23 November 2011
National’s post-election Action Plan launch
Today I am releasing National’s post-election Action Plan.
The plan outlines some immediate and critical steps we intend taking to secure a brighter future for New Zealand families in a turbulent world.
We will get straight back to work on making our economy stronger, by balancing the books, repaying debt, and creating more jobs.
The plan outlines the next critical actions a National-led Government will take in several important areas – debt and the economy, welfare, law and order, education, health, and rebuilding Canterbury.
Each of these areas is vitally important to the future of New Zealand, but none more so than getting back into surplus and reducing New Zealand’s debt.
But to carry out this plan, we need a strong, stable National-led Government.
We will be firmly focused on getting New Zealand back into surplus quickly, paying off debt, and keeping costs down for businesses so they can get on with creating more jobs.
Overseas, we are seeing how political instability can threaten economic recovery.
Politicians in the US are struggling to agree on how to rein in America’s ballooning debt, and in Europe instability continues.
What is happening overseas is further proof that without a strong and stable Government, you can’t reduce debt or have a stable economy.
We don’t want that to happen in New Zealand – and it doesn’t need to happen here.
What the news from overseas does is bring into sharp focus what this election is actually all about - which is, who has the best plans for a strong economy in a turbulent world environment.
A number of opinion polls are saying National is in a strong position going into polling day on Saturday.
However, the reality is that Saturday is the only poll that counts, and the result will be much closer than some people think.
Under MMP, you can stack up the parties in all sorts of combinations and the potential for a Labour Party-led stack of minor parties is very real.
And the more complex the stack of parties, the more expensive it will be.
Two things are certain. Firstly, that a Labour-led stack will lead to more debt – around $21 billion over four years collectively so far.
Secondly, it will stack up more costs and burdens on business - Labour has 10 big extra costs of their own - and that means fewer jobs for New Zealanders.
New Zealand can’t afford that recipe.
As you all know, after my visit to the South Island yesterday, I will be on our campaign bus tomorrow and Friday visiting towns and cities throughout the North Island.
I will be campaigning hard right up to Friday night, seeking every party vote I can for National.
So my message to New Zealanders is this - only a party vote for National can deliver the strong, stable, government that New Zealand needs in these uncertain economic times.
Only a party vote for National will mean less debt, more jobs and a brighter future for New Zealand.
I say to New Zealanders, your party vote is vital under MMP. Every vote is vital to ensure a strong and stable National-led Government.
Visit the post-election Action Plan at:
21 November 2011
National to build a better education system
“We have a clear plan to build a better education system and make sure New Zealanders learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century,” said Mr Key, speaking at the launch of National’s education policy today.
“I’m a big believer in education. It is one of the fundamental tools for creating a society where all New Zealanders have an opportunity to succeed, no matter what their background.
“A high-performing education system is also vital for our success as a country, and National’s plan for education reflects that.”
If re-elected, National will set a target of 98 per cent of new entrants in school having participated in early childhood education, to be met by 2015.
“It all starts with getting the basics right. Early childhood education is an important part of a child’s development and National wants to see as many three- and four-year-olds regularly attending early childhood education as possible,” says Mr Key.
“That’s why we are spending more on early childhood education than ever before, and focusing on increasing participation, particularly for children in at-risk communities where attendance is lower.”
In schools, National’s focus will continue to be on lifting achievement.
“Our National Standards and the National Curriculum are helping teachers focus on the education outcomes children will need in the 21st Century. Our next steps include using performance information to drive improvements in student achievement, strengthening teaching and leadership, and strengthening the accountability of schools,” says Mr Key.
“We are also working hard to modernise schools. In our first term we’ve opened 18 new schools and built 400 new school buildings, and we’ve allocated $1 billion from our Future Investment Fund to build on that progress in the next five years.”
National is also committed to building a skilled workforce, so that all New Zealanders can learn the skills they need to make the most of their opportunities, earn higher incomes and contribute to New Zealand’s future.
“We will ensure better results for industry trainees and apprentices and reinvest more funding as demand grows. We’ll also keep more 16- and 17-year-olds engaged in vocational education, and help young people on benefits into skills training,” says Mr Key.
Mr Key says National’s tertiary education policy is about getting better value for students and taxpayers.
“Tertiary education is a passport to higher skills, higher wages, higher productivity and higher growth for our economy,” says Mr Key.
“That’s why National has funded more student places at universities, polytechnics, and private training providers than ever before, and is continuing our drive to lift performance in the tertiary education sector.
“National’s comprehensive education policy will help build the skills and knowledge New Zealanders need for future-proofed jobs,” says Mr Key.
Visit the policies at:
18 November 2011
Video: PM announces Tourism policy
18 November, Queenstown. Prime Minister John Key announces the National Party's tourism policy. For more on that, see: http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=37613