Labour’s 100 day challenge

During the election campaign Jacinda Ardern committed to these 10 priorities in the first 100 days of a Labour government:

  • Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free and increase student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week from January 1, 2018
  • Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill so renters could live in warm, dry homes
  • Ban overseas speculators from buying existing residential properties
  • Stop the sale of state houses
  • Legislate to pass the Families Package, including the Winter Fuel Payment, Best Start and increases to Paid Parental Leave, to take effect from 1 July 2018.
  • Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty
  • Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund
  • Set up ministerial inquiries into mental health and abuse in state care
  • Hold a Clean Waterways Summit
  • Increase the minimum wage from the current $15.75/hour by 4.8 percent to $16.50/hour from 1 April 2018.

Labour also said it would begin work to set up an Affordable Housing Authority and begin the Kiwibuild programme, establish the Tax Working Group, establish a Pike River Recovery Agency, set a zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up the independent Climate Commission.

This will all depend on whether Labour leads the next Government, and will be subject to what policies are ruled out in any coalition or governing agreements.

One of these at least is in tune with a Green 100 day pledge:

The Green Party announced today it will seek to pass binding climate change legislation in the first 100 days in Government.

If a Labour-NZ First-Green government takes over this will be a challenging target.

They will need to set up a legislative programme.

It will take time for a new Government to settle in and for new Ministers to take over their portfolios.

Anything requiring legalisation will first need to be agreed on by all three parties, legislation will need to be written, and then will need to go through the normal stages of Parliament…

…unless it is passed under urgency, so it can obviously take some time. Six months is often allowed for the select committee/consultation stage.

It looks like a new government will take over mid to late October at the earliest.

A lot of new legislation for an incoming government in 100 days will be a challenge – especially when for half of that time Parliament will be in recess for the summer break.

A Labour policy notably absent from their 100 day list is legislation that would be needed to increase income tax, as there is already legislation in place to reduce income tax for everyone.

This is likely to be essential to pay for the policies negotiated between them and NZ First and the Greens. This week Jacinda Ardern re-committed to Labour’s fiscal plan:

Our policies will see major investments in housing, health, education, police, and infrastructure, while creating more jobs and lifting the incomes of families. These investments will be made while running surpluses and paying down debt.

Of course the ‘running surpluses’ pledge may be discarded in coalition negotiations with NZ First and the Greens.

7 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  28th September 2017

    If they’re serious about the education bit I hope they will lump Aussies in with all other immigrants at the same time?

  2. They also need to factor in time for maiden speeches, which new MP’s traditionally make before they can actually make a contribution to other debates and activity in the House. There is no way their legislative agenda can be achieved without Parliament sitting under urgency for most of the rest of the year.

  3. Blazer

     /  28th September 2017

    mischief…’A Labour policy notably absent from their 100 day list is legislation that would be needed to increase income tax, as there is already legislation in place to reduce income tax for everyone.’…..Labour stated there would be no increase in Income Tax,no translation is needed unless you are a complete…moron.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  28th September 2017

      If they don’t want tax rates to change – they will have to pass legislation. Which part of that keeps escaping you?

      • Gezza

         /  28th September 2017

        If you won’t end up paying more income tax than you’re already paying before April Fools Day next year they haven’t increased your income tax. So don’t be silly. Only an idiot eould fall for the inference they will be legislating to increase your current income tax. The fools here are the ones who believe National has lowered income taxes, because they obviousky didn’t intend to until April Fools Day 2018, knowing when they passed that legislation it could be repealed if they weren’t the government after this election.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  28th September 2017

          You’re right Gezza, no-one is saying they are increasing the current income tax.
          They are saying that tax cuts have been passed and legislation is required to reverse it.
          As such, why is that not on the 100 day agenda?
          And the cancelling is not guaranteed under any stripe of Government – NZ First and Greens voted for them as much as National did.

          • Gezza

             /  28th September 2017

            No worries. If they go with Labour they’ll have to agree. And if they don’t agree Labour can say well fuck you then. (Well, ok, Jacinda might not say that – at least not on tv – but Kelvin might!)