Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Labour's policy on immigration---makes sense?

Labour has announced the ‘bones’ of its immigration policy and from what I can see it makes some sense. For many years we have seen the ‘regions’ losing out to the ever-growing Auckland. It’s not all bad of course but having a top-heavy’ Auckland makes for inefficiencies re transport, time spent travelling and a concentration that is not necessarily healthy for the wider economy. New Zealand’s regions need to thrive. They need to have population bases that made economic sense for ‘education, health and employment. Employment can only happen if there are opportunities there to provide those jobs. If that means some tax advantaged to attract businesses to the regions, then add that to the ‘immigration’ policies announced today, Labour. I know that regional development as a theme has been around for many years, but it has never really taken off. Is that because Governments and businesses are unwilling to take the plunge and invest in new industries? Is it because it just doesn’t pay? These questions will need to be answered and Labour’s policy will need to have that ‘tag’ re employment and business opportunities. That does not seem to be happening under National, so Labour---come up with the ‘goods’ and make sure they are achievable. The ball is in your court!