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It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage!

It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage!

Today is Labour Day and what better way to celebrate than to call for the raising of the minimum wage to $15 per hour!

The Week That Was: National Going Everywhere In A Hurry

The Week That Was: National Going Everywhere In A Hurry

Last week the National Party got very hyperactive on the policy front and all this after the previous week's faux pas regarding the Rugby World Cup broadcast rights and ACC changes.

Teaching To The Test - National's Education Reforms

Teaching To The Test - National's Education Reforms

Last week Education Minister Anne Tolley announced the National Party's new education standards regime. What the new regime represents is one of 'teaching to the test' rather than promoting any serious improvement in educational achievement.

A Personal Perspective On National's Health Reforms - Back To The Future!

A Personal Perspective On National's Health Reforms - Back To The Future!

It seems to be back to the future with National's proposed health reforms and especially when they promised us that they wouldn't tinker with it's structure before the last election!

It's Time To Give MMP A Mandate - Once And For All!

 It's Time To Give MMP A Mandate - Once And For All!

This week Justice Minister Simon Power outlined how Government will conduct the second electoral reform referendum in nearly two decades.

Auckland Grammar Pupils' Sick Nazi Prank - Have Our Younger Generation Forgotten Already?

Auckland Grammar Pupils' Sick Nazi Prank - Have Our Younger Generation Forgotten Already?

Today's revelations that a small number of Auckland Grammar school pupils engaged in sickening pranks by being photographed doing inappropriate things with Nazi paraphenalia at Auckland's War Memorial Museum should raise the question - have our younger generation forgotten already?

The Week That Was: Has This Been National's Worst Week In Ages?

The Week That Was: Has This Been National's Worst Week In Ages?

'Teflon' John Key must be feeling that his shiny protective coat is beginning to slip a little, given last week's shenanigans.

Off With Her Head Then? - Keith Locke's Head Of State Referenda Bill

Last week, Green MP Keith Locke's Head of State (Referenda) Bill was drawn from the private member's ballot at Parliament and will be introduced within the next fortnight.

Why Is Student's Association Membership Compulsory?

Recently Sir Roger Douglas introduced the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill to Parliament.

Hey Bill - Where's My Recovery?

Hey Bill English - where's my recovery? That's the question I'm asking right now given that we're officially in the midst of an economic recovery.