by Russel Norman
If Steven Joyce is such a believer in innovation, why is he planning to cut his investment in innovation so dramatically?
Here, in three charts, is what National’s long-term commitment to innovation looks like:
1. National will cut their investment in science and innovation by 21 percent, in real terms, out to 2023/24.
2. The cuts parallel their lack of a long-term commitment, in real terms, to tertiary education – the pipeline of our future innovators:
3. Is it little wonder, therefore, that after six years of a National Government, our export economy continues to simplify?
There is an alternative to National’s plan to bet the farm on the farm, and that is a smart green economy. Read more here: https://www.greens.org.nz/innovation