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Excuse me Minister

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Susan St John  /  11 Comments

I listened in disbelief to Lisa Owen interviewing Bill English on The Nation. Perhaps they believe their own spin?

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“Kathryn’s Story” highlights the need for major welfare overhaul

By   /  July 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  29 Comments

In August 2015 I sat through a whole day of hearing in the High Court on this sad case. What a convoluted sets of arguments were expounded to justify the punitive approach taken by the Crown. That was the latest court event in a 15 year saga in which an unwell beneficiary is being pursued for the repayment of $20 a week.

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Some babies are more special than others

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  11 Comments

This week Labour’s bid to get an extension to Paid Parental Leave (PPL) is likely to be stopped in its tracks by a veto from Bill English. For all the wrong reasons.

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Get married stay married and you won’t be poor

By   /  May 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  15 Comments

The Family First report, Child Poverty: Don’t Mention Family Structure by Lindsay Mitchell extols the value of the institution of marriage. According to her, family structure is the elephant in the room when child poverty solutions are discussed.

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The rules for the old too good for children?

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  19 Comments

This is how Bill English generates surpluses to justify John Key’s election year bribes of tax cuts to the rich.

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Good Policy is rarely done on the run

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  34 Comments

After years of neglect John Key now thinks a selective land tax just might be called for to curb the tearaway housing bubble. The best that can be said is that he has opened a window of opportunity for debate.

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MUST READ: Jam tomorrow Jam yesterday. NEVER EVER JAM TODAY!

By   /  March 26, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  42 Comments

A basic income for all as a solution to poverty traps and income insecurity is a futuristic idea about a Utopia. I hope we get there one day too but let’s be real about it. Children are dying and lives are being stunted right now.

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The looming demographic pensions disaster

By   /  February 29, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  19 Comments

I am becoming more worried as time goes by that we are heading for a demographic pensions disaster.

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The looming danger of NZs demographics

By   /  January 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  21 Comments

Inconveniently there is one very large elephant in the room. The Minster of Finance chooses not see it, and does not want anyone, especially academics, drawing attention to it.

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National does not understand what a work incentive requires

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  25 Comments

The government’s policies on welfare and work have been deeply contradictory. Beneficiaries are expected to be working, but when they do, after a minimal amount of earnings, they lose most of their efforts in tax and abatements of their benefits.

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The bizarre financialisation of tertiary education

By   /  October 29, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  35 Comments

Let’s imagine a father contemplating his newborn, only too aware that this child is going to cost him a lot of money in the next 25 years

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Women second class students in the neoliberal world

By   /  October 7, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  17 Comments

I have become very concerned at the absence of sole parents at university and the stress endured by the remaining few.

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Another week of neoliberal economics

By   /  August 29, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  67 Comments

In the world of economics there are no crises, no gender issues, no growing inequality, no precariat hanging on in a fragile labour market by their toenails. No families ‘choosing’ to be cold and sick so they can pay the rent, no mothers sent to jail for infringing 19th century rules, no children spluttering up sputum from 3rd world diseases because our housing is so bad ,no inconvenient hungry students with enormous debt .

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The cruelty of social welfare prosecutions against ‘benefit fraudsters’

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  11 Comments

We will be gathering in support of Ms H and her family at the High Court in Auckland at 9:30am 4th August 2015.  We ask that anyone who is willing and able to show their support to join us and attend this court hearing.

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Sex and beneficiaries – 19th century morality in 21st century

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  21 Comments

I never thought at this stage of my rather dull economics career I would be writing a blog about SEX.

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Coupledom rules

By   /  June 8, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  18 Comments

Time for New Zealand to wake up to 21st century relationship realities and stop this punitive nonsense. Relationship status should have no place in setting benefit rates or in determining how much can be earned before benefits reduce.

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