Overseas Travel at Taxpayers’ Expense by Angela Caldin

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced recently here in New Zealand that more than 21,000 people (superannuitants not included) have had their benefits cut now that rules concerning overseas travel have been tightened, saving more than $10.5 million since July last year. Just over half of these were people on job seeker benefits, and about a quarter were sole parents. Ms Bennett said that although the rules are tighter, they still allow for overseas travel on compassionate or health grounds in certain cases for job seekers, while beneficiaries without work obligations may… Read More

No – A Film about the End of the Pinochet Regime by Angela Caldin

The No Campaign against Pinochet No, a film starring Gael García Bernal and directed by Pablo Larraín, is an exhilarating story about the seemingly unattainable victory of the political underdogs in Chile in 1988, who, it is suggested, managed to topple General Augusto Pinochet from power, by virtue of a TV election campaign limited to 15 minutes of air time a day, and by that campaign alone. A Television Advertising Campaign The film documents how pressure was put on Pinochet by the US to hold a referendum which it was assumed would… Read More