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KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates

The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company...

The next cuts will be the deepest

A slowing economy and, consequently, a lower tax take means we are looking at three years of economic austerity from the Government. That austerity will...

Can Willis beat the bank?

The success – or otherwise --- of today's Budget will depend as much as anything else on the views of one man, Reserve Bank...

Med school backdown the “right thing” says Seymour

One of National’s showpiece election promises appears to be in more trouble with Waikato University yesterday withdrawing its call for tenders to develop a...

Orr’s warning; two more years of austerity

Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of...

Labour’s chickens come home to roost

The Ardern Government's chickens came home to roost yesterday with the news that the country is short of natural gas. In 2018, Labour banned offshore...

Top OECD economist puts Willis between a rock and a hard place

The OECD’s chief economist yesterday laid it on the line for the new Government: bring the deficit under control or face higher Reserve Bank...

What is really holding up infrastructure

The infrastructure industry yesterday issued a “hurry up” message to the Government and told it to get cracking on developing a pipeline of infrastructure...

A government department that can’t cut

As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an...

Willis’s tax cuts dilemma

Treasury's first report on the economy since the change of government presents a damning indictment of Labour's economic management. The problem for National is that...

Willis is not for turning

Faced with a barrage of criticism over the promised tax cuts from usually supportive commentators, Finance Minister Nicola Willis yesterday reaffirmed her intention to...

The Beehive Budget battle

Winston Peters’ headline-making actions over the past week look like having been a show of political power intended to strengthen his hand in Budget...

Robertson’s parting shot endorses the IMF

Last night, the retiring former Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, finally endorsed a capital gains or wealth tax. But he chose his last speech as an...

Why Willis is talking the economy down

Finance Minister Nicola Willis seemed anxious to talk down the economy during Parliament’s Question Time yesterday. Things have gone downhill since December 20. It is now...

On the road again

The Government’s redraft of the Government Policy Statement on transport brings back funding for roads and cuts funding to public transport, rail, coastal shipping...