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National’s Immigration Policy. Is it good for New Zealand? - TOP

It’s great news the Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse has indicated some tightening of immigration laws. That he has acknowledged that people on the median wage or lower are perhaps not as skilled a category of immigrant as New Zealand needs, is a long overdue admission that National’s immigration policy is about as far from a skill-based strategy as one could get. So that’s progress.

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New Zealand's Public Service Sector: Really That Public? - TOP

It is becoming increasingly clear that our public sector is shackled to their Ministerial masters. The Opportunities Party had our own, very innocent, taste of this last week. 

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From Trickle Down to being Trickled On

One of the often heard regrets from employers is how they can’t get labour from the local market. They resort as much as possible to getting the Immigration Department to approve the importation of labour from abroad. We’re not talking highly skilled labour here; we’re talking about those with middle-of-the-road or lower skill sets primarily.

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Is Climate Change Ruining Your Easter Weekend?

The question on everyone’s lips this weekend is whether this is bad weather or climate change? Of course we have always had bad weather but the evidence is clear; climate change is making bad weather events more frequent, and it is only going to get worse.

 

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TOP’s Social Housing Policy

We need more and better social housing. How would TOP’s policy achieve this? We’ve had a lot of questions on this. 

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Good Debt, Bad Debt

We’ve had a lot of questions about TOP’s position on debt. On one level debt is a pretty simple concept; borrowing money to invest is pretty normal. If as a business or household you can borrow money to buy something that makes your life easier, better or more productive, at least enough to pay the loan back, then it is a good thing. This is how investment, economic growth and the financial system interact. Lenders are in the business of assessing risk and measuring collateral (the assets that back the loan). 

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Immigration: Can be good, isn’t always

The comments by Auckland University Ananish Chaudhuri that immigrants are a gain not a drain need qualification. It is certainly not universally true and would be better phrased as immigration can provide a gain, rather than implying that is always the case. 

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An Upper House in NZ - TOP

TOP’s policy #4 ‘Democracy Reset’ proposes, among other things, the return of an Upper House. This is a response to the concentration of political power in Cabinet and its ability to wield that power without due recourse to Parliament, let alone to the New Zealand public.

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The Voting Reality - Hopeless

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

So said Winston Churchill and little has changed. We just commissioned market research to determine what makes New Zealand voters tick and the answers are depressing.

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'New' Ministry of Vulnerable Children Parks Ambulance At Bottom Of The Cliff

"The Government's new 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki'' will only scratch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping at-risk families and children - just like the Titanic did before it sank", says The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan.

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