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Monitoring Treatment of Children in Detention Centers w/ Andrew Becroft: July 9 2020

Monitoring Treatment of Children in Detention Centers w/ Andrew Becroft: July 9 2020 Monitoring Treatment of Children in Detention Centers w/ Andrew Becroft: July 9 2020, 22.96 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

The extension of the role of Children’s Commissioner makes Andrew Becroft the monitor of treatment of children in secure detention centres. Mary-Margaret spoke to Andrew about the power imbalance that exists between the State and vulnerable children detained without choice. She asked if we can be confident that their rights will be better upheld this way, and about Andrew’s impression of how the law treats the rights of children more generally.

The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020

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Wed 8 Jul 2020

The world is facing multiple crises from climate change to institutional racism to COVOD-19. Maria Armoudian speaks to three preeminent scholars from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, and psychology about the crossroads we are facing as a global community and the ways we can navigate them for the betterment of humanity.

For more stories like these head to www.thebigq.org 

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020, 28.47 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

On Dear Science today with Marcus Jones we touch back on some coronavirus news, we also hear about some concerns being raised about scientists collecting DNA in China, and lastly, scientists are moving to strip offensive names and terms from reports and prizes.

NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020, 32.57 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

Lillian speaks to the Minister about two government announcements from yesterday, the first being an extension of temporary working visas, and the second being a hold on incoming flights to the country. They also touched on a tool the Minister has been working on during her time in government. Just for some more information around the visa extensions, given this is not Martin’s portfolio she indicated she may not have all the details. Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced yesterday that the Government is "making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised".

So this means, 

- Extending all existing employer-assisted temporary work visas for people in New Zealand and whose visas are due to expire before the end of 2020 by six months, benefiting around 16,500 workers

- Shifting the stand down by 6 months to February 2021. So this affects migrant workers who are subject to the 12 month stand-down period and were going to have to leave New Zealand this year will now be able to stay for the duration of the extension, and that affects 600 workers. The stand-down period being the amount of time one has to leave the country before applying to come back and work. The government states that, The stand-down period was introduced in 2017 to prevent lower-skilled, lower-paid foreign workers from becoming well settled in New Zealand without a pathway to residence. Just a note here because of the way in which lower-skilled as a term has negative connotations, the Government is continuing to work on a number of changes, which were announced pre-COVID-19. These changes include a different way to define lower-skilled/lower-paid employment and a new process for employer-assisted work visas expected to be fully in place by mid-2021.

- Finally, the last part of the announcement was ensuring New Zealanders needing work continue to be prioritised.

So back to Tracey Martin, Lillian started by asking her how this will work.

 

EDIT: Minister Iain Lees-Galloway's response 08/07/2020:

“Temporary work visas are there to fill temporary gaps in the labour market and that is clear when people apply for temporary visas. Work to residency is only available for more skilled jobs where there is a longer term skills shortage.

“The extension to visas announced yesterday is to give people breathing space to work out what is best for them. The New Zealand labour market is changing as more New Zealanders lose their jobs and as always, immigration is there to fill the gaps in our labour market. As the gaps close, there may be fewer opportunities for temporary migrant workers.

“We value the contribution our migrant communities make to New Zealand and it’s great that many do become residents and citizens. However, like in most countries around the world, temporary immigration is for temporary work opportunities. That’s a choice people make for themselves.

[on the low-skilled issue] “Last year we introduced changes to the employer assisted temporary work visas that includes introducing the use of pay rates as a proxy for skills. In the vast majority of cases higher skilled roles are paid above the median wage so the median wage is being used to assess the skill level, instead of complicated skills assessments under ANZCO.”

Is China's Plague Case a Threat? (Spoiler: No) w/ Helen Petousis-Harris: July 8, 2020

Is China's Plague Case a Threat? (Spoiler: No) w/ Helen Petousis-Harris: July 8, 2020 Is China's Plague Case a Threat? (Spoiler: No) w/ Helen Petousis-Harris: July 8, 2020, 5.55 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

Felix Walton speaks to University of Auckland Associate Professor Helen Petousis-Harris about the recent coverage of a case of bubonic plague in China, whether the plague is actually still a threat, and how it capitalizes on Corona-Panic.

The Wednesday Wire: July 8, 2020

The Wednesday Wire: July 8, 2020 The Wednesday Wire: July 8, 2020, 119.58 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

On Dear Science today with Marcus Jones we touch back on some coronavirus news, we also hear about some concerns being raised after scientists collect DNA in China for a crime related database, and lastly, scientists are moving to strip names of racist people who have been commemorated in prizes and awards.

Lillian speaks to Anjum Rahman of the Islamic Women’s Council about their submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry about the terror attacks last year.

Felix speaks to Helen Petousis-Harris from the University of Auckland about the bubonic blague

NZ First’s Tracey Martin discusses the two government announcements yesterday regarding temporary visa changes and border closures, as well as a new learning support tool she has developed. 

The Islamic Women's Council's public Submission for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch Terror Attacks: July 8, 2020

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Wed 8 Jul 2020

The Islamic Women’s Council has been a solid and consistent voice not only in the aftermath of the terror attacks last year, but for years before - attempting to draw attention to the threats the Muslim community faced. Their voice was heard immediately after the attacks pointing to the amount of times they had tried to communicate information about these threats to officials but to no avail. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the attack is almost finished, and the Council submitted their 127-page submission yesterday. They have also released this publicly which doesn’t normally happen. The submission includes details around meetings between Muslim groups and govt agencies, where no minutes were taken, and recommendations were ignored, it also addresses an online threat made against a Hamilton mouse on March 15th, the same day the terror attacks happened, that was never followed up by police. Lillian spoke to co-founder Anjum Rahman to find out more.

 

A discussion of fake news and media criticism: July 8th, 2020

A discussion of fake news and media criticism: July 8th, 2020 A discussion of fake news and media criticism: July 8th, 2020, 21.87 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

A discussion on 'fake news' with Associate Professor Neal Curtis of the University of Auckland’s Media Studies and Communications department. Lillian speaks to Neal about the implications of the concept on a functioning fourth estate. 

 

City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; July 7, 2020

City Counselling w/ Tracy Mulholland; July 7, 2020 City Counselling w/ Tracy Mulholland; July 7, 2020, 13.45 MB
Tue 7 Jul 2020

This week, 95bFM Reporter Oscar Perress speaks to Councillor Tracy Mulholland about her transition from the Whau Local Board to Whau Ward Councillor, as well as how she maintains her community involvement amongst all her other responsibilities.   

Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020

Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020 Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020, 21.16 MB
Tue 7 Jul 2020

International Desk reports on the local and international reaction to Hong Kong's new national security law.