My thoughts on election policy in 2020: Part 3

Yesterday I published Part 2 of my thoughts on election policy . This is Part 3. In the continued absence of Labour announcing substantial policy to kick the election into gear, and National apparently unable – and/or unwilling! – to control their caucus, I believe it is important for New Zealand to get on with discussing the issues and the policies that are going to make this country tick.

Each election I see go past without bold ideas as to how New Zealand might rejuvenate its Economy, is one where I wonder how much impact the toxic neoliberal influence is having on the country. I have already opined about some of those ideas in earlier posts, so this one instead will look labour and crime issues, and why continuing dilly dallying is costing New Zealand.

  • Increasing the effectiveness of the regulatory process that the establishment of New Zealand companies must go through
  • Increasing penalties for organized crime – including heavier jail sentences, loss of passports and confiscation of ill gotten property
  • If they have not already been done so, the rest of John Shewan’s recommendations should be examined with a view to implementing them
  • All new companies should be guided by a mentor until they develop and give effect to protocols around staff management; reporting of profits

Our natural Environment is unique, and we are lucky here that heavy attempts to exploit it, the beautiful natural environment that brings tourist dollars into this country and makes it such a special place to live is still in comparatively good condition. But it will not last if we continue to allow unsustainable development of our resources and fail to respect the mana whenua of the tangata whenua of New Zealand. Priorities include fresh water management; waste reduction; carbon emissions and our rapacious appetite for raw minerals. I propose:

  • Full implementation of the National Policy Statement on Fresh Water Management, 2020 (took effect at 0000 hours this morning).
  • Reducing the average age of our vehicle fleet to 10 years by stopping imports on any that were made 10 or more years ago;
  • Substantially increasing investment in railways to get trucks off the road
  • A comprehensive mineral recovery scheme from e-waste
  • Complete the R.M.A. review

For too many years, I believe New Zealanders have watched their rights slowly get eroded by a combination of Government policy, a deteriorating international situation and a lack of safeguards built into the ad hoc framework of laws that is the New Zealand Constitution. These issues few seem to recognize because they are gradual, rather like the afternoon shadows. Whilst recognizing a constitutional framework is only as good as each Government, I believe there is room for improvement. I propose:

  • A referendum on whether to adopt a formal constitution
  • An overhaul of the Constitution Act to prevent key acts such as the Human Rights Act, Bill of Rights Act being usurped by radicals
  • Introduce civics in schools – although I have heard from former United Future M.P. Peter Dunne that this is indeed happening, he has not given me a timetable

I hope that this article and the two over the two previous days have given you an idea of what I support.

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