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The only problem with Sharon Murdoch's Cartoon is that it is not brutal enough.

Given potential damage of the proposed cuts & the impact on the children's future from lack of action on environment, infrastructure & services, National & Act have gone from literally kissing babies to figuratively picking them up by the leg & dashing them against a brick wall,.

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Oct 1, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

Hi Bernard,

Sunday program did us all a disservice last night. Very sorry for Dr Poulton and his family but what needed to be highlighted for the whole hour was his message that poverty is a poor parent. Concentrating on one man's mortality is typical of faux clickbait Journalism not addressing the issues involved in a grown-up way just concentrating on personalities. It did a disservice to Dr Poulton's monumental work for the Dunedin Study. Why not some information and data rather than tear-jerking journalism (I cried). I agree with David Mohring.

Patrick Medlicott

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Oct 1, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

It would be good if Bernard didn't have links to lots of things that are behind paywalls.

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Good to see the CBAM narrative entering the discourse, another exposure of the magical thinking/policy/treaty ignorance from the likely next Govt

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Free via Politico EU

https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-climate-fight-global-carbon-border-adjustment-mechanism-cbam-tax/

https://twitter.com/NZheretic/status/1625731761589329921

"I expect things will change more rapidly when the EU starts taxing polluters imports, to the point where local manufacturers can compete with low wage economies such as China.

Those business that adapt to changing requirements & environments can thrive."

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Was waiting for the hook to come out from stage left, to remove the inappropriate actor. Winston Peters pantomime performance on Q&A came across as plain old desperate behaviour to avoid committing to any detail at all. I think Jack Tame's question to James Shaw re: a Greens - Nat Govt was the most interesting by far. And James Shaw's continued insistence to be tied to Labour no matter what - makes little sense if the environmental/social emergencies are to be seriously addressed starting October 15th.

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Oct 1, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

It is not a lack of data in NZ that causes us to fail to deal with poverty - the Dunedin Study is an amazing example. Nothing is done about it because this is a grubby little country where the power is with those who have the biggest houses (-may they all fall off their cliffs!!)

From RNZ about 7.00 am today - 'Property Industry Tops Political Donations" - https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/499176/property-industry-tops-political-donations#:~:text=and%20NZ%20First.-,Since%202021%2C%20people%20aligned%20with%20the%20property%20industry%20have%20donated,Labour%20received%202%20percent.

This is where we live. Cheerfully helpfully smiling John Key has continued to inch us along to that country he envisaged we could be way back before he became PM. Remember?? Playground of the south pacific or something ?

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Oct 1, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

Bernard writes:

'One of the features of National’s fiscal plan on Friday was the confirmation of a return to inflation indexation from wage indexation for people on the main benefits, but not New Zealand Superannuation. The measure saves $2 billion over four years. NZ Super at $19 billion per year is a vastly larger expense than benefits at $3.5 billion. National could easily pay for its tax cuts by indexing NZ Super to inflation…just saying. The unfairness could not be more obvious.'

True, but the unfairness would not be resolved by indexing NZ Super to inflation. The unfairness is National's attack on the poor by switching benefits away from wage-indexation.

Many people on NZ Super, including an increasing proportion of renters, need every dollar they get, just as other beneficiaries do, and would steadily descend into paupery if NZ Super were changed from wage to inflation indexation.

The answer, as every party in Parliament knows but refuses to discuss, is to bring back the surtax on NZ Super abolished in 1998, so that NZ Superannuation goes to those who need it, not to the many wealthy retired with bountiful other income, who don't.

https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/business/about/our-research/research-institutes-and-centres/RPRC/PensionBriefing/Pension-briefing-2021-2-NZS-as-basic-income.pdf

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Winston's answer to social problems from poverty is to build special prisons for gangs. This guy could select the next government.

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Oct 2, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

Thank you Bernard, will watch Sunday John Campbell interview. The children are the future as is the environment for them. Two issues that are not being considered in this election (children & environment) by the majority of candidates. All children in our nation are as important as are those in my whanau. I individually love my own but within our world they are no more important than children who are forced into poverty in our nation.

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Oct 2, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

Perhaps we should lower the voting age to 16 and pass legislation that stated nobody over the age of 65 could vote.......

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Oct 2, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

Not sure how strong negotiation on behalf of the natural and social environment would be selling Green voters short. Wouldn't the lack of trying to directly influence policy be selling voters short? Bowing out in advance, preferring to sit on opposition benches and letting some type of NZ First/Act influence dominate - isn't this actually selling Green voters short by making transformative futures even tougher to attain? I very much do understand your perspective but still, am suggesting that urgent times demand radical action. Options for king/queenmakers never mention the Greens but actually by numbers, the Greens could be in a strong position and ruling themselves out just places a warped sense of power in the wrong spot, prematurely. What if a cabinet position or two may be negotiated? Nothing is impossible (or is it! :))

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Oct 2, 2023Liked by Bernard Hickey

Hi Bernard

What's your thoughts on the latest statement from labour for a minister of just transition?

see link below https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/09/25/climate-change-labour-pledges-new-minister-for-just-transitions/

PS Keep up the great work.

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I've opened this one up now because it had such great engagement and over 50 likes.

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