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The Ardern Experiment: Oliver Hartwich in conversation with Nick Cater of Menzies Research Centre

27/09/2022

Very dispiriting analysis and not one you will see in NZ Media given their slavish adoration of Ardern

Recorded July 06,2022

Australia has benefitted greatly from the two-way trans-Tasman trade in policy ideas in the last 40 years. In the early 1980s, a New Zealand Labour government led by David Lange and his remarkable treasurer Roger Douglas introduced deregulatory economic reforms later adopted by the Hawke government.

Thirty years later, the incremental reforms and philosophical clarity of the National Party governments of John Key and Bill English inspired some of the successful policy initiatives of the Abbott government, notably in welfare policy.

Does the evident warmth between Anthony Albanese and NZ PM Jacinda Ardern signal a meeting of minds on domestic policy? And if so, how scared should we be? NZ is after all the most woke jurisdiction in the Southern Hemisphere and its economy is officially going backwards.

Oliver Hartwich is executive director of the New Zealand Initiative Nick Cater is executive director of the Menzies Research Centre

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