Submission to the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
December 5th 2018
December 5th 2018
This is only the introduction of each section and the conclusion. You can read the full submission here
1) Health Care System
The 'new normal’’ of children’s health includes - allergies, anaphylaxis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (
CFS), autoimmune disorders (diabetes, childhood rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis etc.), thrombocytopenia purpura ( ITP), autism, speech delay, neurological disorders, encephalopathy, meningitis, ADHD, childhood cancers, and more. This epidemic of serious childhood illness must be terrifying for parents, medical professionals, educators, the NZ Treasury and all New Zealanders. How are we going to manage the financial and emotional costs in years to come?
This epidemic needs to be managed using a different paradigm because what we are doing is clearly not working. We need to reassess the causes – starting now!
In our view the best way to manage long-term health costs is to focus on the creation of good health as being the primary goal instead of an increasingly more expensive disease management system. This would have the added benefit of making the health budget sustainable. The first step should involve an open and objective analysis of the current health care model to assess cost-risk-benefit and analyse whether what we are doing in health care is actually the most beneficial for our children. Improving children’s health has the flow on of long term healthy adults – a win-win for the health care budget.
2) Mental Health
We are very concerned about the increasing number of young New Zealanders currently taking anti-depressant medication, and the alarming number of young people committing suicide.
Pharmac figures show that in 2007/08, antidepressant prescriptions included 14,733 for 6 to 18 year olds, and 72 for children aged five and under.
Ninety Seven percent of the Western European population, and the entire population of
, drink non-fluoridated water. More and more studies are uncovering the detrimental effects of fluoridation on health, and proving that the benefits for teeth are minimal or non-existent, yet our Ministry of Health continues to vigorously promote it. Japan
4) Dental Health
Regular dental care should be accessible for all children, whether at their local school or through mobile dental clinics. Poor dental hygiene has a dramatic effect on other aspects of children’s health and wellbeing.
Our government has never funded a causality study that would disprove the association between vaccination and the ‘new normal’ of children’s health. Independent research needs to be carried out to examine whether all the vaccines being recommended today are safe, effective and necessary for the protection of the community. It is also important to have comprehensive evidence that it is safe to inject multiple vaccines simultaneously before continuing this practise.
It is a matter of urgency that Government strongly encourages the use of non-hazardous farming practices to reduce the chemical loading on our young people. There are positive benefits for the whole community in regenerative agriculture - building healthy fertile soils rather than the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides where our food supply is grown.
Good food grows healthy children so NZ needs a healthy food policy whereby food supplies provide an acceptable level of nutrition – a high mineral and vitamin content. Food should not be just free of bacteria, but have high nutrition value, low to no pesticide residue, low sugar content, low/no preservatives, and no-transfats and toxic /damaged fats - in other words safe to eat in every sense of the word.
8) Mothers for Mothers Program
At risk mums and families who qualify should be eligible for support person - a “super-mum” who can help new parents transition smoothly from perhaps a dysfunctional family environment to a place where they can learn best practise for child raising.Super-mums should be both experienced in child rearing from practical, hands on experience of being a mother, and have had extra training to learn how to support new parents who may not have had the best start in life themselves.
9) Cannabis Law Reform
We suggest legalisation of NZ grown, non-GMO, pesticide-free and organically produced cannabis for medicinal purposes, including raw forms and proprietary forms of whole plant medicinal cannabis products. Medicinal cannabis has the potential not only to relieve the suffering of New Zealanders with a range of medical conditions, but also to significantly reduce current healthcare costs.
10) Funding of Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
The ‘user pays’ mantra of neo-liberal economics has created demands on family incomes that have put undue pressure on lower income families and the once-thriving middle class. More shamefully, a quarter of
children have been forced into poverty. It is a priority of Social Credit to remove these demands, and allow families access to a full range of social services without further eroding incomes. New Zealand
Many of the suggestions we have made are likely to be considered “too expensive” to be put into operation. However if they were considered an investment in the social capital of our society they are likely to provide significant long term benefits, as would substantially improving the financial status of low income families.
Maria Bradshaw, co-founder and CEO of CASPER (Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education & Research) wrote "Suicide rates increased in states that reduced their per capita expenditures for public welfare during the 35-year period, 1960 to 1995. In 1990, not only were suicide rates higher in states that spent less for public welfare than in states that spent more, but states' spending for public welfare was the only variable that accounted for the widening of differences in states' suicide rates."
Australian economist, Peter Self, declares that “health, housing and education are the basic requirements of individual welfare as well as being essential for the prosperity and effective functioning of a modern society....” He adds that, although these requirements may be less tangible than material goods, the social elements of welfare are vital ingredients for our “social capital”.
In Paul Dalziel’s contribution in “The Decent Society” - a book published in response to the austerity policies implemented by the National government of the 1990s - he admits: “On the expenditure side, the first call on government funds is its interest commitments on public debt. This item accounts for nearly 20 per cent of tax revenue, and is the legacy of decisions by previous generations to finance budget deficits by issuing public debt.”
"Given that most of the bonds issued by Treasury are owned by and owed to overseas creditors, it is obvious that we are being short-changed by a financial system which also needs “a good rethink" - better still the recognition that such an analysis has been the focus of Social Credit thinking for several decades, the result being the development of practical and ethical financial policies for funding the infrastructures basic to a healthy economy.
