Submission Electoral Referendum Bill cover

Submission: Electoral Referendum Bill

The Business Roundtable is pleased that the government is giving effect to its manifesto commitment to hold another referendum on the voting system. This was expected by many voters when the mixed-member proportional (MMP) system was introduced. Read more

New Zealand Business Rountable
20 June, 2010
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Submission: Commerce Commission's Draft Reconsideration Report on Mobile Termination Services

We made our first submission on these issues in November 2004 and our last submission was in July 2009. Throughout we have been greatly concerned about the implications for investment in infrastructure of the never-ending litigation and re-litigation of pricing issues. It is clear that currently incumbents can have no certainty as to future pricing plans even if they have reached firm deeds of agreement with the Crown. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
19 May, 2010
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Submission: Financial Services Providers (Pre-Implementation) Adjustments Bill

In our view issues relating to Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act need to be seen in the context of the government’s overriding goal of lifting average New Zealand incomes to Australian levels by 2025. As the minister of labour notes in the foreword to the Discussion Document, “The Government aims to put employment relations on sound and solid footings so that New Zealand can focus on building more productive businesses and higher wages.” To achieve that goal, major... Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Employment Relations Act 2000: Review of Part 6A: Continuity of Employment

In our view issues relating to Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act need to be seen in the context of the government’s overriding goal of lifting average New Zealand incomes to Australian levels by 2025. As the minister of labour notes in the foreword to the Discussion Document, “The Government aims to put employment relations on sound and solid footings so that New Zealand can focus on building more productive businesses and higher wages.” To achieve that goal, major... Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill

Compulsory students’ association membership (CSM), as opposed to voluntary students’ association membership (VSM), is an anachronism. Students’ associations are incorporated societies formed by members with common interests and are akin to the Automobile Association, the Consumers' Institute, staff associations and sporting clubs. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
Submission Ministry of Economic Development on the Discussion Document Cartel Criminalisation

Submission: Ministry of Economic Development on the Discussion Document 'Cartel Criminalisation'

This submission on the Ministry of Economic Development discussion document Cartel Criminalisation is made by the New Zealand Business Roundtable, an organisation comprising primarily chief executives of major business firms. The purpose of the organisation is to contribute to the development of sound public policies that reflect overall national interests. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Department of Labour Discussion Paper 'Employment Relations Act 2000: Review of Part 9: Personal Grievances'

In our view, issues relating to Part 9 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 need to be seen in the context of the government’s overriding goal of lifting average New Zealand incomes to Australian levels by 2025. To achieve that goal, major improvements in labour productivity growth are required, given the staggering decline in recent productivity growth rates with the ill-conceived policies of the previous government. The Employment Relations Act (the ERA) was one such policy. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill

While improved governance arrangements for Auckland are a commendable first step, the Forum believes that much work remains if local government is to contribute fully to lifting overall economic performance. Broader reform of local government, which the government is progressing separately, can assist. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
12 March, 2010
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Submission: Pan-Industry Letter to Prime Minister on the Emissions Trading Scheme

Recent events show that the international climate change context is less certain than previously anticipated. We think that the current emissions trading scheme is too rigid and may in fact frustrate the delivery of the outcomes sought from it. Therefore, we seek an assurance from you that in light of recent events the Government is taking stock of whether the current climate change policy settings which focus primarily on an emissions trading scheme remain appropriate for New Zealand. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
5 March, 2010
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Submission: Law Commission on Alcohol In Our Lives: An issues paper on the reform of New Zealand's liquor laws

A national interest perspective in the context of the Law Commissions’ inquiry means giving primacy to the interests of consumers. In respect of alcohol, it does not, as in the days of pervasive controls on competition in the liquor industry, mean favouring producer interests. At the same time, such a perspective requires attention to the effects and costs of misuse of alcohol products and effective ways of minimising them. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 October, 2009
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Submission: 2025 Taskforce: Invitation to Have Your Say

The Business Roundtable appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the thinking of your Taskforce. We strongly support the government’s goal of bridging the income gap with Australia by 2025. In our view this is achievable but only with outstanding economic management. Economic research points to the quality and consistency of a country’s institutions and policies as the key determinant of income per capita. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
29 October, 2009
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Submission: TSO Review (2009) Discussion Document

In our view the general context in which policy related to the Telecommunications Services Obligation (TSO) should be set is the government’s goal of closing the per capita income gap with Australia by 2025. Achieving that goal will require a sustained commitment to the adoption of institutions and policies of the highest order. Policy proposals that do not meet that standard should not be adopted. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
29 October, 2009
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Submission: Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading Amendment)

The Business Roundtable believes that policy development on climate change entered a more constructive phase in 2009. We were critical of the previous government’s ‘carbon neutrality’ ambitions because of their enormous potential adverse economic impact; the lack of an adequate regulatory impact analysis as a basis for policy; many design features of its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS); and the rushed process. We were pleased that the select committee reviewing the scheme abandoned the unrealistic March deadline for a report, and... Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
16 October, 2009
Submission Holidays Act 2003 Review

Submission: Holidays Act 2003 Review

The New Zealand Business Roundtable welcomes the review of the Holidays Act 2003 which is one of the most problematic areas of New Zealand employment law. We believe it needs to be substantially reformed on a first-principles basis. The starting point for the Review should be the government's primary economic goal of closing the per capita income gap between New Zealand and Australia by 2025. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
12 August, 2009

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