Supporting welfare justice with the Alternative Welfare Working Group

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.

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The smacking lobby ignores 8 positive reviews of S59

After the latest report on Section 59 from the Prime Minister’s taskforce you would think that the media would stop calling the circus performers whose only interest is in keeping the circus going. The review included Dr Nigel Latta – someone who had voted against the law in the recent referendum. However, to his credit […]

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ACC: Mirrors smashed and smoke dispersed

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.

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