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Parliament

NZ shows what you can do when you're running budget surpluses

Australia makes me happy. It gives me a sense of perspective. Whenever I'm disappointed by what New Zealand's National-led coalition has failed to do, I can just look across the ditch and feel a lot better. It is a bit like having that one real underachiever in the extended family – you can always feel a bit better about yourself after Christmas. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The Australian Financial Review
28 May, 2017
Brexit

How freedom was lost in Brexit

When the UK voted to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum, it was widely interpreted as a victory of the political right.That was not incorrect. The right wing of the Conservative Party and the populist UK Independence Party were the forces behind the Leave campaign.How ironic, therefore, that 10 months later the entire spectrum of British politics has shifted to the left.Having spent the past week in London, meeting politicians and think tankers, it was impossible not to miss... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The National Business Review
26 May, 2017
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Election year Budgets, illusions and conjuring tricks

On television early yesterday evening I saw a well-known presenter give Budget 2017 an 8 out of 10 for massaging the electorate. A subtitle read “something for everyone”. Really? Can shuffling the same deck of cards improve everyone’s hand? That would be a conjuring trick. Election year Budgets are first and foremost about taking and spending voters’ money. They don’t create more money. They reshuffle it. Billions more dollars are to be spent. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
26 May, 2017

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