• Reward payments for great teachers.
• Rewards for School Improvement.
• Empowering local schools.
• Transparent information about school performance.
• Nationally recognised qualifications for students.
Rewarding teachers. Rewarding good schools. Empowering schools. Public performance information. National standards.
They're Gillard's education policies. I await the Standard calling them policies for the rich and teacher bashing.
Then there is this:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she has no intention of pretending to believe in God to attract religiously-inclined voters.This is not an anti-Christian post. The issue is her standing up for her beliefs on a controversial issue. That's almost unheard of in politics today.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was a regular at Canberra church services and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is known as a devout Catholic.
In contrast, Ms Gillard says that while she greatly respects other people's religious views, she does not believe in God.
Ms Gillard has been quizzed on personal topics including her attitude to religion and her relationship with her partner during interviews this morning.
She says does not go through religious rituals for the sake of appearance.
"I am not going to pretend a faith I don't feel," she said.
"I am what I am and people will judge that.
"For people of faith, I think the greatest compliment I could pay to them is to respect their genuinely held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine."
"I grew up in the Christian church, a Christian background. I won prizes for catechism, for being able to remember Bible verses. I am steeped in that tradition, but I've made decisions in my adult life about my own views.
Then there was the answer to the question about how could she relate to families when she has never had kids. Her response?
How could Tony Abbott relate to mothers when he has never been one.
Fair point. Sharper than Clark, and much more right-wing.
UPDATE: I've just noticed another Labour Party, but on this side of the Tasman, producing information and not exactly telling the truth.
Labour is defending information it published in pamphlets being distributed nation-wide which compare household costs with and without a 15 per cent GST.
The taxpayer-funded pamphlets, of which there are hundreds of thousands, zone in on the impacts the Government's policies are having on public services and the income and spending power of New Zealanders.
The pamphlets include a basic statistics column citing an example of a monthly power bill figure of $189.34, saying "plus National's 15 per cent GST" of $28.40 it will increase the bill to $217.74.
National Party and Tukituki electorate MP Craig Foss this morning said the comparison as "misleading" and an apology and retraction was needed from Labour.
With GST having already having been introduced by Labour - and increased to 12.5 per cent - years before National came to power, trying to pass the increase off as 15 per cent when it was in fact going up 2.5 per cent from October 1 was not on, he said.
"They totally misrepresent the fact that GST is switching from 12.5 to 15 (per cent)...the fact that the taxpayer is funding these pamphlets makes it worse and I think the Labour Party owes New Zealand an apology and should issue a correction", he told NZPA.