National release international affairs document

National party leader Simon Bridges. Photo: Daniel Hines.

Today marks the launch of the National party’s second policy discussion document on international affairs.

The document shows how important actions overseas are to Kiwis, and how those actions deliver for all New Zealanders, National Leader Simon Bridges says.

“Our international relations policy outlines a plan for ensuring our presence internationally acts in the best interests of New Zealand. That means advancing relationships, promoting our values, enhancing security, and extending trade partnerships to create growth and opportunities for all New Zealanders.

“We will ensure trade continues to deliver new opportunities for New Zealanders.”

Simon says his party are committed to launching, negotiating and concluding a comprehensive free trade agreement with the United States of America.

“National will prioritise our relationship with the United States, and leverage the strong security, economic and political ties with them to bring this important initiative into action.

“National will also further the strong and dynamic economic relationship with China. We will set an ambitious goal of doubling two-way trade between China and New Zealand to $60 billion by 2030.”

Strong trading relationships are valuable to our island nation, says Simon.

“Free trade supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across our country and brings about higher incomes for everyday Kiwis.

“In foreign policy, National will ensure we reflect New Zealanders’ values clearly on the world stage. Over the past few years we have seen the emergence of new threats to our freedoms and liberties. We should be prepared to stand against those who would seek to undermine our values.

“That’s why we’re proposing to pass legislation to empower New Zealand to autonomously sanction organisations when the United Nations is unable or unwilling to do so.”

Simon says the National party will also ensure their foreign policy services the public and is accountable to New Zealanders.

“New Zealanders should be included in our foreign policy. We should be seeing more information, debate and dialogue in our country about our international activities.

“Whether it be in our development assistance or the agreements we seek internationally, our international engagement reflects the values that we project as a nation. To do that we must be more open and transparent with New Zealanders about what it is we are doing on the international stage.

Simon says his party would like to seek more parliamentary debate, more accountability in spending, and to raise the question of whether Parliament should approve trade deals before they are signed.

“Our International Affairs document outlines an ambitious approach to deliver for all New Zealanders through our relationships with our international partners. Through our relationships overseas we can deliver new opportunities and provide better security for our people.

“National is committed to putting forward policies that will improve the lives of New Zealanders. Today’s launch is part of the biggest policy development process by an Opposition in over a decade.

“We’re working hard now so that should we earn the right to govern again in 2020, we will hit the ground running.”

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Posted on 02-06-2019 11:46 | By OAP

More brave words from a man who hasn’t a snowballs chance in ever being elected again !

Easy to

Posted on 20-05-2019 18:43 | By Merlin

Easy to say now to improve lives of New Zealanders after nine years with all the problems that became evident with the change of government.So much rhetoric and not enough do by the previous government.