NZ figures deal blow to Howard

From Maitland Greens

New Zealand's economy and workers suffered after it introduced workplace changes similar to those proposed in Australia, research shows.

The New Zealand experience has become central to the debate over Australian workplace changes since the Prime Minister, John Howard, cited its workplace reforms in a speech to the Sydney Institute last week.

But a paper by a New Zealand economist, Paul Dalziel, published in the Review of Political Economy, says productivity and wages fell after New Zealand began pushing individual contracts in 1991 with the Employment Contracts Act.

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