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 ...
No doubt some voted tactically to block the Greens, but the polls had Labour governing since Covid. That swing was because people preferred Labour over National, not to stymie the Greens from governing.
Agree, a set of nuanced restrictions make a lot of sense on paper but are difficult for people to actually implement perfectly. A lockdown, for all its economic issues, leaves very little room for interpretation so it's much easier to comply with. And, ...
I can believe that a few voters went that way at the end, but the polls were pretty clear for months that mostly it was just that people liked Labour.
A basic income which tapers off as work-related earnings increase is essentially what the Greens proposed in their Guaranteed Minimum Income policy.
Chloe had Select Committee jobs in the last Parliament so I can't see her not being on Select Committees this Parliament - do you mean as chair perhaps, or just on more of them?
Being sold as is, where is due to some issues with the foundation.
There is mention in the Labour manifesto of investigating inequities in ACC vs health/welfare systems: As part of the welfare overhaul, Labour will examine inequities between support through ACC and the welfare and health system for disabled people and ...
From Section 174 of the Electoral Act: For the purposes of subsection (2), the following votes must be set aside as informal: (a) any party votes that do not clearly indicate the party for which the voter desired to vote: (b) any electorate votes that do ...
That 480,000 was only to the end of Friday, and didn't include specials cast on election day, so 500,000+ is a real possibility. Last election also saw 40,000 disallowed votes for people who voted on the day but weren't enrolled - this year they could ...
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Agree, 2014 was a case in point.
If it's particularly bad, wouldn't surprise me if she literally got a DCM on Sunday.
I always like to reply to any comments about Labour in 2014 with the point that National's lowest low and highest high are both lower than Labour's lowest low and highest high in the entire time of National's existence.
If fruit and vegetables were 0-rated for GST, how would we also force supermarkets to pass on the savings and not just leave the prices where they are or only pass on some of the savings?
Yes, there is work being done on more regional government jobs outside operational roles over time - MBIE recently employed policy advisors outside Wellington and Auckland, for example. Small steps, but steps in the right direction. The new Public Service ...
If they are EU citizens (including the UK currently), they can stay and work in Tahiti without special visas. Not much use for the North American travellers obviously.
If they don't travel here, the visa remains valid until its expiry date, but they can't use the visa to travel to and enter NZ currently. If they travel here and are refused entry, then the visa is cancelled automatically under the Immigration Act.
Could be a higher turnout or higher early vote percentage than forecast or both. I hope it's both personally.
Personally, I think more state houses is the best answer, and is what Kiwibuild should have been - 100,000 new state houses would do a lot for the issue.