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Labour’s jobs, skills, industries initiative makes sense

Thursday, 21 July 2011, 4:54 pm | Productive Economy Council

With the New Zealand dollar at a record high and the high costs of borrowing, New Zealand’s industry is suffering. Rather than support local industry, the current Government has made life even harder by pursuing policies that have seen jobs exported. ... More >>

Why we need Labour’s Tax Policy

Thursday, 14 July 2011, 3:20 pm | Productive Economy Council

In the debate that will rage around Labour’s tax policy announced today it is important to recognise and focus on one thing: Our economy is in crisis. It remains dangerously reliant on the primary sector, despite efforts to create a diversified export economy. ... More >>

Capital Gains Tax + Strategy = Jobs

Friday, 8 July 2011, 11:58 am | Productive Economy Council

Introducing Capital Gains Tax would bring New Zealand one step closer to rebalancing the economy in favour of exports and jobs instead of imports and passive asset inflation, says Selwyn Pellett of the Productive Economy Council. More >>

IMF recants on open capital flows

Thursday, 7 April 2011, 1:23 pm | Productive Economy Council

“The IMF has recognised and publically admitted there is a need for restricting capital flows from country to country under certain conditions,” says Selwyn Pellett of the Productive Economy Council. More >>

It’s not the unions - it’s the dollar

Wednesday, 27 October 2010, 12:33 pm | Productive Economy Council

In December 2007 when the Hobbit was announced we all celebrated quietly. We assumed it would be business as usual for Peter Jackson and New Zealand. Why wouldn't Warners spend their US dollars here? More >>

It’s not about left or right - it’s about business

Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 4:30 pm | Productive Economy Council

“John Key has characterized Labour as having a “road-to-Stalin experience,” over its plan to restrict foreign ownership of assets. It’s another disappointing response from the Prime Minister, in what is becoming a track record of failure to ... More >>

Goff’s announcement will split the business vote

Thursday, 24 June 2010, 4:41 pm | Productive Economy Council

The Productive Economy council welcomes Labour’s announced intention to create a monetary policy environment that better supports exporters. More >>

Time to find an alternative to the OCR

Thursday, 10 June 2010, 4:49 pm | Productive Economy Council

Dr Bollard’s increase of the Official Cash Rate to 2.75 per cent is a blow to hard working New Zealanders - both home owners and exporters - who thought the worst was over. This latest move will put more money into the hands of foreign-owned banks ... More >>

Phil Goff is finally beating the right drum

Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 3:07 pm | Productive Economy Council

Today we have for the first time seen the sort of Policy leadership that might actually deliver the economic turnaround that could see us catch up with Australia, says the Productive Economy Council. More >>

Building Locomotives is About Building an Economy

Tuesday, 4 May 2010, 3:32 pm | Productive Economy Council

Stephen Joyce needs to take a “whole of the economy view” of KiwiRail’s intended purchase of locomotives and rolling stock, says Selwyn Pellett the spokesperson for the Productive Economy Council. More >>

Farmers missing big picture

Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 2:58 pm | Productive Economy Council

In the wake of the announcement of the proposal for Hong Kong-based Natural Dairy Holdings to buy the Crafar dairy empire, various commentators have downplayed the potential negative side effects of the move. Unfortunately, that’s mostly wishful ... More >>

The farming sector is a National Asset

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 10:39 am | Productive Economy Council

The proposed buyout of the Crafar dairy empire by Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings, a Cayman Islands registered, Hong-Kong based company – previously known by the more illuminating name of the China Jin Hui Mining Corporation – should start alarm ... More >>

Choices & Consequences: The 2010 Budget

Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 3:08 pm | Productive Economy Council

This is a reminder about the free Fabian Society lecture and discussion tonight (Tuesday 23 March) in Auckland. The choices that we are making as a country will have a huge impact for the future of NZ. There has never been such an urgent need for a debate ... More >>

PEC Calls for a National Vision from John Key

Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 3:59 pm | Productive Economy Council

The Tax Working Group is the latest initiative from the government that is setting out to find answers to questions we haven’t yet asked, says the Productive Economy Council. “Like Don Brash’s productivity taskforce, the Tax Working Group will ... More >>

A more equitable monetary policy welcomed by PEC

Friday, 20 November 2009, 12:10 pm | Productive Economy Council

It's good to finally see a politician stand up and say we have got it wrong with our monetary policy and it's time to fix it, says Selwyn Pellett the spokesperson for the Productive Economy Council. But Labour's shift in position is only the first ... More >>

Treasury makes NZ's stark future plain, says PEC

Friday, 30 October 2009, 11:25 am | Productive Economy Council

Congratulations to John Whitehead for his characteristically candid report on the few remaining options we have unless there is radical change, says PEC spokesperson Selwyn Pellett. “Treasury’s 2009 ‘40 year outlook’ report delivers a message ... More >>

W-shaped recession on the way says PEC

Tuesday, 27 October 2009, 12:43 pm | Productive Economy Council

So the recession is over. At least Bill English is happy to say so and will spend the next month telling us we are out of recession and it's business as usual. That's fantastic news, or at least it would be if he was right. But, says Selwyn Pellett ... More >>

Who’s looking at the data says PEC

Thursday, 22 October 2009, 5:40 pm | Productive Economy Council

As the dollar hits 76.4 cents to the US dollar, we are told there is nothing we can do to protect our own currency and that’s just not true. “Why are New Zealanders not being told the truth”, says Selwyn Pellett spokesperson for the Productive ... More >>

PEC believe Key is just tinkering with the economy

Monday, 19 October 2009, 4:21 pm | Productive Economy Council

Bill English, Dr Bollard and Treasury are doing their best to paint an accurate picture of where we are as a country. Unfortunately the Prime Minister seems to be presenting a very different landscape to the public. If borrowing an extra $250 million a week ... More >>

PECs incensed by PM's Remarks

Tuesday, 15 September 2009, 2:58 pm | Productive Economy Council

The Prime Minister's comments on Capital Gains Tax has brought into sharp focus his leadership style says Selwyn Pellett, spokesman for the Productive Economy Council. More >>





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