Abortion Policy: New Conservative is opposed to the decriminalisation of abortion. New Conservative is committed to ensure that abortion as practiced under The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 is actually practiced in accordance with that law “having full regard for the rights of the unborn child.” The Rights of the unborn child need to be defined in law.
New Conservative will ensure that anyone seeking abortion is given sufficient factual information through compulsory independent counselling and a minimum of 48 hours reflection time to enable them to make an informed choice as to whether they continue to seek an abortion or not. Such advice would include information regarding Pill Reversal for chemical abortions, alternative paths such as adoption with prenatal and postnatal care and support.
New Conservative will ensure that the matter of coercion and other factors that may render an abortion illegal be addressed, and that “persons of influence” in such cases could be liable under the Crimes Act.
New Conservative will ensure that, except in exceptional circumstances, parental notification occurs in regards to abortion procedures for children aged 16 and under.
Income Splitting Policy: Income splitting is a tax policy of attributing earned income of one spouse to the other spouse for the purposes of assessing personal income tax i.e. "splitting" away the income of the greater earner, reducing his/her income for tax measurement purposes, thus reducing tax rates paid by the family as a whole. New Zealand tax laws do not support or facilitate income splitting.
New Conservative would introduce income splitting for families with couples in a legally recognised relationship such as marriage. We recognise the economic hardships many families experience as they try to do best by their children. We propose that families who meet this criteria be eligible to split their income in order to take advantage of lower tax brackets. This will result in a better financial position for a substantial proportion of New Zealand families who have chosen to limit the working hours of one parent for the wellbeing of their children.
To support strong marriages into the future, our policy will allow for up to five State sponsored marriage counselling sessions for couples experiencing marital problems.
In the unfortunate event of divorce and separation, both parents have equal rights and access to their children unless it is determined not to be in the children's best interests. Gender based discrimination in parental access matters will be prohibited.
New Conservative’s intention for welfare is to provide a safety net and short to medium term support to empower people in difficulty to discover, or return to, the dignity of personal independence and prosperity. It may look like a hand out, but it must be a hand up.
Welfare support must never entrap people in benefit dependency.
New Conservative believes that all parents should be eligible for a tax rebate equivalent to 20 hours per week of childcare subsidies regardless of whether they choose to stay at home to care for their child or use those funds for childcare services.
New Conservative has called for the formation of an Independant Ministry Children, Oranga Tamariki (MCOT) Complaints Authority to investigate all MCOT complaints and concerns.
New Conservative believes that a study on youth behaviour should be undertaken with a view to whether or not concepts like curfews, improved sport funding, and increased family time initiatives would be effective in curbing unhealthy behaviour.
New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world. It is a statistic which cannot be ignored. New Conservative is committed to exploring the causes of, and implementing measures needed in order to tackle our suicide epidemic within New Zealand.
Parents should be notified of any intended school based sex education programmes including details of any aspect which may be contentious. The right of parents to withdraw their children from school based sex education must remain. Sex education should not be started in schools until after Year 9. Family Planning should be required to include abstinence and long term relationships as the option with the statistically proven best outcomes for all in their syllabus, or lose their funding.
New Conservative believes research that shows gender identity issues are psychological and not physiological is clear, and therefore gender dysphoria should be dealt with as any other psychological issue. Gender identity should not be taught in schools, apart from offering help for those struggling in that area. Students should use bathrooms, changing rooms and participate in sport based on their biological gender.
New Conservative would introduce legislation requiring internet service providers to block access to explicit adult websites by default. This would mean that all porn in New Zealand would be blocked or filtered, and would only be made available to individuals when an ISP receives a request to unblock it from a customer with appropriate age ID. A number of other countries in the world including the UK are already doing this, and while there are means of still accessing porn, children in general would be protected.
New Conservative is opposed to trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We believe that families can benefit greatly from the few days there are each year when there is no requirement to work, and Easter trading simply takes one of these opportunities away.