Thu 5 Jun 2014 8:32PM

Campaign Material: Table of policies

AR Andrew Reitemeyer Public Seen by 21

A table of policies and principles that are common in the Pirate Movement, add some issues specific to New Zealand and check whether the New Zealand parties taking part in the election support them or not. I will add some information about the movement and add the link to the join up page in the PPNZ website. These can be printed off and distributed by members as they so wish.
Some ideas:
Comprehensive digital platform
Human - civil rights
Patent reform
Copyright reform
Increased Participatory democracy
Surveillance – GCSB Bill repeal
Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 repeal
Broadband increase
Broadband a right
Open access
Abolish student fees
Open standards
GLBTI rights

Please add your own ideas below

Open Data (government agencies and publicly financed research)


Adam Bullen Sat 7 Jun 2014 11:37AM

I agree with most of these.

I would disagree with the abolishment of student fees; interest free student loans was a big win; as someone with a fairly large student loan I don't regard the money I am paying off as a bad thing; I love the fact that I am not paying any interest for the money I choose to borrow to better my employment opportunities.

Also I'm unsure what "GBTI rights" stands for, but is this something that is covered by "human rights"?


Andrew Reitemeyer Sat 7 Jun 2014 7:04PM

@adambullen sorry typo - it should be GLBTI Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex:
This is regarded as important enough to be separate from human and civil rights by many Pirates.

As for the student fees - that is largely from the European Pirates.- They want equality of access to education.
Norway, Finland and Scotland are examples. Also there is a concern that debt is just another way to subjugate people,


Adam Bullen Sat 7 Jun 2014 11:23PM

@andrewreitemeyer I don't agree with the "subjugation" comment; studying is a choice; the loans are interest free while working in NZ; there are other options then going to uni as soon as you finish school.

I do think that there should be universal student allowances, either this or universal basic income...borrowing to live whilst studying is a sick joke.


Andrew Reitemeyer Sun 8 Jun 2014 4:49AM

@adambullen PPNZ has no policy on this so if you start a llomio discussionI will use whatever policy comies out of that. Otherwise I will use what is prevalent in other PPs.
BTW I agree that UBI is the best solution for covering living expenses. It would also apply to apprenticeships which are almost extinct in New Zealand but are one of the main reasons for Germany's continued success economically.