De­tails of Na­tional Party poli­cies leaked

Weekend Herald - - News - Ja­son Walls

Doc­u­ments de­tail­ing ar­eas of Na­tional Party pol­icy in­ter­est, sent to se­nior MPs, have been leaked to the Week­end Her­ald.

It’s the lat­est in a se­ries of Na­tional leaks, days after de­tails about me­dia talk­ing points and in­ter­nal polling in­for­ma­tion.

The leaker of the lat­est tranche of doc­u­ments claimed to be a Na­tional MP. How­ever, the anony­mous email did not come from a par­lia­men­tary email ad­dress.

The doc­u­ments de­tail so­cial de­vel­op­ment and health poli­cies Na­tional is con­sid­er­ing, to be un­veiled be­fore the next elec­tion.

A front bench pol­icy dis­cus­sion memo, dated Septem­ber 18, sets out “sug­gested po­si­tion­ing” in ar­eas of spe­cial fo­cus — in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing ACC to vic­tims of ill­ness as well as ac­ci­dents.

An­other memo, dated Au­gust 14, de­tails Na­tional’s plans for its health poli­cies, in­clud­ing a po­ten­tial re­view of DHBs, in­cen­tives for older Ki­wis to main­tain healthy lives/ health in­sur­ance and a “big hairychested pol­icy — fund­ing health the way we fund ACC”.

In­fra­struc­ture plans writ­ten by for­mer Na­tional MP Jami-Lee Ross on Septem­ber 11 were also leaked de­tail­ing ar­eas around trans­port, fuel prices and road­ing.

A spokesman for Si­mon Bridges said the papers were months old.

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