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  1. Gosman 1

    Did anyone else watch the Working Group this week? Despite a number of production hiccups and Martyn Bradbury's usual schtick it was actually really interesting. Martyn Bradbury even found common ground with Chris Penk and David Seymour on a few of the topics.

    The Working Group – w/ Guests: David Seymour + Chris Penk – Live Podcast Season 3 Episode #4 – YouTube

  2. ianmac 2

    Remember during the 90s how the then National Government cut the Health system with, I believe, the intention of bringing in Private profit making hospitals to "prop up" a "failing" Public Health System?

    Well. They are at it again.

    Leaked document reveals millions of dollars of cuts at Te Whatu Ora.

    The Te Whatu Ora document was leaked to Canterbury health researcher Dr Michael Gousmett, who has long tracked the former district health board’s (DHB) “deficits” – critics call it underfunding – and accounting charges such as capital charges and depreciation.

    “I was bloody horrified,” he says. “Here they are saying ‘we’re getting rid of consultants’, and they’ve got PwC on the case again.”

    https://newsroom.co.nz/2024/04/24/leaked-document-reveals-millions-of-dollars-of-cuts-at-te-whatu-ora/?utm_source=Newsroom&utm_campaign=a3389d1567-Daily_Briefing+24.04.2024&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_71de5c4b35-a3389d1567-95522477&mc_cid=a3389d1567&mc_eid=88a3081e75

    • Kay 2.1

      Are we surprised? Privatisation of everything not quadruplly bolted down has always been the endgame for RWers. See: The UK, especially the NHS.

      But hey, look over there- tax cuts!!

  3. Adrian 3

    You are going to die..well, maybe not you specifically just yet, but somebody you know or somebody known to somebody you know. Cutting money to health and pressuring doctors and nurses causes accidents and premature deaths. When services such as health are privatised which is the agenda here, the services are taken over by international health conglomerates almost exclusively owned by heath insurance companies because their money is made by vertical integration, from the ambulance service all the way up to palliative care institutions. That way the costs don’t matter because the more expensive the costs, see the US, of health insurance the more money the ultimate owners make.

    It’s a brilliant business plan. Every day this Govt becomes more and more fascistic.

  4. joe90 4

    Bloke supposedly in decline gets things done.

    /

    April 23 (Reuters) – The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a rule extending mandatory overtime pay to an estimated 4 million salaried workers, going even further than an Obama-era rule that was struck down in court.

    The U.S. Department of Labor rule will require employers to pay overtime premiums to workers who earn a salary of less than $1,128 per week, or about $58,600 per year, when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-rule-grants-overtime-pay-4-million-us-workers-2024-04-23/

    https://whatbidenhasdone.wordpress.com/

  5. tWig 5

    UN rights chief ‘horrified’ by reports of mass graves at two Gaza hospitals from the Guardian. Mass graves include old people, women and children, and naked, bound bodies.

  6. weka 6

    For commenters that don't have a login (which is most now), when you are commenting, how often do you have to fill in the name and email fields? Please say what kind of device you are using.

    • Traveller 6.1

      Only once if we’ve saved our details. In my case earlier I had cleared my cache on my phone last night, so that was my stuff up.

      • weka 6.1.1

        so generally on your phone, the details are saved? Is that automatic?

        (there have been a few people having to fill in the fields, not sure why, but useful to know it was a cache clearing thing for you)

    • Bearded Git 6.2

      Never-it comes automatically whether commenting or replying.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 6.3

      Usually auto-fills on my windows laptop, but have to enter everything in full everytime on my android mobile, which is a pain.

      Using Firefox in both cases.

      • weka 6.3.1

        huh, interesting. I suspected some people are having to fill in each time, which partially accounts for the typos in names or emails.

  7. weka 8

    I feel like we need to start doing BLiP style lists. I can't keep up.

    "Hiring freeze leaves Oranga Tamariki without lawyers in Gisborne and Southland"

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2024/04/hiring-freeze-leaves-oranga-tamariki-without-lawyers-in-gisborne-and-southland.html

    • joe90 8.1

      Word is legal support/admin staff have been cut by 25%.

    • joe90 8.2

      The Ministry for Children has lawyers that work with vulnerable children across the country, often in the youth and family courts.

      OT lawyers assist children/social workers to prepare arguments/documents/etc and appear in court with children/social workers.

      Cutting lawyers leaves children/social workers without qualified assistance.

      (and vulnerable to the whims of thugs and bullies on the bench)

  8. Traveller 9

    "Since Labour came to power in 2017, the number of public servants has increased by roughly one-third, up just under 18,500 to a total of 65,699 full-time equivalent staff at the end of 2023. However, Hipkins said the increase in public sector jobs was in response to New Zealand's rising population. According to Stats NZ, New Zealand's population has increased from just over 4.76 million at the end of 2016 to 5.3 million at the end of 2023. "

    Labour's Chris Hipkins defends increasing public service workforce | Newshub

    Based on that data, the increase in public service FTE's was 39% (from 47,199 to 65, 699). The increase in the population over the same period was 11% (from 4.76m to 5.3m).

    1. How can 39% be described as 'roughly one third?

    2. How can Chris Hipkins think that a rise in FTE's of 39% be justified as a response to a population increase of 11%?

    Please someone tell me my maths is out.

    • mac1 9.1

      Hipkins said two things- proportionate to the increase in population AND (the one you left out) the "increase in pressure the public services have been under. "

      These pressures would include the understaffed public service handed on in 2017, (National had cut core numbers in their term from 2008-17), and the need for more staff to handle emergencies like Covid and earthquakes.

      • Traveller 9.1.1

        Thanks, I missed that from the later quote.

        "increase in pressure the public services have been under. "

        The public services are not under extra pressure by a factor of 3.5, so that claim is nonsense.

    • mac1 9.2

      Another way to look at the figures. 47200 core public servants in popn of 4.76 million in 2017 is 0.99%.

      67699 in popn of 5.3 million in 2023 is 1.27%. That's an increase of 0.28% over 2017 or 28% more. That's "roughly a third".

      Is my maths out?

      • Traveller 9.2.1

        No! That comment was made by Molly Smith, the Newshub journalist. Re-reading her quote, it is impossible to know whether she was using your interpretation or mine. So thanks.

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