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Why won’t Labour help disabled people out of poverty?

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, October 26th, 2022 - 93 comments

The sheer waste of so many people’s talent, energy and lives is staggering. It doesn’t have to be that way. So why is it?

Long covid, omicron and the precautionary principle

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, December 20th, 2021 - 95 comments

There are still so many things we don’t know about long covid and omicron presents a whole new set of challenges.

Covid and kindness

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, October 20th, 2021 - 127 comments

The vaccine is a bloody useful tool, not a panacea. This is a long crisis that requires us to pay heed the bigger picture.

Green Party rocks their new Guaranteed Minimum Income policy

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 29th, 2020 - 263 comments

The Greens’ audacious new social security policy, the Poverty Action Plan, places manaakitangi and compassion at the centre. It includes guaranteed income across the board for those in need, reorientating ACC to include illness and prioritise care, support for children and single and double parented families, and it pays for it all by taxing some of the assets and income of the wealthy.

UBI: what is it good for?

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, February 27th, 2020 - 122 comments

Please don’t let economists, lefties, the right, or TOP design a UBI until we start talking about bolting welfare on. Here’s why.

Having us squabble over the welfare pie

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, December 18th, 2019 - 34 comments

When we hear a supposedly progressive economist talking about elderly people as decrepit, or rendering the elderly poor invisible, it’s time to revisit our moral compass.

Parliament votes to give disabled people the right to a good life

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, October 24th, 2019 - 23 comments

Before we get to talking about the right to die, can we please have a conversation about the right to live?

Tell the Health Committee: Make our cannabis law fair for those in pain

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 18th, 2018 - 10 comments

“The Health Select Committee is about to consider the government’s changes to medicinal cannabis law. This is your chance to tell politicians they have not gone far enough.” 

The Greens have a handy online submission form that you can send as is or add your own thoughts. Submissions close on Wednesday.

NZ Court of Appeal and the Ministry of Health

Written By: - Date published: 6:27 am, February 8th, 2018 - 66 comments

The government has a responsibility to act fairly, centre its services around the needs of people, and treat NZ citizens as human beings.

To you live, from bed! – Writehanded

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, November 17th, 2017 - 1 comment

Writer Sarah Wilson blogged about her experience of the recent Nethui event, looking at Nethui itself, corporate control and the internet, safety for kids, sex worker access to the net, disability access, the importance of digital inclusion and literacy, and the social/cultural consequences of the internet.

Beneficiary for life: the joys of permanent disability in present day NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, November 10th, 2017 - 111 comments

What happens to long term beneficiaries who can’t increase their income with paid work?

WINZ: where hope and dignity go to die

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 66 comments

“It is not okay that nearly everyone I have advocated for at WINZ, has broken down in tears during appointments and have often been close to a panic attack. Most people I advocate for at WINZ unanimously tell me it is a humiliating and utterly defeating experience.” – political writer and community activist Chloe King.

The failure of TOP’s Youth UBI policy

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, September 19th, 2017 - 97 comments

Safety nets should be for all people and the best way to ensure that is to design them for social need not as economic tools. Despite Gareth Morgan’s assertion that policy is everything, The Opportunities Party has managed to create a youth policy that is discriminatory.

Green Party announces a better deal for students

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 14th, 2017 - 8 comments

“Students are the only group in society expected to borrow just to get by. We believe that students should be supported so that they can focus on learning the skills they need to contribute to a smart, innovative economy and a fairer society”

Brutal

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, August 14th, 2017 - 157 comments

Punitive welfare settles into a new low.

National’s view of disability

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, June 18th, 2017 - 51 comments

The Minister for Disability Issues would rather be sailing.

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