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Youth Unemployment Still At Record Level

Aug 4, 2011 No Comments ›› Jacinda Ardern

The soaring youth unemployment rate, already one of the highest among OECD countries and worsening, is a shameful example of the Government’s failure to recognise the crisis facing the country’s young job seekers, Labour’s Employment and Youth Affairs spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Despite the National Government promising it would bring unemployment levels down, the Household Labour ...

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Time For Adoption Laws Need Shake Up

Jul 29, 2011 No Comments ›› Jacinda Ardern

29 July 2011  MEDIA STATEMENT Labour MP Jacinda Ardern is pushing to have New Zealand’s antiquated and discriminatory adoption laws modernised and updated. Jacinda Ardern will next week table a Care of Children Law Reform Bill that requires the Law Commission to review and update adoption law to better reflect modern New Zealand, and put the interests ...

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Should NZ have a common currency with Australia?

Jul 6, 2011 No Comments ›› Jacinda Ardern

Just like half of the kiwis my age it seems, I used to live in London. I worked in the Cabinet Office - the department in the United Kingdom responsible for supporting the Prime Minister. It was never a very easy job to explain. I once told my Kiwi neighbour what I did, and he ...

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Are our paid parental leave provisions adequate?

Jun 30, 2011 No Comments ›› Jacinda Ardern

There are many things we should envy the Swedish for. ABBA probably isn't one of them, but their paid parental leave provisions certainly are. Let me explain... A while ago, I visited Auckland University as Labour's spokesperson on Youth Justice issues. There were a team of researchers there who had spent some time looking at the ...

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Should we allow same sex marriage?

Jun 22, 2011 No Comments ›› Jacinda Ardern

In 2004, I paid the tiniest of prices to support a really important issue; $20 to be precise. That's how much one thousand people paid to have their names included in a full page ad in a major New Zealand newspaper supporting the civil union bill. I was just one person in what turned out ...

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