National campaign demands debate on issues

National Party leader Judith Collins. Photo: RNZ
National Party leader Judith Collins. Photo: RNZ
The National Party is launching a campaign demanding more debate on significant issues.

Leader Judith Collins said the Government was making policy announcements that were never campaigned on and that would have a significant impact on people.

She said the issues included car tax, cancelling infrastructure and rushed law changes to deliver Māori wards.

Collins said at the same time, more than 4000 children were left to grow up in motels and mental health services were in crisis.

"Every week, I'm contacted by thousands of Kiwis who are worried they just don't have a say in the future of their country anymore," she said.

"They're being kept in the dark and their questions go unanswered by Ardern's government."

National today launched a billboard campaign called Demand the Debate, focusing first on the Government's 2019 He Puapua report.

"The He Puapua report contains recommendations for fundamental changes to our legal, constitutional, and democratic governance arrangements," she said.

"Changes like separate health and justice systems, separate RMA rules, and separate electoral arrangements.

"These proposals must be taken to an election so all Kiwis can have their say."

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Collins is right on this one. Our Queen of Spin and her groupies are pushing lots of legislation through for which they have no mandate and never would have if it came to the people in a truthful, honest fashion.

Dommage. Plebiscite for every government decision? Shall we return to the torpor of a National government?

It's electioneering, just not in Election year.

So all of the points Collins makes were in the Liebour manifesto? This is government by deceit, nothing to do with electioneering, just time to face the facts.

Collins is wrong again on this one. You clearly don't like Jacinda - but the vast majority do. If you are a Nat and still grieving get help. But sticking to the facts - they have a strong mandate.
All Judith is trying to do is to divide us as a nation (further) and thats what hurt Judith in the election and why ACT is beating her.

Don't let deceit get in the way of facts. Where in the Liebour manifesto were any of these things? They even hid the He Puapua report from their coalition partners, that is how trustworthy they are. They do not have a mandate for these issues. "I don't like Jacinda". I only know her by her actions and I don not trust the Queen of Spin. Given the amount of PR support she is paying for, and her initial stance on covid, it is hardly surprising she is still popular. Only when the public realise what is happening will things change. In the meantime Liebour will try to stifle debate and disagreement by labelling those who disagree 'haters'. They are doing a great job dividing the country, no help from Collins needed.

Define "the vast majority", that was the last election and now the chickens are coming home to roost......

I am not a Nat but I too (and all people in my social circle) believe strongly that a robust public debate on He Pua pua and on the new name of New Zealand is a must! Do you know why? Because officially we are a democratic country! Our PM does not have a mandate to make such life-changing decisions on our behalf and to be forcing them on us. This is typical for the totalitarian states!

To say that majority "likes" Jacinda is a bit rich. The polls aren't absolute indication because these represent the opinions of 1000 out of 5 million. It would be very interesting how Jacinda will rate after a debate on He pua pua. It was dishonest of her to hide the report before the election and to act on it after we voted for her. It was dishonest of her to make a deal with the Greens. She didn't have to. We gave her a mandate to govern without any other party. How silly of us! Lastly, it is childish of you to assume that anyone who supports Collins' new campaign is a Nat and "clearly doesn't like Jacinda". This would have been funny if it wasn't so sad.

A scientifically based survey of 1000 can and does represent the views of a nation of 5 million. This has been proven time after time all around the world. If the sample to be surveyed has been drawn from a truly random selection of the total population and the questions asked are carefully structured to avoid bias you can rely on the results.
Why do you think banks, insurance companies, industries, political parties, media agencies, public relations firms, advertising agencies spend $billions on polls? Because they produce accurate and reliable results on which to plain future strategies and campaigns.
Polls are totally reliable if they are set up in accordance with well established scientific principles.

Again, crusher grasping at straws. She can't come up with any original alternatives to Govt proposals so trots out the same old cliches. This time she's trying the well worn "there needs to be more public consultation". What a laugh. talk about projection. I'd use an old saying about a pot and a kettle but it's probably racist these days.
It wasn't that long ago that crusher was bemoaning the fact that this Govt was setting up to many inquiries into this, that and the other, not enough decisiveness from the Govt, to much consultation.
She just hasn't got what it takes really, has she? Long may she hold onto her ill-fated leadership.

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