Unbelievable is right, particularly all the nonsense around the return of international tourism as the saviour of the economy. Now would be an excellent opportunity to wean ourselves off it permanently.
Depends on the design, but social insurance would normally have a minimum payment, so even if someone is not paying into it, or has never paid into it e.g. a student who is between school and university and has never been employed, would be paid the ...
Simplicity is the main reason for UBI over GMI - easier to actually operate and design systems around. If one takes the view that the net outcome is the important one, not the distribution to get there, then the tax is not a purchase, just a simpler ...
I'm a big proponent of anything that provides for adequate support for a decent life, and consider that UBI, GMI, UBS and various social insurance and welfare models could all be designed to provide for that. Even the current system could be made to work ...
Land tax would work fine if applied to all property but if it excluded the family home, it would be a lot less effective.
GMI and UBI are really just ways of presenting the same idea, but agree that the Greens GMI was superior to the TOP UBI for the reasons stated. It's not that difficult to make them look the same, but GMI is probably easier to get people to buy into since ...
GFC caused banks to tighten the screws on mortgage lending significantly at a time when finance companies and other non-bank mortgage lenders were going under, so a lot of forced sales when there weren't as many qualified buyers.
A lot of the decisionmaking was done at the Cabinet level, so it was correct for a Cabinet Minister to be present to explain those decisions and answer questions about them.
Kainga Ora (formerly HNZ) is still responsible for building state houses and is building thousands each year. W&I's job with them is assessing whether people meet eligibility criteria for a house.
Working Holidays are an outcome of reciprocal agreements with other countries, so we could scrap them, but that would probably result the end of the equivalent schemes, so instead of competing with foreign workers, they would compete with young NZ workers ...
Hard to say - I surmise that international education has less migrant employment because a lot of it is via NZ institutions (schools, universities and polytechs) with NZ teachers and educators. Obviously there are also private training establishments (PTEs...
Tourism is a high portion of our GDP, but I think it helped that more than half was domestic tourism anyway, as stated we have had a lot of our own international tourists become domestic tourists (my wife and I did 2 weeks around Northland after our ...
The same argument could be made about 2012 with a similar margin of votes and percentage of popular vote, but that was seen as a decisive victory to Obama.
Agree, it's a sizeable margin in the end.
I posted this elsewhere but may as well copy it here too... https://www.votespa.com/About-Elections/Pages/Counting-Dashboard.aspx is the Pennsylvania election reporting dashboard. According to that, there are 9,091,371 registered voters, of whom 4,229,163 ...
I think John Key's succession plan was to hand over to Bill English a year early and leave it there.
Accountability of ballot papers issued and for statistical and analysis purposes later.
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How do you define housing affordability? I.e. which measure/indicator?
Minister for Disability Issues is Carmel Sepuloni.
Mike Williams said this morning that he thought Jacinda may have followed Helen Clark's model of giving a list of around 17 names and inviting Caucus to add the rest.
I would guess Hipkins was the third decent minister.
I think David Clark got more done than people give him credit for, but his reputation certainly took a hammering from his actions just before and during the first Covid lockdown.
Phil Twyford's star appears to have been just about extinguished.
Kelvin Davis as Minister for Children and Poto Williams as Associate Minister looks like a good team. Poto promoted to cabinet and Minister of Police is also recognition of her skills.
Under the Privacy Act at the time, there was no ability to take action against her. The updated Privacy Act which takes effect shortly has more options around that.
Can we please get a separate post for the new cabinet? Full list is here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-cabinet-focused-covid-19-recovery
Usually they are, but not always - last term with Winston Peters, and previously with Jim Anderton as deputy. The deputy leader not being deputy PM when the role is available is unusual though.
When we did our economic forecasts of the impact of Covid-19, I don't think the awfulness of some of the responses of various countries was considered. I wonder if that has something to do with NZ's better than expected economic indicators.
This looks a good model Three Marlborough businesses which have come up with a plan to offer year round employment in seasonal work by taking on workers from each other as each season finishes. Contracts are similar so that the workers have similar terms ...