Check out this exchange between Trevor Mallard and Metiria Turei on his Facebook page (great how the new media allows these spur of the moment debates):
Trevor Mallard: 25c/hour. $10 week for 40 hours then minus tax, extra acc, ets charges. Not fair John Key. It should be $15
Metiria Turei: Trevor, with genuine respect, my question is why didnt you do it when you had the chance? It has been the right thing to do for years.
Mallard: We moved it from $7 to $12. Trajectory would have had it at $14. Not much real help from you guys esp since Russel started cuddling tories.
Turei:Getting personal wont help here – this is a political debate about the use of power when you have it to weild.
I agree that the minimum wage did rise under Labour. Even if the trajectory, in the best of circumstances, would have had it at $14 in 2010, it was still a slow process over nearly 10 years. The issue now is to make sure that we have a political committment from parties that the minimum wage will go to at least $15 ph or to, as the petition says, “66% of the average total hourly earnings as defined in the Quarterly Employment Survey” We need a committment to kepp closing that gap in the short and long term and a committment fairly sharing the cost of eliminating poverty.
Mallard: Metiria the txts and phones are running hot at your choice to attack Labour rather than Nats on multiple sites on this issue – general disbelief – from both Greens and Labour people. This is politics not personal.
Turei: We have to live with our legacies and its hard sometimes. Its not unreasonable to ask what the barriers to the doing the right thing was in the past and whether those barriers will still be in place in the future. What we need now is positive, future focused committments.
Mallard: Metiria Can’t tell if you are trying to be cute or smart or what. I am very proud of the progress Labour made on the minimum wage. Took it from $7 to $12. Way way ahead of inflation and change in average wages. Worked closely with Sue Bradford on the youth issue. And she knew how to work on an issue where there was broad agreement and it didn’t involve repeating the very lines the National party used to attack Labour as you have done tonight.
I thought it was hilarious. Bit worried about Turei though.
I should be a key voter for Turei. Left of Labour on everything. But this poorly executed, unjustified, sniping attack leaves me cold. Not how Fitzsimons would have acted. Looks like it’s RAM for me again in 2011.