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CTU’s Alternative Economic Strategy

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 12th, 2010 - 15 comments
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The CTU has just released its Alternative Economic Strategy. Well, they call it ‘alternative’ but it’s not like the Nats have one beyond Key smiling and waving. Anyway, the CTU’s Economic Strategy is an extremely impressive document. It goes through the current problems and suggests 100 reforms for a more successful, fair economy and country.

There’s so much worth reading in the document itself that I’ll restrict my comments to brief asides in indented italics:

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Capitalism has never been fair, nor has it cared for the environment. But under the neoliberal policies followed in New Zealand for the last quarter of a century not only have these conditions got worse but the policies have failed in their own terms. Those policies are rooted in the idea that less government is better government and that “the market” if left to itself will lead to faster.

We do not believe these unsustainable and unconscionable trends are necessary, nor do they reflect what is good in New Zealand.

It was the growth of a finance sector far beyond the needs of the real economy that encouraged and inspired neoliberal ideology, along with the powerful economic forces of corporate globalisation which demanded the increasing deregulation and undermining of the social functions of government which have been so damaging. They said “leave us alone and the world will be a better place”. In fact the financial sector enriched itself at the expense of the rest of the economy, taking absurd risks, too often behaving unethically and criminally, harming hundreds of millions of hard working people and causing huge damage to the real economy which blameless workers will be left to pay for in lost income and taxes.

In New Zealand these policies

§ stripped away collective employment and union rights so that workers’ wages have fallen behind their increasing productivity and workers are increasingly forced into vulnerable temporary or contractor jobs;

§ privatised swathes of services and assets whose new owners neglected infrastructural investment, failed to create new infrastructure such as broadband, and ignored needed services such as community banking;

§ slashed benefits to poverty levels, especially affecting families;

§ hamstrung social and economic use of the monetary system by limiting regulation to the control of inflation through interest rates, hindering development of the real economy;

§ grew banks that accelerated New Zealand’s international indebtedness and the housing price bubble, and a non-banking sector riddled with instability and fraud; and

§ entered international trade and investment agreements which removed much of our ability to manage our international economic relationships and made many of these actions difficult or impossible to reverse.

Despite the propaganda, New Zealand’s economic growth and international competitiveness have stagnated.

This Strategy is a response to these failed policies.

We seek a coherent alternative to current policy principles and institutional structures which will improve the position of working people and New Zealand. Current economic policies and principles have demonstrably failed. A new approach is needed which learns the harsh lessons of not just the financial and economic crisis, but the trend of economic events that led to that calamity. We also need to learn from New Zealand’s recent history and the unsustainable degradation of the environment. We want policies which work together to strengthen each other and are sustainable, not only from the point of view of government finances, but also because they create and nourish a healthy economy, a healthy society and a healthy environment.

They lay out three goals of a successful economic strategy:

Sustainable economic development

Decent work and a good life

Voice: real participation in decisions in the workplace, economy and community.

First off, they suggest measures to tackle the current employment crisis:

With unemployment forecast to remain high for two to three years, more government action is needed. This could include

§ Action some of the large range of possible initiatives which would both have long term benefits for the economy and quickly create jobs which the CTU put forward for the Job Summit.

§ Stop cutting government jobs.

§ Expand the Job Opportunities scheme, continue with Community Max, significantly increase Task Force Green and other environmental work.

§ For those unemployed over 13 weeks, an entitlement to a Skills Investment Fund Booster package that adds to the normal level of the Skills Investment Fund support to take to new employment, and provides access to individually tailored skills audits.

§ Co-finance projects with local government to bring forward infrastructural and environmental work such as water and sewerage projects.

§ Bring forward more national infrastructure spending such as investment in schools and hospitals, and green retrofitting of government buildings.

§ Increase spending in tertiary education to allow more people to increase their skills and education, with additional support to unemployed people and beneficiaries who wish to enter tertiary education.

§ Accelerate the rollout of tourism initiatives.

