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This week National launched our Discussion Document on the Economic Sector. A strong economy matters and New Zealand should be booming, yet 63 per cent of business leaders think the Government is managing the economy poorly. Our Economic Discussion Document sets out fifty commitments or proposals as well as more than thirty questions we want feedback on; to get New Zealand back on track.

National recognises that Government does not drive the economy, it is a team effort. It is driven by all the people who get up early, work hard, invest their time and their money to build opportunities for themselves and others.

This Government is relentless on dipping into your back pocket whenever they need a little extra cash. We don’t think that’s fair which is why we have already committed to indexing tax thresholds to the cost of living, so Kiwis aren’t taxed more by stealth every year, and we won’t introduce any new taxes. We will repeal the Regional Fuel Tax and not increase petrol excise taxes.

To establish a wealthy economy that can deliver for New Zealanders, we must tackle wasteful spending. National will ensure Treasury has a greater focus on providing sound advice on the effectiveness of Government spending. The Government scrapped targets implemented by National which focussed on reducing welfare dependency, child hospitalisations and waiting times for social housing. We will continue the Social Investment approach and reintroduce targets that are focussed on public agencies.

It’s frustrating for me to see this Government slowing us down with their lack of infrastructure development. It’s not just physically slowing us down, it’s slowing down the entire economy. We have already committed to overhauling the RMA to make it more efficient and predictable. In the document, we have expressed we are also open to exploring pricing mechanisms that will help to efficiently manage the flow of traffic and are revenue neutral.

National’s bottom line is you, and it’s clear the unnecessary stress of getting paid on time is a big issue for New Zealand small business owners.  National wants to find ways to ease the stress for small business owners and ensure healthier cash flows.

In the document, we’ve expressed that we want a superannuation scheme that’s sustainable for future generations. We won’t turn a blind eye to the future affordability of the scheme.

These are just some of the many areas covered in the Economic Discussion Document. We want to hear your thoughts on how we can develop a thriving economy that delivers for you. Have your say by going to national.org.nz/economy.

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