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NEW LEFT THINK TANK ESRA LAUNCHES FRIDAY: WELLINGTON

By   /  August 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sue Bradford, The Liberal Agenda  /  3 Comments

New left think tank Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA) will be launched this Friday 2 September at Victoria University, Wellington.

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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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Social Security rewrite entrenches war on the poor – AAAP

By   /  May 11, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed, Sue Bradford  /  6 Comments

Last night Parliament voted by a vast majority to support new legislation which entrenches New Zealand’s vindictive and pauperising welfare system.

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‘Impact’ rips lid off reality of poverty in Auckland – Sue Bradford

By   /  April 8, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed, Sue Bradford  /  5 Comments

The fourth AAAP beneficiary ‘impact’ at Mangere is now over. In three days over a hundred AAAP volunteers worked with a team of more than 30 Work & Income staff to assist somewhere between 600 – 700 people get their full entitlements. Many hundreds more people in desperate need were turned away. Video is available […]

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Sue Bradford speaking tour

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sue Bradford, The Liberal Agenda  /  13 Comments

      With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left project?’ Key conclusions from my research and an update on what’s been happening, with plenty […]

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Message to a distracted Auckland Council: Stop vandalising our libraries’ book collections

By   /  October 17, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  8 Comments

I’ve only recently learned that Auckland’s library system, the largest in the country with 55 libraries, is dumping books from its collections at an unprecedented rate.

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Beneficiary ‘impact’ demonstrates reality of Nats’ war on the poor: but will Labour under Cunliffe do any better?

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Sue Bradford  /  26 Comments

Last week our group Auckland Action Against Poverty held our second beneficiary ‘impact’ following the first one in Onehunga last December.

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The powerless & poor are the first casualties of neofascism, not social media citizens

By   /  August 16, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Sue Bradford  /  20 Comments

Yes, extending the state’s spy and surveillance reach is an appalling move towards creeping neofascism. But I do sometimes wish that those who care about democracy might at times give a little more support…for those who have the very least in Aotearoa right now.

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Out protesting – home and away. Brazil rocks, Auckland’s doing its bit.

By   /  June 19, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  16 Comments

“Our group Auckland Action Against Poverty called the picket because we seek to use every opportunity available to expose the daily damage Bennett, Key and their mates are inflicting on unemployed people, beneficiaries, low wage workers and their families.”

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Glenn Inquiry implodes: highlights deepening colonisation & corporatisation of community sector

By   /  June 5, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  13 Comments

The neoliberal agenda promoted by big business and driven up by successive National and Labour lead governments has entwined its tentacles deeply into the hearts and minds of many groups.

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Budget 2013: who really cares about the poor? Why Labour & Greens don’t go far enough

By   /  May 22, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  23 Comments

Meanwhile, the centre keeps moving to the right and the non vote among the disenfranchised grows larger as more and more people lose any faith or hope in politicians and parties who in practice don’t do anything to help.

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Building Left Power: Role of Anonymity? A Topical Debate

By   /  May 8, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  5 Comments

On Anonymity: “I have to say that after a lifetime’s involvement in left politics in Aotearoa, I still believe that if we don’t know who each other are, it’s very hard to form the relationships so necessary to enhance and deepen both conversation and movement-building.”

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Labour – whose side are you on? Time to come clean on welfare & jobs

By   /  April 24, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  6 Comments

On another current political battleground, however, Labour remains as dubiously shifty as ever. When it comes to welfare and jobs, I still have no clue as to where Labour stands in the face of the Bennett-Rebstock rampage.

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The strange case of Paula Bennett

By   /  April 10, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  20 Comments

Paula Bennett is becoming more and more blatant in her persona as the face of National’s war on the poor. In this morning’s Herald she says, “… I think living on the full DPB is hard. I don’t know how you can live on 50%.” Yet Paula Bennett’s welfare reforms are the very vehicle by […]

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Destroying lives to win votes: National’s anti-beneficiary rampage continues

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  25 Comments

This is not about helping people into better, more fulfilling lives. Instead, it is all about helping keep the wages and conditions of employed workers as low as possible by enforcing a race to the bottom for insecure, low paid work.

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Dangerous times: a challenge to the left

By   /  March 13, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sue Bradford  /  12 Comments

“Effectively the social democratic parties are unable to separate themselves and their policies from the business elite in any meaningful manner. Voters throughout the developed world are beginning to recognise this.”

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