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Budget 2020: Paul Goldsmith - If I were National Govt Finance Minister

May 11, 2020 Share

No government could have stopped Covid-19 creating huge economic problems.

This week's Budget will show New Zealand falling into an economic hole. Business and consumer confidence has collapsed.

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Getting New Zealand working again? Here's my plan

April 26, 2020 Share

Vigilance is the watchword over the next few months as we work to keep on top of Covid-19. With neither widespread immunity nor a vaccine we need to watch the border, test and trace effectively.

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Coronavirus: Agility and speed required as we rebuild economy

April 12, 2020 Share

Signs are promising that the worst fears regarding the health consequences of Covid-19 won't be borne out here.  Swift measures in New Zealand and Australia – two isolated countries with relatively small populations – appear to be holding back the disease in both countries.

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Goldsmith Update - Lockdown Edition

April 03, 2020 Share

These extraordinary times have a surreal quality in Auckland.  On a personal level, being confined to home with my family during a period of golden weather is providing a special time.  I spend most of my day (and evening) on the phone or Zoom; it’s amazing how productive we can be without having to travel around and when most meetings are eliminated. 

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Coronavirus: Please open the Crown's wallet now, we'll support you

March 22, 2020 Share

Government decisions, on justifiable public health grounds, to severely restrict movement and significant parts of everyday life is already having a significant economic cost. It looks likely this will get much more severe in the next few weeks.

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What our economic response to coronavirus should look like

March 11, 2020 Share

The economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak are already significant.

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Lighting the regulations bonfire

March 09, 2020 Share

Every day in Parliament someone discovers a new problem that can be fixed by a new regulation.  Often it can seem like a good idea – something to improve the quality of rental properties, something to reduce accidents, or to allow a voice to be heard on a particular topic.

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Dealing with the unexpected

February 28, 2020 Share

At Christmas no one would have expected the coronavirus outbreak that is currently creating such disruption around the world.

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Goldsmith Update - February 2020

February 14, 2020 Share

The election year kicked off in Parliament this week with familiar themes: the government in trouble, especially New Zealand First; lots of big promises from Jacinda Ardern met with widespread scepticism regarding her ability to deliver; and the National party remains focused on putting more money in your pocket, building the roads to get us moving and providing security for you and your family.

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Let’s get the city moving

February 04, 2020 Share

As we kick into election year, I’m optimistic.  Not just for my party’s prospects, but also for our country’s long-term prospects.  Sure, there are many causes for alarm out there: at the time of writing it’s hard to know how economically significant the coronavirus outbreak will be.  Trade wars, droughts, international tensions may create problems. 

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