Hello. My name is Hekia Parata and I’m an ideas gal. I have lots and lots of ideas. Sometimes I bring these to cabinet. Sometimes they just laugh in my face. I thought getting rid of poverty by adding a zero on the end of everyone’s income. Not so.
But then I got to thinking… what if we just tinkered with the system. What if we held a MAJOR press conference making the announcement so it looked like we were doing something. Then we could hang about for six months and then announce it again. Now… that’s a plan.
I’ve always said the decile system was a blunt instrument. It needs to be replaced.
What if the National Party reinvented it? What if we said we’d be able not only fix the decile system and get rid of poverty all at once?
What a load of rubbish, Hekia you’d say. Not at all, I’d reply.
So here’s the plan. We are going to track every piece of information the government has on a child from the time they are born until they are died. This information will be recorded by a vast range of government entities, then centralised in a huge database (already under conatruction and expected to be delivered past deadline and massively over budget).
On the database there will be all sorts of wonderful information. Information about health, parental income, parental criminality, and parental voting intentions (among other things) will all be collated and used to better target our funding cuts.
Poor people are great because they’re working so hard they don’t have time to questions the government over mass privacy breaches. I mean, at the end of the day, the Privacy Act is really only a set of suggested guidelines rather than “legislation” that needs to be followed. Well, that’s this government’s policy anyway.
We in National believe we should have all of the power and none of the responsibility. After all…that’s what leadership and governing is all about.
Anyhoo…. that’s me. See you later everyone.