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


Government Doing A Good Job--but!

It Is Clear That Most People Think That The Government, Health Officials And Workers, Are Doing An Excellent Job Of Dealing With The Covid 19 Virus And They Have Been Well Supported By Most Of The Public Doing What They Are Told. And The Government Has Listened To The Public And The Opposition And Made Changes To The “rules” Where Sensible. “This Is A Marvellous Situation For Our Country In These Perilous Times, And We Have Been Recognised Internationally For This” Says Peter Malcolm Spokesperson For Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc—“Closing The Gap”. The Government Has Also Largely Been Complimented For Its Efforts To Protect The Economy And People In General From The Effects Of The Virus And This Was Continued In The Budget.

A Realistic Attitude About Government Debt—despite All The Additional Spending Our Government Debt Is Still Well Below That Of Many Developed Countries And Should Not Be A Worry To Us In The Future—a $50 Billion Rescue Fund, Extensions To The Wage Subsidy Scheme, Significant Increases In The Health Budget Including Pharmac, A Large Increase In The Building Of “social Housing”—not Before Time—money For Rail And “green” Jobs. Increases In Aid Funding For Our Pacific Neighbours, This Augurs Well For Our Future. And Now Additional Money For Sport. Well Done To The Government.

But We Still Have Around 200,000 Kids And Families In Poverty---an Extra $25 A Week Is A Pittance--- And Now There Is Additional Money For Meals In Schools. This Last Is An Ambulance At The Bottom Of The Clift And Will Do Nothing To Solve The Underlying Problem Of Families In Poverty. There Was Nothing In The Budget About Welfare Or Benefits, Despite General Agreement About The Recommendations Of The Welfare Expert Advisory Group. This Report Seems To Have Been Consigned To The Rubbish Bin And It Was Published Well Before This Current Crisis.

Government, At A Time When We Are Encouraged To Be Safe And Kind, Where Is The Kindness And Compassion You Have Shown Elsewhere. It Is Clear That Much Of The Burden Of This Crisis Is Being Shouldered By Our Most Disadvantaged And This Should Not Be In Our Country Which Has Been Recognised By Many To Be Doing So Well In This Perilous Time.

Apparently There Is $20 Billion Of Extra Money In The Budget Which Is Unallocated. The WEAG Report Tells You How The Money Should Be Spent. It Is There To Do The Right Thing. Government Please Show Some Real Kindness And Help Our Most Disadvantaged.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Not Buying What Todd Muller Is Selling

Chloe Swarbrick is number three in the Greens Party list released this morning. Todd Muller has released his new party line-up today, which will excite everyone who still wants to know what Gerry Brownlee and Judith Collins will be up to in future. Wider point being : Swarbrick is a household name after three years in Parliament, and has been steering our cannabis laws towards a national referendum at this year’s election. Todd Muller has spent twice as long in Parliament as Swarbrick and yet – until last week – no one beyond his immediate family and friends had ever heard of him... More>>


National: "Todd Muller Announces Shape Of Next Government"

National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government. “New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember. “We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There ... More>>


Lockdown Rules: Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed

The BusinessNZ Network is calling for more clarity about the conditions under which businesses can move to Covid level 1. The network is concerned about large numbers of businesses that are at risk of closure if restrictions continue at the current ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on the line. Good luck. Your decision process starts NOW... More>>


Budget 2020: Jobs Budget To Get Economy Moving Again

Investments to both save and create jobs in Budget 2020 mean unemployment can be back to pre COVID-19 levels within two years and could see the economy growing again as early as next year. More>>


Covid-19 Response: Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes

The law establishing a legal framework for the response to Covid-19 has passed its final reading and will become law in time for the move to Alert Level 2 tonight.
This is a bespoke Act designed specifically to stop the spread of COVID-19... More>>


ACT: Parliament Quits MP Cut Pay Debate To Go Home Early

“In an outrageous move, Parliament has today passed voluntary MP pay cuts and avoided any debate over whether to make them compulsory and transparent”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.... More>>


Trans-Tasman Bubble: PMs Jacinda And Morrison Announce Plans

Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP have announced... More>>


Government: New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More>>


The Dig: Steady State Economics: We’ve Got Some (systems) Thinking To Do

In this time of impending economic and ecological crises, we urgently need to aim for a sustainable or ‘steady state’ economy. In order to get there, we will need to adopt a ‘systems-thinking’ outlook taking into account the interconnections of our complex world.

In short, we’ve got some systems thinking to do... More>>


Election 2020: Parties Get Into gear

The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. Using the most democratic list ... More>>


Insight Into Regenerative Agriculture In New Zealand

There is a fast growing movement in New Zealand that has been happening out in paddocks, fields, gardens and hill country across the nation. It is a movement that holds the promise to reshape our productive land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment to regenerate the land. The movement is that of regenerative agriculture. More>>


Covid-19: Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Dodgy Politics Of Easing Level 3

As countries around the world tentatively emerge from lockdown, a lot of political noise is being generated by politically-driven arguments that (a) the safeguards need to be lifted faster and (b) the lockdown itself was an over-reaction likely to leave lasting economic damage in its wake... More>>


Govt: Concern At Introduction Of National Security Legislation For Hong Kong
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong... More>>






InfoPages News Channels