Unfortunately for the global taxers, their views are not likely to have much traction in the middle of a worldwide economic downturn. It is easier to send people on guilt trips when they are not worried about simply surviving.
Isn't Simon Power getting just a tad too powerful? Removing the right to be judged by one's peers is wrong. And I see my gut response to this is in line with a mind much better equipped to judge legal reforms than mine. Stephen Franks:
I regret the loss of the right to elect trial by jury for small but important charges on matters of principle, where judges cannot be trusted to reflect the common conscience.
It is always interesting to compare headlines generated by the same event.
The DomPost says, Cost of sick staff could be $13b - report
The NZ Herald says, Sickness costs country $5b a year, says Treasury
The second is written by Simon Collins who, while I may not always agree with him, is a reliable journalist if you want facts and detail over scary headlines.
And an Australian Social Policy Research Centre report complains that their dole is losing ground against the pension;
The OECD says a single unemployed Australian on NewStart now receives only 68 per cent of the pension.
Their unemployed should consider themselves lucky. In NZ the dole is only 52 percent of Super (based on the over 25 single unemployment benefit versus NZ Super for a single person living alone.) It would be even lower if the dole rates were averaged out.