Chloe Swarbrick is one of the most interesting politicians in the New Zealand Parliament, a highly effective campaigner who – after one term as a List MP – won Auckland Central for the Green Party.
Still only 28, she is already seen as a future leader of her party.
This week she took up the cudgels on behalf of students and gave the government a hammering.
She pointed to new evidence showing that thousands of students are living in poverty, with many struggling to pay rent and put food on the table.
“Everyone in this country deserves to live a life of dignity. Our new research shows that’s a right denied to thousands of students. Political decisions over the last few decades have normalised and entrenched student poverty. This wasn’t an accident. It can be fixed,” says Swarbrick who is Green Party spokesperson for tertiary education. Continue reading “Free-thinking Chloe has gone out to bat for impoverished students – but inflation-fuelling govt spending needs to be bowled first”
And how did the people react to the boost in spending announced in this year’s Budget to promote our wellbeing?
In some cases by pleading for more; in other cases, by grouching they got nothing.
But Budget spending is never enough.
Two lots of bleating came from the Human Rights Commission, which somewhat draws attention to the potential for a $15 million a year saving by abolishing the agency – a budget-trimming measure advocated by the ACT Party.
One statement – in the name of Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero – said Budget 2022 has pluses and minuses for the disabled community.
On the plus side,there was considerable investment in the new Ministry for Disabled People and other funding which has the potential to benefit the disabled community. And there was some funding for community-based services which support the disabled community. Continue reading “Budget unleashes laments from groups that were overlooked or short-changed (including hopes of Human Rights empire-building)”