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Airbrushing at will

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 pm, February 26th, 2009 - 25 comments
Categories: national/act government, spin, workers' rights - Tags: ,

Via Farrar’s site I’ve come across this a lovely piece of Government spin. It’s a PDF document checking off everything National’s done in its first 100 days. It’s pretty comprehensive.

Funny thing is, despite mentioning everything from bonding doctors to line by line spending reviews, they seem to have completely forgotten the unpopular 90 day fire at will bill. You know, the one they undemocratically rammed through under urgency at the end of last year.

I don’t blame them.

25 comments on “Airbrushing at will ”

  1. monkey boy 1

    You don’t blame them?

    Well I do. What an apalling oversight!

    They should be proud of their sensible initiative to free up the labour market and encourage mobility in the employment sector.

    You say ‘Fire at Will’ I say ‘Hire at Will’.

    What’s the difference, really?

  2. Tane 2

    You can already hire at will, mb. This law is about making it easier to fire people unfairly. There’s no evidence it will create one single extra job.

  3. Ianmac 3

    And does someone fired at will get the full privileges of job loss or do they face a long stand-down as penalty for being fired?

  4. Undemocratically? Are you suggesting that they lost the vote but did it anyway Tane?

    • lprent 4.1

      bb: It is called due process. It is not something that wingnuts are keen on – they tend (like you) to be keen on lynch mob as the process. But then wingnuts hardly qualify as being civilized.

      In this case the bill should have gone to select committee.

  5. Daveski 5

    Agreed the urgency was overplayed. Needless too.

    However, the people seem to like the fact that they have kept their promises while not delivering any shocks and in fact delivering some surprises eg minimum wage. SP is still spluttering into his keyboard.

    A genuine question – was the 90 day bill part of the 100 day plan?

  6. Ari 6

    Undemocratically? Are you suggesting that they lost the vote but did it anyway Tane?

    I believe he’s suggesting that it ought to have gone to a select committee.

  7. Ari, do you mean in the same way the EFB did with labour? Or the copyright bill that Tizard ignored and put thew contentious clause back in?
    The last decade saw the govt adopt an approach that was like “to the victors go the spoils”. Is it really any surprise that national have adopted a similar approach?

    • BeShakey 7.1

      barnsleybill – Those went to select committee (they may highlight the fact that the select committee process isn’t perfect, but that’s hardly news). I think everyone is tiring of hearing years of trilling about ‘corrupt’ Labour, and how evil they were and JK and co would change everything, and now that they haven’t the response is that its all OK because Labour did it.

  8. keith 8

    FDR had a 100 day plan when he became president during the great depression; prob key/crosby-textor want to paint themselves in a similar light. The difference being that FDR came from a privileged background and saw through the bullshit of the wealthy class unlike state-house raised Key who has worked his whole life to suck up to the rich and powerful. So whereas FDR’s 100 day plan worked to improve the lot of the people, National just took advantage of the situation to screw over the people with muck like the 90 day bill.

  9. Santi 9

    What a joy to see the EFA ditched for good. Priceless!

  10. Tigger 10

    Santi – actually parts of the EFA live on…changes made to the Broadcasting Act, for example, by the EFA are still in force. So National didn’t ‘repeal’ the EFA, they merely tore some pieces off it.

    What gets me is that this plan totally ignores the economic crisis. Shouldn’t a sensible government coming in at this time spent less on doing all this policy laden stuff and spent immediate time on fixing the economy? The answer is yes.

  11. Redbaiter 11

    Where are all the new posts? You guys been drinking too liberally again???

    (over Andrew’s success?)

  12. toad 12

    Yes, Tane, I’m still trying to work out why the [email protected], which was not on the list, got pushed through under urgency and with no Select Committee scrutiny in the first 100 days.

    I’m already aware of one glitch – a guy who is on benefit in Dunedin, has got a job starting in Christchurch on Tuesday next week, and Work and Income won’t loan him the money he needs to move because he will be on a trial period and therefore “not permanent employment’.

    I think it is a case of Work and Income Ministerial Directions failing to keep up with the law change.

    You see, there used to be permanent employment, which they would loan or grant people money to help them move to, and temporary employment, which they wouldn’t. And that made sense – a good idea to give a one-off payment to someone if it gets them out of the benefit system, but a silly idea if they have only 2 or 3 weeks work and then go back on benefit.

    But now there are going to be trial periods, which are something in between permanent and temporary employment, and the Work and Income policy doesn’t anticipate this.

    This probably would have been picked up if there had been Select Committee hearings on the Bill, but there were not, so it was not.

    So, just as I predicted at the time, legislation undemocratically rushed through under urgency has unexpected and unintended consequences.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    So, making it less of a risk for employers to take on new employees is not a good thing?

    • Matthew Pilott 13.1

      No, not necessarily. For example, you could enact a law saying that you didn’t have to worry about workplace safety at all, and it would be easier to take on new employees, as the old ones get injured and/or die.

