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    Cash in a Time of COVID

    OK, now for some boring stuff. Money is going to become very short over the next few weeks. Sure, businesses have had some assistance from the government to help to pay wages (and I commend the government on their assistance package) but as payments to businesses...

    Small Businesses Are Adapting to Lockdowns

    Humans can be pretty intriguing creatures. As God found out in the Garden of Eden, tell us not to do something and our immediate impulse is to find the most ingenious way to get around it. As governments impose ever-more onerous restrictions on...

    Beijing Running Scared of COVID-19 Backlash

    China is mounting an impressive and so far successful propaganda war trying to reset perceptions that they are to blame for the global COVID-19 pandemic. They are, of course, being assisted by global media who, despite months of calling the virus variations of the Chinese virus,...

    Updated List of ‘Essential’ Services That Can Stay Open

    Essential businesses that can stay open are: Accommodation: • Any entity that provides accommodation services for essential workers, isolation/quarantine, and emergency housing Border: • Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary...

    The Case for Endgame C: STOP Almost Everything, Restart When Coronavirus Is Gone

    John DaleyChief Executive OfficerGrattan Institute This is longer than the usual Conversation article, so allow some time to take it in. Nobody likes talking about the COVID-19 endgame, but we need...

    New Zealand Outstrips Australia, UK and US with $12 Billion Coronavirus Package for Business and People in Isolation

    Liz MinchinVeronika MedunaWes MountainThe Conversation New Zealand will spend NZ$12.1 billion to support businesses, increase benefits for seniors and low-income families, pay people who can’t work because of self-isolation, and boost virus testing and intensive care capacity.

    Covid-19 – Government’s Package a Mixed Bag *Updated

    Jordan WilliamsExecutive DirectorNew Zealand Taxpayers’ Union The team spent yesterday afternoon working through the Government’s COVID-19 response package. A couple of the staff are in self-isolation, so we’ve well and truly rehearsed using the virtual technology in preparing this article and our media...

    Welcome to the Recession

    There has been a lot of talk about this virus thingy. In our daily meanderings we come across opinions covering all scenarios, "It's not as bad as the flu", "It's only old people who die", "It's ok, we only have a few cases", "The Governments aren't...

    If You Own a Rental Property, You Need to Listen to This Podcast

    This week's podcast, in my opinion, is one of the most important ever. The government's 'Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill' is, in short, shocking for any landlord. If you own a rental property, you need to listen to this podcast and then submit feedback to your local government...

    Morrison Govt Walks Climate Barbed-Wire Fence

    The Morrison government is walking a barbed-wire fence when it comes to climate policy. On the one hand, the government is smarting from sustained, opportunistic left-media attacks in the wake of this summer’s bushfire disaster. On the other, the Coalition’s voting base are unequivocally opposed to...