DPF links to a column in the Dom-Post arguing against Sue Moroney’s redundancy bill, and adds:
Redundancy provisions should be negotiated on a case by case basis in collective or individual contracts. One size fits all laws are bad and kill jobs.
That’s the classic libertarian stance. The problem is that – as usual – the outcomes are completely perverse. People with valuable skills can generally negotiate redundancy clauses, but they can also, generally find new jobs really quickly. Most workers who don’t have valuable skills won’t have the bargaining power to win redundancy payouts, and in the event of an economic downturn they’re the most likely to lose work, and they’ll find it harder to get re-employment.
As is usually the case, the libertarian argument here is a privatise the profits, socialise the costs argument. Having the flexibility to sack marginal workers at no cost is great for business, but those workers still need to eat, pay for accommodation, support their families and so on, so the taxpayer picks up the cost via the unemployment benefit. (I guess the real libertarian argument is that everyone who can’t negotiate redundancy should shell out for unemployment insurance.)
Also, this Herald piece by Rodney Hide on child abuse. His argument goes like this:
Police statistics on violent crime show that many children who are killed are murdered by their mother:
Five of the 15 children killed by mum were newborn babies whose mothers concealed their pregnancy and killed their babies immediately on birth. Six children were victims of their mother’s suicide.
Hide applies his intellect – that put the ACT party where it is today – and tries to figure out what’s causing this. Turns out it’s the welfare system. Because life on the DPB is so awesome, young woman are murdering their own babies and/or committing suicide to avoid it.
I’ve made this point before, but the primacy of the ACT party in New Zealand public life is so weird. The Mana Party consistently outpolls ACT, but if there’s a left-wing government I really doubt we’re going to see Hone Harawira get to revolutionise our education system while Annette Sykes and John Minto get put in charge of Commissions to figure out how to ‘fix’ New Zealand’s economy, and
Malcolm Martyn Bradbury gets a Herald column.