KARL MATTHYS

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Democrats for So­cial Credit

Democrats for So­cial Credit’s core poli­cies re­volve around fi­nan­cial re­form and the ame­lio­ra­tion of the un­ac­cept­able in­equal­ity now af­fect­ing not only peo­ple in the Napier elec­torate but in all of New Zealand.

In Napier, and even more so in Wairoa, poverty is bit­ing deep and af­fect­ing thou­sands of or­di­nary cit­i­zens who are ei­ther earn­ing in­ad­e­quate wages, or try­ing to live off the now very mea­gre in­come sup­port pro­vided by the so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem.

Many jobs are lost to aus­ter­ity, com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion and au­to­ma­tion. Ris­ing in­equal­ity can be seen ev­ery day: the in­crease in peo­ple so­lic­it­ing for money in the Napier CBD and the grow­ing short­age of af­ford­able homes caus­ing home­less­ness.

The DSC Party will, if em­pow­ered to do so, re­store the role of the Re­serve Bank in pro­vid­ing zero-in­ter­est-rate loans for es­sen­tial lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture and for af­ford­able rental ac­com­mo­da­tion through Hous­ing New Zealand.

The party will in­sti­gate the first steps to­wards a grad­ual in­tro­duc­tion of a uni­ver­sal, un­con­di­tional ba­sic in­come for all women, men and young peo­ple. This will re­place the present wel­fare sys­tem. We will abol­ish GST, since it dis­ad­van­tages those on low in­comes, and re­place it with a fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tion tax which will be very dif­fi­cult to avoid or evade.

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