Backbenches 18 June 2014

June 16th, 2014 at 2:44 pm by David Farrar


THIS WEEK ON PRIME TV’s “BACK BENCHES”: Watch Wallace Chapman, Damian Christie, the Back Benches Panel and special guests discuss the week’s hottest topics!

A LICENCE TO TICK OFF A LOT OF PARENTS: A liquor store has opened across the street from a school in Mangere. The school and local board are considering their legal options while restrictions are in place for the liquor store owners such as closing between 3-4pm on school days and prohibiting the sale of RTDs. But do these restrictions go far enough? Should we put more restrictions into where liquor outlets are allowed go? Is alcohol far too available? Especially in poorer communities? Should this be up to local councils or the Government?

THE TOP 10%: Oxfam NZ reports that our top 10% are wealthier than the rest of the population combined. Is inequality worsening in New Zealand? The Government says it has not worsened over the last decade and says they spend billions on support for low income kiwis. How do we combat inequality? Is it about throwing additional money at the problem? Or is it about targeted support? And will the upcoming G20 summit in Melbourne have any solutions?

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Our Panel: Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, National MP Jacqui Dean, Maori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and Independent MP Brendan Horan.



6 Responses to “Backbenches 18 June 2014”

  1. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    One ought to be crazy to watch this CRAP program, a complete waste of time.

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  2. Grendel (996 comments) says:

    could this be any less left wing?

    where is the bit about the liquor store saying “kids cannot go in anyway, so who cares”. or “its a legal business, so what right do we have to tell it when or how to open”.

    but that thought pattern does not enter the minds of the left.

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  3. Chuck Bird (4,848 comments) says:

    It should be interesting with Brendon Horan.

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  4. redqueen (556 comments) says:

    If these are the week’s ‘hottest topics’, it’s been a really boring week…

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  5. beautox (420 comments) says:

    Inequality …. groan. We’ll all be equal when we’re dead, what’s the rush.

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  6. Steve (North Shore) (4,547 comments) says:

    Close the Liquor store from 3 to 4? That will stop schoolkids buying and drinking RTDs right?
    How pathetic

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