Yesterday I attended the Welfare Justice Alternative Welfare Working Group forum at Tätai Hono Marae in Auckland. The fora, which are being held in a diverse range of communities, are stimulating a positive vision of welfare without the narrow parameters and punitive agenda of the Government’s official Welfare Working Group.
Paula Bennett: “This debate could get uncomfortable…it could get emotional…we may even see an ugly side of New Zealand…”
And who created that ugly side, Paula?
Crisis! What crisis? ACC’s reserves are now above forecast by $739 million (5.4 percent), a further improvement over last month, said CTU Economist and Policy Director Bill Rosenberg. The main problem is the full funding of future claim payments which means ACC accounts will always be susceptible to large apparent variations which in reality may have little practical consequences for the ACC scheme.
In February this year the Green Party heard a rumour that the review of ACC was being conducted solely by Treasury and Business New Zealand, so on 5 March we decided to put this to Nick Smith in the House.
There is so much I could say and and want to say, but Wednesday was Sue Bradford’s day for a last word. Here is her valedictory speech. Kia kaha Sue!
Reducing compensation for casual and seasonal workers is to penalise those most in need of state support through a period of injury and rehabilitation – especially since they are the least likely to have reserves of savings to make up the shortfall. It’s just not fair!