Benefit numbers continue to climb

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, January 20th, 2011 - 41 comments
Categories: benefits, jobs - Tags: , , ,

Remember back when Labour was in power and the Right had this myth that dole numbers had only dropped because Labour had moved people to other benefits? It wasn’t true but that didn’t stop John Key saying it during one of the 2008 debates as he promised to get more people into work. Now, 2 years later, 83,879 more Kiwis are on benefits.

National promised us they would get people back into work. Paula Bennett went on a six week paid holiday to the US supposedly to learn and come up with ideas to help her in her portfolio. They’ve wheeled out the same old beneficiary bashing as always. But it hasn’t worked. The jobs aren’t there and dole numbers have risen by 43,713 or 114% since Key and Bennett came to power.

The cost is serious – an extra $2.3 billion will be spent on benefits this year compared to 2008. Then there’s the lost tax revenue.An unemployed person on the dole pays $4,700 a year less tax than a person on the median full-time wage (which is $39,000). So, that’s $200 million lost tax revenue.

$2.5 billion is a big bill for allowing extra unemployment. And it doesn’t count the costs of poverty, crime, lost tax from people who lost their jobs but don’t get the dole etc.

Now, our National masters are supposed to be great businesspeople.  And what would a sensible businessperson do when facing a $2.5 billion cost? Well, surely they would be willing to spend up to that same amount to avoid the cost. They would be willing to invest billions in job creation – the Green New Deal, for example.

Of course, that’s not how National operates. They say that government should be run like a business but they won’t spend money to save a larger cost. Instead, the Nats want to use benefit cuts and aggressive new eligibility tests to punish the people who lost their jobs through not fault of their own and who desperately want to get back into work.

If only unemployed Kiwi workers had a government that backed them.

41 comments on “Benefit numbers continue to climb”

  1. Wyndham 1

    “If only unemployed Kiwi workers had someone to back them.”

    Is that not the job of the Labour Party?

    • just saying 1.1

      Only if they are middle class (or higher).

      • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1

        Thats why when Labour proposes a programme in Parliament its done!

        Perhaps the reason why The Government is doing nothing. Absurdity seems to be eaten at breakfast

    • Marty G 1.2

      Well, it should be the job of the government regardless.

      I’ve edited the sentence for you.

  2. big bruv 2

    The rise in benefit numbers can be reversed within a month.

    Slash benefits to half their current rate.

    Problem solved.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1

      Yes and that worked for Ruth Richardson ?. The numbers grew even higher

      • big bruv 2.1.1

        Sure did, and look at the way the economy took off as a result of her (and Sir Rogers) good work.

        The only sad thing about the Richardson and Douglas era’s is that Labour (under Clark) wasted the rewards.

        • Bunji 2.1.1.1

          The economy took off as a result? You must have lived through a different 90s to me. I could’ve sworn we fell massively behind the OECD average GDP that decade. With 9 years of government deficits and consistently >6% unemployment (hence Bill English’s claim that Labour’s promise to get unemployment below 6% was a hoax).

          Now the economy did pretty well under Clark & Cullen (with large wage & GDP growth, 9 years of surpluses and unemployment down near 3%), although we did fail to make up all that ground lost under National.

        • mickysavage 2.1.1.2

          Big bruv you are kidding …

          Look at the graph on Tane’s original post linked to above. Then explain how things got better when it is clear that unemployment and beneficiary numbers increased markedly.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1.1.2.1

            A look at the real economic growth during the Roger Douglas- Ruth Richardson years shows nearly 10 years of stagnation. ( there was a short period when Caygill was Finance minster).
            This ‘afterwards theory’ doesnt stack up. The easy availability of bank credit was responsible for the ‘taking off’.
            Conversely we will have the same stagnation under Key-English until easy credit reappears.
            Tax cuts hasnt worked either.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Tax cuts never work. In fact, tax cuts always result in a decline in growth. Not that I think growth is a good idea – a stable economy with people being paid adequately is a far better idea as it’s sustainable.

