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Government manufactures a real manufacturing crisis

Economic mismanagement and recklessness by the Government has seen a decline in business confidence that is hurting manufacturers, National’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Remember the so-called ‘Manufacturing Crisis’ that...


Shane Jones in La La Land on the economy

If the Government believes the solution to a slowing economy is lower commodity prices then it’s really in La La Land, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Forestry Minister...


Defence morale will plummet as reviews stack up

A further review of the Defence Estate is an admission by this Government that it has mismanaged its spending and is having to kick an extremely important issue down the...


Inland Revenue charging higher interest than banks

It is outrageous Inland Revenue has decided to raise the interest rate it charges taxpayers on unpaid and underpaid tax, while cutting the rate it pays those it owes money,...


How did 639 convicts end up with gun licences?

The revelation that more than 600 New Zealanders obtained firearms licences despite having criminal convictions in Australia raises serious questions about how fit for purpose Police processes are, National’s Police...


Proper policy process up in smoke

The Government’s announcement that, despite passing legislation last year, it’s now consulting with the public on proposed regulation and standards on medicinal cannabis shows just how badly it has managed...


Vehicle tax will penalise Kiwi motorists

The Government’s plan to make some vehicles up to $3000 more expensive by taxing their emissions will unfairly penalise people struggling with the cost of living, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson...


Evidence FPAs are compulsory unionism by stealth

Today’s NZ Initiative report confirms so-called ‘Fair Pay Agreements’ will be compulsory, centralised unionism by stealth, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “Fair Pay Agreements will force...


Pay-to-stay approach no answer to falling business confidence

If the Government’s response to the lowest levels of business confidence in a decade is to write big taxpayer-funded cheques then expect more to reach for their passports, National’s Economic...


Capital charge changes merely a Band-Aid

Today’s announcement that the Government will assist District Health Boards (DHB) with their capital charge costs doesn’t address the underlying causes of their deficits, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....