Discussion in 'Asia' started by hipeter924, Dec 21, 2011.
MPs, officials gather for opening of Parliament | Stuff.co.nz
Good stuff. I'm suprised the murkins haven't started screaming Socialist at that artcle.
The government is center-right at the moment, but there is still an active welfare state, supported by left and right. There have been cuts in government spending but nowhere near as bad as austerity cuts in Europe.
That is due to the fact we have done better at keeping down unemployment (below 7% currently), and unlike many nations the homeless are provided housing, along with the unemployed (state housing program), renting is subsidized for lower income, most drugs are subsidized by the government, health care is relatively affordable (though getting to the doctor costs $30 and dental care isn't subsidized as well so visits can cost $100+) and operations are free. As such the welfare state is affordable for the country and fully funded, we don't have funding shortfalls like the UK or US when it comes to that.
I wouldn't say I support the government but it isn't as radical as many feared when it came to power. The National coalition government aren't great at running the economy, the worst estimates put GDP growth at around 2-3%. But regardless both sides of the spectrum have policies to cut debt, either through raising taxes or cutting back government spending.
Looks like you're only spending about 1.2 % GDP / military. That leaves quite a bit to benefit your people. You got it going pretty good.
if you want to be just like " The Greatest Nation Ever Seen", elect an Aborigine.
We could go and beg China/US/Russia to set up a military/naval base here, but I really don't see the point. It's not like we could become a great military power with only 4.2 million people anyway. ANZUS went well for us, at least till everyone got sick of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, then we left and got bombed by France and the US disliked NZ for a decade or so, while we cosied up to China in the meantime.
Our foreign policy is to drink and eat with all nations, so long as they aren't too scary. But at the end of the day, New Zealand is an economic battleground between China, America and Australia. Whereas Australia got a free trade agreement with the US. We got a free trade agreement with China, and special economic privileges for our companies, so China might be scary to the US and Australia, but for New Zealand its a cute and cuddly panda. So military power isn't everything, you get more trust and respect being weak, honest, trustworthy, reasonable, and showing ethical fiber now and again.
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