Luke Malpass


Featured Publication

  • Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain 27 March 2012 | PF22
    In early 2009, the NZ government established the 2025 Taskforce to provide recommendations on closing the income gap with Australia, lift New Zealand’s living standards to those in Australia and to retain New Zealand talent and entice it back home.…...
    In early 2009, the NZ government established the 2025 Taskforce to provide recommendations on closing the income gap with Australia, lift New Zealand’s living standards to those in Australia and to retain New Zealand talent and entice it back home.…
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Media & Commentary

  • A Kiwi approach on emissions 16 December 2011
    This week’s climate fiasco in Durban should serve as a reminder of the flaws inherent in international climate policy. Hailed as a success by backers and a failure by critics, Durban’s outcome was simply to agree to another meeting. Importantly,…
    This week’s climate fiasco in Durban should serve as a reminder of the flaws inherent in international climate policy. Hailed as a success by backers and a failure by critics, Durban’s outcome was simply to agree to another meeting. Importantly,…
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  • Kiwis put ETS on the shelf 15 December 2011 | The Australian Financial Review
    New Zealand has had an emissions trading scheme since 2008, a parting gift of the Clark Labour government. Europe likes to flaunt its climate credentials but the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest Environmental Outlook thinks New Zealand’s is the…
    New Zealand has had an emissions trading scheme since 2008, a parting gift of the Clark Labour government. Europe likes to flaunt its climate credentials but the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest Environmental Outlook thinks New Zealand’s is the…
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  • Kiwis facing a critical choice 24 November 2011 | Australian Financial Review
    New Zealand’s political economy must be compared with Australia’s to be properly understood. In Australia Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard are modernising heroes who laid the foundation for Australia’s prosperity: politicians everywhere try to claim they are in…
    New Zealand’s political economy must be compared with Australia’s to be properly understood. In Australia Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard are modernising heroes who laid the foundation for Australia’s prosperity: politicians everywhere try to claim they are in…
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  • New Zealand’s spending binge 18 November 2011
    Most of New Zealand’s general election campaign is being dominated by squabbling over the Crown selling a minority stake in four state-owned assets while ignoring serious issues such as the massive and unsustainable increase in government spending in the past…
    Most of New Zealand’s general election campaign is being dominated by squabbling over the Crown selling a minority stake in four state-owned assets while ignoring serious issues such as the massive and unsustainable increase in government spending in the past…
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  • NZ ‘leads the world’ by lagging behind Australia on carbon 11 November 2011
    While cheers and jeers were heard in federal Parliament in Canberra when the so-called ‘clean energy future’ legislation was passed in the Senate this week, a much quieter emissions announcement took place in Wellington. In 2009, the National-led government unveiled…
    While cheers and jeers were heard in federal Parliament in Canberra when the so-called ‘clean energy future’ legislation was passed in the Senate this week, a much quieter emissions announcement took place in Wellington. In 2009, the National-led government unveiled…
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Publications

  • The Decade-long Binge: How Government Squandered Ten Years of Economic Prosperity 17 November 2011 | IA128
    Politicians in New Zealand are wedded to the idea of the activist state, but despite huge spending increases life is not much better for most people. Over the last decade, government has provided more social services but at such great cost that we have to question whether the marginal improvements…...
    Politicians in New Zealand are wedded to the idea of the activist state, but despite huge spending increases life is not much better for most people. Over the last decade, government has provided more social services but at such great cost that we have to question whether the marginal improvements…
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  • Alcohol Policy and the Politics of Moral Panic 26 May 2011 | PM118
    Liquor reform has become a political hot potato in New Zealand. Social problems caused by alcohol have meant successive governments have come under pressure to regulate sale and consumption of alcohol. One factor driving public outrage has been reports that give outrageously high ‘social costs’ of alcohol, that discount benefits,…...
    Liquor reform has become a political hot potato in New Zealand. Social problems caused by alcohol have meant successive governments have come under pressure to regulate sale and consumption of alcohol. One factor driving public outrage has been reports that give outrageously high ‘social costs’ of alcohol, that discount benefits,…
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  • Superseding MMP: Real Electoral Reform for New Zealand 16 March 2010 | PM109
    After 13 years of Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) representation, Prime Minister John Key has said it is time to ‘kick the tyres’ and see how much support the system enjoys. New Zealand will hold a referendum on the electoral system coinciding with the next election, which may well be a…...
    After 13 years of Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) representation, Prime Minister John Key has said it is time to ‘kick the tyres’ and see how much support the system enjoys. New Zealand will hold a referendum on the electoral system coinciding with the next election, which may well be a…
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  • KiwiRail: Doomed to Fail? 10 September 2009 | IA115
    Government ownership cannot and will not ‘fix’ rail in New Zealand.  Luke Malpass argues that one year after the renationalisation, it has become clear that the previous government’s justifications for purchasing this expensive, loss-making asset were driven more by ideology rather than sound economic or social reasons. Since the New…...
    Government ownership cannot and will not ‘fix’ rail in New Zealand.  Luke Malpass argues that one year after the renationalisation, it has become clear that the previous government’s justifications for purchasing this expensive, loss-making asset were driven more by ideology rather than sound economic or social reasons. Since the New…
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  • Supersize New Zealand : A Collection of Essays on How to Improve New Zealand's Public Policy 09 September 2009 | PF17
    This collection of essays from the Centre for Independent Studies show that increased regulation and expenditure have put a handbrake on economic growth and prosperity in this country. The global financial crisis has brought home the realisation that much of New Zealand’s recent prosperity has been illusory and funded by…...
    This collection of essays from the Centre for Independent Studies show that increased regulation and expenditure have put a handbrake on economic growth and prosperity in this country. The global financial crisis has brought home the realisation that much of New Zealand’s recent prosperity has been illusory and funded by…
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  • Emissions Tax: The Least Worst Option 16 July 2009 | IA113
    Following warnings from mainstream scientists, politicians around the world have rushed to implement a range of taxes, regulations, subsidies and schemes to save humanity from the impending dangers of warmer winters and higher waters. But while the climate change science debate has focused minds for the past few decades, the…...
    Following warnings from mainstream scientists, politicians around the world have rushed to implement a range of taxes, regulations, subsidies and schemes to save humanity from the impending dangers of warmer winters and higher waters. But while the climate change science debate has focused minds for the past few decades, the…
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  • Ending No. 8 Wire Welfare: Why New Zealand is Lagging Behind 02 April 2009 | IA109
    In the lead up to the last election, the National Party released its new welfare policy. The work-first policy received unwarranted criticism from many quarters despite New Zealand still lagging behind international best practice in welfare policy. The National Party now leads the government. Policies proposed by the government include…...
    In the lead up to the last election, the National Party released its new welfare policy. The work-first policy received unwarranted criticism from many quarters despite New Zealand still lagging behind international best practice in welfare policy. The National Party now leads the government. Policies proposed by the government include…
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