Policies

The founding policies of 5PM are as follows.

Other 5PM policy is developed using the very same principle of democracy that it promotes – directly by members. All members have the opportunity to propose and vote on policy via the 5PM Voting Booth.

New policies adopted via this Voting Booth process can be seen at the bottom of this page.

DEMOCRACY

  • Three types of referenda – Mandatory Referenda, Popular Referenda, and Veto Referenda – will be binding on central government, with the last two initiated by citizens.
  • Bring back the local to local government through binding referenda.

EQUALITY

  • Repeal Section 19 (2) of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 permitting affirmative action, which confers privilege based on race, gender etc.
  • Reaffirm Section 21 of the Human Rights Act 1993 which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, gender etc.
  • Ensure equal rights are enshrined in law by:
    • Removing all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation,
    • Abolishing the Maori seats in Parliament and local government, and local government Maori statutory boards.
    • Abolishing the Waitangi Tribunal.

OPPORTUNITY

  • Cap government spending to  29% of gross domestic product. (In Hong Kong the cap is 20%, and in Singapore the government sector consumes 19% of GDP.)
  • Cap government debt be no more than 25% of GDP.
  • When the government spending and debt ratios are achieved, return surpluses to taxpayers in the form of reduced tax rates. Have a goal of achieving a top income tax rate of no greater than 20 percent.
  • No new taxes to be introduced.
  • Crack down on wasteful government spending by appointing of a Spending Review Authority within the Auditor General’s Office.
  • Regulations that do more harm than good, such as the Emissions Trading Scheme – which creates no environmental benefit but is a significant burden on the economy – should be repealed.
  • The workplace should be more flexible.

FREEDOM

  • Amend the Resource Management Act to introduce fair-value compensation for the loss of property rights.

FAMILY

  • Scrap the smacking law, which law undermines parental authority and criminalises good parents, but crack down on child abuse.
  • Give parents greater choice over the education of their children by extending the present “funding follows the child” pre-school and tertiary education provisions to include primary and secondary schooling as well.
  • Replace sole parent welfare dependency with self-reliance by providing support based on work.
  • Get tough on violent offending by cracking down on gangs and drugs.
  • Restore the right of ratepayers in each affected area to be excluded from proposals to a amalgamation local councils.
  • Protect the environment but not at the exclusion of progress: promote the extraction of natural resources while minimising environmental risk, to create a future of shared prosperity for all New Zealanders.

For background papers on these policy areas go to NZCPR.com using the Topic Index on the left hand sidebar of the Homepage and the search function.

 

NEW POLICIES

 

These policies have been adopted by the agreement of 5PM supporters via the Voting Booth process:

ABOLISHING MMP 
MMP should be abolished and replaced with First Past the Post.

CHANGING THE LOCAL ELECTORAL ACT
Section 19ZB of the Local Electoral Act 2001 should be amended to include the public’s right to demand a binding poll where a council is proposing to grant voting rights to unelected representatives.

NOTA ON BALLOT PAPERS
Election ballot papers should be amended to include NOTA (none of the above) as a voting option in local and central government elections, with the effect that should NOTA gain the most votes, the election nominations would be re-opened and another election held.

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF LAND
Foreign entities and foreigners (individuals who are neither New Zealand citizens nor permanent residents) should be taxed 10% of the value of New Zealand property purchases with the funds raised being offered as low interest loans to NZ resident first home buyers.

RESIGNATION OF A MAYOR
Local government legislation should be amended to include the right of citizens to demand a binding referendum to remove their mayor from office

BACKBENCH MP SALARY
A backbench MP’s salary should be set at 1.5 times the average individual income (approx $68,000) and indexed to annual changes in average income levels.

MEDIA DISCLOSURE 
The media should be required to disclose if they are members of a political party.

MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE COMMISSION
An independent commission should be established to investigate claims of miscarriages of justice.

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
The extension of Paid Parental Leave from 14 weeks to 26 weeks is not supported.