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    Duplication

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    And if the AB's score an own goal, it's only a game, not the whole nation's economy Mr Tame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    He didn't miss it but rides rough shod over it with this paragraph.

    “Yes, they have access to enormous mineral wealth. But to blame the difference on that alone is a cop-out. New Zealand is also blessed with outsize natural resources relative to its population.
    “But per person, we have lower productivity and lower rates of savings and investment.”
    Rough shod indeed. He also rode rough shod over his own strawman argument. No one said it was "that alone", except himself.

    But at least he admits the mineral wealth is "enormous" - but he fails to grasp none of the other stuff could have been done without that. This is assuming your quote is representative of his position. He also missed the thing that NZ has that Aussie doesn't - crippling legislation & student activist politicians when it comes to extracting said minerals.

    Dann sounds like one of those people who thinks a country can tax its way to greater wealth. If the problem is low productivity and/or restrictive legislation then the solution is not 'more tax'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferg View Post
    Rough shod indeed. He also rode rough shod over his own strawman argument. No one said it was "that alone", except himself.

    But at least he admits the mineral wealth is "enormous" - but he fails to grasp none of the other stuff could have been done without that. This is assuming your quote is representative of his position. He also missed the thing that NZ has that Aussie doesn't - crippling legislation & student activist politicians when it comes to extracting said minerals.

    Dann sounds like one of those people who thinks a country can tax its way to greater wealth. If the problem is low productivity and/or restrictive legislation then the solution is not 'more tax'.
    Not more tax but maybe different tax, and exemptions, such that Australia has. Maybe that would help grow productivity too.

    I think Australia/Australians has been the more realistic of the two neighbours. A wealthy population may mean environmental trade-offs. Defending its freedom and independence may mean accepting the weaponry of bigger like-minded allies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjauck View Post
    Not more tax but maybe different tax, and exemptions, such that Australia has. Maybe that would help grow productivity too.
    Lower GST?

    Simply having more people helps a ton (and they seem far more capable of preparing for that).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda-NZ- View Post
    Lower GST?

    Simply having more people helps a ton (and they seem far more capable of preparing for that).
    Yes Large countries are their own taxing bloc. Being small seems to be ok for some countries. However it helps being surrounded by a large populations or being in a trading bloc, such as Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore or Hong Kong China SAR. Being a farming country miles from anywhere else does mean you need to act smarter…somehow.

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    Well this is interesting. Key may have mucked in with the wrong crowd.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/technolog...action-against

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytr View Post
    Well this is interesting. Key may have mucked in with the wrong crowd.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/technolog...action-against
    Talk about jumping to conclusions. Why not just wait and see if this claim, quite common in the USA, has any merit ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytr View Post
    Well this is interesting. Key may have mucked in with the wrong crowd.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/technolog...action-against


    The same might be said of Robbo jumping into Otago Uni

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Talk about jumping to conclusions. Why not just wait and see if this claim, quite common in the USA, has any merit ?
    And what conclusions is that?
    Hopefully you find my posts helpful, but in no way should they be construed as advice. Make your own decision.

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