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Elliot on Social Bonds

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Over at Politik, Richard Harman writes: Mathew Elliot is in New Zealand at the invitation of the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Its director, Jordan Williams, says he [...]

Social Bonds

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

We believe social impact bonds are a great idea. Not everybody agrees with us though - and some people are letting us know about their opposition in no uncertain terms. [...]

A regulatory budget?

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

We shouldn't be surprised by the explosion of regulation. It is cheaper for governments to regulate than to spend, even if the outcomes sought would be better achieved through spending. [...]

The Wealth-Gap Tower

April 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Inequality Tower is one of Toby Morris’s illustrative musings on life and politics published by the The Wireless. The tiers in the Inequality Tower, an [...]

Online GST and NZ retail

April 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

It is hard to see GST as a big "level playing field" issue where price differences between imports and local are often rather larger than 15%. But that doesn't mean it isn't an issue. [...]