As New Zealand’s economy struggles to achieve anything like the output required to ‘catch Australia’, the sale of state assets is on the agenda yet again. The failed experiment of the 80s and 90s looks to be recycled in a one off attempt to lessen the deficit. The Fabian Society welcomes this timely visit by David Hall, an expert in public service provision, particularly in the water, energy, waste management and healthcare sectors.
David's thesis is that, far from being a burden on society, public spending is an essential driving force, providing universal services for human development - healthcare, education, social security - and also the essential infrastructure making other economic activity possible, such as water, electricity, roads.
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David’s visit to New Zealand is sponsored by the Public Service Association.
Grey Lynn, AUK