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Is it wrong that the Tertiary Education Commission CEO is about to bugger off back to the UK after a lucrative contract shagging our tertiary education system?
I reckon it is. First of all it was cutting funding to successful institutes of technology and polytechs for courses demanded by industry, now it’s shagging around with university funding.
The fuck ups made by this woman and successive Ministers of Tertiary Education will have a significant and long term effect on our economy, but our politicians are distracted by headlines rather than issues that matter.
Also the OECD estimates that 24.2 percent of New Zealanders with a tertiary education are living overseas, compared with just 2.5 percent of Australians in the same category.
Rennie said the resource boom’s impact on Australian growth was often “overrated”, with exports making up 21 percent of its GDP compared with 29 percent for New Zealand.
The big difference was labour productivity, the report found.
Australian workers produce one-third more wealth for every hour worked, largely because they have more capital (machinery and technology) to work with.
“New Zealand firms have invested less in capital than their Australian counterparts, but not because of a lack of savings or finance. Instead, the major challenge for New Zealand seems to be a lack of profitable investment opportunities.”
“New Zealand is now the highest-taxed English-speaking nation in the OECD,” Rennie said.
“Clearly this level of taxation will have an impact on economic growth, because it transfers money away from the entrepreneurial sector and makes investing, employing and working less rewarding.”
Interesting that neither the SST or DomPost made any mention of the March on Saturday or the importance of this weeks Parliamentary debate. I subscribe to both and sometimes wonder why – especially at the moment.
Danny Watson is giving the EFB a thrashing at the moment on Newstalk ZB.
Could have been remembered as a great PM – but the longer her “regime” has lasted, the more insular she has become, and the public percetion is of a mean-spirited, sarcastic control freak. She will forever be tarnished by all the “gates” associated with her PM-ship, and her refusal to ever admit that it was even possible that she could have been wrong.
And here we go: Questions for Oral Answer 4 December 2007
JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers?
GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: What new initiatives have been undertaken by the State Services Commission since he became Minister?
GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for the Environment: Can he assure the House that all employment and contracting decisions made by the Ministry for the Environment have been made according to Ministry guidelines; if not, why not?
Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his reported comments, regarding the $100 “bribe” for Wellington mothers to leave hospital within hours of giving birth, that this was “one organisation’s response to a staff shortage and was not Government policy.”; if so, is he confident that the safety of mothers and children is a priority throughout the New Zealand public health system?
I look forward to the defence against Question 12, in the light of the reports that a first time mother was sent home 5 hours after delivery of her child after 30 hours in labour, and without the baby latching on to feed correctly.
Following today’s front page photo of Mallard in the Dominion Post I wonder whether Labour will take steps to put in place an extra level of scrutiny (such as the Solicitor General) on private prosecutions taken against MPs, before the case can make it to court.
Possibly not, as down the track it might very well keep a National MP’s mug off the front page. But Labour’s recent history of legislating to remove the possibility of repeat embarrassments makes me think something will be in the wind – in the best interests of the country of course!
It has to be remembered that this is a government that brought legislation to ban numerous forms of satire, apparently in order to protect the public’s respect for the office MPs hold. I wouldn’t be surprised if they used a similar argument as rationale for taking steps to ensure there isn’t a repeat of the Mallard photo.
Oh well, at least Helen can console herself that she’s having a better day than Gordon Brown.
Latest from The Times:
Gordon Brown’s election chief, Douglas Alexander, ordered his sister not to resign as Scottish Labour Party leader for fear of causing fallout throughout the Cabinet.
The disclosure that Mr Alexander put pressure on his sister, Wendy Alexander, came as Peter Hain admitted failing to register donations properly and as the Prime Minister tried to rally his demoralised party at a meeting of backbenchers.
If Ms Alexander had resigned over an illegal £950 donation, pressure on Harriet Harman to step down as Mr Brown’s deputy over an illegal donation of £5,500 could have proved irresistible. Ms Harman is further being investigated over a failure to declare a £40,000 mortgage to finance her leadership campaign. The latest embarrassment will increase pressure on Mr Brown to strip her of her role as party chairman.
It also emerged that Ms Harman’s husband, Jack Dromey, was at the top of a secret list of approved candidates to be given safe seats in the event of a snap election.
Just heard about a Kiwisaver scam… from an exec in a Wgtn-based SOE.
It works like this. Various social welfare entitlements are determined based on ones salary AFTER kiwisaver contributions.
This organisation has had a number of people who are a year or two from retirement volunteering to contribute >70% of their salary to kiwisaver thereby dropping their income… and entitling them the various low-income government benefits.
