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Island Life: There is no alternative

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  • steven crawford,

    I got a twenty dollar tax refund this year, $20.84. I thought I had refused it, by binning the forms, but those IRD pricks. payed it directly into my bank account. Last year when it arrived on a Westpac bank check, I had the option of tearing the filthy thing up.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4316 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    State School, like our National Anthem, Courts, NZDF, Parliment etc, are all Anglican with some allowances for difference

    Not so. Section 77 of the Education Act is the successor from an 1890s act that was one of the four pieces of social legislation aimed at maintaining New Zealand as an egalitarian society.

    Education was to be "free, secular and compulsory"

    The other pieces of legislation, if I remember School Certificate History correctly, were the votes for women act, the IC & A Act which established tripartite wage bargaining, and a social security act which established a modest social security pension (based on a third of a working man's wage) available to those who were poor, of good character (designed to exclude criminals, drunkards and wife-deserters) and who applied in a public court session.

    There's a really interesting history of pensions here

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • oga,

    In the disability sector (I'm on the executive board of Deaf Aotearoa NZ) we had a lot of problems convincing Deaf youth not to vote National. They were (and not just the ill-educated) sucked in by the "need" for change, and wanted more money in their pocket.

    I had an argument with one particularly smart young 20-year-old Deaf woman who'd just bought a house with her boyfriend. They both were staunchly going to vote National at their first election. I predicted everything that has just happened and they flat-out disbelieved me. I'm looking forward to seeing them again and asking them who they'll vote for next time round.

    National (and middle NZ) do not care for supporting those who are less fortunate and who are least able to support themselves, i.e., the cover story kids in today's paper. Who gives a damn about these cripples anyway? They should be bunged in an asylum or thrown out onto the street at birth . . .

    Yes, it's the early 1990s all over again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • ConorJoe,

    A measure is how we treat the less fortunate - we are horrible and the only way is up once this lot wreck all the goodwill and slump off back to their opposition benches and the healing begins.

    EastCoast • Since Sep 2008 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Can we say that, these remarkable and commendable efforts notwithstanding, the charge that people who were against tax cuts and yet don't voluntarily overpay are somewhat hypocritical, is supremely idiotic?

    No no no Gio. That's not stupid.

    I'd happily give back my tax cut.

    But to be fair, I want free doctors visits for my children and I, and no fees when my son arrives at university in return. If Craig could arrange that, we'll have a deal.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Can we say that, these remarkable and commendable efforts notwithstanding, the charge that people who were against tax cuts and yet don't voluntarily overpay are somewhat hypocritical, is supremely idiotic?

    Well, it's kinda weird anyway. Why peg what you consider to be the right amount of tax to pay on what it was just before this government dropped the tax-rate? Why not peg it to some time in the past - 1975 for instance?

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Michelle,

    This dog looks as though it really thinks it's going to be shot!

    Auckland • Since Aug 2009 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    s77 of the Ed. Act may say one thing, but the reality of the 1970s & 80s was that we used King James Bibles in my seemingly secular primary school, and had Christams plays, etc?

    This was just what happened.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    As far as I can see, the requirement in Article I for education to be free implies that parents have the right to choose *free* education for their children. So government has a duty under article III to fund schools providing any kind of education that there is a demand for (unless it conflicts with article 2), but schools providing such education may not charge parents directly.

    Also, article 2 implies that certain faith-based schools should also be proscribed.

    So that's my take: free education, ban faith based schools unless they promote equality of all faiths and none (so that's the Catholics out), ban charging for education.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • R A Hurley,

    So that's my take: free education, ban faith based schools unless they promote equality of all faiths and none (so that's the Catholics out), ban charging for education.

    Hear hear. I'll take this at black market prices RIGHT NOW, thanks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

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