We interview 6 educators, agitators and organisers about why this budget falls woefully short. A full transcript is available on peoplespolitburo.com.
First, we talk to Ben Rosamond from the primary teachers’ union NZEI. Ben outlines why teachers are angry af about this budget and the current crisis in education. He also spills the tea about the teachers’ strike and the struggle going forward.
Then, we sit down with Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is an early childhood teacher and new mum. Nadia outlines the very real danger that children are placed in because of the chronic under-funding of early childhood education. She makes an important feminist case for why we need free, universal early childhood education in Aotearoa. P.s. Nadia was the kween who wrote that letter with Justine to Lorde: thespinoff.co.nz/society/12-10-20…letter-to-lorde/
A little awkwardly, our third “guest” is Ti Lamusse: SH People’s Politburo panelist, socialist, homosexualist, and researcher in criminal justice issues. Ti discusses how Labour is prioritising imprisonment over housing and why this was not a Wellbeing Budget for impoverished communities.
Our fourth guest is Vanessa Cole, a formidable housing researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Vanessa talks about how the housing announcements aren’t nearly enough to address the housing crisis and chronic homelessness.
Then we talk with Anna Sturman (PhD candidate at USyd) about how the Wellbeing Budget fundamentally fails to deal with climate change. Anna does an incredible job outlining the political economy of climate change and why we can’t fund our way out of disaster. Anna is a member of the Australian-based Climate Justice Collective. You can find out more here: climatejusticeaustralia.org/
Finally, our returning champion and ASMR expert, Ricardo Menéndez March lays down some truths about welfare. Ricardo demonstrates how the Wellbeing Budget dooms hundreds of thousands of people to continuing poverty because of low benefit rates.
From this collective analysis, the Politburo concludes that the Labour Party is absolutely not your friend.
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