§ Government and SOE purchasing that assists New Zealand manufacturers and services.

§ Back New Zealand jobs in KiwiRail projects.

§ Partially underwrite bank lending to businesses according to agreed criteria in return for a guarantee of job retention for a specified period.

§ Build more state houses, and support iwi and local government housing initiatives.

§ Invest further in home insulation and clean heating.

Then, it’s down to the reform agenda:

Economic Development

§ A strategic approach to sustainable economic development

If no-one’s directing the ship, it’s not surprising that it doesn’t end up where we want it to go. As things stand, we haven’t even agreed where we want to go.

§ Priority to chosen sectors such as ICT, high level processing of agricultural products

Why shouldn’t we, through the democratic system, choose winners? The market has proven incapable. And the fact is that time and again, here and abroad successful innovation has come from government leadership (eg the Internet)

§ Strong powers preventing or regulating market power that is not in the public interest

The neoliberal model turned a blind eye as private monopolies or oligarchies were allowed to develop or government monopolies were sold into private hands. Unregulated capitalism trends towards monopolies. Any monopoly that is allowed to exist should be collectively owned.

§ Support the development of co-operatives, especially worker co-operatives

It’s an under-acknowledged fact that our largest exporter is a cooperative. Quite rightly the dairy farmers have resisted attempts to destroy their cooperative because they know the result will be profits going offshore. Cooperatives can be very successful business models because workers have a real incentive to contribute to the business and they get the just reward for doing so.

Infrastructure

§ National and regional infrastructural plans

§ National physical telecommunications network owned by central or local government

§ Buy back Telecom’s physical network priced to reflect its short life and long neglect

§ Begin to buy back the privatised electricity system to optimise it in the public interest

Leaving vital national infrastructure in the hands of private companies that do not have the same interests, or the long-term outlook, as the country is a recipe for disaster. It leads to underinvestment and asset-stripping, with the owners knowing the government will be forced to bail them out if everything comes apart.

§ Port and shipping strategies for better use of ports, and coastal shipping’s survival

§ Develop urban public transport and support local suppliers of bus and rail equipment

All the more important in the age of peak oil.

§ A “human infrastructure” fund for tertiary education and workplace training

It’s unbelievable that National is cutting education. It’s like a farmer eating the seeds for next year’s crop.

Innovation, Research and Development (R&D)

§ Support for R&D through shareholding, intellectual property ownership, or tax credits

§ Encourage open ownership of intellectual property or co-ownership with researchers

§ Preference for centres of research excellence and capability funds over contestability

§ Extension services to form a knowledge bridge between researchers and firms

I’d like to see universities be given a much more prominent role in tech development and holding on to the rights to the innovations they develop.

Government Procurement

§ Use government and state owned enterprise procurement to develop local industry

§ Tender conditions to reflect national benefit rather than narrow “value for money”

§ Commission products in sufficient numbers to support firms to develop scale

§ Responsible contracting policies to encourage adoption of good practice

With government spending totalling nearly 50% of GDP, the government can have a huge impact on the market if it chooses to. Why shouldn’t the government use that power to demand best practice in employment and environmental standards? It’s better than fluffing about with indirect measures like tax credits and grants.

Māori

§ Continuing support for Treaty settlements including capacity building and training

§ Support Māori co-operatives such as in the seafood industry

§ Greater support for housing on Māori land and assistance for community housing

Education and skill development

§ National network of high quality publicly owned early childhood education centres

A public system means we’re not having taxpayer money funding someone’s profits, while equality of access and quality control is easier to ensure.