Hence our claim that our sovereign central bank, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is equipped to credit-fund (at a small service charge only) what is needed by society. Indeed, a decade ago the RBNZ was operating a credit facility amounting to five billion dollars for the major banks to aid them through their liquidity crisis.
We urge the working group to look at the $4,700,000,000 currently allocated by the government for debt servicing annually and recommend in your report that funding for government borrowing be sourced from the Reserve Bank to free up that wasted interest for investment in a comprehensive Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. Additional funding from the Reserve Bank specifically for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy could also be made available.
This submission has been prepared for the Social Credit Party by Tracy Livingston.
Submission to the "Tomorrow’s Schools” Review
This is only the introduction and the conclusion. You can read the full submission here
Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce
Mr Bali Haque
We welcome the review of tomorrow’s schools currently being undertaken.
It is clear, by any measurement one cares to employ, that despite the committed effort of teachers, principals, and support staff, our education system is not achieving the standards we would wish for.
An ever changing society is imposing greater complexities and challenges on those committed educationalists, as it is on our children.
We must design an education system that provides them with the resources to not just cope with those challenges, but to steer our children through their most formative years and deliver young adults with an ability to adapt to a society where leisure, the arts, creative thinking, and extended learning have a greater part to play in their lives than ever before as computerisation and robotics take over significant numbers of traditional jobs.
One of our tenets is “Systems should be made for people, not people for systems; any that fail to serve people should be reformed or discarded”.
Any proposal for changes to our education system should start with that premise.
We look forward to participating further as your work proceeds.
“Education is a peculiar good.
It increases the more it is consumed”.
- Paul Samuelson
Taskforce chairman, Bali Haque, in an article for the New Zealand Herald (5th July), wrote that “we cannot actually run a schooling system like a commercial business.”
This opinion is a welcome reflection of Social Credit’s approach to the public provision of essential infrastructure and services. Hence our support for his call to “have a good rethink about what we want for our children’s education, and design a system that delivers it.”
It is most certainly time to have that “good rethink”. And we must look to Pakistani economist, Mahbulbul Haq for his insight. Haq rejected his Yale/Harvard corporate model training which viewed “humans as producers of wealth” switching to the view of “wealth as a producer of human development”.
He learned “to recognise the murderous message at the heart of the cold mathematics“ underpinning the models he was taught - which “oblige workers to produce wealth while refusing to allow them to consume it.”
He admitted that wealth “did indeed accumulate” but went into the pockets of a few wealthy families - an observation made five decades back but still all too relevant today!
American writer, Steven Pinker, says: “Studies of the effects of education confirm that educated people really are more enlightened.
They are less racist, xenophobic. homophobic and authoritarian.
They place a higher value on imagination, independence and free speech.
They are more likely to vote, volunteer, express political views, and belong to civic associations such as unions, political parties, and religious and community organisations.
They are also likelier to trust their fellow citizens - a prime ingredient of the precious elixir called “social capital” which gives people the confidence to contract, invest, and obey the law without fearing that they are the chumps who will be shafted by everyone else”.
Our message is that this “precious elixir” must be safeguarded by humane and ethical financial policies as promoted by Social Credit.
Written for the Social Credit Party by Heather Marion Smith B.A.,Dip.Soc.Sci.[Econ]
Submission to - Tax Working Group
This is only the introduction and the conclusion. You can read the full submission here
Tax Working Group 2018
The submissions background paper contains the following statements:-
1. The primary objective of tax policy is to provide revenue for the government to fund the provision of public goods and services, and redistribution. Oliver Wendell Holmes put it more succinctly: “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society”.
2. A good tax system is one where the tax due is actually collected.
New Zealanders should not be able to avoid paying tax through evasion or avoidance arrangements.
3. Taxpayers’ costs of complying with the tax system and the government’s costs of administering the tax system should be kept to a minimum.
4. ‘Nāu te rourou, Nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi’
‘With your contribution and mine, the people will prosper’.
5. GST is regressive in that lower-income households tend to pay a larger proportion of their income in GST.
6. Changes in technology, particularly with digital communications, are changing business practices and the way people earn income.
We would like to address each of these statements in turn and in the course of doing so, address some alternatives.
1. If, as Oliver Wendell Holmes put it: “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society”, why is it that a significant portion of the taxes people pay are not directed to that goal. For example, approximately $4,500,000,000 every year (about what is spent on Police & Law and order) goes directly by way of interest payments into the profits of banks and financial institutions that the government borrows money from.
Government borrowing could instead be accessed direct from the Reserve Bank at no interest (and possibly without the need for repayment) as is increasingly being done in
. That $4.5 billion could then actually be used “to fund the provision of public goods and services” – supposedly the primary objective of tax policy. Japan
In a modern economic system (we currently have an outmoded one) the aim should be to reduce tax as much as possible to leave greater spending power in the hands of individuals.
With that aim in mind the Tax Working Group should recommend:-
- Progressive removal of as many taxes as possible, especially GST.
- Introduction of a transactions tax on all bank account withdrawals.
- Funding of increasing amounts of government expenditure through the Reserve Bank.
- Reduction in the amount of credit creation undertaken by the private banks.
Leader - Finance Spokesperson