10 bad policies you will get from a Labour-led Government

November 25th, 2011 at 11:17 am by David Farrar

I blogged yesterday on some of the policies I liked from and other minor parties. Today is the policies I think will be awful for New Zealand, if we get a -led Government.

  1. No path out of debt and back into surplus. If Labour were to govern alone, then the extra debt might only be $12b. But the Greens and NZ First (and the Maori and Mana parties) have literally tens of billions of dollars of spending promises. Winston makes Greece seem fiscally conservative by comparison.
  2. A return to 1970 style national industry agreements. Labour’s industrial relations policy was written by the CTU. Unions would gain the power to get a Government appointed body unilaterally impose terms and conditions on every employer in an industry.
  3. Repeat violent and sexual offenders will get out of jail much earlier. Labour has vowed to repeal the three strikes law. Under this law an offender whose third strike is a rape will get 20 years with no parole. Labour will repeal the law so that they get out much earlier. Many murderers have multiple previous convictions for previous violent and sexual offending. Off memory, it is around 80. If they had not been released early on parole, many of their victims would still be alive.
  4. $70/week more to stay on a benefit. Labour is pledging to give parents who are beneficiaries an extra $70/week. Parents who are not beneficiaries will only get $10/week. This rewards people for not working.
  5. Parents will no longer know how their kids are doing at school. Many parents have complained in the past that school reports do not tell them are their kids reading, writing and doing maths at the level expected for their age. Labour will repeal National Standards which required parents to be told how they are doing against the appropriate age standard for numeracy and literacy. This will lock in the 20% of kids who leave school with no qualifications as they were not identified early on as needing assistance. It is too late by the time they reach secondary school.
  6. 10 extra costs on businesses.  Labour are proposing 10 extra costs on businesses. The cumulative impact of their policies will be destruction of jobs, leading to more people on welfare, fewer taxpayers and greater debt.
  7. A directionless health system. Labour will return the health system to what we had in 2008 where the public health service had 13 health priorities, 61 objectives, 10 health targets and 47 indicators. The result was massive waiting times for elective surgery, Kiwis having to go to Australia for cancer radiation treatment, and huge delays in A&E centres.
  8.  Increased power prices. Labour will retain 100% of the energy SOEs and milk them for dividends as they did in the last Government. Labour’s record was a 65% increase in power prices and raking in over $3b of dividends. They are budgeting for dividends from SOEs to massively increase to pay for their spending plans. On top of that their ETS changes will also push power prices up even further, and their ban on future non-renewable energy will be a third factor pushing prices up
  9. Youth Unemployment will not drop. Since Labour abolished youth rates in 2008, youth unemployment has skyrocketed.  Labour’s policy is that should be illegal for a 16 year old with no skills, no experience and no qualification to work even part-time for less than $15 an hour. Young people will continue to face huge difficulty in gaining their first job.
  10. The cost of living to go up, up, up. Don Brash may have struggled as Leader of ACT, but he was globally recognized as the world’s best Reserve Bank Governor whose job was to keep inflation down. Labour and the other left parties want to ditch the bipartisan agreement on monetary police we have had for 25 years, and remove the focus of the Reserve Bank from being just keeping inflation and prices down.  This means that prices will go up across the board. On top of that Labour’s extra spending will increase debt and also fuel inflation. Rents will also go up due to their Capital Gains Tax.

I could do more than 10 reasons not to vote for Labour, but I hope these ten will suffice as the entree at least.

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19 Responses to “10 bad policies you will get from a Labour-led Government”

  1. XChequer (350 comments) says:

    Unsure why you stopped at 10, DPF

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  2. dog_eat_dog (683 comments) says:

    I know you implied the RBNZ changes, but it really does need to be hammered home that Labour want to re-regulate the dollar downwards.

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  3. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    11. Phil Goff.

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  4. thedavincimode (6,133 comments) says:

    “I could do more than 10 reasons not to vote for Labour”

    You mean aside from the fact that they are a bunch of corrupt thieving lying arseholes who are an utter disgrace and a festering pox on the political landscape?

