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University drop-out and hospitality aficionado Harry Willis has been working at bFM since early 2017. When he’s not pouring your wine he’s reading up on international and local politics, watching film and amateurly photographing things.
On today’s show we continue our election coverage, this week we talking the New Zealand economy, more specifically, work and income and employment. Are wages keeping up with the cost of living in New Zealand? Should New Zealand introduce a universal basic income? We are discussing these questions and more today, gathering a range of perspectives on party policy affecting those on beneficiaries and seeking employment in NZ.
Firstly we speak with Labour’s finance spokesperson Grant Robertson, then National’s minister for social justice Anne Tolley. We follow with Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative Dr. Eric Crampton, Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff and Business New Zealand’s manager of Employment Relations Policy, Paul McKay. We round off today’s show speaking with beneficiary advocate Miles Lacey
Yesterday National’s Social Development spokesperson Anne Tolley announced a plan to guarantee work experience, training or drug rehab to under-25s once they’ve spent six months on a jobseekers benefit. Lachlan spoke to Anne about this and the controversial benefit sanctions in the policy.
As part of our indepth look at the economy we look at work and income. Possible alternatives to the current welfare system include a universal basic income. Lachlan discusses the possibility of a universal basic income with Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative Dr. Eric Crampton. He then spoke with beneficiary advocate Miles Lacey about the difficulties beneficiaries face under the current system, and what needs to change.
Producer Will talks to Newsroom columnist and political commentator Rod Oram about how the tech industry will impact Kiwi jobs. We delve in to the discussion around automatons and their effect on the economy, as well as looking at how New Zealand can sit at the forefront of positive technological and economic growth.
Ahead of the election, producer Jack Marshall spoke to New Zealand business journalist Rob Oram about the state of New Zealand’s tax system and how the Labour and National's policies will shape the future New Zealand.
Yesterday National announced a new policy to crackdown on meth dealing among gangs. The policy includes a roll out of new police powers which will enable police to search gang members property without a warrant. Police minister Paula Bennett says drugs such as meth and the gangs that peddle them are a scourge on society. In outlining the policy Bennet defended the hard line approach taken saying serious criminals and gang members have fewer human rights than others. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Canterbury University sociologist Jarrod Gilbert about the policy.
The East Coast has had a long history with music, from the Herbs up in Ruatoria to New Zealand’s current largest music festival - Rhythm and Vines. We caught up with Rugged and Wylde from Wairoa about their new studio at the Gaiety theatre and where coastal hip-hop is heading.