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Friday, 29 August 2014

What we've announed this week

I'm hearing on the doorstep that people want to know what it is that National will do if re-elected on 20 September. Here’s just some of what we announced this week:
  • $150 million boost for rural broadband – to extend the Rural Broadband Initiative and connect more rural businesses, homes and families.
  • Support for free trade agreements and open markets – to boost international trade and economic partnerships, lifting job-creating exports and creating higher incomes.
  • Introduce a new gold standard target for cancer treatment – speeding up cancer diagnosis to ensure faster treatment.
  • $50 million investment for pain reduction and prevention – more investment in primary care and prevention, $30 million to lift our record numbers of orthopaedic operations, and $14 million to deliver extra general surgeries.
  • $11 million for sign language over four years – to support sign language in schools and work with families of newly identified deaf children.
  • $40 million funding boost for Aged Care over four years – to increase rest home bed subsidies and boost dementia care across district health boards and communities.