§ Continuing professional development for teachers to maintain top educational practice

§ Tertiary education available to all with a reasonable likelihood of benefitting from it

§ Lower fees for learners willing to be bonded to work in New Zealand

§ Employer workplace training funding conditional on skill recognition in pay scales

§ Support life-long learning by right to one year of fees and allowances in every five

Financial System

Stability

§ Require regulatory approval for high risk financial services, sourced locally or abroad

§ A Financial Activities Tax (FAT) on profits and high-level remuneration

§ Reduce reliance on foreign funding; stop other risky behaviour demonstrated overseas

§ Define bailouts and deposit guarantees in statute; fund by a levy on institutions

§ Scale up Kiwibank to same size as the big four; move government accounts to it

The government accounts themselves aren’t highly profitable, but the huge increase in deposits they represent would allow kiwibank to upscale itself to be a major player

§ Ban offshore outsourcing of financial system infrastructure

Social responsibility

§ Increase public accountability of the sector reflecting its dependence on government

§ Require charges to be related to real costs; create a Financial Consumer Agency

§ Encourage the expansion of trustee banks, mutuals and co-operatives

Finance for economic development

§ Government owned development finance agency with public and private funds

§ Long term Kiwi bonds for infrastructure

§ Encourage NZ Super and Kiwisaver funds to invest more locally

These ideas could be brought together with the buying back of major assets in a New Zealand Future Fund mandated to secure this country’s economic sovereignty by buying key assets here and abroad. It would mean fewer profits heading overseas.

Monetary policy, exchange rate

§ Give the Reserve Bank the role and power to peg the exchange rate for stability

New Zealand’s is one of the smallest free-floating exchange rates. It’s madness that we have the tenth most traded currency in the world, it’s nearly all speculation and hot money.

§ Ensure the Reserve Bank has sufficient powers to manage international capital flows

§ Review Reserve Bank Act, and Fiscal Responsibility part of the Public Finance Act

§ Reduce reliance of monetary policy on interest rates (e.g. use capital ratios, liquidity)

The OCR is a blunt and increasingly ineffective tool – it doesn’t do its job and it causes too much damage as side-effects

§ Terms of reference to take account of employment, living standards, exchange rate

International economic relationships

§ Support moves to increase international financial regulation and end tax havens

§ Support an international Financial Transactions Tax (“Tobin Tax”)

Some countries have passed laws so that a Tobin Tax will come into effect in their country when other countries pass similar laws. New Zealand should join the club to ratchet up pressure for an international Tobin Tax.

§ Controls on foreign direct investment to enable selection of beneficial investment

§ No further concessions in international agreements that conflict with this Strategy

§ Remove constraints on development and stability in international agreements

§ Stronger international union collaboration and labour agreements

Taxation

§ A tax-free band and/or tax rebate for people on incomes under $35,000

§ Tax rates of 38% on income above $100,000 and 45% on income above $150,000

My own preference is for a negative tax/guaranteed minimum income which would also, by and large replace the benefit system

§ Reduce GST to 12.5% and progressively replace it with other forms of tax

Personally, I’m not so against GST in general. I agree with taking it off food but my priority would be less taxation of income and saving, not consumption.

§ Increase royalties on commercial use of resources; tax polluting/greenhouse emissions

§ Ensure lower income people do not pay an unfair share of pollution taxes

§ Change trust and company tax rules to cut tax dodging; restore company taxes to 30%

The neoliberals want to believe there’s some race to the bottom on corporate rates and we have to be part of it or companies will go elsewhere. Rubbish. Any decent company doesn’t make decisions of that scale on a basis of a couple of percent of tax.

§ Capital gains tax or a “Risk Free Rate of Return” assets tax, exempting primary home

Good stuff. But what about Gareth Morgan’s idea of a capital tax? It could be used to do away with a lot of income tax.

Environment and measuring progress

§ Comprehensive approach to ensure a “just transition” to a more sustainable society

§ Support for workers displaced as a result of the response to climate change

§ Invest in skills for the new economy; research and information freely available

§ Provision for assistance when a whole community is affected by climate change

§ Participation by workers in the approaches taken to climate change in workplaces

§ Adopt alternative measures of progress to use alongside GDP to guide priorities

GDP doesn’t actually measure anything very important. National Disposable Income is an existing measure that is more interesting. The Genuine Progress Indicator deserves more development work. Even just looking at changes in our net national wealth provides a more informative picture than GDP alone.

