The Sixth Labour Government passed plenty of policy. How much of it will survive? Part one of a two-part series.
Henry. One of the legacies of at least the first part of the Clark government was a slick pipeline of Foreshadow-Promise-Delivery. Even when her policy was criticised by the opposition she had “I said I would and I was voted in so I am going to do it”. Then she did it. This government’s legacy is “I had a promise but not everyone was sure it would do anything to make people’s lives better”. Followed by an inability to even deliver on any of the promises that got them their votes in the first place. Perhaps a question you could answer is “do any of the achievements trumpeted by this government match the promises they made in previous campaigns?” And does it matter to the voters when deciding this year?
One really important thing which Labour did with Housing is creating Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Before that Department housing solutions were all over the place. This was done by Phil Twyford.
The Sunday Times had a very useful article yesterday comparing State Housing under Labour and National policies. Well worth a read. The National housing spokesperson wouldn't agree to be interviewed and replied to the questions he wanted in writing. Many questions he refused to answer.
I'm probably splitting hairs but I think the Health legacy is more like a 6 than a 7: reinstating the prescription co-payments will likely cost all of us $2.65 billion. https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/09-02-2023/when-5-at-the-pharmacy-costs-us-all-2-65-billion
Thanks for a really useful summary of activity under the Labour government.