Just like Clare Curran’s sad panel with no real mana to change public broadcasting, the new welfare advisory panel has been announced and it’s missing some crucial voices.
Sure, Huana Hickey is brilliant, as to is Ganesh Nana, Robert Reid, Professor Innes Asher and Professor Cindy Kiro, but the fact that two of the most important voices are missing suggests this is another wasted opportunity to do something truly meaningful.
Dr Sue Bradford is THE expert on how beneficiaries are mistreated by the evil MSD and WINZ sadists, that she has been denied access is political and spiteful and gutless.
Alan Johnson from the Salvation Army is the expert at the very coalface of dealing with the madness of our neoliberal welfare agencies, that he isn’t present is eye rolling.
Another swing and miss from a Government already stalling in the Polls.
Auckland University professor Cindy Kiro
Paedeatrician and Professor Innes Asher
Beneficiary advocate Kay Brereton,
Academic Huana Hickey
Academic Tracey McIntosh
Economist Ganesh Nana
Former Business NZ chief executive Phil O’Reilly
Trade unionist Robert Reid
Council of Christian Social Services chief executive Trevor McGlinchy,
Student Latayvia Tualasea Tauta
Family Centre founder Charles Waldegrave