare.

09 Accident Compensation

Action: Create competitive market - as used to work well here.

Benefit: Accident victims back sooner.

10 Welfare

Action: Create competitive market for sickness, invalid, and unemployment insurance.

Benefit: Welfare recipients are back at work sooner. More generous support for those who can't work.

11 Immigration

Action: Welcome more good quality immigrants.

Benefit: Industries get the skilled workers they need.

12 Labour

Action: Allow freedom of contract to make it easier to trial new workers and replace poor performers.

Benefit: Businesses run better with the right staff. Workers and company earn more. Contract protects both parties.

13 Privatisation

Action: Sell state businesses where private firms can serve customers better.

Benefit: Happier customers. Lower prices. More product variety and choice.

14 Infrastructure

Action: Build better networks (eg. roads, water, electricity). Replace users charges with tolls which reward off-peak use.

Benefit: Smoothing demand reduces bottleneck. No need to pay for more capacity. Better service for less money.

15 Tariffs

Action: Cut remaining tariffs on imports. Strengthen bonds with the US.

Benefit: Cheaper imports, exporters who can't compete switch to fields where they can. US free trade deal would earn NZ $1b+ a year. More Kiwis exposed to US entrepreneurial skills.

16 Housing

Action: Free up more land for homes.

Benefit: Cheaper sections. More people achieve Kiwi dream of owning home.

17 Law And Order

Action: Bring back private prisons - now best practice overseas. Let private firms free up cops for 'Zero Tolerance' policing. Speed up courts (eg. night courts) to reduce unfair delays.

Benefit: More secure, more humane, cheaper prisons. Young taggers don't progress to worse crimes. People feel safer. More decisions sooner.

18 Climate Change

Action: Adopt saner policies. Low carbon tax better than carbon trading.

Benefit: Don't hurt Kiwi families needlessly. (nations that cause 75% of emissions must lead.

19 Constitutional Framework

Action: Strengthen. Adopt Tax Payers Bill of Rights. Pass Regulatory Responsibilty Act. Return to privy council. Hold referendum of MMP voting system.

Benefit: Makes democracy more democratic. States spending capped, taxes kept low. Hard to make bad laws like the EFA. Free access to best judicial minds from a population of 58 million. People get long-overdue say on how they like MMP.

20 Families At Risk

Action: Appoint mentors to teach parenting and life skills.

Benefit: Less family violence. Fewer damaged children. Thriving families less drain on the taxpayers.

More Policies

21 Superannuation

Goal: All New Zealanders are able to save enough during their working life to be able to comfortably look after themselves in retirement...

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