        • Policy Parrot 2.1.1.3

          The economy was crippled by their agendas.
          Any growth over the last 25 years has been in spite of the Rogernome/Ruthenasia reforms.

          Take a look at wage growth for example over this time.

        • Vicky32 2.1.1.4

          Did you learn that by interviewing your head, Big Bruv? Honestly, it is to laugh…
          Deb

    • jcuknz 2.2

      “Slash benefits to half their current rate…… Problem solved.”
      Sure it solves one problem and would create many more with crime, medical and so on.
      True the country seemed to take off with the few getting greater riches and the poor getting less so that we have become a grossly unequal society. Increase the range and the average rises but that is just figures, not the toll in human happiness and welfare, no wonder our alcohol consumption is going up. It appeared to be an example to the world from the experimental farm that is New Zealand but it is a false message. With the freedoms from financial restraint getting us further and further into the mire. Consumer society going mad. I don’t know what the answer is but cutting benefits is not the solution.
      Maybe on an individual basis the answer is to reduce our indebtedness to credit cards and finance companies and to only spend what we actually have in real money, hoping that the retail industry will survive on the lower turn-over, the essential part of it anyway.

    • Colonial Viper 2.3

      The rise in benefit numbers can be reversed within a month.

      Slash benefits to half their current rate.

      Yeah, and we know that if you take the benefit away completely, our UB numbers will be zero – unemployment successfully eliminated from NZ society!

      Hand me a Tui someone.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Can anyone tell me why they bother to engage with doltish trolls like of big bruv? He is so predictable he could be a bot, or alternatively a shared account between Don Nicholson and Matthew Hooten.

    Can’t you just ban him for the serious crime of being an idiot on the internet?

    [lprent: We don’t ban for people being idiots or having views that we disagree with. We do ban them for being badly behaved idiots. Doing such things as trying to swamp the dialogue, deliberately starting flamewars, trying to divert the dialogue away from the post, stupid pointless abuse, relying on meaningless slogans or dogwhistles or unsubstantiated assertions etc etc. And of course there are the various self-martyrdom offenses like not reading moderations on their comments.

    It is deliberately pretty fuzzy because that encourages people to be careful of the bounds (ie we’re not interested in lawyering) and is a judgement call by the moderators. They only really have to answer to the other moderators, privately and in the background. But basically the people that do the work set the rules pretty much on the basis of what is good for the site.

    But BB generally keeps within the policy on behavior (but has had a few bans in past). He drives me nuts periodically but not so much as a moderator. You can see it when I leave some of my more acerbic comments in reply. ]

    • jcuknz 3.1

      A call for censorship by somebody not prepared to answer but just yell names? No answer is likely to change their opinion but censorship is the tool of the petty in many cases. Provided comment is in reasonable language censorship is a poor solution. It is what you find on the disgustingly run sites like Red Alert and True Blue NZ, Crusader Rabbit. But I agree that the people who pay for/run a site have the final word to do what they wish to do. .

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        No answer is likely to change their opinion but censorship is the tool of the petty in many cases.

        When you are trying to have a productive discussion you do everyone a favour by kicking the slogan swearing lout out.

        Free speech is a protection to enable serious and perhaps controversial or daring points to be made, not to protect the making of white noise and bullshit.

      • Sanctuary 3.1.2

        jcuknz – are your sure? I’ve moderated a lot of message boards in my time, and It goes right through the whole gambit of “teh webz must always be freeeeeeeeeee!!!!” to strict censorship. To my mind, the internet is not a monolith where one rule must apply to all message boards.

        I would consider a site like the Standard to be more like the newspaper it is names after, the comments sections to be more like the “letters to the editor” than perhaps the message boards on a music site or somesuch. And like any newspaper, I consider it entirely appropriate for a site like this to have an editor for what gets published, with certain individuals (traditionally a slightly mad compulsive-obsessive retiree who writes daily about flouride in the water supply) being filtered out…

        But as you say, it isn’t yours or my call.

