Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Students Applaud Greens Summer Support Initiative

Students today described a Green Party Bill on student summer income support as a litmus test of the Government’s commitment to remove unjust and discriminatory policies left by the previous Government.

Student leaders say they are delighted that the Social Services (Work Testing and Community Wage) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot, which, among other things, would restore universal access to the student community wage.

Since a cabinet decision by the National Party in 1998, only those students who are eligible for student allowances (around 35% of students) during term time qualified for summer income support.

“The move was a draconian one, and it meant that students were the only group in society that had no back-up if they were unable to find to find work or had no other means of support,” said Sam Huggard, New Zealand University Students Association (NZUSA) Co-President.

“Alliance and Labour’s cries of outrage at the National Party cutback were deafening in Opposition, yet now in Government they seem to have forgotten about student summer hardship. We are relieved that the there is at least one party that remembers,” said David Penney, National President of the Aotearoa Post-compulsory Student Union (APSU).

“We hope both Government parties, but especially the Alliance, will remember the pledges they made to students and ensure that the Bill is examined by a Select Committee,” said Sam Huggard.

“At the very least we expect the Government to allow this Bill to be debated at Select Committee. To do otherwise would smack of hypocrisy and would be a slap in the face to those students who are forced to rely on foodbanks and hardship grants to make do over summer,” said David Penney.

“Senior members of the Government, including the Minister of Finance, Michael Cullen, are on record decrying the move. This is their chance to keep their word,” concluded Sam Huggard.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Remembrance: Anzac After Christchurch

A community group is creating The Sound of Peace, a crowdsourced soundscape that captures messages of peace from New Zealanders in their own voices and languages...

The Anzac Eve event, The Art of Remembrance with Kristin Darragh, is a concert and memorial service in the grounds of the historic St David’s Memorial Church in Uptown Auckland.

‘As we remember the lives lost in World War One, we remember the horrors of all wars, and the potential to reach out across the divides now to expand understanding and a sense of our shared humanity.’ More>>

 

NZ And France To Seek To End Use Of Social Media For Terrorism

New Zealand and France announced today that the two nations will bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism, in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Attacks: Families Offered Option To Stay Permanently

Immigration New Zealand has created a special visa category for those directly impacted by the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood mosque, as well as their families. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Consent Granted For Queens Wharf Cruise Ship Upgrade

In its decision, released this afternoon, Auckland Council says that although the upgrade will have a "range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation", these can be managed to an "acceptable" level. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels