Wellington Welfare Debate 9 June 2004, 7pm
Welfare Debate 9 June 2004, 7pm
POVERTY: A budget decision?
Wednesday 9 June 7pm St Johns in the City, Conference Centre
Steve Maharey, Social Services Minister
Brian Easton, Economist
Muriel Newman, MP
Anne Else, Social Policy theorist
Sue Bradford MP
Paul Blair, Beneficiaries Advocate
Host: Wellington People’s Centre
Further Information: Jessica or Miranda on 385 8596
The Wellington People’s Centre is hosting a debate on welfare provision in New Zealand that will focus on what’s happened since the 1991 benefit cuts, where we are now including what this year’s Budget really means, and what we might expect to happen in the future.
Politicians and experts from the community sector will discuss and argue about the causes of poverty and possible solutions, how to create an inclusive society, and whether we’re on the right track.
“Welfare reform has been signaled by opposition parties as a key election issue. Given the recent Budget announcements, and the particular views of some of participants, the debate should be a lively one, organiser Jessica Morrison of the Wellington People’s Centre says.
“It is vital that we go
beyond the sound bites. This debate will probe and question
what the current policies really mean, whether the Budget
has hidden in it any nasties, and whether we can learn
anything from welfare policies of the