  4. BLiP 4

    Of course they are great business people – they are using public funds to establish a vast pool of hungry workers willing to work for next to nothing and eat shit sandwiches from crap employers. Loss of tax income . . . pfft – close a few hospitals, sell a few defence force bases and school paygrounds and, hey presto, money in the bank.

    • kriswgtn 4.1

      And stop their (MP’s) pay increases and perks and everything else they get

      Anti Spam word=Grown

      yeah their wages and salaries have grown all right-PIGS

  5. burt 5

    OMG – Labour managed NZ into recession before the rest of the world even knew we had a global crisis and the lovers of big govt and retrospectively validated PMs now blame National. Guess thats what you expect from supporters of a PM who never admitted her own mistakes and always blamed others for her failings.

    • Bright Red 5.1

      3 years ago, (3!) New Zealand was experiencing its first negative quarter in the recession along with:
      Canada,
      Denmark,
      Estonia,
      Ireland,
      Norway,
      Slovakia
      Sweden,
      the US,

      All the others followed a quarter behind.

      NZ did not enter recession before the rest of the world. And Labour did not create the credit crisis, the drought, and the oil price shock.

      And it’s your mates in charge now. It’s their duty to respond in the here and now. Playing factually incorrect blame games doesn’t absolve them of that duty.

    • BLiP 5.2

      Tell me, Burt, when English said in December 2008:

      ‘I want to stress that New Zealand starts from a reasonable position in dealing with the uncertainty of our economic outlook. In New Zealand we have room to respond. This is the rainy day that Government has been saving up for,”

      . . . was Blinglish lying then or are you lying now?

      • burt 5.2.1

        For sure, he was telling porkies when he said that. He has contradicted that statement several times and for some reason you people who love it when Labour use parliament to keep their leader out of court forget that he has made numerous statements that contradict that one.

        • BLiP 5.2.1.1

          Good to see you acknowledge the mendacity of the National Ltd™ Minister of Finance. The evidence is overwhelming, after all. . Now, about your statement:

          “Labour managed NZ into recession before the rest of the world . . .

          . . . DOX or GTFO.

        • The Economic Illiteracy Support Group 5.2.1.2

          So, exploring this novel hypothesis of yours, burt, let’s assume that Labour got us into a recession. Why do you then think that National has been such a complete and utter failure at getting us back to pre-2007 growth levels … aside from their incompetent economic management, of course?

          • tsmithfield 5.2.1.2.1

            TEISG “Why do you then think that National has been such a complete and utter failure at getting us back to pre-2007 growth levels … aside from their incompetent economic management, of course?”

            Ummm… Exactly how many countries in the world are back at pre-2007 growth levels? Perhaps you could name a few. Perhaps the reason that NZ is not at pre-2007 growth levels is something to do with the great recession?

            • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2.1.1

              I’ll name you two: China, Singapore.

              The China case is even more remarkable as theirs was an export led manufacturing boom – but they are weathering the demand crash from western countries very well, thanks to government intervention and spending.

              • clandestino

                And lax labour laws, wages, rights.
                And low margins, subsidies, NTBs, currency pegs/devaluations.
                And environmental suicide, pollution, mass poisonings.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      I see burt is rewriting reality again.

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        You have to know what reality is to be able to rewrite it. As it stands his is just a work of fiction.

  6. Afewknowthetruth 6

    As usual ‘nobody’ notices the elephant in the room.

    Without energy nothing happens. During the supposedly good period in the 1990s oil was under $20 a barrel; it is now close to $100 a barrel.

    We are now living in a post peak oil world, which means wordwide there can be no economic growth, though some nations (notably China and India) may achieve some growth in the short term at the expense of others.

    Mainstream economists are incapable of dealing with declining energy supply and a deteriorating environment, since energy and the environment are not factors in their equations.

    Therefore, do not be surprised to see a full-system implosion at some stage over the coming decade; probably sooner rather than later.

