Now the government has conceded that families providing care for their disabled members deserve the same pay for the work as outside contractors, albeit there will be no back pay for those who haven’t already lodged a claim, the barn door is well and truly open for other carers who do similar. As pointed out […]
The IMF reckons the high debt levels our households face remain a barrier to economic growth. The Minister of Finance has responded to this by saying reducing government debt is the appropriate policy. His argument is that by the Government reducing its debt ratio, which, by the way, is not high by international comparison, it […]
There’s a bill in front of Parliament that advocates local councils be given the job of allocating gaming proceeds and deciding the location and number of machines in their area. The argument is that councillors are the right folk to reduce problem gambling, which affects about 2 per cent of recreational gamblers. It’s a stretch […]
Whether its species protection, carbon emissions, freshwater, or fisheries – New Zealand’s mouth is bigger than its bite it seems. That’s a serious indictment given we use clean, green and “NZ Pure” all as branding banners internationally, where we punch above our weight in terms of sounding off about the environmental values we hold dear.
It was a nothing budget and that’s precisely what’s needed – at least insofar as government spend, revenue and balance is concerned. If taxes had been raised significantly then austerity would have risked a recession; if spending had been ramped then a credit downgrade based on the high debt the private sector already owes foreigners, […]
The recent Appeal Court ruling about payments to families who provide home-based care for their disabled family members confirms that New Zealand social policies – not just health but early childcare and welfare benefits too – are discriminatory and a breach of human rights. The immediate implication of the Appeal Court’s ruling is this: where […]
Following on from the other weeks post on house prices being a cancer for the economy here is a segment about housing affordability aired on Campbell live the other night.
Video Transcript Interviewer: Gareth, the government’s budget is coming up on 24th May and they’ve said it will be their second consecutive budget with no new spending. Is there an argument in times like this for the government to actually be spending more, not less? Gareth: I don’t think the path to nirvana comes by spending […]
There have been times when factions of the conservation movement have been dismissed as too rabid to be taken seriously and at times that extremism ends in a situation being worse than it would otherwise have been. Japanese whaling suffers from the green extreme effect. It would have been reduced long ago if the tactic […]
The Government plans to turn aquaculture into a $1 billion industry. This is a noble goal, but there are only a few places suitable for intensive aquaculture in New Zealand. One is the Marlborough Sounds, where locals are embroiled in a spat over increasing the space for King Salmon farms. The Government called in its […]