“Prime Time with Sean Plunket” Friday 9.30 P.M.

August 6th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by Kokila Patel

It’s one of the BIG election issues and this Friday night on ,  Sean will chair what is certain to be a key election debate. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett will confront Green Co-Leader Metiria Turei on inequality and poverty in NZ. They will be joined by two experts with very different perspectives, Alan Johnson from the Salvation Army, author of The Growing Divide. A State of the Nation Report from the Salvation Army 2012  . And from the faith based Venn Foundation we have its CEO, Greg Fleming, the former CEO of the Maxim Institute.
This will be the first of a series of weekly debates running right through the election — and after. We have some of the country’s top politicians lined up and with Sean’s extensive experience chairing election debate broadcasts, these are going to be must see shows.
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13 Responses to ““Prime Time with Sean Plunket” Friday 9.30 P.M.”

  1. wf (418 comments) says:

    Dare we hope for in depth, constructive discussion? Dare we?

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  2. jgw739 (26 comments) says:

    Paula Bennett and Metiria Turei! Should be a good debate on Tough love vs Bubblewrap. Who’s bringing the popcorn?

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  3. Igotta Numbum (452 comments) says:

    Paula should wear a “Zip It Sweetie” t-shirt.

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  4. Rich Prick (1,662 comments) says:

    And will National have a huge whinge over the host like Labour with Hosking? No. Hopefully Paula remembers the Left’s definition of “poverty” as being on an income less that the median income, so we will always have those in poverty trapped with MySky Basic and iPhone 4s’s. Poor buggers.

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  5. Rex Widerstrom (5,346 comments) says:

    Standard and Poors have come out with a report that says increasing income inequality means slower economic growth.

    In other words, we’d all be better off (including the rich) if certain politicians didn’t believe the pathway to growth was third world wages and pittance benefits.

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  6. Pete George (23,429 comments) says:

    if certain politicians didn’t believe the pathway to growth was third world wages and pittance benefits.

    Which politicians believe this? I’ve not seen any New Zealand politician promoting anything like this nor implying anything like this is what they believe.

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  7. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    Groan!

    Oh no!

    I see we are on the threshold of all-media political overkill leadng up to the General Election.

    Spare me!

    The best pre-Election period I ever experienced was when I was obliged to go overseas for almost the entire pre-election – (For pre-election read ‘Major-Bore-the-Electorate-rigid-with-increasingly-shrill-demands-to-‘Vote this”-or-“Vote that’) – period.

    IMHO anyone who is seriously so uninformed as to be persuaded to change or alter their inclination to vote this way or that way by ‘pre-election media discussion’ -(or shonky so-called ‘promises’ or ‘serious undertakings’ on the part of this party or that – and can’t make up their own mind independently doesn’t deserve a vote.

    Shut up you whining, fawning, insincere pollies!!

    I know how i’m going to vote and nothing you can do or say in the immediate lead-up to the election – or whatever unconvincing ‘promises’ you make – are going to change my mind!!

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  8. Slipster (141 comments) says:

    @Rex W. – Perhaps you should actually read the article you link too. Maybe then you won’t make the embarrassingly silly mistakes like your post above.

    First of all, the article is careful to say:
    “One of the reasons that could explain [...] that also might explain [...]”
    (Emphasis mine). In other words – supposition is cheap and is a far cry from facts.

    Next: It makes a clear contrast between serious, academic studies and for-consumption, publicity seeking stunt [wo]men among the economists. This is coming from the second group which fact is supported by the…

    Third point: Keynesian school of economics. They don’t even try to hide that fact, it’s openly stated in the article itself. And that explains everything.

    Everything that is except the simple question: did you not read the article or not understood it?

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  9. Slipster (141 comments) says:

    @Pete George: Actually, Greens believe exactly this. Just look at their policies – actions speak louder than slogans.

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  10. Pete George (23,429 comments) says:

    Slipster – and you can frequently see claims along those lines at The Daily Blog and The Standard.

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  11. WineOh (629 comments) says:

    I wonder whether it is a mistake to use a faith-based organisation to support the alternative perspective to the Salvation Army. I can kind of see the rationale, given both will come from a Judeo-Christian value system, but the Sallys have been known not to get the ‘God’ side of things to intertwined with their social initiatives, and I wonder whether having an openly faith based organisation in the Venn Foundation tied to the debate will cloud the actual issue.

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  12. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    Paula Bennett and Metiria Turei! But no Labour? Are the Greens NZ’s official opposition now?

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  13. backster (2,141 comments) says:

    9.30pm……..Too late for me.

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