Bulletin 15/3/2017

Summary:

The Greens continue to talk about water, adding water extraction fees to the previous issue of river quality.  Also, the Whanganui River now has legal personhood – the result of a long Treaty claim battle, but one that happens to be a huge boost to the Greens’ vision of an economy where natural features and resources have legal rights and obligations.  How can a river be a person?  The same way a corporation can.

Along with continuing talk about the housing shortage and superannuation, there’s also talk about abortion law reform and Resource Management Act reform.

 

Echo Chamber National:

Yay highways:

 

Family violence bill:

 

Tourism infrastructure spending:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On superannuation:

 

On mental health funding:

 

On water quality:

 

On the RMA amendment:

 

On housing:

 

On Child Youth and Family reform:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On water extraction:

 

On climate change:

 

Campaigning:

 

On housing:

 

On Auckland transport:

 

On free range eggs labelling:

 

On Te Awa Tupua, Whanganui River treaty claim settlement:

 

On family violence law reform:

 

On abortion law reform:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

On water exports:

 

On tourism funding:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

On Te Awa Tupua, the Whanganui River treaty claim settlement:

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

On RMA reforms:

 

The solution to traffic problems is demand-based pricing.  I’m not really here to argue economics with ACT, but I do want to point out that roads and public transport are not fungible and liquid, and they don’t respond quickly to demand.  By definition, you have to build the entire road network before it is useful to anyone.  If you find that 10 more people are willing to pay for your road, you can’t just add capacity for 10 more people – roads have to be built in advance, in anticipation of demand.  Also, as long as there is a monopoly or if a cartel is possible in the supply of transport, demand-based pricing can lead to the deliberate tightening of supply to inflate prices, and therefore profitability, without stimulating any investment in increasing capacity.  Have you ever heard of any city where there are duplicated road networks owned by competing interests?  No, that’s entirely uneconomic, so roads will always be a monopoly.  A monopoly + demand-based pricing = cash cow and price gouging:

 

On tobacco thefts:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

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Author: sckchui

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