Tag: Clare Curran

Save our state houses

Column – Clare Curran New Zealand was once renowned for its state housing. Labours first Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage, recognised the importance of something for everyone by embedding state housing into our economic fabric.Save our state houses New Zealand was once renowned for its state housing. Labour’s first Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage, recognised the importance of ‘something for everyone’ by embedding state housing into our economic fabric. However 97% of New Zealanders we surveyed recognise that we are now in the midst of a housing crisis, with the government announcing its intentions to sell off $5 billion worth of state houses while further subsidising the landlords. All with the purpose of divesting governmental responsibility for state housing. National’s big business friends are lobbying them to put the houses on the open market. That would mean speculators and developers could buy up the land and do what they want with it. The result would be that the number of state houses available to provide a safety net for families struggling with rising living costs could rapidly disappear – making the housing crisis even worse. State housing is an investment in future generations and helps make sure all kids have the opportunity to grow up safe and healthy. The effects will be widespread, and Otago will be far from immune. Figures obtained earlier this year, show that up to...

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TPP watch: why doesn’t NZ quantify its intellectual capital?

Opinion – Clare Curran Patents, trademarks, and copyrights are the principal means for establishing ownership rights to inventions and ideas, and provide a legal foundation by which intangible ideas and creations generate tangible benefits to businesses and employees.TPP watch: why doesn’t NZ quantify its intellectual capital? Posted by Clare Curran on November 17th, 2013 In 2012 the US produced this report : Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy INDUSTRIES IN FOCUS Patents, trademarks, and copyrights are the principal means for establishing ownership rights to inventions and ideas, and provide a legal foundation by which intangible ideas and creations generate tangible benefits to businesses and employees. Intellectual property (IP) protection affects commerce throughout the economy by: providing incentives to invent and create; protecting innovators from unauthorized copying; facilitating vertical specialization in technology markets; creating a platform for financial investments in innovation; supporting startup liquidity and growth through mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs; making licensing-based technology business models possible; and, enabling a more efficient market for technology transfer and trading in technology and ideas. On April 11, 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” which found that intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to, or 34.8 percent of, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Pretty compelling stuff. To my knowledge...

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