  7. M 7

    The New Green Deal if implemented would be admirable but will be met head-on with that bête-noir PO; however, it is far more productive than this do-nothing government. Dumb arse Bennett is lame trailing after Key like a love sick puppy but the buck stops with S & W and he’s obviously proud of his inaction and looks increasingly gormless as he hides out from the media that he’s courted so assiduously.

    Re unemployment and poverty there’s a documentary series commencing on TV One tonight at 9.30 called ‘How the Other Half Live’ and the blurb is: UK documentary series that aims to show what it means to grow up in poverty in 21st-century Britain.

    Note to self – make popcorn at 9.20.

    • Puddleglum 7.1

      Thanks M. Almost makes me want to have a TV.

      It was an unfortunate time to elect John ‘Claytons’ Key – the PM you have when you don’t have a PM.

      Peak oil, recession, relatively high unemployment, climate change – not a time to have someone ‘leading’ who is not a ‘game-changer’. As Colin James puts it:

      But (a tiny few aside) traders don’t change the game; they play it. Key has talked “step-change” but has stuck to “what works”. That implies small steps.

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    On track for one million unemployed youth in the UK

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jan/19/youth-unemployment-heads-towards-1-million

    This is going to lead to horrendous social problems over the next 20 years as a generation of purposeless listless youth with no share in economic society grow up and move out into their communities.

    The Right Wing government in the UK is doing just as well as ours, their youth unemployment rate is also 20%.

    • Brett 8.1

      Labor totally fucked England.
      If there was any justice, both Blair,Brown would be string up with piano wire from the nearest lamp post.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Labour UK followed a pretty much neocon economic line as well. Nevertheless they saved the NHS, and brought many services back to the communities which needed them.

        If Labour were in Govt now there would still be cutbacks. What the Tories and Liar Dems are doing however is cutting too much muscle, too fast and too deeply.

        All the while giving the bankers permission to give themselves unlimited bonuses and reducing their tax burden. Usual right wing stuff this.

  9. seeker 9

    @ Brett ” Labor totally fucked England.”

    Nope -Thatcher did, followed by her disciples for another horrible 7 years. After18 years of ignoring the existence of “society” , even though,”in reality” we were still there, but under conservative governance our fabric had changed. Whoever took over in 1997 was facing a worn down,almost broken in spirit, wasteland of despair after cut, upon cut, upon cut.- all because they could.The Britain I knew and loved had changed.There was no constructive,creative or compassionate thinking to Thatcher’s approach – just rape and pillage and plunder /privatisation .(She came from up north, her ancestors were probably Vikings of the worst kind..) Community spirit went out of the window along with society. Amorality hit the country and it is still suffering. It was such a relief to finally have a change of government as some were really concerned that unless we got proportional representation , a dictatorship could occur! Unfortunately Labour did not bring this in. I have no idea why.

    I see this same ,what I consider to be, amoral ideology alive and kicking in NZ with NAct. – it so saddens me. Twenty three years of my life spent living under selfish, blind, manipulative people. Fortunately I was able to experience Helen Clark”s government which restored my faith in the better qualities of humanity– intelligent thinking used for the greater good, creativity, compassion and caring- all qualities one would think that all human beings would require in a government and for their children – but no! Reading posts from people like BB and Burt makes me realise that ignorance and short sightednes is always going to be around- must go and reach for my indigestion tabs again. At least I had (an all too short ) 9 years of decent, quality leadership under Helen. We only have one life and neo liberal ideology is such a life sapper, such a waste of time and (young) lives. May the egocentric scales fall from NAct eyes one day.

    • rosy 9.1

      Agree completely
      ‘We only have one life and neo liberal ideology is such a life sapper, such a waste of time and (young) lives. May the egocentric scales fall from NAct eyes one day’

      I keep hoping jonkey will have a ‘road to Damascus’ moment and realise that he would have had a pretty rubbish life as a child if it were not for the benefits of the welfare state (health, housing, education etc), and probably would not be where he is today if these were denied to him. And for this reason, they should not be denied to young New Zealanders today. It beggars belief that he cannot see this and use his popularity support access to the health, education & housing services that he used so well.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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