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Free Markets Under Attack

Free Markets Under Attack


This week, we look at political threats to our market economy, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Allister Heath challenges Pope Francis's attacks on capitalism, and our poll asks whether you support Labour's plan to raise taxes.

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