31 October 2008
Campaign blog: 31 October
During the morning I addressed a good-sized meet the candidates meeting organised by Kapiti Greypower at the Southwards Museum, and received a great response.
Issues discussed included law and order, health services, and our commitment to not sell state assets.
Afterwards, I took an action-packed stroll through the Coastlands Mall where among others, I met a group of youths from a course I'd previously visited, and Greens co-leader Jeannette Fitzsimons who wanted to ask about our views on the emissions trading scheme and Kyoto Protocol.
As I've said many times, National will introduce a well-designed ETS that balances our economic opportunities with our environmental responsibilities, and we won't be withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol.
From there I travelled back to Wellington to address the Police Association's Conference to talk about our Action Plan for violent crime.
I want action on crime, because the time for talk is over.
Our plan covers issues like gangs and their drug trade, violent youth crime, bail and parole laws, police numbers, crimes against children, on-the-spot protection orders, a victims compensation scheme, and reform of prisons so offenders are made to work and can get drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Today I am in Hamilton for a number of visits and the announcement of our transitional relief package. Tonight I will be in Whangarei.
National Headlines: Keeping you up to date
Labour's transitional economic package will only help people in a household where someone else is working and misses those most in need, says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.
National Party Leader John Key has today released his Action Plan for Violent Crime and declared that it is ready to go from the first day of a new National-led Government.
"Between smear campaigns, Helen Clark's announcements in this election are divided into two categories: 'the could've been' variety that she wanted to make, and the 'promise and hope' variety that she has announced but has no idea how to pay for."
National Party Disability Issues spokesman Paul Hutchison has released his party's Disability Issues policy which features a commitment to work towards establishing multi-year funding contracts for non-government organisations providing disability services.Tweet