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  5. alex Masterley (1,439 comments) says:

    Item 6 appears to be incomplete.
    Also you have Clare Currans wish to control the media message, what ever that may mean.

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  6. Ross12 (931 comments) says:

    I see a number of cars around Wellington flying Labour flags ( like world cup flags) Firstly good on Labour for latching onto the “craze”. But what happens tomorrow when I believe all advertising has had to removed. Will have Goofy instructed the foot soldiers to remove the car flags !! If not who gets in the gun ?? The car owner , the Party or both ??

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  7. Manolo (12,643 comments) says:

    11. Goff, King, Horomia, Dyson, Silent T, Curran, Parker, and many other tossers, thieves and losers.

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  8. B A Waugh (82 comments) says:

    Please write 11 to 20 reasons to not vote Labour. I enjoyed your list.

    And if you have time why not 10 reasons to vote Labour rather than the Greens (that would be quite fun).

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  9. Nick R (443 comments) says:

    Lazy. Why don’t you try to give us 10 good reasons to vote NZ First? Now that would be a laugh.

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  10. joe bloggs (126 comments) says:

    You mean aside from the fact that they are a bunch of corrupt thieving lying arseholes who are an utter disgrace and a festering pox on the political landscape?

    hehe +1

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  11. KiwiGreg (3,129 comments) says:

    you left of a 39% tax rate – was that deliberate?

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  12. swan (651 comments) says:

    DPF,

    On 10, you are confusing inflation with the cost of living.

    I agree it is a bad policy, but that is because of the issues with investment and business desicion making when you have price instability.

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  13. s.russell (1,486 comments) says:

    Great list DPF, and the one on reasons to vote National. Thank you.

    I have used those to compile my own list, which I am sending to all my friends (I hope you will forgive me the partial plagiarism!):

    I will be voting for National.

    This is not just a referendum on whether to sell 49% of some power companies. I really think that is really a pretty minor issue in the larger scheme of things. We are choosing a Government for the next three years. And the gap between the two alternative governments is bigger than it has ever been in my memory. So here I present:

    12 reasons to vote National

    Stable government.
    The only way Labour can form a government is with support from the Greens, the Maori Party, Winston Peters and Hone Harawira. It would be a complete madhouse. They would all compete with one another to demand the most irresponsible policies and hold the Government to ransom on a weekly basis. That’s what will happen if National does not get enough votes. National can’t be sure it will have any support partners (and I won’t really be sorry if John Banks loses), so it COULD happen.

    Spending.
    The last Labour government took money from taxpayers like me and spent it like water. National delivered a Zero Budget this year. Labour wants to spend billions extra and will borrow to do so, despite New Zealand’s $16 billion deficit. We cannot afford this. They want to follow the same policies that got Greece into the mess it is in.

    Welfare reform.
    Labour is pledging to give parents who are beneficiaries an extra $70/week. Parents who are not beneficiaries will only get $10/week. They will reward people for not working. And all the rest of us will end up paying for it. 52% of those on the DPB went onto it as teenagers and have stayed there ever since. National’s work testing will stop the DPB being an income source for life.

    Health.
    Tony Ryall has done such a great job in health that it hasn’t even featured in any of the debates. Elective surgery waiting lists are shorter and far more operations are being done. Labour has no plan except more bureaucrats.

    Education.
    $1 billion to double the capital budget for schools, and retention of national standards so parents know in plain English how their kids are doing. Labour hates national standards and wants information on how schools are doing to be kept secret.

    Resource Management Act reform.
    A six month deadline for consenting medium sized developments, instead of years of delay when anyone wants to build something.

    Law & Order.
    National has got the crime rate down. There are tighter bail laws and increased penalties for breaches of protection orders. Repeat violent offenders automatically get maximum jail time. Labour opposes this.

    Ultra-fast Broadband.
    National will continue rolling this out without delay. 100 MB/s will be available to 75% of NZ.

