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Watch: Luxon says 'National knows how to get things done'

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022, 9:32am

Watch: Luxon says 'National knows how to get things done'

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 12 Jul 2022, 9:32am

The leader of the Opposition says he's ready to make bold change.

Christopher Luxon has just returned from a trip overseas - including visiting Singapore and Ireland, where he discussed infrastructure planning, public service and attracting foreign investment.

He says he can see massive failure in almost every portfolio in our Government..

Luxon told Kerre Woodham his own team is strengthened by having experience outside Beehive.

He says National knows how to get things done because they’re not all career politicians.

Luxon says the Government's done a lot of damage - and he'd like to change a lot of things quickly.

He says he'd repeal Three Waters, the bright-line test and interest deductibility - but won't be getting rid of Health New Zealand, to avoid disruption.

But Luxon told Kerre Woodham that doesn't mean health would be left untouched.

“We will be certainly repealing the Māori Health Authortiy, we see no reason to have two systems and not one system.”

Luxon says charter schools will be back in if he wins the next election.

The "special character" schools received government funding, but were less subject to Education Ministry guidelines.

Labour abolished the scheme in 2017.

But Luxon says he's a big fan of the model, allowing schools based on military, or sporting principles, for example.

He says it means the education system can innovate.

More than 900 doctors have signed a letter to the Prime Minister warning the workforce is on the edge of catastrophic collapse.

Luxon says he would fast track nurses through our immigration system.

He told Woodham there are other ways to make more staff available and took aim at Covid measures.

Luxon says he would get rid of mandates for health workers.

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