LABOUR WANTS TO STOP WORKING FOR FAMILIES TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T ENROL 

The Labour Party is proposing that eligible voters who do not enrol be denied welfare benefits.

In its submission into the review of the last election being conducted by Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Select Committee the party says: “The possibility of making enrolment to vote a pre-condition to receipt of various forms of state support (e.g. Working for Families, tax credits) should be examined.

“There are advantages and potential disadvantages to the approach, but it is utilised in other countries and we submit that it is incumbent on us to examine all options to see if they are feasible in our context.”

AND TVNZ FINALLY COMES CLEAN

TVNZ in its submission complains that it loses audience when it runs the opening and closing addressees by party leaders.

It says that the commercial disadvantage resulting from these obligations were acceptable when it was either a fully-fledged public broadcast operator or a commercial operator with public Charter obligations.

“But in its current form, as a wholly commercial operator, the obligations are no longer appropriate, and do not reflect a level playing field,” its submission says.

“Under TVNZ’s current statutory remit, the appropriate course for TVNZ to take is to minimise its allocation of time for opening and closing addresses and the adverse commercial impact.

“That is the sensible commercial approach to take, in fulfilment of its statutory responsibilities to be a “successful… company” and to “maintain its commercial performance”. “

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