The SOE concerned has just set an internal policy such that employees may not have more than 10% of the salary directed into kiwisaver.
They have also informed IRD and the Ministers office… neither of which want to know about it.
All on foryoung & old in the House – Key has accused Mallard of a “cowardly” attack under Parliamentary privilege, and Clark has asserted that Mallard’s attack on Erin Leigh was “mild by his standards”
“I look forward to the defence against Question 12, in the light of the reports that a first time mother was sent home 5 hours after delivery of her child after 30 hours in labour, and without the baby latching on to feed correctly.
THE BABY DIED”
I’m not a socialist (despite various accusations), but (despite the limited facts available) there are some things that can be said about this. Without trying to defend the policy, which was ill-considered and unlikely to be successful, the policy was to incentivise mothers who did not medically need to be at the hospital to go home. I think it is completely understandable that a mother would feel more comfortable staying at a hospital longer than is strictly medically necessary, but given the pressure on maternity services they felt the need to do something to relieve this. In this case (remembering that not all the facts are out) there was a clear medical need for the mother to stay. Trying to connect these things is a bit disingenous then because a) there is no evidence (that I have seen) that the mother left because of the voucher system, or that she even received one, and b) on the face of it this looks like the criteria were misapplied, that can happen regardless of what system we have (if we don’t just force people to stay regardless of what they want).
Wycroft: “It has to be remembered that this is a government that brought legislation to ban numerous forms of satire, apparently in order to protect the public’s respect for the office MPs hold.”
Some facts: there wasn’t any legislation. The changes were to press gallery rules and weren’t a ‘government’ initiative, it came out of a cross-parliament comittee that, from memory, featured national members who, at least until they thought there were political points to score, supported this. I don’t think it was a particularly good idea, but it wasn’t a bad Labour or government idea
HC’s comments today on the Erin Leigh issue were disgraceful and
Mallards answers or lack of them were virtually an admission of defeat.
Cullen’s refusal to answer embarrassing questions on a technicality further enforced the impression that Labour is stuck between a rock and a hard place over the political shinnagins that have characterized the Ministry of the Environment.
With the twin issues of Politicisation of the Public Service and the tampering with Electoral Law to benefit the ruling administration hitting us in the same week, comparisons between Clark and Chavez aren’t that wide of the mark!
BeShakey, this mother ending up at home five hours after the birth of her first child is a direct result of the institional pressure being brought on to midwives to free up resources, and the lack of doctors taking up the role of lead maternity care.
It is a direct link to health policy. The minister tried to defend it and failed, don;t try yourself, please! I think we are better than that!
BeShakey, thanks for clarifying that, up to a point at least, that point being your last line. Most of the fingerprints on the amendment to press rules closely resembled those of our spiteful and poisonous deputy PM, who can give it but is so insecure that he fair bristles when anyone dares take the mickey out of him. Cullen drove it through; that makes it a “bad labour or government idea.”
I think it is completely understandable that a mother would feel more comfortable staying at a hospital longer than is strictly medically necessary, but given the pressure on maternity services they felt the need to do something to relieve this.
How about discharge them? FFS, after his heart op I’m sure my partner would have loved another couple of weeks in a comfortable hospital bed (better cooking, for a start) but there was no clinical need to be there a day longer than there was. Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but I tend to assume my GP knows WTF she’s talking about on the medical front. Ditto for the surgeon who opened my partner’s chest without killing him.
I kind of get your point, BeShakey, but even C&CDHB are admitting waving grocery vouchers under patients’ noses is a bizarre and seriously off way to manage and allocate resources.
Watch 3News’ coverage of the Erin Leigh story tonight when they post the video later. In particular, watch as Helen Clark laughs as she talks about the attack on Ms Leigh as being “one of Trevor’s milder ones”. Helen Clark is a callous, vindictive b*tch, and not fit to be leader of this country.
The Hollow Woman strikes again? I wish I could be outraged, or even surprised, Inventory – but I really do believe in karna, or if you want to be a little more Anglo-Saxon about it: What goes around, comes around. I wonder what Trev’s anger management counsellor thinks about this textbook enabling – pretty hard to get bullies to own their shit when they’re surrounded by people who minimise or even reward negative behaviour.
“Support for the Labour Party in New Zealand remains low, at just over a third, (34%) of New Zealand electors. There has been no “bounce back” for the Labour Government following last month’s bungling of the domestic terrorism case. With the support of nearly half the electorate, if an election was held last weekend in New Zealand the Nationals would have returned to power for the first time in eight years.
I agree, it’s got me wacked who the heck votes for those fools. Looking at the poll results from this year the Nats have been at or above 45% apart from the first poll of 2007. The other big trend is Labour struggling.