The election is now less than six months away. We’re starting to get a better picture of where each political party stands. And they are standing in quite different places.
The keynote speeches at Labour congress have been available online for a couple of weeks. I’ve just re-read them. They’re good. The links below mean you can read the original text. Phil and Annette’s can also be watched on YouTube.
Personalities are set to play a lesser part in election politics this time around. Instead, each linked speech has a strong emphasis on Labour values and policies. In this vein, Party President Moira Coatsworth drew attention to the difference that Labour represents. She spoke about the environment, equality and the economy. She also spoke about our strengths as a Party.
Annette King’s speech focused on making sure all children have what they need to succeed. Too many of our most vulnerable are slipping through the cracks. Action must be taken. Annette announced the creation of a Ministry for Children as the platform for action. More on this closer to the election.
Phil Goff’s speech, Owning our Future, focused on creating jobs and growing the economy. You can read the detail. He also reiterated that when it came to asset sales, only one party had learnt from the past. Labour will keep kiwi assets in kiwi hands.
At this year’s election, New Zealanders will have clear choices. Choosing wisely (or not) will make a real difference.