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Jess Berentson-Shaw kid

The State is a Bad Parent. Literally.

Last week the Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills made the rather startling statement that “it is doubtful children are better off in state care”.   In the first report investigating the service Child Youth and Family (CYFs) provides to our most vulnerable children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) conclusion is: WOW. So the […]

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Gareth Morgan Universal Basic Income

Call for a UBI gains momentum

The idea for an unconditional basic income (UBI) is not new – it has been around since at least the 1960s. Its time seems to have finally come as the international calls for the UBI continue to mount – and they are coming from those on all sides of the political spectrum. In developing countries […]

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Gareth Morgan pension

No one deserves a fat state pension

When we look at our social welfare regime it is full of inequity, so much so that it can be viewed as a tax on poverty. We maintain a mix of targeted benefits, including the dole, invalids, solo parent, Working for Families, and universal entitlement (NZ Superannuation) benefits. This suggests that on the one hand […]

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