Funnily enough Brash does (inadvertently) point to one of the main reasons we’re falling behind Australia; his task force was based on the Australian Productivity Commission, an independent body reporting to the Treasurer.
The difference is that the Australian body has bipartisan support and is staffed by a spectrum of widely respected economists, business leaders, unionists, politicians and entrepreneurs. Ours is run by a deluded gaggle of irrelevant right-wing fanatics. The Australian commission enjoys public confidence and informs policy for both parties, ours is so reviled that even if they do come up with a good idea the source is so toxic the government will be reluctant to implement it. If the government is serious about catching up with Australia it needs to sack Brash, Caygill et al and appoint a new task- force with serious people that will produce serious proposals.
If our main opposition party wasn’t such a tasteless joke they’d be calling for Brash’s head and a bipartisan replacement ‘for the good of the country’; this would also (incidentally) be good politics, forcing a wedge between National and ACT. Instead Labour have announced that the report proves National has a secret right-wing agenda, a talking point they’ve repeated every twelve hours (or so) every day for the last four years, thus far to no effect.