The transformation is complete: Labour and National swap policies

Labour went into the 2014 election on a policy platform that included raising the retirement age to 67 while National had made a cast iron guarantee that “on his watch” that would never happen.

Wind forward three years, and now we have Andrew Little committing Labour to not raising the retirement age on his watch, while Bill English is refusing to rule it out.

The Prime Minister needs to come clean about his intentions around Superannuation after evading a direct question around whether he is considering raising the entitlement age of 65,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“His comments on Newshub’s The Nation today that it was time for a ‘reset’ on superannuation will send alarm bells ringing in the households of many hard working Kiwis.

“This is just more dithering from Bill English. What are you planning Bill? Raising the age, reducing payments?

“This Government has not put a cent into the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and that negligence is catching up with them. The fund now has a $20b gap because of National’s decision to stop contributions.

“At least John Key was unequivocal on this. Bill English has made it clear today he’s not bound by that promise.

“He’s signalling that there is now a case for change in the age of entitlement and I’m saying the argument doesn’t stack up.

“Too many New Zealanders struggle now to work to 65. Bill English’s vagueness today will create unnecessary worry for many.

“A Labour Government I lead will not raise the entitlement age for Superannuation and we will re-start contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. That’s a prudent and sensible approach unlike Bill English.

The real problem, as I see it, is that voters are starting to get confused.  Parties are swapping policies as they swap leaders.  And now we have arrived at the amazing situation where Labour and National are swapping policies in the space of one term.

On that basis, what happens if you vote Labour and Jacinda is the next leader in November?  Does that mean no increase?  A bigger increase?   Would that then mean that National then swaps back again?

This is no basis to present policy to the electorate.  Voters like to have some degree of certainty.  With Key gone, it seems everything is back in play.

 


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