At her speech at the Green Party conference co-leader Metirea Turei has called for a cross-party approach on poverty.
“We must put aside our political differences. We must work to devise a cross party consensus to raise our children out of poverty – in a similar way we all reached an accord over superannuation.”
We haven’t reached an accord over superannuation yet, we haven’t even got most or all parties together talking about it.
And there is a significant difference between superannuation and “poverty”. With superannuation we have to work out what the country can afford and what the eligibility rules should be.
“Poverty” is quite different.
- The left want to redistribute money from the rich to the poor.
- The right want to create a better business environment so more jobs are created and wage levels rise.
There is a fundamental philosophical difference. Raising tax is likely to limit business growth.
Why not work to a compromise? It’s possible, but for one major unknown.
In addition, “poverty” is far more complex. It’s not as simple as taking money from some and giving it to others. It involves employment, education, health, aspirations, crime, and more. All need addressing to make a difference.
The New Zealand centre-right and centre-left accepts there has to be a balance between private enterprise and state activities and social spending. There’s virtually no political preence to the right of this.
The hard left want socialism. Some propose quite radical changes towards this.
The big question to ask is where Metiria Turei fits in this.