Party Political Broadcast. National Opening.02/10/1990

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Recorded live at the official opening of the National Party's 1990 election campaign at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. Starts with a song playing over images. The song is about being unemployed bnt turns into a song about positive action, over images of tree planting, police recruits graduating and people working, including yacht building and sailmaking. Then changes to footage of the campaign opening showing Jim Bolger arriving with his wife Joan. Bolger gives a speech.Uses the slogan 'The time to move is now'. Talks about cost of living, Mr Moore, Sir Henry (a mock up of a scene from Yes, Minister), interest rates, overseas debt, asset sales, Clyde dam cost, DFC bank sale, foreign millionaires. Promises not to cut pay.Mentions inflation, education and enterprise. Early childhood education :Parents as teachers', assistance in the home by experts. Promises to eliminate the tertiary education fees, and introduce Study Right. Talks about benefits and children being raised in homes on benefits. Promises to abolish estate duties and a referendum on structure of government. Trade union leaders accused of backroom deals - promises to make union membership optional. Unemployment is the number one concern. Mentions Taskforce Green, as an employment scheme and need to protect species and clean up beaches. Talks about freeloaders- people who wont work. Law and order, cutting out waste and excess but not essentials. No cuts to health budget, changes to address waiting lists. Lots of clapping. Talks about putting more police officers on the beat. There are 3 hecklers during the speech, but they seem to be staged heckles with staged responses. Promises redress for injustices of the past to Māori under the Treaty. Mentions the decent society. Finishes with the song and footage of positive action from the beginning.

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Year 1990

Reference number F101287

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Genre Television

Duration 0:30:00

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