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We have a Clear Choice.

Not for a long time has the electorate been presented with such a distinctly clear choice in who to vote for, this coming election.

Aside from the issuie of sales of state assets, Labour and National seem diametrically opposed with regards to thegrowing social problem of unemployment. Specifically, youth unemployment.

“Youth aged 15–19 years have an unemployment rate over three times that of the entire working-age population. Young workers are more vulnerable to downturns in labour market conditions due to their lower skill levels and lesser work experience. The latest official figures show that 17.2% of youth aged 15 to 19 and 8.4% of those aged 20 to 24 years were unemployed, which represents a deterioration of the trends found in the report. Maori and Pacific youth had significantly higher unemployment rates.”Dept of Labour

“In a lengthy blog post, Unemployed youth would fill Eden Park, Duncan Garner declares that ‘this government’s biggest failure to date is our young people’.  With 58,000 youth not in work or education, ‘We are at crisis point. 27.6% of those aged 15-24 are out of work and out of luck. It’s even higher for Maori and Pacific youth’. And how has the Government performed on this issue? Garner says ‘there is a yawning gap between Key’s rhetoric and the reality’, and asks, ‘So what did Key do in the weekend to target the problem? Very little’. He suggests that ‘Key needs to be bold, he needs to take risks’.”  – National Business Review

Duncan Garner further went on to write,

“Targeting a couple of thousand 16 and 17 year olds and telling them that the state doesn’t trust them to spend their benefit money will offend no-one. Mentioning booze and cigarettes was political gold for Key, his delegates and voters will probably still be nodding with approval.

But Key is now facing new and mounting pressure to fix the problem of this growing underclass.”Duncan Garner, @ TV3

As this Blog (and many others) has pointed out, this government has done very little to address the growing problem of unemployment in this country.  To date, National’s contribution to job creation has been;
  • The cycleway.  Planned jobs from this project: 4,000. Actual nmber: 215Source.
  • Employing an “advisor” for Minister of Finance, Bill English. Cost to tax-payer: $2,000 per day. Source.
  • … and that’s it.

National held it’s annual conference on 13 August, in Wellington. At this conference, the pressing problem of youth unemployment was discussed, and  Key proposed a solution to youth unemployment;

  • Issue a Payment Card to 16, 17, and some 18 year old beneficiaries
  • The card would prevent 16 and 17 year olds from buying booze and ciggies (which is already illegal, but never mind)
  • … and that’s it.

Labour today released it’s policy on addressing unemployment in this country. It is bold; hands-on; and doesn’t muck around with “Payment Cards”.

Judge for yourself.


A contrast of policies: Can do - Can't Do.

Full stories:

Labour would cut dole, increase training

National to clamp down on youth beneficiaries

National Annual Conference

We now have the clearest choice available to us, between Labour and National. I think we know, deep in our hearts, which is the most constructive, and which will have a greater chance of addressing youth unemployment in this country.

We know the answer.

Will the middle class, Baby Boomer generation vote  accordingly?


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  1. Deborah Kean
    9 September 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I think technically I am a baby boomer (it depends on your daffy-nition) but I know which way I am voting! Labour all the way…

    • 10 September 2011 at 4:48 pm

      I think their jobs and youth-training policy alone, is worthy of voter-support, Debbie. We simply can’t allow a situation whereby 58,000 young New Zealanders are out of work, untrained, and sitting on the scrap heap…

      National’s solution – the Purchase Card for 16, 17, and some 18 year old beneficiaries – was nothing but a cruel joke. (Especially since it’s already illegal for retailers to sell booze and baccy to 16 and 17 year olds…)

  2. Nic the NZer
    10 September 2011 at 4:56 am

    I used to believe in a lot of the sense of Labours economic policy, but no more. Despite the rhetoric of their CGT policy this has failed to prevent significent imbalance in the economy in Australia, the UK, Canada. Unfortunately every economic policy suggested by National and ACT is even more bizare and silly.

    Of the ideas which have really struck a chord with me,

    I don’t really believe that youth unemployment and training can be sufficiently addressed until industry is revived in New Zealand. But taking back control of the national money supply will go a long way to addressing the entire employment situation, generating real economic growth (e.g non inflationary growth), making New Zealand able to function independent of international economic influence and reducing New Zealands environmental impact. It will also mean fewer and less severe economic crashes and allow the New Zealand economy to be driven by the needs of New Zealand society, rather than the society to be driven by the needs of the New Zealand economy.

    If the democrats get 5% in 2011 and people start saying who are they, and what is this social credit thing, that will be a huge leap forward.

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