Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Labour's student allowance policy rejected

ACT on Campus rejects Labour's student allowance policy

ACT on Campus, the youth wing of ACT New Zealand, rejects Labour's student allowance policy. National President Mike Bridge said today that "$210m would be much better spent investing in quality education than propping up the local student bar."

"Labour's student allowance scheme will see hard working taxpayers such as truck drivers, dairy owners and drainlayers subsidising the children of the very people that Michael Cullen labelled 'rich pricks'. This is the ultimate tax cut for the wealthy and will do nothing for the people Labour claim to represent.

"If Labour were serious about improving the financial prospects for students, they would be increasing real wages so that young graduates are not forced to head overseas to get ahead. The key to better wages is reducing taxes and growing the economy.

"In the last nine years Labour's financial incompetence and ineptitude have failed the next generation of New Zealanders by running the economy into the ground. Even more reckless spending is the last thing that young kiwis need during these uncertain economic times" Mr Bridge said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland