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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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Can we please debate New Zealand Superannuation?

By   /  May 28, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  30 Comments

The baby-boom generation have had the very best of KiwiSaver subsidies. Now, like free tertiary education and access to affordable housing, they have again kicked the ladder away for the next generation.

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Carrot attack to get those lazy sole parents working

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  16 Comments

The new work requirements intensify the control and surveillance. There is no appreciation that young mothers on benefits are time poor. Worryingly there will be more and more bureaucratic interventions in their lives, more meetings and more hassles and threats of or actual sanctions.

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Of Mice and Men- try to see it

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Susan St John, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

Don’t let Calder’s patronising judgement of ‘staid’ put you off this extraordinary live theatre experience.

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Injustice will eventually be overcome

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  9 Comments

In the 21st century, New Zealand pays lip service to the rights of all children to access to the full state funded social security measures and for their best interests to be prioritised.

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The Budget must get this one right: More income to fix child poverty

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  13 Comments

Children’s income support policies are a mess. For years CPAG has argued that Working for Families is based on faulty thinking that belongs if anywhere in the past century. A more convoluted, discriminatory and illogical combination of confusing tax credits would be hard to imagine.

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Universal basic income: let’s make a start with those over 65.

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  12 Comments

Come on superannuitants. Show willingness to lead the way. Things are not right for too many families and something must change. You have nothing to lose but your loose change.

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Child poverty is dwindling?

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  116 Comments

My observation is that the Salvation Army can’t have it both ways. To say that getting children out of benefit dependent families is welcome news buys into the ideological view that welfare is always bad, paid work is always good.

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Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  5 Comments

Recent new legislation makes partners also accountable for so-called ‘relationship fraud’. While it acknowledges that the focus on the sole parent’s so-called ‘offending’ alone can be most unjust this is also just another step further in the wrong direction. We can expect some very iniquitous outcomes from the expected 700-1000 cases a year.

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Economic ideology destroys us all

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  117 Comments

The OECD vindicates what CPAG has been saying for the last 20 years. The saddest part is that children have been the victims of the failed trickle down policies.

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