Labour lacks ambition for Otago

Labour is promising to create 3000 jobs a year for Otago which shows a distinct lack of ambition when compared with job growth over recent years:

David Cunliffe has committed to short-changing Otago on the job front with his pledge today to create 3000 more jobs in the region if elected, National’s Economic Development spokesman Steven Joyce says.

“In his press release today, Mr Cunliffe announced that Labour’s policies would create 3,000 more jobs in Otago in the next three years. However that would be a major slowdown on job growth achieved in the last five years,” Mr Joyce says.

“In the last five years our policy mix has seen 23,000 extra jobs created in the Otago region according to Statistics New Zealand. That’s an average of 4,600 jobs a year. Mr Cunliffe is proposing to cut that growth rate by nearly 80 per cent with his ‘economic upgrade’.

“On the one hand I understand Mr Cunliffe’s lack of ambition. A Labour-Greens government with at least four big extra taxes and large amounts of extra spending and the high interest rates that go with it would be a massive drag on the Otago economy.

“On the other hand, with their policy prescription I think they would struggle to even create the extra 1000 jobs a year he suggests.

“Under this Government Otago’s unemployment rate has dropped to 3.3 per cent – one of the lowest in the country.

“And great Otago companies are flat out creating the Innovation and Knowledge Centre Mr Cunliffe says he wants to create.

“Mr Cunliffe is struggling under the weight of his own lack of knowledge about what is happening in the region.

“I suspect that once Otago people compare their economic performance under this government with Mr Cunliffe’s prescription, they will likely tell him to keep his ‘economic upgrade’.”

The Otago unemployment rate is now at about 3.5%.

That’s getting down to the unemployable – those who either can’t or won’t work for a variety of reasons.

One reason for that is government policies and the economic climate, including low interest rates, have given businesses the confidence to invest and expand.

But that confidence will be severely dented by the anti-business, anti-progress policies Labour and its coalition partners – the Green, New Zealand First and Internet Mana parties would impose on us.

They are threatening us with more and higher taxes, greater compliance costs, less flexible employment laws, higher KiwiSaver contributions, higher interest rates . . .

None of those is conducive to business growth and the jobs which rely on it.

8 Responses to Labour lacks ambition for Otago

  1. murray grimwood says:

    “None of those is conducive to business growth and the jobs which rely on it”.

    Growth is only ‘more’, so let’s just look at ‘business activity’. What is the essential ingredient for business activity? One reply – and you only have to stand at the edge of a street during a business day to see it – fossil energy. Nothing would happen – or very little – without it. So ‘growth’ is now a myth, globally.

    Then you don’t define ‘jobs’. If it refers to being manually-busy, there will be increasingly more jobs, heading for too many. Triage will be the order of the day – a good example of triage is the age and condition of USA infrastructure (like bridges, dams). Wee use all the energy produced presently, and yet aren’t mainitaining aging infrastructure – yet both you and Cunliffe (and the Greens) ignore this.

    Time we addressed some truths and realities


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  3. TraceyS says:

    Continuation of the current system of commerce which involves both growth and contraction is the most likely to result in alternatives for fossil fuels being developed because it is the very system which provides the imperatives. If everything grinds to a halt there is no hope of ever fully developing alternatives. For one thing, universities and scientific endeavours would die if we all had to stay home every day. And by alternatives I mean alternative liquid hydrocarbons, preferably carbon neutral or negative if possible (and the science suggests it is). The Greens seem to think that everything can run on hydro-power, solar panels and windmills. But this simply isn’t so. Cars, homes – yes – but there is the world of heavy work which may never be able to run on electricity. And we cannot do without it.


  4. RBG says:

    Heard of biodiesel?


  5. TraceyS says:

    Thanks RGB you have aptly demonstrated my point about Greens ignoring the heavy work component. Anyone who considers biodiesel to be carbon neutral or negative is suffering from this ignorance.

    Biodiesel from forestry waste is a great example. How do you think the waste gets there, how does it get raked up and put onto trucks, how does it get transported to the manufacturing plant for processing? Oh yeah, men and machines – a world you are ignorant of.


  6. RBG says:

    Biodiesel can be made from algae as well as crops such as rape seed. The algae option takes less land away from food production. Harvesting logs to export is hugely wasteful of fossil fuels. There is no way the world is going to be able to continue sending heavy goods all over the planet in future. Life will have to be much more local, with international trade focusing on lightweight essentials, like medical supplies and technology components (if we are so lucky), not heavy things like milk powder, logs and tourists. However such thinking clearly falls into the too hard basket for most people, especially those who ignorantly believe the spin that fracking, deepsea oil drilling and tar sands somehow mean peak oil doesn’t exist.


  7. TraceyS says:

    And if life is a lot more local then there will need to be a lot more activity locally to support local needs. How do you think this will occur? Lightweight tractors cruising around fields with sails? How will the raw materials to build the local infrastructure eg. factories and other buildings be mined or harvested and what if these are not available locally? Very few areas would be blessed with the local resources required to make steel and cement and also posses good conditions for wood production. So there will always have to be transport of heavy goods.

    Ships exporting our produce currently return here with goods from other parts of the world that we need so it is not wasteful. But say we have no need for that because we’re making all our own stuff locally – where will the labour come from for that? We’ve only got 3.3% unemployed in Otago. That resource will get soaked up very fast.

    I suggest that you can’t see beyond algae and vegetable oil-based fuel because the alternatives involve genetic modification and that’s a no-go area for Greens even if it could solve a lot of problems. If you really want to solve problems there is a need to look at all options.


  8. TraceyS says:

    For RBG – I see lots of diesel here:

    Don’t you?


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