Q+A: Bridges on transport and economic development

On Q+A this morning:

Political Editor Corin Dann talks transport and economic development with Simon Bridges. With the America’s Cup confirmed, will the Government bring forward spending on Auckland?

Bridges is supposed to be a National up and comer. He is MP for Tauranga and:

  • Minister for Economic Development
  • Minister of Transport
  • Minister for Communications
  • Associate Minister of Finance

Dunedin needs growth and positive change – vote for it!

It is critical that Dunedin votes for a mayor and council best able to promote business and job growth – if you haven’t voted yet you can help lift the city out of the economic doldrums by voting for positive change.

We’re stuck with high debt so fiscal prudence and keeping discretionary spending to a minimum are critical for the council finances, but it’s still critical that economic growth and jobs are high priorities.

The current mayor seems to be conflicted with his Green leaning ideology at odds with what the city requires. Cull’s lukewarm and vague comments on seeking jobs and business is damning of his actual priorities.

Voting for a mayor and councillors who believe business performance is crucial and who know how to lobby Government effectively is of critical importance. There is still time to select a council that wants to grow Dunedin, and a business savvy dedicated mayor is essential.

Vote Pete George 1 for mayor and 1 for council, and look for other business savvy candidates.

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Labour’s ‘economic development’ needs development

New Labour spokesperson on Economic Development, David Clark, has a column in this week’s D Scene. Is this a pointer to his thinking on economic development?

Things need to change. The minimum wage needs to rise to $15…

Clark has been campaigning on that for nearly two years. I wonder when he will discover the effect of inflation.The current minimum wage just increased to $13.75, another couple of years and it may just about be $15 anyway.

…our tax system needs reform to stop our wealthiest citizens avoiding their share of tax.

Clark uses simplistic repeat phases a lot, perhaps he will do some detail on what he would actually propose on that.

When it requires half a 40 hour wage to put a healthy meal on the table each day power and rent are a stretch.


Perhaps he could read the book Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce:

She has written about how she slashed her grocery spending from more than $200 a week for herself and two teenage children to $100, then to $75 for three people and a baby when her grandson was born and his father moved in, and now to $35 for herself and one daughter.

They are the better for it too, because they are eating more healthily, she says.


Clark has been caught out making dubious claims in the past, including confusing revenue with profit – see Facebook and Google tax. If he wants to be a heavy hitter in economics he needs to do some heavy duty research and do more than repeating lightweight talking points with as much substance as a leaf of lettuce.