Labour have released their plan for the first 100 days. This matters because it’s the real changes any Government coming into power is allowed to pass and spend the next 3 years defending.
So what will Labour push?
Ardern used her speech to outline what a Labour-led Government would do in its first 100 days.
At the top of the checklist were warmer, drier homes, support for families and students, and new inquiries into systemic and historical issues.
Foreign, non-resident homebuyers would be shut out of the housing market by Christmas through an urgent law change – a move which National says will breach New Zealand’s free trade agreements.
Another urgent law change would introduce higher minimum standards for heating and insulating rental properties.
Labour plans to scrap National’s tax cuts but says its replacement, a families package, will come into force within the 100-day period. It would extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks, provide $60 a week to families with children under 1 and give the elderly or beneficiaries $140 a week for power bills during winter.
Tertiary education would become free as of January 1, and student allowances and living costs would jump by $50.
Ardern said a Labour-led Government would get two major inquiries under way in its first 100 days – one into the mental health system, and another on the abuse of children in state care.
There were also a series of promises on environmental measures, the minimum wage, and superannuation payments.
…some pretty mild responses to the enormity of the social problems we face ($50 extra for students is a fucking joke) and some staunch moves like banning foreign buyers of our houses, but the glaring absence was a total review and reform of the toxic culture of abuse that has poisoned our neoliberal welfare state agencies.
The fear is that Labour are too beholden to the PSA to make a serious attempt at purging sadists from WINZ, MSD, Housing NZ, Corrections, Probation and Ministry of Vulnerable Children.
This is why if you actually care about the issues of poverty and inequality and the viciousness that WINZ and these social agencies hand out and you aren’t just about backing the winner, you need to Party vote Green because as good as Labour is, they aren’t going to take on the Public Service.