This is meaningless:
National and Act both said the country’s current financial problems were caused by irresponsible Government spending between 2005 and 2008, and that they would amend the Public Finance Act to prevent the situation arising again.
They agreed to legislate in the next two years to make spending on core Crown operations, the unemployment benefit, asset impairments, and natural disasters subject to a limit.
It doesn’t come into effect until next term. If National are the government then English and Joyce will ignore it. Labour will repeal it in their first hundred days.
This is poor policy:
National also agreed to introduce charter schools in areas where there is continuing educational underachievement.
The schools are state-funded but run by private groups. They will set their own teaching practices and pay teachers according to performance, in exchange for setting specific achievement targets in their charters.
But everything this government does around education is poor policy. What’s significant here is the political precedent. In future, the Greens and Labour will also collaborate on controversial but mutually desired policies before the election, and then pull the same stunt – introduce them with no warning and no mandate as part of a ‘coalition arrangement’. Pretty shabby.