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MUST READ: Budget 2018 – Half of something and half of nothing

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

In its first Budget the Government had an opportunity to break the neo-liberal mould which has been the basis of every budget for the past 32 years but they didn’t.

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MUST READ: Stepping over the homeless on our way to the America’s Cup village

By   /  March 15, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The sheer indecency of Phil Goff’s and David Parker’s scramble to pour as much as $185 million of public money and assets into another America’s Cup village on the Auckland waterfront appears to have escaped most people’s thoughts or imagination.

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EXCLUSIVE: The housing crisis narrative suits the Government’s agenda for now

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

As the Finance Minister considers how he might build 2000 state houses per year no doubt the true impact of the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules will become apparent.  These rules include bringing core Crown debt down to 20% of GDP and maintaining recent historic ratios of Government expenditure to GDP.  Both great neo-liberal ideas.

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Why Chris Hipkins must be the next Minister of Education.

By   /  August 29, 2013  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

it is the next minister of education that will be so crucial to the future of New Zealand education.

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