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NZ ACT Party ’20 Point Plan’ – since 2008 – how much has the ACT Party tail wagged the National Party ‘dog’?

www.act.org.nz/plan

Of particular interest to National Party supporters from Epsom – who voted for Rodney Hide (ACT) in 2008:

NZ ACT Party ’20 Point Plan’ – since the 2008 election – how much has the ACT Party coalition  ‘tail’ wagged the National Party coalition  ‘dog’?

YOU BE THE JUDGE!

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This is ACT ‘s 20 Point Plan from the 2008 election.

If we implement all of these policies then over time you would be $500 per week better off.

This is your chance to play Finance Minister. In the right hand column you can make the kind of choices this country needs. Vote yes or no to each policy. You may not like them all but every time you vote no, make sure to check how much growth and and weekly pay that decision costs. Growth is what allows us to pay for better medicines, great teachers and more roads and is essential if we want to catch up to Australia.

Click here for more information on each of these policies.

Click here to view this page in Chinese.

ACT Policy Countries where similar policy works well Benefit Boosts NZ annual growth by… Boosts NZ average weekly pay by… Vote YES or NO
1 Government waste. Cut state spending to Australian levels Australia Lower inflation. Lower interest rates. More money left with those who earn it 1/2% $50.00
2 Taxation. Cut and flatten rates Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Estonia, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania More incentive for people with initiative to create wealth and jobs 3/8% $37.50
3 Local government. Limit to core activities Ireland Lower rates. Keep money for other things 1/4% $25.00
4 Public service: 1/4% $25.00
Close departments we don’t need Australia (Labor) Millions saved for things we do need
Reduce bureaucracy Australia (Labor) Good state servants freed up for more productive jobs
Return bureaucracy to non-political role Hong Kong Unbiased advice
Limit Cabinet to 12 ministers Better decisions sooner. Fewer baubles of office
Limit Parliament to 100 MPs. The many countries with fewer MPs per capital than NZ include… Japan, Netherlands, France, Israel, Spain, Belgium Millions saved for things we need
5 Red tape. Get rid of all nutty regulations The state no longer wastes productive people’s time on pointless form-filling 1/4% $25.00
Appoint Minister of Regulatory Reforms Australia (Labor) Firms cut free of red tape can focus on creating more wealth and more jobs
Pass Regulatory Responsibility Act – to set checklist for good lawmaking Politicians must consider national interest, so they can’t easily pass laws for cynical political reasons
6 Resource management. Reform the Resource Management Act US (Houston) Good projects start and finish sooner 1/4% $25.00
7 Education. Create competitive market. Award a full education scholarship to every child to be spent at the public or private schools of the parents’ choice Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Australia, UK Conservative policy Kids learn more, faster. (State funds parents. Parents choose schools. Schools reward good teachers. Good teachers drive education – to please parents, not bureaucrats) 1/4% $25.00
8 Healthcare. Create competitive market. Give every New Zealander health insurance Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden (Stockholm) Hospitals cure more patients, sooner. (State gives health policies to all. Patients choose hospitals. Doctors, not bureaucrats, drive healthcare) 1/4% $25.00
9 Accident Compensation. Create competitive market – as used to work well here Most wealthy nations, New Zealand 1998-1999 Accident victims back at work sooner 1/4% $25.00
10 Welfare. Create competitive markets for sickness, invalid, and unemployment insurance US (Democrats), Switzerland, Australia Welfare recipients back at work sooner. More generous support for those who can’t work 1/8% $12.50
11 Immigration. Welcome more good quality immigrants Australia, US Industries get the skilled workers they need 1/4% $25.00
12 Labour. Allow freedom of contract to make it easier to trial new workers and replace poor performers UK, Ireland, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, US Business runs better with right staff. Workers and company earn more. Contract protects both parties 1/2% $50.00
13 Privatisation. Sell state businesses where private firms can serve customers better Practically all except Cuba, Myanmar, North Korea Happier customers. Lower prices. More product variety and choice 1/4% $25.00
14 Infrastructure. Build better networks (e.g. roads, water, electricity) Better service for less money 1/4% $25.00
Replace user charges with tolls that reward off-peak use Australia, Norway (Oslo), US, Singapore, France Smoothing demand reduces bottlenecks. No need to pay for more capacity
15 Tariffs. Cut remaining tariffs on imports Hong Kong, Singapore Cheaper imports. Exporters who can’t compete switch to fields where they can 1/8% $12.50
Strengthen bonds with the US Australia, Chile, Canada, Mexico US Free Trade Agreement would earn NZ $1b+ a year. More Kiwis exposed to US Entrepreneurial skills
16 Housing. Free up more land for homes US (Houston) Cheaper sections. More people achieve Kiwi dream of owning home 1/8% $12.50
17 Law and order: 1/8% $12.50
Bring back private prisons – now best practice overseas UK (Labour Party), US, Australia More secure, more humane, cheaper prisons
Let private firms free up cops for ‘zero tolerance’ policing New York Young taggers don’t progress to worse crimes. People feel safer
Speed up courts (e.g. night courts) to reduce unfair delays US (New York, California), Singapore, Canada More decisions sooner
18 Climate change. Adopt saner policies. Low carbon tax better than carbon trading US, Canada (British Columbia), Australia Don’t hurt Kiwi families needlessly. (Nations that cause 75% of emissions must lead) 3/8% $37.50
19 Constitutional framework. Strengthen Makes democracy more democratic 1/8% $12.50
Adopt taxpayer Bill of Rights Hong Kong, US (20 states e.g. Colorado) State spending capped. Taxes kept low
Pass Regulatory Responsibility Act – to get checklist for good lawmaking Hard to make bad laws like Electoral Finance Act
Return to Privy Council UK, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, Bermuda Free access to best judicial minds from a population of 58 million
Hold referendum on MMP voting system People get long-overdue say on how they like MMP
20 Families at risk. Appoint mentors to teach parenting and life skills Sweden, Norway, Denmark, US (Philadelphia) Less family violence. Fewer damaged children. Thriving families less drain on taxpayers 1/8% $12.50
Total boost to New Zealand’s growth rate and average weekly pay 5% $500.00
$0.00

Click here for more information on each of these policies.

Click here to view this page in Chinese.

These are ACT’s policies from the 2008 election.

Click here to view ACT’s 20 Point Plan.

  • Accident Compensation

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

    Benefit: Accident victims back sooner.

    Read More »

  • Agriculture
  • 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.

    Read More »

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Read More »

  • Employment

    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.

    Read More »

  • 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.

    Read More »

  • Government Asset Ownership

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

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

    Read More »

  • Government Expenditure

    Action: Cut state spending to Australian levels.

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

    Read More »

  • 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.

    Read More »

  • Housing

    Action: Free up more land for homes.

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

    Read More »

  • Immigration

    Action: Welcome more good quality immigrants.

    Benefit: Industries get the skilled workers they need.

    Read More »

  • 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.

    Read More »

  • 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.

    Read More »

  • Local Government

    Action: Limit to core activities.

    Benefit: Lower rates. Keep money for other things.

    Read More »

  • National Security
  • 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.

  • Red Tape and Regulation

    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.

    Read More »

  • Resource Management

    Action: Reform the Resource Management Act.

    Benefit: Good projects start and finish sooner.

    Read More »

  • Risk Insurance
  • Superannuation
  • 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.

  • Taxation

    Action: Cut and flatten rates.

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

    Read More »

  • 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.

    Read More »

Click here to view ACT’s 20 Point Plan.

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