Showing posts with label NACTional Government. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NACTional Government. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oh, thank goodness for that!

I had all but given up on this government's ability to enact extensive and much needed reform.  Until now.
A voluntary code of conduct for wheel clamping is being developed after a meeting of Consumer Affairs Minister Simon Bridges and parking enforcement companies in Auckland yesterday at Mr Bridges' instigation.
I must admit to overlooking that one on NACT's bucket list, but now that's it arrived we can all wait for plane loads of Kiwis returning from Australia.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tortoise and the Hare

Lord Farrar has a post on the Tortoise and the Hare, taken from Trans Tasman. Sir David agreed "with the sentiments...[P]ushing through reform that merely results in a new Government at the next election that reverses that reform, is dumb."

David, and most of the commenters on the post, agree with an incremental approach to turning this country around. That's because there is risk of electoral defeat if "bold" changes are pushed through too quickly, and a follow up risk of the reforms being overturned very quickly.

Questions arise.

How many of the following major reforms, during the "Klarkistan" era, were implemended incrementally? And, how many have been overturned?

I believe the answers are none and none.
  • Raising top tax rate to 39%
  • Working for Families
  • Employment Relations Act (consequential repeal of Employment Contracts Act)
  • Purchase of Kiwibank
  • Purchase of Air New Zealand
  • Reformation of District Health Boards
  • Removal of Privy Council
  • Decriminalising prostitution
  • Civil Unions
  • Foreshore and Seabed law
  • Interest free student loans
  • Kiwirail purchase
  • Kiwisaver
  • Repeal of section 59
  • Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Scrapping of air defence wing
  • Electoral Finance Act
UPDATE: Oops, I have realised the EFA is gone, mostly. I guess the answers are none and one.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Can NACT when in power, give us power?

A worrying story from Stuff.

Because Stuff remove their links after a few weeks I have copied and pasted the full text below. The reason for this is so we can remind ourselves in 2012 what NACT have done from the first day of January 2010 to give us power during Winter, 2012.

Personally, I find it a struggle to see how we will catch Australia by 2025 without a confident and assured electricity supply. But hey, that's just me.

If I was PM, I'd be giving this #1 priority. The RMA would be ignored as would the greenies and the nimbys. Struth, there are enough unemployed out there now to build 10 power stations.

Take a leaf from China's book John - haul in the army and do it. Forget the consultation. This is too important. And in case you missed it, China had 8.5% GDP growth last year during a global recessionary cycle. That's partly because they actually do things, instead of talk about doing them.

Stuff article

With two major Waikato power station projects deferred during the recession and others around New Zealand on hold or cancelled, the Electricity Commission is warning of potential electricity shortages from 2013 onwards unless more new projects are committed to in the next 12 months.

A completely revised table of potential new power stations is presented in a draft Electricity Commission report – showing a decrease in new generation from the 1536 megawatts expected in 2008 to just 549MW, including Contact Energy's new 200MW gas-fired plant in Taranaki.

"Over 600MW of new generation that was rated as a medium or higher possibility for 2010 or 2011 in the 2008 assessment has since been deferred until at least 2013 or cancelled," the report says.

Among the biggest deferrals are Contact's new Te Mihi replacement plant for the Wairakei geothermal power station and its 540MW Hauauru Ma Raki wind development near Raglan.

"This assessment indicates that a substantial amount of new firm generation will be needed by 2013 in order to maintain winter capacity margins above the security threshold," says the commission, which will be replaced by an Electricity Authority when Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee's electricity reforms become law towards the end of this year.

A variety of factors is raising the risks to electricity system security for the winters of 2010, 2011 and 2012, although the commission does not believe the risk is enough to procure emergency reserve energy.

"There are ... serious concerns about peak capacity during winter 2012, with capacity margins projected to be below the security threshold" on a variety of scenarios analysed from normal to high risk.

The commission also raises the threats to risk margins that are posed by electricity generators declining to run slow-starting power stations to meet volatile peak demand.

In October state-owned Genesis Energy said the Huntly power station was not paying its way after writing off $261 million from its value because of the cost of running it on coal.

Huntly is the biggest power station in New Zealand, with four traditional 250MW coal-burning power units, built in 1981.

It has a lifespan of at least 20 more years but Genesis has said it will no longer run the power station unprofitably just to keep lights on, as it argues it was accustomed to doing in the past.

Genesis may decommission the plant in coming years unless it can gain profitable contracts such as one signed with Meridian last year.

"There is the potential for unit commitment problems to have a serious adverse effect on security of supply at peak times," the commission says.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


National is moving at a blinding pace. Tax cuts - check. Kiwisaver amendments - check. Flexible employment legislation - check.

The only downside I see at the moment is that John Key only gave a "100 days" package. I mean, with a Nats/ACT majority why stop with 100 days? Hw could have a 365 day package, all of it to be passed under urgency.

Let's go John! Scrap the RMA - check. Taxpayer Rights Bill - check. Repeal of the Electoral Finance Act - check. Geez, all these could be passed under urgency. But why stop there!

School Choice - check. Repeal ACC - check. There must be plenty more.

Come to think of it why does any piece of legislation in the next three years have to go to Select Committee?

Key should ram it all through using urgency. And if Labour/Greens don't like it?


Saturday, November 22, 2008

John Armstrong's Twin Brother Paul

The Herald today brings us commentary from Paul Armstrong, who look like John Armstrong's identical twin brother.

Paul Armstrong: Nats' conscience right where it wants to be

At last some balanced and rational analysis of the relationship between ACT and National, and that between John Key and Rodney Hide. There looks to be even a back handed compliment of ACT party secretary Nick Kearney who is described indirectly as 'politically astute.'

"The agreement signed last Sunday has provoked markedly differing interpretations, varying from being viewed as capitulation to National with Act having nothing really tangible to show from its post-election negotiations with John Key and Bill English, to predictions that it will yank National firmly to the right.

The truth lies somewhere in between."

Armstrong's reading of Emissions Trading Scheme negotiations mirror's Adolf's perception. They are a useful means to buy some time while the real science catches up with and debunks the warmanising religion.

"Less clear was the degree to which Act was able to force National to delay implementation of the emissions trading scheme until a special parliamentary select committee has come up with alterations or alternatives.

How much Act actually had to "force" National's hand is a moot point. Both parties stand to benefit from the review. Act gets credit for delaying the scheme. National now has more time to come up with a replacement than its pre-election stance had unrealistically allowed."

This is much more than a mere supply and confidence agreement. It is an informal but pretty much complete coalition agreement.

"Act is effectively operating as a proper coalition partner without formally going into coalition. It now has channels of communication to push ideas and initiatives which National will have to consider seriously rather than reject out of hand."

As usual the best is left to last.

"For Key, the risks in dealing with Act no longer lie with Sir Roger sniping from the sidelines but in being hugged to death by Hide."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

NACTional Announces Agreement

John Key and Rodney Hide have announced agreement on a coalition arrangement. Some would call it a confidence and supply arrangement.

Looks pretty good to me. ACT appears to have had some serious wins on policy and the Gnats have a guaranteed majority. It remains to be seen what the final detail of the agreement with the Maori Party turns out to be.

Well done, Rodney Hide. It cannot have been an easy negotiation and to have achieved the results he has is a very creditable result.

David Farrar has commentary on the details here.