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    NZ govt spending above average – OECD

    by  • December 12, 2013 • Features • 0 Comments

    The New Zealand government spends more than most OECD countries – but with a smaller number of public sector workers than its counterparts, according to the OECD’s Szuzsanna Lonti. Giving an Institute for Governance and Policy Studies lecture earlier this week, she said general government expenditure as a proportion of GDP was 49% in...

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    The reality of unemployment

    by  • December 10, 2013 • Features • 0 Comments

    It’s sometimes said that people living in poverty just need to try harder, but I’m not sure how much more Amy Scott, profiled today in The Press, could be doing: Amy Scott and her two children have moved houses five times since the earthquakes. Scott lost her job after work as a bartender “dwindled...

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    Action against exploiting migrants welcome

    by  • June 24, 2013 • Features • 1 Comment

    There’s been some good news over the weekend, with the government announcing tougher penalties for people found to be exploiting migrant workers. There’s been a lot of coverage of this in recent weeks, including stories that workers in Auckland are being paid as little as $4 an hour, or exploited by the firms that...

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