ACT's policy for a Minister for Regulation will be accompanied by the disestablishment of the current Productivity Commission. Firearms laws will also be reformed.
The three parties have unveiled the details of their coalition agreements this morning, with National making separate coalition agreements with each of its partner parties.
Here are some of the major points:
* The Parties confirm no ongoing commitment to income tax changes, including threshold adjustments, beyond those to be delivered in 2024, and recognise that details of the Fiscal
* The ACT agreement says the parties will introduce a Treaty Principles Bill based on existing ACT policy and support it to a Select Committee as soon as practicable. However, the NZ First agreement also requires the Coalition Government to "honour the undertakings made by the Crown through past Treaty of Waitangi settlements" and says it would "amend the Waitangi Tribunal legislation to refocus the scope, purpose, and nature of its inquiries back to the original intent of that legislation", accompanied by a review of all existing legislation to replace mentions of the Treaty principles with "specific words relating to the relevance and application of the Treaty, or repeal the references"
* NZ First secured commitments to "end all Covid-19 vaccine mandates still in operation", and ensuring a full-scale, wide-ranging independent inquiry conducted publicly with local and international experts into the Covid pandemic's handling including use of multiple lockdowns, vaccine procurement and efficacy, social and economic impacts on both regional and national levels, and whether the decisions made, and steps taken, where (sic) justified
* A "national interest test" will also be applied before accepting any "agreements from the UN and its agencies that limit national decision-making and reconfirm that New Zealand's domestic law holds primacy over any international agreements"
* ACT's policy to speed up the restoration of interest deductibility has been adopted, along with the parties tenancy law proposals like a "pet bond"
* All references to gender, sexuality and "relationship-based education guidelines" will be removed and replaced from curriculums
* The Fees Free scheme will be switched from the first year free to the final year, with no change before 2025
* In addition to National's gangs and youth crime policies, the parties have agreed with ACT to re-write the Arms Act, and agreed with NZ First to train no fewer than 500 new police
* National's commitment to requiring an hour each day of reading, writing and maths will be adopted, along with ACT's policy to reintroduce partnership (charter) schools and allowing state schools to become one
* National's commitments to the "taxpayers' receipt", removing two farming regulations for every new one introduced have been abandoned. The commitment to a new medical school will be subject to a full cost-benefit analysis
* The flexibility of the Medium Density Residential Standards will be accompanied by ACT's plan to share a portion of GST from new builds with councils
* The current review of the Emissions Trading Scheme will be stopped "to restore confidence and certainty to the carbon trading market"
* NZ First secured a Select Committee inquiry into banking competition, focused on competitiveness, customer services, and profitability
* Assessment and response to the impact of energy prices on inflation, and the impact of inflation on average tax rates will be assessed by 2026
* Establishment of an "essential worker" planning mechanism will be investigated
* The National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity will be urgently reviewed, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 and the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater will be replaced, and work on the new Significant Natural Areas will be ceased
* The Overseas Investment Act will be amended to limit ministerial decision making to national security concerns, with those decisions more timely
* Fair pay agreements and Labour's replacements for the RMA will be repealed by Christmas. New resource management laws will be "premised on the enjoyment of property rights as a guiding principle"
* Ban on offshore oil and gas exploration to be repealed.
Russell Palmer works as a Digital Political Journalist at Radio New Zealand. This article was first published HERE