TOP proposing radical changes
While I think that New Zealand has fared better than many other Western states, we are slipping into a society of have and havenots. For this reason, I have joined The Opportunities Party (TOP), with the desire to use my background education and passion for this country to help set New Zealand on a better path. This is the only party that has policies with a vision for the next 30 years. We foresee a time with much higher levels of unemployment, pollution and inequality — unless difficult but necessary changes are made now.
TOP is proposing radical changes to how property is taxed, how much income tax people pay, and other policies such as legalising cannabis, penalising environmental polluters, raising the drinking age to 20, removing the constant testing of students at high schools, a smarter immigration policy designed to make sure New Zealand does not become a low wage country, and eventually create an unconditional basic income for every Kiwi. In addition to these initiatives we want to see a more reformative justice system designed to reduce our prisoner population by 40 per cent, and give New Zealand tenants greater security and quality of life through a reforming of the Tenancy Act.
These policies acting in unison will make New Zealand a fairer country whereby although the market will still be the driving force behind our economy, a greater number of people can share in the profits made. While unemployment was the plague of the 20th century, inequality is the plague of the 21st century. The Opportunities Party is the only party with forward looking policies designed to deal with the next 30 years rather than the next three years.
TOP’s main message to Waitaki voters is that property prices are outstripping wages to the extent that a large portion of the population cannot enter the property market. Our party plans on rectifying this by taxing property and reducing wage and salary earners’ tax by 30 per cent.
Of course we’re not happy with current polling. However polling is not as instrumental as it has been in the past. Examples of this can be found through Bexit and Trump’s presidential nomination.
The Waitaki electorate has a very diverse voting demographic; young entrepreneurial people aspiring for a fairer chance to enter the property market, and an older demographic of capital holders whose primary concern and focus is water purity and infrastructural pressures.
TOP has costed a tourist levy to help infrastructure at $20, based on evidence from similar situations found in northern Europe and certain states in America.
TOP’s tax policy is the only property tax that is absolute in nature, and therefore cannot be avoided by wealthy landowners and crafty accounting.
Many older voters have expressed to me that they think pensions should be means tested, and that unconditional basic income will be required in the future given our rising underemployment through forces such as mechanisation and artificial intelligence.
❚ Kevin Neill is The Opportunities Party candidate for the Waitaki electorate. There is no candidate for Clutha-Southland.
Kevin Neill, 35, a former teacher, is retraining to be an electrician in Wanaka and standing for The Opportunities Party in the general election.