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43 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
Update on Water Users’ Group litigation: Jordan Williams interviews Gary Judd QC following first High Court hearing
Earlier this year, the Taxpayers’ Union financially supported a judicial review of Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s advice to Cabinet that her Three Waters proposals were required for the Crown to comply with its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. On 4 August, the first ‘in chambers’ hearing was heard in Wellington. Jordan sat down for an update with one of the two Queens Counsels leading the matter, Gary Judd QC.Support the show
45 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Louis Houlbrooke's Last Day — Looking Back On The Last Five Years
After five years at the Taxpayers' Union, our Campaigns Manager Louis Houlbrooke is retiring and heading to South America. Jordan sits down with Louis to discuss the ups and downs of Louis' time here at the Taxpayers' Union, the significant policy victories he has achieved and some of the shocking examples of government waste he has uncovered over the years. Support the show
31 minutes | May 19, 2022
Taxpayer Talk: Does Grant Robertson's big spend-up get a passing mark?
Straight out of the Beehive's Budget Day "lock up", Jordan sits down with Cameron Bagrie of Bagrie Economics to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the biggest ever increase to operational Government spending. Support the show
31 minutes | May 16, 2022
Greg Murphy on why the Government's Road to Zero strategy is spin with no substance
In February, the Government launched its road safety strategy called Road to Zero. The strategy hopes to reduce road deaths to zero by 2030. The Government has allocated $85 million on advertising this strategy alone. Join Louis and motorsport champion Greg Murphy, as they discuss why this unrealistic strategy is purely spin, which will not reduce the number of deaths on New Zealand's roads. Support the show
29 minutes | May 9, 2022
The Port of Auckland: a costly political football that hasn't scored success
In 2005, the Port of Auckland was delisted from the NZX and was taken over by what is now Auckland Council. Since then, the port has underperformed, become inefficient, and lagged behind other ports such as the Port of Tauranga. Jordan sits down with Greg Smith from Devon Funds to discuss how a public ownership model of Auckland's port has decimated its performance, value and status – costing Auckland ratepayers dearly. Support the show
44 minutes | May 2, 2022
Disregarding democracy: the Government's attempt to strip away one person one vote
Last month, the Government quietly tried to pass Tamati Coffee's Rotorua District Council Bill. When electing Rotorua Councillors, it would have meant a vote on the general roll would have been worth 39% of a vote on the Māori roll. Due to public pressure and the Attorney General calling it a breach of the Bill of Rights Act, the Government backtracked. Join Jordan and David Farrar, as they discuss how the bill nearly removed one person one vote in Rotorua, and came close to setting a dangerous precedent for New Zealand democracy. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Should the Government finally privatise State Owned Enterprises?
The Government owns or partly owns 18 large businesses with combined assets of $78 billion. The Treasury has found that many are underperforming. Join Jordan and co-founder of TDB Advisory Phil Barry, as they discuss why these businesses would be more productive and experience higher rates of return if they were privatised – bolstering New Zealand's economic resilience and standard of living. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
25 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Fair Pay Agreements: will they cripple New Zealand's labour market?
The Government's Fair Pay Agreements Bill passed its first vote in Parliament last week. The legislation will initiate the largest shake up for employment relations in decades. Join Jordan and Business NZ CEO Kirk Hope as they discuss why Fair Pay Agreements will mean more barriers to employment, less jobs, higher labour costs and no productivity gains. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
37 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Three Waters and the ETS with Simon Court
The Government is determined to implement its controversial Three Waters reform and introduce a plethora of policies aimed at tackling climate change. Join Jordan and ACT MP Simon Court as they discuss why Three Waters will not eventuate in better water infrastructure, and why the Government's climate policies will only cost taxpayers without reducing total emissions.Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
17 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Professor Robert MacCulloch on why Wellington hates economists
The NZ Treasury wants to hire economists who've never studied economics. Join Louis and Professor MacCulloch as they discuss why the public service seems to hate economists, and how ideology is trumping expert knowledge at the Reserve Bank and Treasury, threatening New Zealand's economic stability and quality of life. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
19 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
What is the media mega-merge meant to solve?
The Government has confirmed plans to merge RNZ and TVNZ into a single publicly-owned media monolith. Louis sits down remotely with National Party Broadcasting spokesperson Melissa Lee to find out exactly what problem the Government thinks it's solving, and how this move will impact New Zealanders' trust in the independence of the media. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
25 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Does National's tax policy go far enough?
National's tax policy has been criticised as 'costly' and too generous for high earners – but the Taxpayers' Union questions whether it goes far enough. Louis sits down with National Party Finance spokesman Simon Bridges to explore how he would change tax brackets to counter inflation, and whether we can expect a more comprehensive policy from National before next year's election.Apologies for the subpar audio quality due to Mr Bridges COVID isolation. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
39 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Exclusive polling analysis with David Farrar
The Taxpayers' Union Curia poll conducted in February shows National surging. Is the writing on the wall for Labour next election? or should National not get their hopes up just yet? Levi is joined by pollster and media commentator David Farrar for analysis of the results. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
22 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Wasting billions — the Governments costly obsession with rail
The Government has indicated it wants to spend $5 billion on heavy rail over the next five years. But is it really good value for taxpayer money? Join Levi and Nick Leggett as they discuss why spending billions on heavy rail doesn't stake up. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
32 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Behind the court challenge against Three Waters
The Government has justified its Three Waters scheme based on an interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi. But does the logic stand up to scrutiny? Jordan sits down with Stephen Franks, a lawyer working on the High Court case against Nanaia Mahuta's water regime. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
39 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Meeting the new TOP Leader
The Opportunities Party (or simply TOP) has a new Leader - Raf Manji. Louis sits down with Raf to learn why he's so keen for a universal basic income, how he thinks a land tax will pay for it, and whether TOP is a "left-wing" or "right-wing" party.Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
24 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Unemployment insurance — new tax grab?
This year the Government is set to announce more details about its proposed unemployment insurance scheme. Join Jordan and Dr Dennis Wesselbaum as they discuss why the scheme will result in more unemployment, higher taxes and ironically — lower societal wellbeing. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
40 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Simon Bridges on the making of a man, his faith and economic views
Rising from the ashes is a new National Party, with new leadership and possibly, a new hope. Simon Bridges is back in the mix as the shadow Minister of Finance. Jordan talks with Bridges about his new role and what it will mean for Kiwi's. Simon discusses his life, from faith to his views on economics, government and what it means to be a man. Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
30 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
What's next for the National Party?
The National Party is in meltdown mode. Judith Collins has tried to take the ship down with her and now the race is on to fill the vacuum left by her controversial leadership. Jordan is joined by Taxpayer Talk regular David Farrar to discuss the details.Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
50 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
David Farrar on Lord Ashcroft's Mega-Poll
How do Kiwis view China? What do they think of the Queen? Will an ACT-National government lead to radical policy from the right? Pollster David Farrar Joins Taxpayer's Union researchers Max and Levi for a discussion about all this and more from the recent Lord Ashcroft mega-poll.Support the show (http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/donate)
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