Tete-a-tete This weekend Jacinda Ardern argued for the government, or an agency of Government, to set wages for whole industries. This is the proposal associated with the Kristine Bartlett vs. TerraNova case, where the Employment Court found that ‘pay equity’ can mean wages in one industry being set by comparison to another industry.
Taxes Up National’s colonisation of Labour territory is complete. We thought Helen Clark knew how to straddle the centre of politics but John Key has taken the art to a whole new leech-like level. The confirmation came last week after National boasted they had made the tax system more progressive.
Teacher Unions’ Odd Position Teachers will strike this week, forcing parents all over the country to make alternative arrangements. Their concern? That principals and boards of trustees will be given more flexibility in how they use their funding. They believe this will lead to fewer teachers being employed, but why would that be?
On the weekend New Zealand First challenged the Prime Minister to dictate which branches Westpac could and couldn’t close, because Westpac is the Government’s banker. The taxpayer would effectively be subsidising Westpac to keep some branches open for political reasons.
David vs. Jacinda In this week’s Sunday Star Times column, David Seymour argues that student loan interest write-offs have been bad policy and Jacinda as usual attacks the messenger. Read the full column here.
The number one determinant of educational success is school leadership and teacher quality, and New Zealand has one of the most unequal education systems in the world. Thankfully this Government, with ACT’s pressure and support is opening up new ways of getting good educators in front of children.
David vs Jacinda
In this week’s Sunday-Star Times shoot out, David argues that government as regulator moves too slow for people to take advantage of technological advances, citing Uber, e-cigarettes, and AirBnB as technologies that have caught the Government napping. The column is now online here.
Coming to Christchurch
If you have been missing ACT events in Christchurch this year, fear not. David Seymour will address a gathering of ACT supporters and ACT-curious Cantabrians at Procope, 165 Victoria St, 7pm this Thursday August 4th.