Mike Hosking sees right through Labour’s wood policy…another that they will no doubt claim is a “game changer”.
In what the Labour Party will hope is some sort of turning point in their poll run, theyâve started talking wood. Theyâre pro-wood. Theyâre getting into and involved in the wood industry.
The potential upside of this is it differentiates them from the Government. It gives them a point of difference. What theyâre up to is incentivising the industry – there will be tax breaks for it.
Now the immediate problem I had with the idea is that it originated from their manufacturing inquiry they held a couple of years ago. That was the cross party âcrisisâ inquiry where Labour, the Greens and NZ First wandered around the country listening to people complain about manufacturing. The big problem being that while they were all in a room together wringing their hands and moaning, manufacturing was going gang busters. Manufacturing has been expanding for the past 18 months in a row and across all sectors. Manufacturing levels are at record highs.
The single best thing Labour could do is declare that the wood industry in crisis and hold an investigation into it.Â Read more »