One of the biggest contemporary fault lines in New Zealand politics runs right through the current coalition Government: what to do about the dying economic models that our regions are based on? Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University suggests that ultimately the coalition Government, and future ones, are going to have to position themselves on the “future side” of the regional economy fault line, and that means a great leap forward into new technologies like renewable energy and plant-based alternatives to both meat and milk.
The Government's recent public media funding announcement has been called into question by some, including Newsroom columnist Bryce Edwards . In a response to Edwards, NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson argues the "twin pillar" approach with her organisation and RNZ makes more sense than has been suggested.
Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University argues Working for Families has become a subsidy scheme for employers who can’t, or won’t, pay adequate wages.
Last week Simon Bridges was attacked for being disparaging about the LBTGQ+ community when he joined in with Hauraki FM hosts joking about the Prime Minister having a “gender fluid” baby. According to Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University, such debates and disputes are representative of our new politics, in which parties and politicians increasingly fight over cultural issues.
Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University argues the recent surge in industrial action it’s not necessarily down to the change of Government.
Fresh research suggests the public is becoming more trusting of Government and politicians again. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University highlights new studies on trust, and says that “Jacindamania” still appears to be having a positive impact on society’s view of politics.
Political-watchers are either appalled or saluting the government’s pragmatism in appointing Jim Bolger to head their industrial relations law rewrite. But Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University says Bolger’s appointment is entirely appropriate, as the former National prime minister is probably to the left of many MPs in the new government.
Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University forecasts some of the spin likely to accompany Thursday’s Budget. He argues we should be careful not to believe the hype, and the Government shouldn’t be given a free pass if their Budget isn’t up to dealing with the problems facing the country.
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One of the biggest threats to the new Labour-led government is the heightened expectations of its supporters. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University argues the promises and symbolism of transformation need to be matched with substance.