Decent work and a good life

Employment and Unions

§ Extend union coverage and collective bargaining to wider groups of workers

§ Mechanisms for national and industry level standards setting

§ Living Standards Review Authority reporting to a Tripartite Social/Economic Council

§ Full employment a central objective of government policy

Full employment and decent wages, the evidence shows, are the key foundations of a healthy society.

§ “Flexicurity” providing security of employment alongside flexibility for firms

§ Retain 90% of prior income for up to 12 months unemployment

§ Conditional on commitment to acquire new skills and job search

§ Fund through compulsory employer levies and taxation, underwritten by government

Not sure I agree. Seems likely to encourage abuse and most favourable to high wage people who lose their jobs. It would reduce the multiplier effect of recessions, though, were job losses cause a big drop in income and spending, sparking further job losses.

§ Active support to acquire new skills and find new jobs including relocation assistance

Social Security, Retirement, Housing, Equity, Inequality

§ Review benefits to eliminate poverty; set base rates proportional to average wage

§ Return ACC to a social compensation scheme funded on a pay as you go basis

§ Maintain NZ Superannuation and resume Fund contributions as soon as practicable

How many millions have we lost so far from the Nats’ short-sighted decision to cut the Cullen Fund’s contributions?

§ Kiwisaver enhancements after an appropriate inquiry could include:

§ Compulsory employer contributions of 6% phased in over 4 years

§ Compulsory employee contribution 2%; Government top-up 2%

§ Government contribution for women and others with low life time incomes

Kiwisaver has the potential to generate a massive domestic capital pool, reducing our reliance on foreign capital, which we pay interest on.

§ Create National Housing Strategy

§ Expand Housing New Zealand Corporation’s (HNZC) housing stock by 20%

National’s big plan is 30 houses were you can buy the land later. 30. Oh, and they slashed the money for building new state houses.

§ Encourage affordable housing in new developments

Shouldn’t that say require?

§ Reform tenancy laws to give greater security to tenants

§ Phase out accommodation supplements in favour of other assistance

§ Support public rental and third sector housing programmes

§ Subsidise home lending in tailored programmes for targeted and low income groups

§ During downturns, consider low interest Reserve Bank funding for new housing

I think the government should led in building new, eco-smart homes, rent them through Housing NZ but also be prepared to sell them to first home buyers with the condition they can’t be rented out privately.

§ Right for workers to require a workplace Pay and Employment Equity assessment

§ Extend paid parental leave to 52 weeks, raise pay to 66% of average weekly earnings

§ Increase the minimum wage rate to 66% of average ordinary time hourly earnings

Good. There’s no reason why it can’t be that high. It was in the past.

§ Electricity pricing entitling every household to a certain amount of low cost electricity

Get rid of daily charges and have a rising price scale per kw/hr.

Voice: real participation in decisions

Consultative structures, Worker Participation, Media

§ Government consultation with unions, business and others on all policy development

§ Active citizenship in the workplace: access for community consultation with workers

§ Recognise increased worker participation assists increased productivity

§ Firm, industry and national participative structures to sustain worker participation:

§ Involve unions in processes of change in workplaces and in skill development

§ Consider worker representation on boards and on-line workplace consultation forums

§ Encourage trust-owned “public service” non-profit newspapers and other media

§ Fund investigative print journalism through the equivalent of “New Zealand On Air”

I think they need to look at combining RNZ and TVNZ’s resources to create a single 21st century, cross-format media outlet with one goal: provide the best news service in the world.

15 comments on “CTU’s Alternative Economic Strategy”

  1. Bored 1

    I like what I have read so far, its a very balanced approach. What worries me is that (as I constantly state) we will have a long period of deflationary economic decline to a more “energy balanced future”. This will constrain any growth which raises the questions of how to implement our future economy fairly, and achieve the aims of this document. That said, its a good start.

