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Let’s have open slather on the 1990s

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  24 Comments

I warmed to Jim Bolger considerably after his Mea Culpa moment. His government indeed was responsible for the unfortunate gutting of the unions and the massive redistribution to the wealthy under National’s failed trickle down theory.

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All that is wrong with NZ politics in one simple devastating chart – it’s time to riot

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  29 Comments

…when 2 NZers have more than the poorest 30% of the entire nation, the time for debate is over and the time to riot is upon us.

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Auckland shows government’ policy failures writ large

By   /  September 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  17 Comments

Auckland is a two speed city ‘Real Housewives of Auckland’ at one end and desperately poor families living in cars in the middle of winter at the other. The affluent of Auckland are immune to the price system- it just doesn’t matter what things cost. At the other end, lives are spent economising on miserable and insufficient disposable incomes where every last 10 cents and every price rise matters.

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AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY – Uni research highlights deficiencies in Govt job policies

By   /  August 11, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed, Sue Bradford  /  1 Comment

New university research highlights the grave deficiencies in the ‘work first’ approach to welfare so beloved of both National and Labour governments. “In a thesis released this week, Victoria University student Alicia Sudden explores the experiences of 234 people who had stopped receiving benefits. “Two years later only 143 were in any form of paid […]

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Flexible fund to help homeless welcomed – Salvation Army

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Flexible fund to help homeless welcomed – Salvation Army

Social Housing Minister the Hon. Paula Bennett’s announcement of $9 million in a flexible fund to support people in severe housing need is very welcome says Lieut-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director of The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. “We want as an organisation to be proactive in providing a range of supports to help […]

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CYPF Amendment Bill must provide better for children – CPAG

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CYPF Amendment Bill must provide better for children – CPAG

More must be done to improve services for children in order to fulfil Government’s stated commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), and to ensure a safety net that provides for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). CPAG’s submission on the Children, Young […]

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Inequality kills

By   /  January 22, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The Oxfam report says that just 62 people own as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population. This number has fallen from 388 five years ago. The wealth of those 62 people increased by 44% in those five years to US$1.76 trillion. The rich are certainly getting richer.

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Why relative poverty matters too

By   /  January 7, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

In New Zealand, as in most developed countries, poverty is measured relative to 60% of the weekly median income. The question remains: why measuring relative poverty matters when it does not necessarily relate to hardship the way absolute poverty does.

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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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Privilege in an under privileged country part 2

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

Today’s story about an Auckland property developer’s Lamborghini which was towed for illegally parking in a disabled space has provided a quote so privileged that it simply can not pass without comment.

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Inequality – NZers should be ashamed of themselves

By   /  January 14, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

It is an obscenity that we allow our own children to rot in a country of such plenty, especially for a country that had such a proud tradition of egalitarianism.

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The true cost of inequality in NZ

By   /  January 12, 2015  /  The Daily Gallery, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  2 Comments

The true cost of inequality in NZ

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Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that success is an individual pursuit, thus those who don’t succeed are personally liable for that failure. 30 years of neoliberalism has ignored the hegemonic structures of power within a society to explain inequality, it has sought the simplistic answer of personal responsibility.

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The truth about inequality

By   /  December 14, 2014  /  The Daily Gallery, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  4 Comments

The truth about inequality

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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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Austerity, Europe, and the next financial crisis

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

This month, I have been reading Florian Schui’s 2014 book Austerity, The Great Failure. And I have recently noticed an important pattern emerging in the Eurozone which is a consequence of the implementation of public austerity policies in Europe.

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