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An Upper House in NZ - TOP

TOP’s policy #4 ‘Democracy Reset’ proposes, among other things, the return of an Upper House. This is a response to the concentration of political power in Cabinet and its ability to wield that power without due recourse to Parliament, let alone to the New Zealand public.

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The Voting Reality - Hopeless

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

So said Winston Churchill and little has changed. We just commissioned market research to determine what makes New Zealand voters tick and the answers are depressing.

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'New' Ministry of Vulnerable Children Parks Ambulance At Bottom Of The Cliff

"The Government's new 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki'' will only scratch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping at-risk families and children - just like the Titanic did before it sank", says The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan.

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What does the future hold for New Zealand - TOP

Yesterday I talked about how the reform of our tax and welfare system is central to TOP’s long-term objective. But people have also asked me a much bigger question – we have a tonne of policy but what kind of society we are trying to create? 

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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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National Government Refusing To Put A Price on Water - TOP

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

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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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