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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alliance Party policy recognizes the need for a $17 minimum wage for all New Zealanders

Alliance Party policy recognizes the need for a $17 minimum wage for all New Zealanders regardless of industry. 
The National Party Government  keeps the $13 minimum wage in New Zealand, and  the Labour Party offers a raising of the minimum wage up to $ 15. The Alliance would make $17 the minimum wage based on adjustments for inflation. This would cover the cost of  basic  living needs in New Zealand and also lead to developing a stronger economy. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Widow pension concern in Wairoa

              Val, Francey and Kees are  volunteers at the  Wairoa Citizen Advice Bureau 

On Tuesday the 8th of November  Alliance candidate Mary O'Neill met Francey Whale in Wairoa. Mrs. Whale asked why the National government wants to take away the widow pension and asked Mary what the Alliance would do about it. We promised we will put our answer  in writing.
Here is the answer: We are going to retain the Widows benefit and increase them. We are offering  partial superannuation to 55 year olds and keeping the age of full entitlement at 65.    

  Kind regards
  Mary O'Neill

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Caritas campaigning meeting in Wairarapa Electorate

On Saturday the 29th October Caritas organized a meeting with the candidates in Masterton in the Wairarapa electorate. Two Alliance Party representatives attended the meeting – Mary O’Neill the candidate for Napier and Thomas O’Neill a list candidate.  
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic agency for justice, peace and development. They work for a world free of poverty and injustice.
Candidates were invited to present 3 minutes talk. After that candidates were questioned by the 3 members of the panel. Dr. Anne Else who were representing the Child Poverty Group, Michelle Leslie-McArthur who represented Kids Kai Time and Mark Richards the board chair of Caritas.  
Michelle Leslie-McArthur asked all candidates to give an answer about hungry children at school and if the parties have a policy on that.  She asked  all candidates - Alliance, Act, Labour, Greens, Libertarians, The Democrats, and New Zealand First and Conservative (the National Candidate did not attend). The Alliance Party was the only one with a   free school meals policy.
Many of the candidates such as the Libertarians, Democrats and Conservatives have said it is a parent’s responsibility to feed their children.  Another question put to the candidates was what are the parties proposing to do about the 80 percent of children in families without work that live in poverty. Once again the response was either it is the responsibility of the parents or the parties would put policy in place to help generate economic growth which will trickle down. The other party’s policy’s turn’s the task of alleviating poverty over to the private sector by generating jobs, but in a recession these policies are unlikely to have any effect, and if the past is anything to go on, economic growth will simply mean the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Only the Alliance had a policy of raising benefits to lift the standard of living of our poorest people.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The next succession of the National Government would inevitably lead into advanced capitalism in New Zealand

What we witnessed  during the last 3 years of National Government is a gradual break-up of workers rights. The National Party of New Zealand introduced the 90 day sacking law as soon as they became government. This contributes to creating a rich - poor class system in New Zealand. Inequality in New Zealand growing slowly. The next succession of the National Government would inevitably lead into advanced capitalism.

New Zealand is culturally diverse society. What really  makes us different? There is increase in difference between rich and poor citizen. The Alliance Party likes to be seen as beneficial to all of society. The Alliance is a people's party that puts people first. Working class people should not take more of National Policies.
What the Alliance wants for New Zealand  - Job security and full employment
Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis are struggling with casual, insecure jobs. The Alliance will protect workers in low paid jobs, defend workers’ rights and increase the minimum wage.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Alliance selects electorate candidate for Napier

Hi my name is Mary O'Neill. There will be more posts to come about my election campaign. I am looking forward to keeping you updated about the Alliance campaign in Napier. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have. 
If you would like to make an appointment with me to discuss anything about the Alliance please call or text the Alliance campaign office at 027 74 60421. The address of my official Campaign Office is 84 Shakespeare Rd Napier.

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