      Now that’s a silly argument, really, but so is your point. Simplistic to the point of uselessness. It might be good for the employer, but it might also help to look at the overall picture.

  14. toad 14

    Pssst, Matthew, don’t give them ideas!

    • Matthew Pilott 14.1

      Na it’s fine, toad, they’re having this ‘do-fest’ now which is going to yield a rich bounty of ideas and action….

  15. jimbo 15

    I see we’re all still sloganeering against this Act and what it’s intended to achieve…

    Urgency was unnecessary and a silly political decision. The Government should have patiently gone through the select committee process and responded to all the universally over-egged arguments against probation periods (which get rehashed here every week or so).

    Simple question – which of you believes the next Labour government will repeal this Act? If you reckon they WON’T repeal it, why not?

  16. Matthew Pilott 16

    jimbo – I suspect Labour would campaign on repealing the act if it is a big issue. If it is not they may well repeal the Act without making it a big issue.

    I imagine it will be repealed unless it is working well and achieving what was overtly intended – making it easier to hire people, without resulting in excessive hardship or uncertainty for workers, or reducing workforce training.

    If, somehow, it does work, and there aren’t negative effects, then I’d be ambivalent about keeping the Act in place – if others on the left feel the same way, then Labour could possibly keep it in place. That’s not the outcome I expect, whether the bad stroies are publicised or not – and I don’t expect we’ll hear much about what goes wrong unless we go looking for the stories.

  17. As I understand it, this was a list of what they promised to do in their first 100 days. The trial periods bill was what you call a bonus!

  18. gingercrush 18

    What makes something unpopular? I mean sure the fire-at-will is unpopular among leftist bloggers, unions and I’m sure certain organisations. But I’m not sure its unpopular with a majority of New Zealanders? Something isn’t unpopular simply because the left disagrees with it surely?

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday's pick o' the links: Wayne Brown's WTF moment
    Wayne Brown managed a smile when meeting with Remuera residents, but he was grumpy about having to deal with “media drongos”. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: In my pick of the news links found in my rounds since 4am for paying subscribers below the paywall:Wayne Brown moans about the media and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The gamechanger PM and polls
    Dr Bryce Edwards writes –  Last night’s opinion polls answered the big question of whether a switch of prime minister would really be a gamechanger for election year. The 1News and Newshub polls released at 6pm gave the same response: the shift from Jacinda Ardern to Chris Hipkins ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delay
    Hipkins’ aim this year will be to present a ‘low target’ for those seeking to attack Labour’s policies and spending. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Anyone dealing with Government departments and councils who wants some sort of big or long-term decision out of officials or politicians this year should brace for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delay
    Hipkins’ aim this year will be to present a ‘low target’ for those seeking to attack Labour’s policies and spending. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Anyone dealing with Government departments and councils who wants some sort of big or long-term decision out of officials or politicians this year should brace for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Gamechanger PM and polls
    Last night’s opinion polls answered the big question of whether a switch of prime minister would really be a gamechanger for election year. The 1News and Newshub polls released at 6pm gave the same response: the shift from Jacinda Ardern to Chris Hipkins has changed everything, and Labour is back ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • After the deluge – initial thoughts on the Auckland floods
    Over the last few years, it’s seemed like city after city around the world has become subject to extreme flooding events that have been made worse by impacts from climate change. We’ve highlighted many of them in our Weekly Roundup series. Sadly, over the last few days it’s been Auckland’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated?
    And so the first month of the year draws to a close. It rained in Auckland on 21 out of the 31 days in January. Feels like summer never really happened this year. It’s actually hard to believe there were 10 days that it didn’t rain. Was it any better where ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Ani O’Brien: Luxon can’t afford to continue ‘small target’ politics
    A ‘small target’ strategy is not going to cut it anymore if National want to win the upcoming election. The game has changed and the game plan needs to change as well. Jacinda Ardern’s abrupt departure from the 9th floor has the potential to derail what looked to be an ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Shaking up science
    When Grant Robertson talks about how the economy might change post-covid, one of the things he talks about is what he calls an unsung but interesting white paper on science. “It’s really important,” he says. The Minister in charge of the White Paper —  Te Ara Paerangi, Future Pathways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Auckland schools closed til Feb 7
    The clean up has begun but more rain is on the way. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Auckland’s floods over the last three days are turning into a macroeconomic event, with losses from Aotearoa’s biggest-ever climate event estimated at around $500 million and Auckland’s schools all closed for a week until ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Auckland schools closed til Feb 7
    The clean up has begun but more rain is on the way. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Auckland’s floods over the last three days are turning into a macroeconomic event, with losses from Aotearoa’s biggest-ever climate event estimated at around $500 million and Auckland’s schools all closed for a week until ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • How we get a new Prime Minister – it’s a simple matter of vice-regal appointment without a swear...
    The news media were at one ceremony by the looks of things. The Governor-General, the  Prime Minister and his deputy were at another. The news  media were at a swearing-in ceremony. The country’s leaders were at an appointment ceremony. The New Zealand Gazette record of what transpired says: Appointment of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago

