THE HAPS

Based on RSVPs already, this Sunday will be the biggest ACT event, ever. If you haven’t RSVP’d to the 2023 Campaign Launch at Auckland’s Civic Theatre this Sunday at 12pm, please do. Help us make it not only the biggest ACT event ever, but bigger than the other parties’ launches (we’re not far off).

CONFIDENCE vs. SUPPLY

Some media have reported ACT’s floating of a ‘confidence only’ agreement with the Nats, if we form a Government. First things first, it’s all hypothetical, nobody’s voted yet. Second thing, the party’s preferred option is a full-noise coalition with National, turning the country around. An arms-length confidence-only arrangement is a last, but necessary, resort.

HOW IT WORKS

Confidence-only would mean ACT supports a change of Government, but beyond that everything’s up for discussion. Every budget would need to be agreed on between the parties. It is a way of making sure that the change of Government brings a new Government of real change, and those who give their party vote to ACT get real value for their vote if the Nats don’t want to play.

LESS PROBLEMS, MORE SOLUTIONS

ACT presents more solutions to pressing problems with policies on red tape, productivity, and housing supply. All of these policies are designed to produce more, rather than divide the pie differently. Today Free Press wraps these fresh new ideas for Real Change.

BUILD LIKE THE BOOMERS

Previous generations built more homes. In the 60s and 70s, New Zealand produced more than eight new homes per year for every 1,000 people. Through most of the 70s the number was over ten. From the 80s onwards that slipped to six, then as low as four after the Great Financial Crisis.

HOUSING SHORTAGE

In the time that New Zealand has produced fewer homes there’s been declining home ownership, rising prices, and increasing inequality (because the poorest households have less left after paying for housing). If a problem defined is a problem half solved, then New Zealand needs to build more homes again. Our calculations show we need 51,000 homes per year to meet demand, make up for attrition, and fill the backlog.

SUPPLY SIDERS

Boosting the supply side requires less delays around resource consents, faster connections for infrastructure, and private insurance for new and innovative building technologies. These are ACT’s policies to replace the RMA with property-rights based law, share half the GST on construction with the local council, and let innovative builders opt out of council inspections if they get private insurance.

PRODUCTIVITY

Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman said ‘productivity isn’t everything but, in the long run, it’s nearly everything.’ New Zealand is in long-run decline, and needs a policy focus on productivity. Despite productivity being one of our biggest problems, the word productivity barely features in successive Governments’ ‘Speeches from the Throne,’ it’s time to put productivity back front and centre, returning New Zealand to the top 10 countries for productivity growth.

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY

ACT’s policies would boost productivity by improving the quality of Government spending and regulation, the funding of infrastructure, and our global links. ACT has laid out these policies in detail over the past few weeks, dealing to red tape, regulation, and Government waste that holds us back.

THE FIRST REGULATORY REVIEWS

ACT’s regulation policy would regularly review sectors, asking people involved what rules and regulations hold them back, testing whether the rules are necessary against principles of good regulation, then binning those that don’t pass the test. It would be a revelation for so many sectors struggling under regulatory madness.

REAL CHANGE IS COMING

The polls increasingly point to an ACT/National Government of real change. How much change and how real will depend on how many party votes there is for ACT. If you’d like to see New Zealand do more than ‘get back on track’ and actually change direction, please shout from the rooftops Party Vote ACT.


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