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UBI – Realistic Goal or Pipedream?

A number of people have asked me what the ultimate objective of “The Opportunities Party” is. We have a tonne of policies, so which are the most important? What are we trying to achieve? 

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5 Things You Need to Know About Getting to Zero

Today a new report from Vivid Economics has been released which sets out a number of different pathways or scenarios that New Zealand could use to get our carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050. This research is the start of an important discussion that will hopefully lead to a plan that all political parties can agree to. So what does the report tell us?

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Full Success Against Foreign Artful Tax Dodgers Will Come at a Cost

Foreign companies not paying their fair share of tax is not news, it was discussed in the media last year and has come up again with the case of Apple. The approach I prefer – as written up in a paper I did on this while at the Morgan Foundation and covered in this blog is putting the onus of proof on the corporate to prove their ‘expenses’ are arms length, commercially validated transactions. No proof, no deduction. The common approach of transfer pricing wherein licence fees charged the NZ-based relation suck all the profits out of our tax jurisdiction simply won’t work with that approach.

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Government Blinding People With Science (and Poo)

The Prime Minister is refusing to put a price on water before the election because there are too many issues to resolve, particularly the issue of water ownership as we pointed out last week

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Child Poverty Action Group Endorses TOP's Thriving Families Policy

Press Release

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the "Thriving Families" policy of The Opportunities Party (TOP) announced on Tuesday recognises New Zealand desperately needs a fundamental re-envisioning of the welfare and income redistribution systems.

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Government Credibility on Fresh Water Evaporates

Since the Government released their shambolic swimmable rivers announcement, we have also seen the exit of Forest and Bird from the Land and Water Forum (LAWF). This event removes the last scrap of credibility from the Government's fresh water reforms. Since Fish and Game left in 2015 the process has stumbled along, but now the sham is up. The Government has wasted an opportunity to capitalise on the goodwill in the LAWF to achieve sustainable improvements in our rivers and lakes.

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Five Reasons the Elderly Should Not Fear TOP's Tax Reform Package

Some comments on social media have expressed concern at the impact of our tax reform package on the frail and elderly. However, the package is designed so that it won’t impact on their lifestyles in the least. Here’s five reasons why. 

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Climate Change policy background

The world is getting hotter and it is increasingly certain that human activities are the major driver of this warming. Tackling this challenge requires a deep cultural shift toward “greener”, more innovative sources of growth and sustainable consumption patterns. 

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The beginnings of a UBI and Thriving families - Launch presentation

Here is the video from the launch of the UBI and Thriving families policy. The video outlines The Opportunities Policy and gives a background to the concept of a UBI.

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Environmental issues are mainstream now

Yesterday I attended the Save Our Water rally in Christchurch. It was fantastic to see so many people out braving the southerly wind to take a stand for our fresh water. The atmosphere was positive and friendly, so why did I feel slightly uncomfortable? When the left wing anti-trade and #ChangeTheGovernment rhetoric started up I knew why. 

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