Yeah, and while the mood on this thread remains light and not inconveniently over-condescending, Keith, you've had a while to read through the articles, interviews etc, what are your thoughts?
Journalists haven’t been lazy this election, nor have they been biased.
Even Peters own voters aren't convinced by this old trick - 92 per cent of his supporters don't rate immigration as a problem.
and non reporting
Savings Working Group
“The big adverse gap in productivity between New Zealand and other countries opened up from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The policy choice that increased immigration – given the number of employers increasingly unable to pay First-World wages to the existing population and all the capital requirements that increasing populations involve – looks likely to have worked almost directly against the adjustment New Zealand needed to make and it might have been better off with a lower rate of net immigration. This adjustment would have involved a lower real interest rate (and cost of capital) and a lower real exchange rate, meaning a more favourable environment for raising the low level of productive capital per worker and labour productivity. The low level of capital per worker is a striking symptom of New Zealand’s economic challenge.
"The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) is calling for a more ambitious population policy, which it says will drive competition in business and push up incomes."
Time for a new GCSB bill? The spooks down on the quay have got to be jealous of what their aussie brethren have just been given.
The new bill also allows ASIO to seek just one warrant to access a limitless number of computers on a computer network when attempting to monitor a target, which lawyers, rights groups, academics and Australian media organisations have condemned.
They said this would effectively allow the entire internet to be monitored, as it is a "network of networks" and the bill does not specifically define what a computer network is.
ASIO will also be able to copy, delete, or modify the data held on any of the computers it has a warrant to monitor.
And Mr Key would sure love to jail anyone that talked about the GCSB -
Anyone - including journalists, whistleblowers and bloggers - who "recklessly" discloses "information ... [that] relates to a special intelligence operation" faces up to 10 years' jail.