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Restoring fiscal discipline – and trust

The American libertarian author and satirist PJ O’Rourke used to joke that “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” The problem really is one of trust. At least when O’Rourke was writing, the average American teenaged boy couldn’t be trusted with whiskey and car keys. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
21 May, 2024
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As America turns to protectionism, the world turns to China

Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister for most of 1968 through 1984, and father of the current Canadian Prime Minister, had a wonderful quip about being neighbours with the United States. In a 1969 state visit with President Nixon in Washington, Trudeau said, “Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The Post
20 May, 2024
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The Tikanga Challenge for Law Schools, the Rule of Law – and Parliament

Barrister Gary Judd KC’s complaint to the Regulatory Review Committee has sparked a fierce debate about the place of tikanga Māori – or Māori customs, values and spiritual beliefs – in the law. Judd opposes the New Zealand Council of Legal Education’s plans to make teaching tikanga compulsory in the legal curriculum. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
17 May, 2024
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The T20 takeover and lessons for New Zealand

While instant gratification reigns supreme and attention spans are shorter than a Tik-Tok video, the grand old game of test cricket finds itself, like the New Zealand economy, on a sticky wicket. The rise of T20, with its frenetic pace, flashy uniforms, and pyrotechnic displays has left the traditional five-day format looking as outdated as a record player. Read more

Insights Newsletter
17 May, 2024
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City saviours

The New Zealand Initiative has taken advantage of the tumultuous media landscape and branched out this week into news coverage. Your faithful reporter’s first task was covering the approval of the Wellington City District plan by the Minister for RMA Reform. Read more

Max Salmon
Insights Newsletter
10 May, 2024

New Zealand's budget faces its biggest test since the 1980s

Spare a thought for New Zealand’s Finance Minister, Nicola Willis as she prepares to deliver her first Budget later this month. The economic circumstances she has inherited from her predecessor, Grant Robertson, are the worst any Kiwi finance minister has faced since the tumultuous days of Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson in the 1980s and early 1990s. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
The Australian
6 May, 2024
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Defending speech

History often helps put current controversies in context. In 1968, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Ira Glasser defended racist Alabama Governor George Wallace’s right to speak at a city-owned stadium in New York. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
3 May, 2024

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