Daily Review 17/08/2018

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20 comments on “Daily Review 17/08/2018”

  1. Bewildered 1

    Clue a marsupial

  2. Anne 2

    Chris Bishop. Now wasn’t he one of Amy Adam’s principle supporters in the campaign for the National Party leadership? No, I’m not saying he was the messenger. I think he is probably too smart to do that. But there are ways and means of imparting a message that can never be tracked back to a single source and they can sometimes be unconventional.

  3. Pat 3

    “The unit, which was mooted by Jones earlier this year, will provide expert advice, planning and strategy and will support the delivery of major infrastructure projects across the country.”

    https://www.interest.co.nz/news/95389/minister-infrastructure-says-new-independent-body-will-help-sort-out-some-nz%E2%80%99s-major

    Halfway house?

    • millsy 3.1

      Sticking a bunch of policy analysts on a different floor and changing their email signatures from the looks of it.

      • Pat 3.1.1

        the devil is always in the detail but from what i’ve seen so far its a Claytons MOW

        • Anne 3.1.1.1

          Perhaps neither of you are familiar with the old Ministry of Works which was abandoned 30 years ago. Worked successfully for decades and was instrumental in over-seeing the govt. initiated infrastructure programmes of the times.

          If this new body is based on that former scheme but updated to handle modern day requirements including in the private sector then it should eventually be a huge success story.

    • Hanswurst 3.2

      I think the major clue is in the target for setting it up: “late 2019”. It’s probably planned to package and roll out a whole raft of costed and attractive ideas to bring to the table for the election in 2020. That could be either a bad or a good thing, but I think it’s a key part of the calculation.

      • Pat 3.2.1

        any dept. is going to need comparable or superior capability than the private sector and thats going to take time, years…not to mention that Treasury appear to have a substantial hand in its formation and they will be looking after their patch which means there is unlikely to be significant independent economic analysis.

        • Anne 3.2.1.1

          The thing is Pat, a determined government should be able to overcome the inevitable resistance to it’s plans. Michael Joseph and co. had to fight all manner of obstacles when they set up the Welfare State, but they achieved their goals in the end. I see no reason why this govt. could not be as successful, but I concede we’re going to have to wait a couple of years before we can make any sort of judgement.

          • Pat 3.2.1.1.1

            They can and could…my concern is they are half hearted…thats what this looks like to me…I will be pleased to be proved wrong

  4. Pat 4

    “Following an unprecedented 270,000 downloads of his study, Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said he had not seen such a surge of interest since 2007, the year the Nobel prize was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/17/world-waking-up-to-reality-climate-change-hothouse-earth-author

    270.000……theres an estimated 3.2 billion people with internet access…so less than 0.009%, quite some ways to go i think.

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