Politicians reach a new low on tax

Susan GuthrieEconomics

Wouldn’t it be nice if elections were about uncovering the best government policies and the best people to implement them? Isn’t that why we have a democracy in the first place? Well, we can kiss that illusion goodbye. Take a … Read More

Come on Bill, at least tax the Rich fairly

Susan GuthrieEconomics

Enough ducking of the issues! Bill English’s response to Oxfam’s report about rising wealth inequality was to point to a government report which suggests income inequality hasn’t got worse over the last ten years. In other words the Minister doesn’t … Read More

Migration matters for house prices

Susan GuthrieEconomics

They say a picture can paint a thousand words – so let’s save words and cut straight to the chase on the issue of immigration and house prices…     Over the past two decades migration has had a strong … Read More

Federated Farmers need to own their shit

Labour fires the first shot on water quality

Susan GuthrieEnvironment

The media may have ignored it but Labour Deputy David Parker’s speech at the Cashmere Club last week was well worth a listen. In that speech, Parker delivered a clear message to farmers. Degradation of water quality in New Zealand’s … Read More

NZ top of the world on life quality

Susan GuthrieEconomics

It’s a result that might surprise many in New Zealand. Good ol’ Godzone is actually getting something right. Despite being a relatively poor member of the moderately rich country club, on a global scale we’re best overall at achieving three … Read More

Does Labour have a hobbit as leader?

Susan GuthrieUncategorized

By Susan Guthrie and Geoff Simmons  Bilbo Baggins and David Shearer have a lot in common, not least the preference for a quiet life. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make … Read More

Capital taxes versus capital gains tax

Susan GuthrieTax and Welfare

Assets are things people own that produce a stream of benefits every year. Another name for assets is ‘capital’. Some assets produce ready cash – think of the interest term deposits produce for you or the rent tenants pay landlords. … Read More