Loan sharks must be muzzled – Editorial Two

Issue 423 September 15, 2019 Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has done well in introducing to Parliament ‘The Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill.’ The proposed Legislation passed its First Reading on April 30, 2019 and is currently being scrutinised by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Finance and Expenditure of which Dr Russell is the Chairman. As Dr Russell…

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Our complacency puts Democracy under threat

Our complacency puts Democracy under threat

Elizabeth Longworth Standfirst: Survival of New Zealand’s democracy faces unprecedented threats over the next thirty years: (a) Risks from systemic global economic instability (b) Major upheaval from adaptation (or not) to climate change (c) Dislocation arising from automated and intelligent machines. A Kiwi characteristic that could severely impede our capacity to respond, is the complacency of “she’ll be right.” Actually, it won’t…

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Treasury should not handle election spending of parties

Peter Dunne At first glance, Simon Bridges’ strident opposition to the government’s proposal to establish an independent office to cost Political Parties’ election spending plans looks childish and petty. The proposal, advanced by the Greens, not Labour, that there be independent scrutiny and corroboration as appropriate of the various spending policies put forward at election time has much to commend…

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