Hone Harawira on Social Security Amendment Bill
and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira
Social Security Amendment Bill
opposed it all the way” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai
Tokerau Hone Harawira, regarding the Social Security
“The whole point of the new law is
to make it so difficult for people on benefits that
they’ll be pushed off – or they won’t be able to get
on one in the first place. And with no jobs to go to
it’ll mean more and more people slipping through the
“While the government trumpets this as a win
and a saving to the taxpayer, the reality is there’ll be
huge downstream costs for the people and families involved
and ultimately for us all. Saving a buck here to then spend
mega bucks later on dealing with things like homelessness
and ill health is more than pointless. It shows a lack of
thought and care that is simply disgusting. It’s all
about bashing beneficiaries to build the government’s
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Jane Kelsey: "Shock Trade-Offs", No Deal At TPP Talks
A three-paragraph statement issued at the end of the ministerial summit was appropriately bland, given the complete void of any official information during the four-day meeting. Reading between the lines, it reveals four points about the current state of play.
First, ministers say they identified ‘potential landing zones’ for ‘the majority of key outstanding issues in the text’. Some of these decisions are hugely significant. New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have surrendered to an as-yet-undisclosed version of US-based demands on intellectual property that they have consistently deemed unacceptable.
Second, ministers were unable to reach even ‘potential’ outcomes for other key issues in the text...
Third, the US made no significant offers on market access for agriculture in Singapore. Japanese media reported a breakdown in the US-Japan talks on agriculture...
A final piece of hypocrisy in the statement is the promise to ‘further our consultation with stakeholders and engage in our respective political processes’. More>>