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New Zealand trade negotiations with Europe

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - No comments

On Thursday 31 May at the University of Auckland, the Fabians are hosting Max Harris on the topic “Is it time for an independent foreign policy?” What would be the costs of a really independent foreign policy, over the benefits of salving our conscience with greater national independence?  And where does Trade fit in?

Call for Royal Commission into Banking

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 4 comments

Sam Stubbs, a longstanding outspoken commentator in New Zealand’s financial industry, continues to advocate for a Royal Commission into banking and insurance.

Trump was right … and then …

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, May 17th, 2018 - 17 comments

Donald Trump has had a few months of being lucky with some luck Foreign Affairs wins and good economic news. But his wreckage-trail of his consequences is becoming longer and clearer.

Squeeze

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, May 13th, 2018 - 40 comments

This is as good a year as it is going to get to squeeze your employer for a fair wage.

Would you step into a driverless car?

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, May 11th, 2018 - 51 comments

And would you send your child off to a party in a driverless car?

Algorithms are threatening our democracy

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 9th, 2018 - 36 comments

Algorithms are a form of fascism – yet a fascism from data manipulation rather than from the state. Are they a threat to our democracy?

Is Karl Marx dead?

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 8th, 2018 - 60 comments

2018 marks several anniversaries of Karl Marx whose significance for the critique of capitalist society is hard to diminish. But what now for his beliefs?

Australia and New Zealand budget days

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, May 7th, 2018 - 23 comments

Isn’t it time we at least synchronized the New Zealand budget with the Australian budget?

Does this royal wedding mean anything?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, May 5th, 2018 - 38 comments

Royal marriages have changed dramatically over the years.  Now politicians are not invited to the wedding ceremony.

The Australian banking system review

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 2nd, 2018 - 17 comments

The review into Australia’s banking system really matters to New Zealand and is doing New Zealand an almighty good service.

Does this Government have the money to deliver?

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 30th, 2018 - 76 comments

I’m sure all revealed at Budget 2018, but the financial management of this government is not surefooted.

New Zealand Is all right, at the end

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 28th, 2018 - 27 comments

Democracy’s permanence is not inevitable.  Its imagining is not beyond imagining.  And New Zealand is one of the shrinking number of democracies who really have it.

The Big Auckland Transport announcement

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, April 26th, 2018 - 39 comments

Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced the ATAP, the transport programme for Auckland for the next ten years. At $28 billion it is the largest civil infrastructure programme since World War II.

Why Can’t We Hold Vector Accountable?

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, April 19th, 2018 - 85 comments

For those of us who were without electricity to their houses in Auckland for several days, it’s worth turning our thoughts to Vector.

Does New Zealand need more immigration?

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, April 18th, 2018 - 186 comments

The Australian Federal Treasury has put out a think piece that has come out strongly in support of the government policy of adding 190,000 non-humanitarian migrants a year with a focus on taking skilled workers.  Should New Zealand do the same?

Global finance and climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 14th, 2018 - 18 comments

The two greatest powers at work in the world right now are the roles of global finance, and climate change. In New Zealand we don’t yet see how these intersecting worlds of finance and climate change are interacting, or the government’s role in forming that interaction. But this is close.

Is this a new cold war?

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 11th, 2018 - 17 comments

It’s really easy to get cranky right now and believe the world is retreating into to a sad Cold War binary in which Russia and its allies are always in high tension with the United States and its allies. A new Cold War.

North Korea redux

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 7th, 2018 - 14 comments

Does being incoherent work sometimes? With the President of North Korea visiting China for the first time, meeting with the South Korean President for the first time, and preparing to meet with the Japanese President and with the President of the United States, was Trump’s approach actually right for the circumstances?

US Trade Tariffs against China

Written By: - Date published: 2:14 pm, March 23rd, 2018 - 66 comments

Make no mistake: this is the single biggest anti-trade act the world has seen since the Iranian revolution’s nationalisation program from 1979.

Auckland’s new fuel tax

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, March 23rd, 2018 - 37 comments

The signs are that Aucklanders are going to support a regional fuel tax designed to alleviate congestion.

Remember President Obama?

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, March 20th, 2018 - 79 comments

The world has changed dramatically since Barak Obama was President of the United States.

Where is our economic leadership?

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, March 16th, 2018 - 38 comments

This government has not yet developed an economic strategy.

#MeToo

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 13 comments

It’s been awesome to see feminist activists in New Zealand enable a new and fast liberation occur.  It’s worth reflecting on the success of #MeToo  and all its new forms.

Productivity

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 14th, 2018 - 32 comments

A more productive economy – and society – has been an elusive goal for many of New Zealand’s previous governments.  The last National Government failed.  What will Labour do to succeed?

Was National a good economic manager?

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 10th, 2018 - 75 comments

Bill Rosenberg from the CTU has stated convincingly why National is not and was not a sound manager of the economy.

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, March 9th, 2018 - 73 comments

Ad argues that the merits of banning overseas ownership of local land is not as simple or as virtuous as we may think.

We need more ministers like Steven Joyce

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, March 7th, 2018 - 123 comments

Rare praise for Steven Joyce from someone on the left.

Putting some steel into trade

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 4th, 2018 - 82 comments

Does anyone want to take a punt on where the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum will go?

Break Up Social Media Itself

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, March 2nd, 2018 - 23 comments

It is time to regulate the power of cyber criminals and cyber monopolies.

Our Reserve Bank

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 28th, 2018 - 97 comments

There is a case for the Reserve Bank to be eradicated, or at least major changes made to its structure.

Global Sharemarkets

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 15th, 2018 - 63 comments

Recent volatility in the U.S. stockmarkets has attracted calls that capitalism is facing a crisis.  But the reality appears to be different.

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