Neither the Greens nor Labour announced any new policies in their joint ‘State of the Nation’ event yesterday.
National’s Finance Minister and campaign organiser Steven Joyce commented on Twitter:
It did seem like a wasted opportunity. I suspect that Labour and Greens are holding back with major policy announcements until they see what National do in the budget in May to try and avoid being outmanoeuvred again.
And perhaps they waiting to see if National announce any new policies.
It’s unbelievable that at the beginning of election year the 1 largest party has no new policy to announce.
Or maybe not, National have tended to not announce much policy throughout their tenure in Government.
On the home page of National’s website they say what they are doing, not what they intend to do. Defensive about their record rather than anything new.
We’re making changes to our family violence laws to prevent the abuse, keep victims safe, and stop perpetrators.
National is committed to addressing the challenge of housing and we have a comprehensive plan to achieve that.
Nearly 12,000 New Zealanders have received government grants to help them buy their first home in the first 12 months of National’s KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme.
New Zealand has a strong, growing economy under National. That’s delivering more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders, and trade is a vital part of continuing this success.
When our primary sector succeeds, New Zealand succeeds. A successful primary sector is part of National’s plan to create more jobs, lift incomes, and build a more productive and competitive economy.
National believes New Zealanders deserve high-quality health services and delivering better services remains our top priority. In 2016/17, a record $16.1 billion will be invested into health.
That’s in the past pot, not in the future pot. Business as usual and no indication of new policy proposals.
English and National come up with any new policies to take into the election campaign. That would differentiate his leadership from John Key’s.
Or is that pot empty?