  • Advancing our relationship in India
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta departs for India tomorrow as she continues to reconnect Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.  The visit will begin in New Delhi where the Foreign Minister will meet with the Vice President Hon Jagdeep Dhankar and her Indian Government counterparts, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government Northland housing investment to spark transformational change
    Over $10 million infrastructure funding to unlock housing in Whangārei The purchase of a 3.279 hectare site in Kerikeri to enable 56 new homes Northland becomes eligible for $100 million scheme for affordable rentals Multiple Northland communities will benefit from multiple Government housing investments, delivering thousands of new homes for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Battle of Ohaeawai remembered
    A memorial event at a key battle site in the New Zealand land wars is an important event to mark the progress in relations between Māori and the Crown as we head towards Waitangi Day, Minister for Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis said. The Battle of Ohaeawai in June 1845 saw ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More Police deployed to the frontline
    More Police officers are being deployed to the frontline with the graduation of 54 new constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. The graduation ceremony for Recruit Wing 362 at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua was the first official event for Stuart Nash since his reappointment as Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further support for upper North Island regions hit by significant weather
    The Government is unlocking an additional $700,000 in support for regions that have been badly hit by the recent flooding and storm damage in the upper North Island. “We’re supporting the response and recovery of Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Northland, and Bay of Plenty regions, through activating Enhanced Taskforce Green to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • The Princess Royal to visit New Zealand
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has welcomed the announcement that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will visit New Zealand this month. “Princess Anne is travelling to Aotearoa at the request of the NZ Army’s Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals, of which she is Colonel in Chief, to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and horticulture sector target $12b in exports by 2035
    A new Government and industry strategy launched today has its sights on growing the value of New Zealand’s horticultural production to $12 billion by 2035, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “Our food and fibre exports are vital to New Zealand’s economic security. We’re focussed on long-term strategies that build on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Cost of living support extended for families and businesses
    25 cents per litre petrol excise duty cut extended to 30 June 2023 – reducing an average 60 litre tank of petrol by $17.25 Road User Charge discount will be re-introduced and continue through until 30 June Half price public transport fares extended to the end of June 2023 saving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More Kiwis in work as rising wages match inflation
    The strong economy has attracted more people into the workforce, with a record number of New Zealanders in paid work and wages rising to help with cost of living pressures. “The Government’s economic plan is delivering on more better-paid jobs, growing wages and creating more opportunities for more New Zealanders,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts fund for Auckland flooding
    The Government is providing a further $1 million to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Auckland following flooding, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced today. “Cabinet today agreed that, given the severity of the event, a further $1 million contribution be made. Cabinet wishes to be proactive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Cabinet focused on bread and butter issues
    The new Cabinet will be focused on core bread and butter issues like the cost of living, education, health, housing and keeping communities and businesses safe, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “We need a greater focus on what’s in front of New Zealanders right now. The new Cabinet line ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister to meet with PM Albanese
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins will travel to Canberra next week for an in person meeting with Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. “The trans-Tasman relationship is New Zealand’s closest and most important, and it was crucial to me that my first overseas trip as Prime Minister was to Australia,” Chris Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government makes first payment to Auckland Flooding fund
    The Government is providing establishment funding of $100,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Auckland following flooding, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced. “We moved quickly to make available this funding to support Aucklanders while the full extent of the damage is being assessed,” Kieran McAnulty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government steps up to assist Auckland during flooding
    As the Mayor of Auckland has announced a state of emergency, the Government, through NEMA, is able to step up support for those affected by flooding in Auckland. “I’d urge people to follow the advice of authorities and check Auckland Emergency Management for the latest information. As always, the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Titewhai Te Huia Hinewhare Harawira
    Ka papā te whatitiri, Hikohiko ana te uira, wāhi rua mai ana rā runga mai o Huruiki maunga Kua hinga te māreikura o te Nota, a Titewhai Harawira Nā reira, e te kahurangi, takoto, e moe Ka mōwai koa a Whakapara, kua uhia te Tai Tokerau e te kapua pōuri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved following Cyclone Hale
    Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Employment, has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to flooding and damaged caused by Cyclone Hale in the Tairāwhiti region. Up to $500,000 will be made available to employ job seekers to support the clean-up. We are still investigating whether other parts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • General Election to be held on 14 October 2023
    The 2023 General Election will be held on Saturday 14 October 2023, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “Announcing the election date early in the year provides New Zealanders with certainty and has become the practice of this Government and the previous one, and I believe is best practice,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation
    Jacinda Ardern has announced she will step down as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Her resignation will take effect on the appointment of a new Prime Minister. A caucus vote to elect a new Party Leader will occur in 3 days’ time on Sunday the 22nd of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago