Taxpayer Talk - podcast by the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayer Talk - podcast by the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

We're the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. With our 40,000 subscribed members and supporters we fight for Lower Taxes, Less Waste, and More Transparency across all levels of government. Join or support the Taxpayers' Union at www.taxpayers.org.nz... Show More

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The Taxpayers' Union sat down with Todd Muller for a podcast interview just a few days before he announced his leadership bid. He described himself as "broadly socially conservative, and from an economic perspective reasonably liberal", and discussed his upbringing, career, and the political challenges of bridging the urban-rural divide.

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We're giving taxpayers the opportunity to get to know their MPs beyond photo-ops and party-line speeches. In this episode, Islay Aitchison interviews Simon O'Connor MP.

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The Taxpayers' Union's Consulting Economist Joe Ascroft, and former Treasury (now Taxpayers' Union) Analyst Neil Miller, sits down with Jordan Williams to discuss Budget 2020, the economic and political risks, and what it says about the Government's election strategy.

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On this episode of Taxpayer Talk, Jordan Williams interviews Tim Hazeldine and Eric Crampton. They discuss Auckland's CBD Rail Loop, incentives for infrastructure spending and Thursday's Budget.

Prof Hazledine’s opinion pieces referred to are here:
https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/05/11/1162413/tank-the-tunnel
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12327344

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Should Parliament step in to enforce a nationwide rates freeze, what's happening in Botany and should our relationship with China change? Islay Aitchison interviews Jami-Lee Ross.

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We're giving taxpayers the opportunity to get to know their MPs beyond photo-ops and party-line speeches. In this episode, Islay Aitchison interviews Paul Goldmith MP.

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Taxpayer Talk is back. This week Jordan and Joe interview Act MP David Seymour on the worrying signs of the politicisation of the Reserve Bank, and Grant Robertson's suggestion of monetising the Government's debt. 

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We're giving taxpayers the opportunity to get to know their MPs beyond photo-ops and party-line speeches. In this episode, Islay Aitchison interviews Chris Bishop MP.

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We're giving taxpayers the opportunity to get to know their MPs beyond photo-ops and party-line speeches. In this episode, Islay Aitchison interviews Ginny Andersen MP.

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The conversation around how and when to raise the lockdown has generated some unenviable problems for policy makers, none more so than how to value the lives of those saved by lockdown versus the jobs and businesses it will destroy. Dr Bryce Wilkinson joins the podcast to discuss his latest paper, which helps to shed some light on how these calculations of life and death are made. You can read Dr Wilkinson's paper here.

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What is quantitative easing, and why are markets in New Zealand and abroad seen a recent bounce after dramatic falls due to COVID-19? For an in depth look at how markets are responding - including their implications on housing and inflation here in New Zealand, Jordan and Joe are joined by Bevan Wallace, Executive Director of Morgan Wallace. Bevan’s recent explainer on QE and inflation is available here.

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Spending of taxpayer money has gone through the roof as the Government helps businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. How concerned should New Zealanders be? And how does our response compare to other countries? Louis interviews local Economist Joe Ascroft and Daniel Bunn of the Tax Foundation (based in Washington DC) - who is leading their project Tracking Economic Relief Plans Around the World during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

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With most businesses unable to operate, we discuss the threshold of what can be open and what can’t with National’s Economic Development Spokesman, Todd McClay.

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Despite the national health and financial emergency, most councils are still planning to hike rates - some up to nine or ten percent. Louis Houlbrooke interviews Hutt City Councillor Chris Milne & Christchurch City Councillor Sam MacDonald.

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In this episode, we talk to Dr David Law (Research Fellow) and Dr Eric Crampton (Chief Economist) at the New Zealand Initiative thinktank. Dr Law has just published a paper, Policy Point: Short-time work to maintain employment and Dr Crampton a Research Note: Effective Treatment: Public policy prescription for a pandemicBoth join us to discuss their papers, as well as why current calls from leftwing groups for a UBI are misguided...

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The PM has just announced a move to level 3 and then level 4 COVID-19 alert level. We interview Dr Matt Boyd, a specialist in health economics and global catastrophic risk, and Dr Don Brash, former RBNZ Governor. 

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Michael Reddell is a former Board member of the IMF, and Head of Financial Markets at the RBNZ. He sits down with Jordan Williams and Joe Ascoft to discuss his recent and radical proposal for government intervention and taxpayer-funded support for the duration of the COVID-19 downturn.
Michael blogs at https://croakingcassandra.com the proposals referred to are available here: https://croakingcassandra.com/2020/03/16/a-radical-macro...

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Taxpayers' Union member and Sunday Star-Times contributor Damien Grant doesn't like the economic package recommendation published by the Taxpayers' Union earlier in the week. He sits down with Jordan Williams and Joe Ascoft to discuss.

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