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Defence morale will plummet as reviews stack up

A further review of the Defence Estate is an admission by this Government that it has mismanaged its spending and is having to kick an extremely important issue down the...


Inland Revenue charging higher interest than banks

It is outrageous Inland Revenue has decided to raise the interest rate it charges taxpayers on unpaid and underpaid tax, while cutting the rate it pays those it owes money,...


How did 639 convicts end up with gun licences?

The revelation that more than 600 New Zealanders obtained firearms licences despite having criminal convictions in Australia raises serious questions about how fit for purpose Police processes are, National’s Police...


Proper policy process up in smoke

The Government’s announcement that, despite passing legislation last year, it’s now consulting with the public on proposed regulation and standards on medicinal cannabis shows just how badly it has managed...


Vehicle tax will penalise Kiwi motorists

The Government’s plan to make some vehicles up to $3000 more expensive by taxing their emissions will unfairly penalise people struggling with the cost of living, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson...


Evidence FPAs are compulsory unionism by stealth

Today’s NZ Initiative report confirms so-called ‘Fair Pay Agreements’ will be compulsory, centralised unionism by stealth, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “Fair Pay Agreements will force...


Pay-to-stay approach no answer to falling business confidence

If the Government’s response to the lowest levels of business confidence in a decade is to write big taxpayer-funded cheques then expect more to reach for their passports, National’s Economic...


Capital charge changes merely a Band-Aid

Today’s announcement that the Government will assist District Health Boards (DHB) with their capital charge costs doesn’t address the underlying causes of their deficits, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


Large scale marine dumping near Great Barrier concerning

Protests today by several hundred Great Barrier Island residents and Ngati Rehua show the depth of opposition around marine dumping near Great Barrier Island, MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye...


50,000 unfunded school places in growth plan

The Government’s announcement today there is going to be 61 new schools by 2030 is a great goal, but is hollow without potentially billions of additional funding and large changes...