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Dr Muriel Newman

Has Welfare Reform Gone Far Enough?

There is a real problem with welfare when a country that has more than 11 percent of its working age population dependent on benefits, has to import unskilled labour. Statistics show net migration to New Zealand is at a 10 year high. Canterbury was the second most popular destination, with a net gain of 5,100 migrants - many of whom were labourers going to Christchurch for the rebuild.

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Lindsay Mitchell

Should New Zealand introduce time-limits on welfare?

Since the National government took office late 2008, welfare reform has formed a large legislative programme much of which has now been completed. It is perhaps too soon to expect benefit numbers to start reducing, complicated by the global financial crisis driving up unemployment in 2009-10.

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Dr Muriel Newman

Reports Ignore Reality

There has been no global warming for the past 16 years. In spite of increasing levels of human emissions of carbon dioxide, world wide global temperatures stopped rising in 1998. Essentially, this means that the dire predictions that the world is headed for a climate catastrophe if mankind keeps on producing carbon dioxide, is not credible.

Dr David Kear


“Climate Change” has become an important international topic - one might almost say religion. It began life as “Global Warming”. So very many people, including politicians and “news people”, appear to have been overwhelmed by it, and have led others to believe, and follow the doctrine. However, the cost of “Combating Carbon” has been extremely high, and the debt and economic consequences are being passed on to present citizens, and, worse still, to future generations, including all our grandchildren.

Dr Muriel Newman

Constitutional Compromise

A country’s constitution belongs to the people. It’s the charter that sets out the basic rules by which a nation is governed: the rights and safeguards of citizens; how state power is exercised; the type of voting system; the number of Members of Parliament; whether representatives are elected freely or through some form of quota system.

Mike Butler

Submissions reveal constitution panel’s trickery

An analysis of submissions to the Constitutional Advisory Panel obtained under the Official Information Act reveal a deep opposition to treaty politics that was obscured in the panel’s report to government in December.

Dr Muriel Newman

State Control of Rental Housing

The reality is that a sophisticated political campaign is being run by public health, safety and environmental groups to persuade the government that a compulsory Warrant of Fitness scheme is needed on private sector rental housing. But given that many poor outcomes are behavioural, there is no guarantee that costly home interventions on half a million houses will work.

Frank Newman

Beware: Housing WOF on way

Two pilot warrant of fitness trials for rental properties are presently under way. One is a government initiative involving 500 Housing New Zealand properties and the other involves a “consortium” of interests involving the Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin councils, ACC, NZ Green Building Council, and the University of Otago.

Dr Muriel Newman

Equal Rights an Election Issue

We say not only is any suggestion that social dysfunction is a Treaty matter preposterous, but it is an admission that the multi-million dollar race-based “by-Maori, for-Maori” social service experiment - that has been operating since the eighties - is a failure and should be scrapped.

David Round

Review of Treaty of Waitangi Settlements, edd. Nicola Wheen et al

This book contains a dozen essays on aspects of Treaty of Waitangi settlements. The fourteen contributors are all, in one sense anyway, eminently qualified to write on the subject. This book is a political tract masquerading as an academic treatise.