FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 November 1999
NEW ZEALAND'S SUCCESS DEPENDS ON ECONOMIC CREDIBILITY
The 1999 election is a test of the credibility of the main parties' leaders, their teams and how their plans could lift
the prosperity of New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said today.
Mrs Shipley was launching the National Party's "next chapter" document which charts New Zealand's aims for the years
"National has laid out our track record and the concrete plans we have to take New Zealand from success to success.
"In every area outlined in this document, we've got a solid record of achievement – and plans that will open up
opportunities for New Zealanders.
"The next chapter in the New Zealand story is about succeeding with innovative ideas and new technology – with new and
old industries alike.
"It is also about fair welfare and modern health and education systems that allow New Zealanders to grasp the
opportunities to get ahead.
"We've shown throughout the 1990s how this can be done. Economic growth generated by sound policies means the cake gets
bigger for everyone, allowing us to invest in quality social spending, cut taxes and reduce debt.
"That is our path for the future.
"Labour, on the other hand, merely wants to tax more and spend more. They simply are not creating the conditions to get
"I challenge them to say what promises they are going to keep and what promises they are going to drop. If they are
promising more spending, how are they going to fund those promises? If they can't raise enough revenue from their tax
increases, what promises don't they intend to keep? They can't have it both ways.
"New Zealanders must compare the positions of National and Labour and decide for themselves," Mrs Shipley said.