You can tell its election year. Yesterday the government announced yet another series of changes to Immigration policy. As per usual the announcement from the Minister frames immigration around the impact on the economy and the job market. Minister Woodhouse basically dehumanises those who want to work and make a life here in Aotearoa New […]
On Monday, the Civilian “reported” that the Government plans to pass legislation to end 2016 early. The Green Party will be supporting this bill. Just in the last week, we’ve had a 7.8 quake and hundreds of aftershocks, floods, Donald Trump, news of his transition team, Brian Tamaki sharing his ‘wisdom’ and a tornado. Oh, and there’s […]
On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by firms on average, either overall or into employment that lasted beyond the trial period” – which is what National said it would do. It also had no effect on the number of “disadvantaged jobseekers” being hired. In short, 90-day trials have failed to do what National said they would do.
I challenged Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse in the House yesterday on his complacency over frightening levels of tax avoidance by multinational corporations — estimated to be up to $1 billion per year. Woodhouse considered both New Zealand Herald investigative journalist Matt Nippert’s figure of $500 million and tax expert Professor Craig Elliffe’s estimate of $1 […]