National has had 6 long years in power. That is plenty of time to make our country great, for us to be the envy of other countries, for our clean green innovative country to be a world leader in getting it right. So Mr. Key, just what have you done for NZ in that time?
We have staggering child poverty rates of 1 in 4 children, you raised GST and cut working for families, which I am certain helps contribute to not being able to feed our country’s kids. You have done nothing for low and middle income earners, nothing. We have debt of $65 billion, and you still haven’t balanced the books. Cronyism and favouritism is rife, the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us is the widest it has ever been. There were tax cuts for the top 10%. You have literally given away millions and millions of dollars to your big business mates. You bailed out Rio Tinto to the tune of $30million and South Canterbury finance. You almost bankrupted Solid Energy allowing it to rack up $389million in debt, causing Spring Creek mine to close, forcing 400 people in a small town out of work, my husband being one of them. You sold our assets, reducing our country’s income after ignoring a citizens initiated referendum on it. Under employment is rising, youth unemployment is at 20%, youth suicide remains high. You reduced mines inspectors basically allowing Pike River to blow up, then denied those families compensation. There were 11 forestry deaths on your watch last year alone, 11 too many. Profits over people with your government, always.
You have introduced the 90 day trial period for new employees, allowing employers to abuse this. Protesting at sea is now banned, as you continue to issue new drilling permits and open up our forest parks for destruction, all whilst not having to notify anybody. You passed the GCSB Bill allowing any one of us to be spied on at any time, whilst selling our sovereignty behind closed doors with the TPPA negotiations. You passed under ridiculous haste the psychoactive substances bill, well we all know how well that turned out after you recently had to fix that mess after serious public pressure due to the damage it has caused in our communities, helping your rich mates out as we recently discover that you hang out with Grant Hall, a manufacturer of ex legal highs who makes 1000% profit on those nasty substances. Many of our teachers still suffer the debacle that is Novopay, and then you introduced charter schools to us, that you now give money to. The Christchurch rebuild is an utter shambles that you continue to ignore. Those poor people.
Corruption in your party appears to be alive and well it would seem. Maurice Williamson tried to influence police over domestic violence charges for a wealthy businessman who it seems can donate to National for immigration favours for his mates from Michael Woodhouse. As Oravida donates $80,000 and seems to gain business help by having a friendship with Judith Collins, once again proving that for National money really can get you political favours. Shame you don’t help those of us who really need it but can’t afford to buy it.
Believe it or not I could go on, there is more. It does leave me wondering Mr Key just exactly what you have done for the betterment of New Zealand society? From where I sit, not much.