04 November 2011
Key Notes: Building a Brighter Future
This issue of Key Notes is devoted to policy initiatives we're highlighting as Campaign 2011 gets underway. On 26 November, voters have a clear choice. By giving your party vote to National you're voting for a strong, stable government that will deliver a brighter future.
BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE
It's about a week since the election campaign started and I've been busy explaining National's plan to build a brighter future for families and the country.
On 26 November, voters have a clear choice. By giving your party vote to National you're voting for a strong, stable government that will deliver a brighter future.
In this issue of Key Notes, I talk about some of our policies so far.
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BALANCING THE BOOKS SOONER
I launched National's fiscal policy on Monday. We have a straightforward and comprehensive plan to build a more competitive economy.
We're balancing the books sooner by getting back to surplus in three years. That means less debt and lower interest rates for households and businesses. We're also creating incentives for people to work hard, save and get ahead, through changes to tax and welfare. And we're building better roads, broadband and other infrastructure so businesses can grow.
Read my speech on the economy here.
STAYING STRONG ON CRIME
Today I announced the first part of National's law and order policy, which puts a stronger emphasis on victims. We'll double the penalties for breaches of protection orders, fund security improvements for the homes of family violence victims and continue to improve services for victims.
Click here to view our law and order policy for victims.
TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS WITH MIXED OWNERSHIP FUNDS
At the National Party campaign launch on Sunday I announced we'll set up a Future Investment Fund with the proceeds from the mixed ownership model. We'll put $1 billion from that fund into modernising and transforming schools. This is part of our plan to build better public services and create 21st-century schools across the country.
Read my speech on our policy to transform schools here.
National is improving the welfare system to encourage more people into work. On Tuesday in Hamilton I announced the Government's next steps, which include replacing current benefits with three new ones - Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support and Supported Living Payment. The welfare system will always be there to support those who cannot work, but National believes that anybody who can work should be required to look for a job.
Read my speech on our welfare changes here.
RMA CHANGES SUPPORT GROWTH, CREATE JOBS
In Tauranga on Wednesday I announced the next steps in National's plan to streamline and simplify the Resource Management Act. This includes a new six-month time limit on processing consents for medium-sized projects. Sensible management of our resources is critical to protecting our environment and building a stronger economy with more real jobs.
Click here to view National's resource management policy.
WORKPLACE POLICIES TO CREATE JOBS
National's employment relations policy brings better balance to labour market rules. It encourages growth, creates jobs and protects workers' rights. One of the changes we will bring in is a starting-out wage for young first-time workers.
Click here to view National's employment relations policy.
BOOSTING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
Yesterday I announced the Government is boosting investment in the science sector. The high-tech manufacturing and services sectors have great potential, but need more support to grow, increase exports, and ramp up productivity. That's why we're transforming Industrial Research Limited into an advanced technology institute, which will focus on industry development.
Check out all the policies we've announced so far at: http://www.national.org.nz/policy.aspx.
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