    Industrial Relations.
    New employees will no longer be initially forced to join a union. Labour wants the government to decide everyone’s wages, like they did in the 70s.

    Youth Unemployment.
    Since Labour abolished youth rates in 2008, youth unemployment has skyrocketed. National’s Starter Wage will mean not so many young people are priced out of the labour market. Labour’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 will mean fewer jobs. And when (for example) supermarkets have to increase wages for checkout operators, it is everyone else who has to pay for it through higher prices.

    Cost of living
    Labour and the other left parties want to ditch the bipartisan agreement on monetary police we have had for 25 years, and remove the focus of the Reserve Bank from being just keeping inflation and prices down. This means that prices will go up across the board. On top of that Labour’s extra spending will increase debt and also fuel inflation. Rents will also go up due to their Capital Gains Tax. And don’t forget: the CGT money doesn’t come from the pixies at the bottom of the garden, it comes from real people, and the richest ones will just move their money offshore to avoid it. Whatever money the Govt sucks in comes out of the rest of the economy and hurts everyone.

    Growing the economy.
    National has reduced taxes for everyone (NOT just the rich), and has cut red tape. Labour will increase taxes, hit farmers and businesses with extra taxes and costs, and create more red tape. The only growth industry will be government while the smart people and companies that create jobs and raise wages will move to Australia.

    Anyone who wants to copy this, you are very welcome! Fingers crossed for the right result tomorrow!

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  14. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    That wasn’t an entree David, that list was half a cheese cracker before a five course banquet.

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  15. ross (1,454 comments) says:

    s.russell,

    You really should try thinking for yourself rather than repeating DPF’s lies. David has been informed that his claim that “52% of those on the DPB went onto it as teenagers and have stayed there ever since” is bullshit. But in true fashion, he hasn’t apologised or corrected his mistake. But then I’m guessing you’re not interested in the facts.

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  16. Grendel (878 comments) says:

    ross, your bleating something in the middle of your other pointless tracts does not equate to being informed. considering how misinformed you are about every aspect of life i would go as far as to say if you have stated something as fact its dollars to donuts likely the exact opposite.

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  17. wreck1080 (3,533 comments) says:

    If labour win, will the dollar go up or down?

    I suspect up initially, because they will be borrowing a shit load more than national have been.

    But, then , the ratings agencies will downgrade us, forcing the dollar down.

    Jeez, i don’t know. THe experts don’t know either.

    One thing though, if labour do win, it will be a bit of fun watching the country implode.

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  18. Richard Watts (11 comments) says:

    1. Labour and Greens have pretty clear priorities, none are to bankrupt the country.

    2. That’d be closing the gaps with Australia? They have similar agreements.

    3. How fiscally conservative is it to lock someone up for 20 years? That’d be over $1,000,000 per offender.

    4. This rewards kids more than anything else. A child who grows up hungry is a child who grows up with a lower I.Q. and is more likely to cost the tax payer that >$1,000,000 to lock them up indefinitely.

    5. School reports have always done it for me.

    6. Big claim but little actual data.

    7. The best direction is preventative medicine, it’s the most cost effective too.

    8. How would that be any different from private companies trying to maximise profit?

    9. In 2008 there was what is now called the great recession. You’ve forgotten already?

    10. So like wheres the data?

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  19. laworder (265 comments) says:

    Richard Wattswrote


    How fiscally conservative is it to lock someone up for 20 years? That’d be over $1,000,000 per offender.

    A great deal more fiscally conservative than it is to let them back out to reoffend again and again, racking up court and victim costs each time. And rape, murder and serious assault cases are expensive in every respect – time, money and trauma. I can point to some cost/benefit analyses if you like.

    That said there may be ways to mitigate this cost for offenders we really do not want back in society ever again. One such is to outsource imprisonment to overseas locales with lower labour costs (such as Thailand or Indonesia). Its an interesting concept that I’d like to see developed and some costings done on one of these days

    Regards
    Peter J
    Webmaster for http://www.sensiblesentencing.org.nz

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