Boosting Productivity in the Services Sector - Report
Boosting Productivity in the Services Sector - 2nd
interim report released
Commission has just released the 2nd interim report for its
inquiry into Boosting
Productivity in the Services Sector.
This report examines two topics important to
raising services-sector productivity: increasing successful
application of information and communications technology by
service firms, and stimulating competition in service
markets. Draft recommendations include ways to encourage
consumers to put more competitive pressure on service
suppliers, improve competition law, raise the level of ICT
skills in the workforce and increase the uptake of cloud
We appreciate the high quality feedback and
submissions that we have received already in this
inquiry. We are seeking submissions on the questions,
findings and recommendations over the next month.
Submissions may be made:
by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
postal address: PO Box 8036, Wellington
Submissions close on 7 March and the Commission
will deliver the final report to Government by the end of
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>