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

 


RBNZ and Government need to focus on the real problems


31 January 2013

RBNZ and Government need to focus on the real problems

The Reserve Bank acknowledges that inflation is not a problem, but continues to make that its only focus. Yet at the same time it acknowledges that the exchange rate is overvalued and is hitting export and import competing firms, and there is a risk of house prices rising too rapidly - another house price bubble.

Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist says "it also notes the "weak labour market" - high unemployment - and that government policies are "dampening growth". In other words, the government cut-backs are holding back the economy."

"This calls for some innovative policy which targets house prices and the exchange rate rather than price increases in general. Raising interest rates would push the exchange rate higher and stifle investment and job creation."

"Instead the Reserve Bank should be using macro-prudential policies that directly target house prices, and at the same time the government should be increasing the supply of low cost housing designed for first home buyers so they don't get disproportionately hit by these policies. It would also help to keep down house prices."

"The Reserve Bank should also be considering policies to manage the exchange rate. This must include the ability to control the financial flows in and out of the country, which can drive the exchange rate in the wrong direction for exporters and firms competing with importers."

"The Reserve Bank cannot do these things alone. It needs the Government to change Reserve Bank rules, and Government action to stimulate rather than hold back the economy, including active involvement in the housing market."

"Otherwise we will continue to have high unemployment and a growing current account deficit, increasing New Zealand's large private international debt," said Bill Rosenberg.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Water, Pests, Erosion...: Commissioner Releases Mixed Report Card On Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment. “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues to face up to” said Dr Jan Wright. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Private Schools Beneficiaries Of Extra Cash

“Not only did this year’s Budget freeze operational funding for state schools, but 86 per cent of secondary school principals say they don’t get enough funding, and the demand for school donations from parents is rising at 10 times the rate of inflation... Now we’ve got Hekia Parata proposing more cash for private schools." More>>

ALSO:

Shop Hours Bill Second Reading: Government Blocks Easter Trading Petition

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shewan Inquiry Into Our Tax Haven Rules

Like the political equivalent of lithium, Prime Minister John Key is routinely administered to dull any politically dangerous mood swings amidst the general public... More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news