News from 05/2015

21 May 2015

Budget 2015 Details

Beneficiaries are to receive $25 more a week from April next year - the largest boost in welfare rates since 1972

There's also a boost in childcare subsidies for low income families - those will increase from $4 an hour to $5 an hour for up to 50 hours of childcare a week.

Finance Minister Bill English says $52 million of capital funding will go to free up Crown land in Auckland for new housing developments.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/budget-2015-overview-more-money-in-bank-poor-families-1000-kiwisaver-boost-axed-6317477.

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16 May 2015

Tony Abbott; Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Party Defends the Governments second Budget

Budget 2015: The aftermath: The government's second budget drew a strong performance from Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott but is it enough to restore their standing? And does Labor offer an alternative? Analysis with Chris Hammer and Michael Gordon.

With Labor and the Greens fiercely opposed to the $1 billion paid parental leave cut, the government needs six of the eight crossbenchers to pass its new parental leave bill - due before Parliament in the spring sitting later this year. 

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/stupidity-of-abbott-and-hockey-indicates-they-have-not-learnt-from-mistakes-of-last-years-budget-20150515-gh2t27.html

 

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14 May 2015

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has joined the race to be the next leader of the U.K. Labour party.

Britain's Labour Party will name a new leader on September 12 following the resignation of Ed Miliband in the wake of his shock election defeat last week, the party's executive committee says. Nominations will close on June 15, the party said on Wednesday.  

The party's main spokespeople on business, Chuka Umunna, and on health, Liz Kendall, have already declared they will run for the post of leader. Umunna, 36, would be the first ethnic minority leader of a major British political party but is seen by critics as too inexperienced, having been elected to parliament for…Read

8 May 2015

Conservatives on course to win majority

David Cameron is back in No 10, expects 329 seats

Labour on course for worst result since 1987, Kinnock defeat

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11591281/conservative-government-live.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11584325/full-results-map-uk-2015.html

 

 

 

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7 May 2015

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3 May 2015

Auckland Property Prices Rise

Last year alone Auckland's population grew by 50,000, requiring an extra 20,000 homes, but only 5500 were built, and 9 percent of them were so-called affordable homes.

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/finance-minister-housing-problems-lay-with-auckland-council-2015050216#axzz3Z0OWoaty

 

 

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1 May 2015

David Cameron on avoiding coalition compromise

David Cameron has said he will fight with everything he has to avoid having to go into coalition. However, according to a recent London School of Economics (LSE) analysis report, 9% is the current estimated likelihood of one party winning an overall majority.

A coalition government is a cabinet of a parliamentary government in which several political parties cooperate, reducing the dominance of any one party within that coalition. The usual reason given for this arrangement is that no party on its own can achieve a majority in the parliament. Wikipedia<…Read