The individualised income relief payment to people made redundant due to COVID-19 is an acknowledgement that benefits levels are too low to live on. The payment is almost twice as a benefit ($490 vs $250). All unemployed people deserve liveable incomes. Benefits need to increase
Oh good, we're creating two kinds of unemployed: those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic and those who didn't have one before the pandemic and are therefore bad people. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/income-relief-payment-tax-free-weekly-payments-of-almost-500-announced-for-workers-laid-off-due-to-covid-19.html
Also: why not offer this support to temporary visa holders, work visa, visitors etc? People are stuck here because of the virus. Not their choice. We can extend our compassion to all those on our shores, can't we? Drop in the bucket given the $$$$$$$$ floating around...
@DawgBelly@twitter.com @Olivefarmer@twitter.com Heh. Made me wince when he listed his corporate background as if that made him a credible politician in a democracy.
Ah, little @firstname.lastname@example.org has finally found exactly the wet-lipped, petty, cruel, censorious, self-aggrandising, vain, bullying, officious, sphincter-puckering task for which he was born. Go on Michael. Knock yourself out. The rest of us will only applaud the culprit. https://twitter.com/cabinetofficeuk/status/1264613950790008835
NZ National leaning heavily into sub representation https://twitter.com/mrJeffHowell/status/1264415199152312320
BREAKING: to celebrate the start of the Memorial day weekend - Donald Trump golfs off the coffin of the 100,000th Coronavirus victim's coffin.
@email@example.com Dual US-NZ citizen here. I am not agnostic about @toddmullerBoP@twitter.com’s MAGA cap. It’s highly offensive. Bad messaging. And they won’t disavow. Remember when Trump took days to grudgingly disavow Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke? I do.
When you’re just trying to mind your own business at the bus stop... #MattHancock
@NZedAUS@twitter.com I think Muller is intended to help regain the Business lobby's control of the National Party.
They'll be pushing a "safe hands, clever financial patriarch" bent on the recovery. Don't fall for it, NZ. if Muller had been PM in January, I think a lot more of us would have died :-(
"We've driven to County Durham from London to stay in a family member's barn by mistake"
Today's bullshit from Tory MPs reminds me of a quote from The Great Gatsby that Howard Zinn was keen on - " they were careless people, they smashed up things and . . . then retreated back into their money . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made."
@NewshubPolitics@twitter.com Meet the white supremacists half way or get accused of partisan politics.
Sounds like gaslighting to me.
"That hat sat proudly in the cabinet while it was also brandished by white nationalists at political rallies. It sat there through a Muslim travel ban. And it sat there while 1000s of women took to the streets in this country..." https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/opinion/damien-venuto-todd-mullers-make-america-great-againa-hat-is-not-okay/#.XsnRXDax3Uw.twitter
“I think everyone just started riding their bikes during lockdown, and they want to keep riding them."
Bike retailers are warning of stock shortages and repair delays, “due to the whole of New Zealand realising how awesome cycling is”. 😁👏🚲📈https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/bike-retailers-warning-shortages-after-covid-19-lockdown-sees-interest-spike
We must stop treating Covid as an “act of nature” because it is human destruction of the environment that nurtures pandemic disease. From Scientific American: “Destroying habitats makes viruses and other pathogens more likely to infect humans.” https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stopping-deforestation-can-prevent-pandemics1/
Any ideas anyone in admin at @firstname.lastname@example.org???
Anyone out there have any inkling of what a university spends on IT services (infrastructure + licenses, not including staff time) per student per year? Even a ball park figure from someone with relevant experience would be welcome.
Could a 4 day working week help New Zealand & its economy, as Jacinda Ardern has suggested? @AUTuni@twitter.com Professor Jarrod Haar wrote an analysis of @PerpetualGuardn@twitter.com's 4 day week trial in 2018 for @ConversationEDU@twitter.com Here's what his research found: https://theconversation.com/working-four-day-weeks-for-five-days-pay-research-shows-it-pays-off-100375 #nzpol
'All the psychoses of US history': how America is victim-blaming the coronavirus dead https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead?CMP=share_btn_tw
Standardisation for QR codes and contact tracing apps in NZ is here! https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/hiso-100852020-covid-19-contact-tracing-data-standard
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