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The Evidence For Real Action on Alcohol

The public response to our alcohol policy has been overwhelmingly positive, with the Newshub poll showing 70% support amongst the public for raising the drinking age. This is pretty consistent with previous polls, and our own deliberative democracy process with our members where (once they were informed) only 17% wanted no change to the current laws.

Nevertheless there is always opposition to change, and we’ve had a lot of questions about the evidence behind the policy. This blog takes you through our reasoning. 

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Real Action on Alcohol - Backgrounder

Our Real Deal Cannabis Reform was based around the idea of reducing overall harm to both individuals and society. One of the most startling facts to discover as part of this process was that alcohol causes far more harm than cannabis. Both alcohol and cannabis are prevalent in our society and enjoyed by a huge number of New Zealanders, however alcohol creates far more total harm[i]. Fortunately, with alcohol we have better evidence to draw from so that we may improve the current legislation that controls its use.

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The Opportunities Party Calls For A Real Action On Teen Alcohol Abuse

As establishment politicians gather at Parliament to catch up with The Opportunities Party’s harm reduction based Real Deal Cannabis Reform, TOP is moving forward to tackle the serious issue of alcohol related harm amongst young people.

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Future of Work or Stuck in the Past?

Labour’s new employment relations policy is well intentioned, but not fit for the future of work that the Party has spent so much time thinking of. Instead its recommendations interfere in how businesses are run, potentially fatally. At the Opportunities Party (TOP) we are also upset about how modest income folk are not sharing sufficiently in the fruits of national prosperity, but rather than take to workplace relations with a wrecking ball we want to focus on the fundamentals that impact people’s lives: housing, immigration, investment, tax, and fixing our broken welfare system. 

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Round Up of Fresh Water Policies

The battle lines are becoming clear for this election. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the establishment party politicians don’t want to scare the cows amongst the farming lobby. Yet new research shows that if we do it right, the cost of cleaner fresh water won’t be as great as many think in terms of reduced farm profit. So what are they afraid of? 

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Tax, Dogma And Economic Illiteracy

We’ve had a few questions from our members about Green Party candidate Robin McCandless’ piece entitled Tax, dogma and The Opportunities Party. It was published in the Green Party members magazine, so wasn’t public and we can’t link to it. It took us a while to get hold of it but there is a scanned copy of it here.

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Labour Folds to Farming Lobby

Labour folds to farming lobby, leaving The Opportunities Party alone in advocating polluter pays to clean up rivers. 

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Is the Health Sector Underfunded?

The Ministry of Health funding blunders have once again shone a spotlight on health sector funding. Labour is now claiming that National has underfunded the sector by $2.3b. The size of that number is very debatable, and has been made to look as scary as possible, but Labour seems to have a good case for their claim of underfunding. Regardless of the quibbling over health funding, the real issue is that none of the establishment parties are dealing with the long-term issues faced by the health sector.

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Real Commitment to Refugees

The Opportunities Party is committing to quadrupling New Zealand’s refugee quota to 3000 per annum over the term of the next Parliament.

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TOP’s Fair Tax Reform – Expert Reaction

Our flagship policy is tax reform. The problem we’re solving is that there’s a huge loophole in the income tax regime that leads to a number of problems;

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