The National Fieldays open tomorrow and MPs of all colours will be there at some stage.
Those from National will have a much easier job convincing farmers and those who work for, support and supply them that they deserve another term than any of the opposition parties will have trying to gain support.
*Has several farmers in its caucus, understands farming and business and their importance to New Zealand.
*Holds all but two provincial electorates.
*Has kept public spending down.
*Has kept pressure off interest rates.
*Has begun reforming the RMA and will do more.
*Introduced 90 day employment trials.
*Lowered company and personal tax rates.
*Invested $400 million in water storage and irrigation
*Invested $700 million in the Primary Growth Partnership
*Exempted agricultural emissions from ETS and invested in Greenhouse Gas Coalition which has international support
*Expanded NZ’s access into the Middle East and South America, achieved direct currency exchange with China, and made significant progress on free trade throughout Asia-Pacific
While in the red and green corner Labour/Green/ and whoever else they need:
*Don’t understand or appreciate farmers, farming and business.
*See agriculture as a problem to be managed, not as the engine of our economy.
*Hold only 2 provincial seats.
*Will introduce a Capital Gains Tax
*Labour wants to double costs of the ETS and include agriculture
*Greens want to introduce a carbon tax charging $30 per dairy cow per year. Russell Norman said: “This won’t drive them to the wall… even the bottom 10% could afford to do this.”
*Have said farmers don’t pay enough tax. David Cunliffe has said businesses ‘can afford to pay more’. Russell Norman said last week when announcing new carbon tax ‘
*Will introduce water charges
*Will axe the irrigation fund
*Will tighten employment law
*Will increase public spending and debt which will push up interest rates
*Will make steeper increases to minimum wage.
*Will make KiwiSaver compulsory
*Oppose Free Trade
And let’s not forget this from which we all benefit: