On Dear Science with Marcus Jones talking about Covid-19 vaccines, the Space X launch and asteroid’s hitting earth.
We have NZ First back on the show today, but we hear from Mark Patterson the Agricultural and Primary Industry spokesperson. We talk about the budget, latest polling numbers, the NZ First Foundation and goverment reviews into government responses of Covid-19.
We hear from the Disability Rights Commissioner on how shovel ready projects should be taking accessibility into account.
And lastly, Lillian Hanly is finishing up her time here as News Director, she makes that announcement on the show today.
Stuff has been bought by CEO for a dollar from Australia's Nine while Mediaworks announced it will cut 130 jobs. Justin talked to AUT's Greg Treadwell about their effects on the future of New Zealand media.
Yesterday morning the Government announced a new financial support for people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. Those eligible will receive a 12-week period of payments of $490 a week for full time workers, and $250 for part time. Auckland Action Against Poverty has welcomed this towards a step towards individualised benefits, but has deeper concerns. The relief payment, which is almost double that of the weekly payments under the main benefit, create what they call a "two-tier welfare system" – drawing an arbitrary distinction between 'deserving' and 'undeserving' welfare recipients.
Bronwyn brings you a report on the new financial support, speaking in particular to Brooke Fiafia, a spokesperson from AAAP who elaborates on their concerns.
Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care fared better? What have the costs been on political movements with the more successful campaigns? What activism can work in the authoritarian country? Maria Armoudian speaks with Stephen Noakes.
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