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Welcome to the April edition of PolitiPal brought to you by HSB Government Relations. No bull, no spin, all truth. Each edition covers memorable moments from the House, a range of political insights you would be crazy to miss, and tips to help you hone your political engagement.
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Below are 4 important things happening in NZ government.
1: No capital gains tax.
And boy, did New Zealand reporters report:
- "There was an audible gasp (which is rarely heard in Beehive press conferences) when it became clear that tax was off the table."
- "Jacinda Ardern just did a John Key."
- Has the CGT debacle raised questions over Jacinda Ardern's ability to lead?
- Capital gains tax: A long road to nowhere.
- Was it naive to expect a Change government?
2: Should Alibaba set up a logistics hub in regional New Zealand?
The Herald is reporting that e-commerce giant Alibaba is looking at setting up a regional logistics hub - with only Palmerston North named so far. "The logistics centre would be part of the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) – and would help facilitate logistics and the movement of goods. Alibaba – which is worth close to US$500 billion – has been setting hubs such as these all around the world over the past few years," the article reports.
3: Another study on the Future of Work?
The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into technological change and the future of work. This issues paper presents four scenarios for consideration, and will be accepting submissions until 5 June.
4: New Zealand businesses are investing in government relations.
A recent survey done by public affairs firm Senate SHJ showed that corporate reputation is now considered a primary asset, prompting New Zealand businesses to invest in government relations. The survey found over half of respondents (51%) had planned investment in government relations.
Also check out some of our favourite political reads from this month:
- $1,280,000 per metre for a railway - and room to rise?
- The fight to be heard on vocational education reform rages on.
- New Zealand and France to work together on stopping social media's use in terrorism.
- Forty percent of us are flagged by police in their intelligence system.
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