Labour’s alternative economic policy got a huge boost last week, courtesy of the Members’ Bill lottery. Sue Moroney’s Paid Parental Leave Bill and David Clark’s Mondayising of holidays Bills were introduced in the House and forwarded to Select Committees. Investment in parents and small children, by all accounts the most valuable there is in terms of payoff; and acknowledgment that public celebrations of our national days are also a time of recreation and contemplation for working New Zealanders.
Now on top of that comes a move to a decent living wage with David Clark’s Bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; and Clayton Cosgrove’s Bill to fence off the next set of publicly-owned assets the Key/Banks government still hasn’t put on the block.
National Party wails that this people-centred economic policy costs too much sound hollow, when compared with how they are happy to give away hundreds of millions of dollars to stockbrokers and public relations companies, many overseas-owned, to persuade a few to buy what all of us own. Bill English has promised to veto the Paid Parental Leave Bill when it returns to the House.
You can have your say before it gets to that. An easy way is to make your submission here on Labour’s website.