Tonight I’m doing the kind of budget show I’ve always dreamed of doing – yes I accept that’s a pretty narrow field of dreams. There aren’t many people who dream of covering Budgets from a public interest viewpoint, but I always thought if citizens understood what was being done at budget time, and it was communicated in a way that includes rather than excluded then we as voters would make better decisions. So tonight’s Waatea 5th Estate will be a 45 minute special on the Budget to explore what it actually means to the people.
We will have a Budget Panel consisting of Allan Johnson, the social policy analyst for the Salvation Army and Child Poverty Action Group, Phil Twyford the Labour Party spokesperson on Auckland and Housing and Julie Anne Genter, the Green Party Finance Spokesperson.
Then we will be talking with different spokespeople for 5minutes at a time.
7pm – Marama Fox, Co-Leader of the Maori Party – how does budget impact Maori
7.05pm – Bill Rosenberg, Council of Trade Union Economist – how does budget impact economy?
7.10pm – Russel Norman, former Green Party Leader and head of Greenpeace – how does budget impact the environment?
7.15pm – Auckland Action Against Poverty (Alastair Russell – Advocacy coordinator) – how does the budget impact beneficiaries and the poor?
7.20pm – National Director of Campaigning for E tū Annie Newman and convener of the Living Wage Campaigner – how does the budget impact women and workers?
7.25pm – National Secretary of the Public Service Association – Erin Polaczuk – How does budget impact public services?
7.30pm – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Executive Director – Ian Powell – How does budget impact health?
7.35pm – Panel wrap
Join us 7pm tonight skyTV83, all Iwi radio stations and live streamed on Waateanews.org and here on www.thedailyblog.nz