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The wage-old question

The wage-old question The wage-old question, 12.11 MB
Thu 7 Sep 2017

To get both sides of the wage debate, 95bfm talks to Council of Trade Union President, Richard Wagstaff, and Business New Zealand's manager of Employment Relations Policy, Paul McKay.

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 7th September

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 7th September The Wire with Harry: Thursday 7th September, 134.44 MB
Thu 7 Sep 2017

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

 

Is bad work experience taking its Toll on kiwis?

Anne Tolley and whether bad work experience taking its Toll on NZers Anne Tolley and whether bad work experience taking its Toll on NZers, 24.36 MB
Thu 7 Sep 2017

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.

 

Too much work, not enough income?

Too much work, not enough income? Too much work, not enough income?, 34.08 MB
Thu 7 Sep 2017

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.

Will Robots take our jobs?

Will Robots take our jobs? Will Robots take our jobs?, 14.15 MB
Wed 6 Sep 2017

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.

Rob Oram on the future of tax

Rob Oram on the future of tax Rob Oram on the future of tax, 11.63 MB
Tue 5 Sep 2017

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.

Does our tax system need an overhaul?

Does our tax system need an overhaul? Does our tax system need an overhaul?, 9.91 MB
Tue 5 Sep 2017

The Opportunities Party’s tax policy involves an overhaul of the current system, and wouldn’t change the amount of tax raised, but would change the level of tax collected on wealth versus income.

India spoke to The Opportunities Party's deputy co-leader Geoff Simmons about how this would work. and how New Zealand would be affected by such a shift.

How is New Zealand's economy tracking?

How is New Zealand's economy tracking? How is New Zealand's economy tracking? , 12.24 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

Continuing our election coverage, this week we take a look at the economy and work. Producer Jack Marshall speaks to Aucklander's  to get their thoughts on the future of work, while reporter Mack Smith talks to Eric Crampton from the NZ Initiative to see how he thinks the economy is faring. 

National get tough on gangs

National get tough on gangs National get tough on gangs , 15.32 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

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. 

North Korea nukes on the rise

North Korea nukes on the rise North Korea nukes on the rise, 4.36 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

Yesterday North Korea detonated what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that could be launched on a missile capable of reaching the United States. Mack Smith reports.