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Dr Liz Gordon – The politics (and economics) of poverty

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

It is to our political shame that (a) the economics of neo-liberalism have remained entrenched ever since; (b) that now two generations of people dependent on the state (and many workers) have been raised in poverty; and (c) we have accepted the inequalities of our society as ‘normal’, OK and due to some sort of meritocracy, rather than as the systematic robbing of the poor to pay the rich.

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GUEST BLOG: Jeni Cartwright – Confusion reigns on measurement of Child Poverty – THANKS BILL

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

It’s probably been a bit of a surprise for many – especially for those who wiggled their eggs out of National’s basket and into Labour’s at voting time – to read claims from former Prime Minister Bill English that his government lifted 85,000 children out of hardship between 2011 and 2016.

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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei!

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

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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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Christchurch City Council housing failure a tragedy for low-income families

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The real devastating failure of the city rebuild is the plight of low-income families left high and dry by the Christchurch City Council.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelvin Smythe – Children of the poor: Bitter and cynical strategy on education and poverty

By   /  October 15, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

John Key: ‘We can count rodents easily – neglected, abused or sick children living in cold, damp houses not so much.’ Stuff, 3 October, 2016.

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