  2. nzfp 2

    § Review Reserve Bank Act, and Fiscal Responsibility part of the Public Finance Act

    What exactly do they want to review? The Public Finance Act is one of the few pieces of New Zealand legislation that provides mechanisms for Direct Government Funding via the RBNZ without incuring debt – specifically interest charges to foreign banks.

    While I believe there is much good here, it’s what I don’t see – as a monetary reform evangelist – that concerns me. What I don’t see is Government responsibility for the creation of our money supply. Until we have full control over our money supply, we are doomed to parasitical financialised business cycles as demonstrated with computer models by Australian economist Steve Keen.

    I am also concerned that the Tax policies do not address the financialisation of assets as prefered tax status (homes, property) and that there is a focus on “tax polluting/greenhouse emissions” rather then taxing economic rent (land, resources) and using regulation to curb environmentally harmful behaviour.

    Otherwise – yeah it’s better then the system we have now – and its a start – and it encourages debate in the important areas of our society – so good on CTU for that.

  3. Roflcopter 3

    Pointless without all the $$$ involved in implementation, and where the $$$ is supposed to come from.

    • Bright Red 3.1

      the point is that we already have the wealth as a country. it’s just a hell of a lot of it is going on luxury consumption by the elite.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Capitalism has never been fair, nor has it cared for the environment. But under the neoliberal policies followed in New Zealand for the last quarter of a century not only have these conditions got worse but the policies have failed in their own terms.

    Well, they certainly got that bit right.

    § Co-finance projects with local government to bring forward infrastructural and environmental work such as water and sewerage projects.

    Stop borrowing money and start printing it and then spending it directly into the economy. Bailouts don’t work as they just ensure that the rich stay rich and don’t help anyone else as well as keeping an uneconomic unit going.

    § Bring forward more national infrastructure spending such as investment in schools and hospitals, and green retrofitting of government buildings.

    This is the stuff that should be happening anyway. It shouldn’t need a recession, caused by the collapse of the financial ponzi scheme, to initiate it.

    If no-one’s directing the ship, it’s not surprising that it doesn’t end up where we want it to go. As things stand, we haven’t even agreed where we want to go.

    Believing in the “invisible hand” is probably the most irrational thing about the free-market. If we want something, we have to plan for it. Every single self-help book I’ve read and business course I’ve done agrees with that.

    § Long term Kiwi bonds for infrastructure

    Not needed, a government never needs to borrow and should never do so. they just need to print the money and then use taxes to maintain monetary value (ie, removing excess money from the market).

    These ideas could be brought together with the buying back of major assets in a New Zealand Future Fund mandated to secure this country’s economic sovereignty by buying key assets here and abroad.

    If we demand economic sovereignty for ourselves then by what right do we deny that to anyone else?

    § Retain 90% of prior income for up to 12 months unemployment

    This is something that has been bugging me lately. People with a good job go out and buy a house and then the market crashes and they lose it through no fault of their own. This should not happen. A policy such as this will help prevent such injustices from happening.

    How many millions have we lost so far from the Nats’ short-sighted decision to cut the Cullen Fund’s contributions?

    How many are we about to lose when the double-dip into a full depression happens? Paper money is not wealth.

    § During downturns, consider low interest Reserve Bank funding for new housing

    All housing should be financed with 0% interest loans from the RSBNZ. These loans will have strict limitations on them to prevent a housing bubble.

    § Right for workers to require a workplace Pay and Employment Equity assessment

    What does that mean?

    § Electricity pricing entitling every household to a certain amount of low cost electricity

    Similar to my thoughts on the matter. Base plans with x amount of electricity for x amount of dollars with any extra used being charged at about 10x (or more) the present rate. This would both supply cheap electricity (the base amount) as well as encourage energy savings (because going over the base amount will be damned expensive). And, of course, bring the electricity sector back into full single entity government ownership so that it can be rationally managed.

    § Government consultation with unions, business and others on all policy development

    Make workplaces co-operatives (yes, a legislated change that removes ownership) instead of the dictatorial capitalist system and you get to have consultation between business and government. A lot simpler and more cost effective as you’ve removed the parasite element (the capitalists) that works hard to prevent rational discourse and planning.

