Submission Welfare Working Groups Paper Long Term Benefit Dependency The Issues

Submission: Welfare Working Group's Paper, 'Long-Term Benefit Dependency: The Issues'

The Business Roundtable welcomes the establishment of the Welfare Working Group (WWG). Welfare dependency is an enormous problem that blights the lives of many people and has wider deleterious social and economic effects. Its roots lie in a welfare system that, despite the admirable intentions of its founders, has over time eroded the acceptance of personal responsibility, diminished self-reliance and weakened the family as a social institution. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
20 September, 2010
Submission Ministry of Economic Development on the Reform of Securities Trading Law

Submission: Ministry of Economic Development Discussion Paper: Review of Securities Law

The Business Roundtable does not propose to individually address each of the 204 questions presented in the Discussion Paper but instead address five key issues arising from it. These include: The public policy framework for evaluating New Zealand's securities laws; the scope of the securities laws; the substantive duties of disclosure; the standards of liability under the securities laws; and the securities law reform process. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
19 August, 2010
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Submission: Consumer Law Reform Discussion Paper

This submission focuses on making three high-level comments on the discussion paper: problem definition, the need for the law to protect reputable suppliers and customers alike, and the case for general and enduring statute law rather than for detailed law that can quickly become obsolescent. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 July, 2010
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Submission: Electoral Referendum Bill

The Business Roundtable is pleased that the government is giving effect to its manifesto commitment to hold another referendum on the voting system. This was expected by many voters when the mixed-member proportional (MMP) system was introduced. Read more

New Zealand Business Rountable
20 June, 2010
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Submission: Commerce Commission's Draft Reconsideration Report on Mobile Termination Services

We made our first submission on these issues in November 2004 and our last submission was in July 2009. Throughout we have been greatly concerned about the implications for investment in infrastructure of the never-ending litigation and re-litigation of pricing issues. It is clear that currently incumbents can have no certainty as to future pricing plans even if they have reached firm deeds of agreement with the Crown. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
19 May, 2010
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Submission: Financial Services Providers (Pre-Implementation) Adjustments Bill

In our view issues relating to Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act need to be seen in the context of the government’s overriding goal of lifting average New Zealand incomes to Australian levels by 2025. As the minister of labour notes in the foreword to the Discussion Document, “The Government aims to put employment relations on sound and solid footings so that New Zealand can focus on building more productive businesses and higher wages.” To achieve that goal, major... Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Employment Relations Act 2000: Review of Part 6A: Continuity of Employment

In our view issues relating to Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act need to be seen in the context of the government’s overriding goal of lifting average New Zealand incomes to Australian levels by 2025. As the minister of labour notes in the foreword to the Discussion Document, “The Government aims to put employment relations on sound and solid footings so that New Zealand can focus on building more productive businesses and higher wages.” To achieve that goal, major... Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill

Compulsory students’ association membership (CSM), as opposed to voluntary students’ association membership (VSM), is an anachronism. Students’ associations are incorporated societies formed by members with common interests and are akin to the Automobile Association, the Consumers' Institute, staff associations and sporting clubs. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
Submission Ministry of Economic Development on the Discussion Document Cartel Criminalisation

Submission: Ministry of Economic Development on the Discussion Document 'Cartel Criminalisation'

This submission on the Ministry of Economic Development discussion document Cartel Criminalisation is made by the New Zealand Business Roundtable, an organisation comprising primarily chief executives of major business firms. The purpose of the organisation is to contribute to the development of sound public policies that reflect overall national interests. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
Submission Dept of Labour Employment Relations Act 2000 cover

Submission: Department of Labour Discussion Paper 'Employment Relations Act 2000: Review of Part 9: Personal Grievances'

In our view, issues relating to Part 9 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 need to be seen in the context of the government’s overriding goal of lifting average New Zealand incomes to Australian levels by 2025. To achieve that goal, major improvements in labour productivity growth are required, given the staggering decline in recent productivity growth rates with the ill-conceived policies of the previous government. The Employment Relations Act (the ERA) was one such policy. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 March, 2010
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Submission: Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill

While improved governance arrangements for Auckland are a commendable first step, the Forum believes that much work remains if local government is to contribute fully to lifting overall economic performance. Broader reform of local government, which the government is progressing separately, can assist. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
12 March, 2010
Submission Pan Industry letter to PM on Emissions Trading Scheme cover

Submission: Pan-Industry Letter to Prime Minister on the Emissions Trading Scheme

Recent events show that the international climate change context is less certain than previously anticipated. We think that the current emissions trading scheme is too rigid and may in fact frustrate the delivery of the outcomes sought from it. Therefore, we seek an assurance from you that in light of recent events the Government is taking stock of whether the current climate change policy settings which focus primarily on an emissions trading scheme remain appropriate for New Zealand. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
5 March, 2010
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Submission: Law Commission on Alcohol In Our Lives: An issues paper on the reform of New Zealand's liquor laws

A national interest perspective in the context of the Law Commissions’ inquiry means giving primacy to the interests of consumers. In respect of alcohol, it does not, as in the days of pervasive controls on competition in the liquor industry, mean favouring producer interests. At the same time, such a perspective requires attention to the effects and costs of misuse of alcohol products and effective ways of minimising them. Read more

New Zealand Business Roundtable
30 October, 2009

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