My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

Why Government needs a plan for the economy including Dunedin

Dunedin has been feeling the pinch. At a local level, choices made in Wellington have affected Dunedin directly. In a recent article entitled Regions Treated as a ‘Cost’ by National, I explain why. 

I’ve had plenty of feedback on this piece because it gives some granular detail about choices the Government’s made that have cost jobs in Dunedin, contributed to a 67% rise in the number of unemployed people in Otago, and contributed to 1030 Kiwis leaving Dunedin permanently for Oz in the past year.

In a second article I pointed out the big changes the Government can make to better New Zealand’s prospects as a whole.  Labour has already outlined solutions that would make a big difference to the economic conditions in our country. 

Changes Labour would make include: changes to Reserve Bank Act to give them tools to focus on the economy and jobs, not just interest rates; a move towards universal savings. (The $A1.3 Trillion of savings Australia has makes a big difference to businesses looking for a source of cash to grow); pro-growth tax reform to neutralise the investment signal via a capital gains tax, and to encourage investment in future-focused industries via Research and Development tax credits; and, procurement policies that ensure whole of economy benefits are taken into account when taxpayer money is spent (think: Hillside).


1 comment on ‘Why Government needs a plan for the economy including Dunedin’

  1. 7 November, 2013

    I work as an owner drive in a taxi company in Dunedin and I can see that Dunedin has lost so many businesses closing down as I drive around the city. The National government doesn’t give a dam about this area. Dunedin use to be a very vibrant and prosperous city but Dunedin has lot so much that in time it won’t be a city with people moving out. No work here. My income has dropped big time but my costs of running my taxi haven’t those costs have gone up. Also I am discriminated against because I drive a diesel car which is cleaner for the environment than petrol. My registration is double that of a petrol car plus the road user tax. Why not get rid of the road user tax on cars and put the tax at the pumps like petrol. I have lived in Dunedin for 58 years and I love this city it has a lot of potential and Dunedin is still a reasonable safe place to live compared to other cities in New Zealand.

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