Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Goal Of Being Back In The Top Half

“Goal Of Being Back In The Top Half Of The Developed World In Terms Of Per Capita GDP”

Yes, the goal is right - to get New Zealand back into the top league of rich countries:

- It’s consistent with Government’s “hands on” philosophy;

- It’s not anti-business¡K..

- It will contribute towards moving New Zealand forward.

“But does the Budget do enough to launch us on the ambitious journey we have to take to get us to where we want to go?” said Michael Barnett, Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Praising Finance Minister Dr Cullen’s courage to put up a bold target, Mr Barnett said it’s a big ask of New Zealanders to double productivity to levels we have not seen sustained since the 1950s. There is detail missing:

- When does Dr Cullen expect the goal to be achieved by? Is this a ten year plan -he doesn’t say.

- What are the specific programmes that will be needed to shift gears to get New Zealand into the fast lane?

- What will the consequences be for New Zealanders who will have to change attitudes enormously if this goal is going to be achieved?

While agreeing with the goal set by Dr Cullen, Mr Barnett asked whether the best use had been made of the $600 million surplus available for spending to help achieve the goal.

The $100 million for a NZ venture investment fund and the strategy to commercialise R & D is an exciting prospect, said Mr Barnett. “These are good tools to enable business people with good ideas to transform them into vibrant, viable successful businesses.”

“If we are going to move quickly to achieve the main goal, we are going to need a stronger commitment to re-distributing the wealth from the social spend areas to those that get NZ surging forward.”

“This is a Budget of many small steps spread thinly, but will it provide NZ with a point of difference that will attract attention to NZ in the global marketplace?” said Mr Barnett.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General.

“The aim of the inquiry is to learn from the experience of the Canterbury earthquakes and ensure that the Earthquake Commission is fit for purpose in future events.

“The insurance system as a whole, including EQC’s role in that system, needs to be ready to deliver services to those affected by the next big event – whenever or wherever that happens." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

Shenanigans: NZ First Accepts Jami-Lee Ross Proxy Vote

The New Zealand First caucus strongly believes that in terms of the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act, that someone in Mr Ross’ position should resign his seat... the New Zealand First Whip will use Mr Ross’ proxy–to be exercised at all times in support of the vote of the National Party... More>>

ALSO:

Call For Conversation: Do You Know What Data Is Being Collected About You?

New Zealand Maori Council has called on a national conversation when it comes to data sovereignty asking the question “just how many people know what data is being collected, why and how is it being used?” More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels