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Category: Welfare Reform
Under the guise of ‘compassion’, the agenda is all too easily captured by vested interest groups that are promoting welfare policies that will increase dependency on the state, rather than reducing it.
California—not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia—has the highest poverty rate in the United States. The question arises as to why California has so many poor people...
Welfare reform requires great care. Of all policy areas, the unintended consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating, especially for children.
When a benefit-dependent sole parent refuses to name the father of her children a penalty is incurred. That’s because the state is then unable to recoup any of her benefit from the liable parent.
The country’s new Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have claimed that free market capitalism is failing New Zealand. Their comments indicate that they intend blaming areas of government and policy failure on capitalism.
The 2017 election campaign has well and truly started with both the Green Party and New Zealand First launching major policies last weekend.
Do you feel safe in your community? It’s a question we often ask ourselves when something happens to trigger our concern. Whether it’s a crime story on the news, being confronted by windscreen washers at a local intersection, or being intimidated by beggars on the street, such incidents can alter our perception of the safety of our local neighbourhood.
The high levels of net migration are being driven by New Zealand’s strong economic growth. In addition, bureaucratic changes to New Zealand’s health and safety laws, forcing employers to drug test workers, are creating a growing demand for unskilled workers.
Last week the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, published their annual report card on child well-being across the countries of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. They ranked New Zealand in 38th place out of the 41 nations.
Standing up to bullies takes courage. That's true, be it in a school playground, workplace, or a home. Politics is no different. It takes courage to stand up to ideological bullies, especially those with roots in extremist doctrines that are well organised and have strong links to supportive media.