How struggling businesses may come under partial state ownership

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 3:13PM
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How struggling businesses may come under partial state ownership

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 3:13PM

Government equity to save large businesses could see them under partial state ownership for years to come.

Businesses with revenues of more than $80 million, are likely to be eligible for tailor-made assistance to recover from the Covid crisis.

New Zealand Initiative director Oliver Hartwich told Kate Hawkesby this could lead to the Government becoming a big shareholder across many sectors.

"It's not desirable in the long run, so the government could try and start to sell its shares again which would take years."

Hartwich says many businesses are instead calling for a work support scheme, that would see workers temporarily laid off, with the government compensating workers.

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