John Armstrong reports that Clare Curran is preparing a private members bill that would see more government work going to Kiwi businesses.
I suspect this will have the free-market loonies up in arms despite the fact that procurement policies like this are pretty standard around the world and getting one in place here would be a much better move for building Kiwi businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the economy than giving tax-payer money to multinational prison firms or the joke that is the cycleway.
It is certainly a better idea than Bill English’s plan to drive the economy into the ground chasing a fictional debt monster.
If Curran’s bill is drawn from the ballot she will doubtlessly have the support of the unions that backed the calls for Kiwi Rail to build its rolling stock in NZ (calls the government quickly quashed) but she should also have the support of Business New Zealand and the Employers and Manufacturers Association and other business organisations as they have considerable sway on the Nats and such a policy would be in the interests of their members.
I would imagine she’ll be talking to BNZ and EMA CEOs Alistair Thompson and Phil O’Reilly about this as they would be critical players in making sure this members bill would go through.
I’ll be interested to see how this develops.