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

 

"Growth Will Come When Government Shrinks"


"Growth Will Come When Government Shrinks"

Libertarianz Leader Russell Watkins said today the proposed 'Prime Minister's Growth and Innovation Advisory Boards' one-day forum is "another example of bureaucrats figuring out ways to siphon off more money from struggling businesses." "In fact," says Watkins. "the words 'Prime Minister' in the same phrase as 'growth and innovation' is an oxymoron."

Watkins continues: "The idea that government and business should work with each other is like saying that a burglar should meet with a his victim and discuss better ways to increase his booty." "The only 'innovations' the Labour government - and the virtually defunct National Party - have ever come up with have been better ways to stifle enterprise and/or to get their hands in our pockets: ACC, OSH, FBT, GST, Provisional Tax, Trade Restrictions, Minimum Wage Laws, Penal Rates, increased powers for the IRD, and the latest addition, the Paid Parental Leave tax burden. These are the only 'innovations' that ever come from these well-paid government beneficiaries, and business would do well to stay clear of them."

"The only way to increase the economic performance of this country is to unshackle the chains that tie up business, and use those chains to strangle Clark, Cullen and their bureaucratic minions, then we can embrace the only economic system consistent with human life: Complete, full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism." concludes Watkins.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>

 

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels