Companies bidding on Government contracts under Labour simply need to cost in a fully NZ crew, no matter the cost

Labour’s solution to create jobs is a form of subsidies, and tilting the playing field.

So instead of getting the best deal for taxpayer money, Labour is going to use government tendering as a perverted process to subsidise fake jobs that won’t last as soon as the Government stops paying for them.

Labour will re-write the rules for lucrative Government contracts to advantage bidders who can prove it will create jobs in New Zealand.

Labour leader Andrew Little made the jobs announcement in his speech at the Labour Party conference this afternoon in Palmerston North.

Similar to the Labour Party’s policies in 2011 and 2014, he said Labour would harness the Government’s $40 billion buying power to create jobs and help local businesses go up against big international companies.  

It would require government departments and agencies to design contracts so that companies which promised job creation and wider benefits to New Zealand had a fair chance of winning them.

The agencies would also have to report on the value of the contracts they have awarded based on this criteria.

“There have been too many jobs lost because of government organisations buying ‘cheap’ options from overseas.”

This was always going to be the solution from an old-school union boss. Central Planning worked so well for the Soviet Union and former Eastern Bloc countries didn’t it?

Why is it Labour always thinks they know best, and better than business owners?

These sorts of subsidies will simply lead to distortions in the market, and have all the hallmarks of a protection racket, like that set up by the last Labour government to assist union shops in the cleaning industry.

This is just a reheat of their BSC rort but expanded to encompass the whole of New Zealand. What is the bet that companies including the union in their bid processes get far more “points” for the tender? It’s certainly how they have operated in the past.

The last thing we need in this country is a return to Muldoonist interventions and Stalinist-style central command and control planning.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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