We’re in the final week of the election campaign. My fellow candidates and I attended our last candidates meeting at Opoho Presbyterian this evening. These meetings have been a terrific opportunity for people to hear why each candidate is interested in putting themselves forward for election. They’ve also been fun.
I’ve made clear from the start why I’m standing for election. I’m deeply concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor.
Labour’s plan to make the first $5000 of income tax-free will mean mum and dad with a couple of kids will have at least $1000 more in the family budget each year. It will be particularly good for students working part time to support themselves through university. Labour is also promising to increase the minimum wage to $15/hr to make sure families can afford to feed their kids and heat their homes. Poverty costs us all in the long term. Every child deserves a decent start in life. One way of supporting kids is through a living wage.
Labour’s opposition to asset sales has been well received. The cost of living has risen astronomically in the last few years. People struggling to pay for food and pay the electricity bills don’t have much left over at the end of the week. And they certainly don’t have the money to buy back assets they already own.
Today I was out with the Dunedin North Labour team in Pine Hill. It rained but our spirits were not dampened. We’ll be out and about this week spreading the Labour message in a suburb near you. Please come out and say hello, and join in a discussion about how we can own our future.