Labour must make us believe that they will deal with the following issues!
1) Housing: Labour must make housing affordable again for first home buyers. By that, I don’t mean that first home buyers should be able to expect to live in high price areas, but I do mean that they should be able to afford ‘basic start-up’ packages, in the cities that are currently way too expensive for them now. That equates to high rental too. We must also train and retain our skilled builders and the allied skilled workers.
2) Education: Labour must rebuild confidence in the education sector. It must take us away from the destructive and divisive policies of the present Government. There must be an emphasis on educating, not time consuming spurious testing. We need resources increased in lower decile schools or we will face as close to a ‘class war’ as we can get in NZ. There is a huge difference in outcomes for those attending lower decile schools and it has nothing to do with the teaching. The issues of poverty and all that entails must go hand in hand with developing successful educational policy.
3) Health: Labour must build on past success and return to a time when the private sector is not the first and only choice for those facing various elective procedures. I have nothing against efficiency but we must have availability. For Diabetes, we often hear about a ‘looming crisis.’ It’s here now! The present Government has even cut preventative programmes.
4) Asset Sales: Labour must stop all asset sales and if anything, buy back those strategic assets that we do not want to eventually go into the pockets of foreign owners. They belong to us!
The above issues are just a start! Labour must put the ‘Leadership’ squabble behind them and unite behind David Shearer.