National lays out post-election action plan

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 12:01 23/11/2011

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National leader John Key has outlined his post-election priorities should his party return to power on Saturday, including the introduction of new ACC and youth rate legislation.
 
The 'action plan' contains economic, health and welfare policies already outlined on the campaign trial - and includes the proposal to partially sell off state-owned assets.
 
But it won't be a 100 day plan because of the Christmas holidays - Key said it was more of 'a working agenda.'
 
Launching it in Auckland this morning he also said the election result would be ''closer than some people think.''
 
Warning against an ''expensive'' coalition of left-wing parties, Key said he needed a ''stable'' government to implement the plan.
 
''Under MMP you can stack up the parties in all kinds of combinations and the potential for a Labour party-led tack of minor parties is very real.
 
''And the more complex the stack of parties, the more expensive it will be,'' he warned.
 
The action plan aimed to get the government books back to surplus by 2014-15, and establish a Future Investment Fund to ring fence profits from the partial sell off of state assets.
 
Other economic pledges would involve introducing ACC legislation to allow choice in the work account and to establish a starting out wage.
 
Welfare reform to stamp out fraud and drug use, and get beneficiaries back to work would also be implemented quickly.
 
Rebuilding Christchurch would be a focus - including finishing the red zone classification and building a temporary stadium.
 
Law and order measures would see bail laws toughened and civil detention orders established for high risk sex offenders.
 
Key said voters must trust him on his record and should expect no nasty surprises from a National-led government.
 
He could not say which asset would be first to be sold off, but the last would likely be Solid Energy.
 
''What we have to do is take advice,'' he said.
 
The government has come under fire today from the Green party for holding back Treasury documents on asset sales.

Key also re-iterated his promise not to sell off Kiwibank, after Labour leader Phil Goff signed a pledge promising the same thing in Mangere this morning.

National's action plan includes:

- Halve the budget deficit next year, and be back in surplus in 2014/2015
- Establish the Crown Water Investment Company to invest up to $400 million from the Future Investment Fund in irrigation and water storage to make farm land more productive
- Amend the Resource Management Act to have six-month time limits on consenting medium-sized projects
- Immediately implement the new lower public service staffing cap
- Slow the phasing-in of the Emissions Trading Scheme and allow off-setting for pre-1990 forest owners
- Amend the Social Security Act to comprehensively reform benefits
- Introduce changes to sanctions beneficiaries whose recreational use of drugs affects their ability to apply for and secure a job
- Change bail laws to make it harder for those accused of the most serious offences to get bail
- Introduce screening of parole applications to allow the Parole Board to reduce the number of unnecessary parole hearings
- Pass the Search and Surveillance Bill
- Make secondary school performance information available to parents
- Immediately begin work to develop more effective teacher and principal appraisal
- Increase the number of elective operations by at last 4000 a year
- Work with District Health Boards to ensure patients needing a specialist appointment are seen within no more than four months by 2014
- Begin work with local primary care networks to provide free after-hours GP visits to children under six
- Start building 17,000 seat temporary stadium at Addington
- Receive and assess the CBD recovery plan

- Fairfax NZ

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