    • Nick C 4.1

      “Stop borrowing money and start printing it and then spending it directly into the economy. Bailouts don’t work as they just ensure that the rich stay rich and don’t help anyone else as well as keeping an uneconomic unit going.”

      Hows that working out in Zimbabwe?

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        How’s countries borrowing all their money from banks working out in Greece? In Ireland? In Iceland? In the UK? In the US? In Japan?

        Try again Nick C.

  5. Bill 5

    There are some fine sounding words in there.

    I’m only going to comment briefly on two points that are suggested. (Actually, one is suggested and the other is implied by the language that is employed.)

    Second point first, then.

    The Alternative Economic Strategy Summary’ states: “We want a society that is fairer, that tolerates neither poverty nor the human costs of high inequality, and where people are no longer disadvantaged by being women, Maori or Pasifika.”

    Which is okay as far as it goes (there are many more identifiable criteria that attract disadvantage, but that’s beside the point). The implication is that the CTU as a body, currently accepts those very things that it wishes society didn’t tolerate. Read the quote again if you’re not sure what I mean. Was it unthinkable for the CTU to have stated something connected and vital…maybe along the lines of : “We are not willing to tolerate the human costs of high inequality such as poverty. And we are not willing to tolerate women or Maori or Pasifika being disadvantaged”

    Anyway. My second point, which was my principle one is simply this.

    Their particular brand of consultation is a recipe for being co-opted. There is no point at all in having worker reps sitting in on management. It does nothing to empower workers and everything to empower and deepen managerial cultures of exploitation and exclusion. There is a bloody good reason for unions, or any other worker body for that matter, being at arms length from bosses in a hierarchical work environment.

    The document also calls for worker co-operatives to be encouraged. And yet I’ll wager that there are no people in the union movement with any experience of setting up or sustaining co-operative ventures. If there were, then propositions for worker buy outs of businesses that were considering redundancies would be commonplace instead of unheard of.

    So anyway. There is no strategy. The whole thing, disappointingly, looks like a pot-pourri of fine sounding words and shopping list/wish lists with no concrete underpinning.

    Best I’d hope for is that it might generate debate that could eventuate in a strategy. And if anybody from within the CTU wants to engage me on matters of genuine worker participation, as opposed to the lip service type suggested in the documents, and/or the formation and ongoing viability of worker co-ops and collectives, I’m all ears.

    And not holding my breath. Because I suspect that the documents are being viewed as an end in themselves and therefore as reason enough for some gratuitous backslapping on a job well done on the way to a celebratory jar.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      If there were, then propositions for worker buy outs of businesses that were considering redundancies would be commonplace instead of unheard of.

      The unions should have been looking at that option from the 1990s but I doubt that they’ve thought beyond the hierarchical model enough, if at all, to do so. Even if they did they’d probably keep it as “union owned” rather than as a true co-operative.

  6. Green Tea 6

    Like most things CTU its big on words but low on action.

    • Craig Glen Eden 6.1

      Unlike National and John Key who have been so sucksessful in closing the wages gap with Australia!

      Stop smoking the green tea green tea.

  7. JD 7

    “Like most things CTU its big on words but low on action.”

    But they do stand outside (albeit the wrong venue) and wave placards which does constitute ‘action’.

    I think you meant to say they were low on influence.

    BTW have they managed to drive the filming of the Hobbit to eastern europe yet?

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      BTW have they managed to drive the filming of the Hobbit to eastern europe yet?

      Try standing up for fellow NZ workers for a change instead of backing the corporates by insisting that we compete on the same basis as low wage countries with no minimum working conditions.

    • Eddie 7.2

      The CTU is trying to negotiate a solution (even if the govt is trying to claim the credit). The dispute is between MEAA and the producers, not the CTU.

      I think the protesters at the Nat party conference you’re referring to were Unite.

      captcha – distinguish (i love this thing)

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    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    1 day ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    7 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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