Archive for December, 2010

Foreign Relations: Gillard To Infuse New Warmth Into ANZAC Relationship?

Julia Gillard is expected to pay her first visit to NZ as Aust’s PM next February, and could infuse fresh warmth into the trans-Tasman relationship. As deputy to Kevin Rudd, Gillard got a grip on the importance of Aust-NZ linkages when she led a team of Aust Ministers to a Trans-Tasman Leadership Forum in Wellington, […]

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Reform Agenda: PM Confirms Reform Agenda For Welfare And Savings

As foreshadowed by Trans-Tasman last week, the PM this week confirmed moves to overhaul the welfare system and boost household savings will be on the Govt’s agenda in election year. Next year’s budget may contain some initial steps, but other elements of the programme will involve the Govt seeking a mandate from the electorate. This […]

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Growth Agenda: Fresh Challenges For Govt After Pike River

Fresh challenges have emerged for the Govt in the aftermath of the Pike River coal mine disaster. While the West Coast grieves for the 29 lost miners, the region has to absorb the economic shock of the mine’s shutdown, and the risk other underground mines in the region, which will be subject to a safety […]

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Economic Policy: Pressure On Govt To Get Fiscal House Into Order

In dropping its outlook for NZ’s credit rating to negative from stable Standard & Poor’s has warned there could be a ratings downgrade if NZ’s overseas debt does not improve. The AA+ rating is at risk because of “widening external imbalances.” This will add to pressure on the Govt to reduce its borrowing, and put […]

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