Parliament sits for the first time in 2012 next Tuesday.  But for the National-led Government, we still have those long term goals firmly on our policy agenda.  National is committed to delivering better public services to all New Zealanders.  We want a state sector that is focused on achieving results.

In education, our focus is squarely on raising achievement, particularly for those groups who have historically underperformed.

We will be getting our welfare reform programme underway, and will introduce the first bill to enact the youth reforms announced last year.  These target young people who are very much at risk of long-term welfare dependency.

In health we are working with primary care networks to provide free after-hours GP visits to children under six.

And in public safety we will be introducing legislation to strengthen sentencing, parole and bail laws.

It is the start of a busy year.