Prime TV’s “Back Benches”: 10th of August 2016

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

“TREASON!…TREACHEROUS IN THE EXTREME!”:  The Maori Party has declined to endorse Helen Clark’s bid for UN Secretary General. Punters, Pollies and Kiwis cried “Treason!” Winston Peters calling the move “Treacherous in the extreme!” But is the call fair? Is Helen Clark’s record on indigenous rights enough to preclude her from heading the United Nations? Is speaking out against Helen Clark’s bid treasonous? Is it okay to speak out against Kiwis on the world stage or is it our duty to hold ourselves to account? And what is our current record with indigenous rights like?

TITANIUM GLASS CEILING?: The head of Saatchi & Saatchi Kevin Roberts has resigned after his comments about women in the workforce. Roberts summed up women’s lack of ambition as women are happier than men, “Their ambition is not a vertical ambition; it’s this intrinsic, circular ambition to be happy.” Kevin Roberts wasn’t concerned by the lack of women in leadership roles, are you? How do we ensure gender equality in the workforce? And in paycheck?

AN APPLE A DAY:  They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away which is good because visits to the GP are rising. A national health survey in 2015 showed some 500,000 Kiwis adults are skipping out on GP visits due to cost. Should there be an overhaul of the current system so those who need assistance paying fees or need to be enrolled in VLCA (very low cost access) practices get the help they need?

There are two ways to get in on the political pub action:

First, you can join the live audience in Wellington’s iconic Backbencher Pub on Wednesday, 10th of August at 6pm. Filming begins around 6:20pm.

Or watch us that night on PRIME TV at 10:30pm!

Plus, Follow us on Facebook (BackBenchesTV) or on Twitter @BackBenchesTV.

Our Panel: Labour MP David Cunliffe, Maori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox, and National MP Jono Naylor.

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