Australia’s home affairs minister links New Zealand prime minister’s comments to her upcoming re-election bidAustralia’s home affairs minister Peter Dutton has rebuked at New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern for challenging Australia’s controversial deportation laws.Last week Ardern used a media conference alongside Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to attack the policy of deporting New Zealand citizens, no matter how long they had spent in Australia, if they had committed a crime. Continue reading...
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Jacinda Ardern says a 4-day workweek could help New Zealand's economy recover from the coronavirus downturn
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a four-day workweek could help the country save its...New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a four-day workweek could help the country save its faltering economy after the coronavirus downturn. People could use the extra day to travel across New Zealand and spend money on local economies, Ardern said in a Facebook Live on Monday. "If that's something that would work for your workplace ... it certainly would help tourism all around the country," she said. Tourism is key to New Zealand's economy — making up 6% of the country's GDP — but borders and tourist sites have been shuttered during the outbreak. The economy is expected to shrink as much as 20% by August, and the government is working to offset the damage any way it can. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a four-day workweek could help revive the country's wilting economy from the coronavirus downturn. Speaking in a Facebook Live video on Monday, Ardern said the country's tourism industry was suffering especially, and a four-day work week would allow people to travel their country more easily. "The question for me is, how do we encourage Kiwis to ... get out and about and visit some of the amazing places and tourism offerings that we have," she asked. Ardern said that it would be up to employers to enforce this workweek, but that it would help greatly. "I hear lots of people suggesting we should have a four-day workweek. Ultimately that really sits between employers and employees," Ardern said. "I'd really encourage people to think about that if you're an employer and in a position to do so. To think about if that's something that would work for your workplace, because it certainly would help tourism all around the country." Arden went live after a visit to the Rotorua region, a tourist hotspot famous for its geothermal geysers, striking scenery, and Māori culture. Tourism is vital to New Zealand's economy. In the year to March 2019, it brought in $16.2 billion, according to the government, making up 6% of GDP. One in every eight New Zealanders works in the sector. However, the country's economy is expected to contract by more than 20% between May and August this year, with the government left with few options to stall the crash. Advocates of four-day-weeks say they also increase employee productivity and foster better mental and physical wellbeing. New Zealand businessman Andrew Barnes gained international attention in 2018 when he took his 200-person company Perpetual Guardian to a four-day workweek. "New Zealand could definitely go to a four-day week in the aftermath of COVID, and in fact, it would be a strategy to rebuild the economy and particularly the hard-hit tourism market as it pivots to a domestic focus," he told Newshub on Monday. "We need to retain all the productivity benefits working from home has brought (including cleaner air and a lack of gridlock, lost productivity from commuting), while helping businesses stay afloat. We have to be bold with our model. This is an opportunity for a massive reset." In her Facebook Live video, Ardern also reiterated supported for a unique Australia-New Zealand travel corridor, once Australia moves past its outbreak, as New Zealand has. Many experts say New Zealand responded to the coronavirus better than any other country. The country shut down immediately and ultimately recorded 1,503 cases, with 21 deaths. During the monthlong "Alert Level 4" lockdown people could not interact with anyone outside of their households, and supermarkets and pharmacies were the only stores still open. Restrictions were eased at the end of April, and no second wave of infections has emerged so far. Eight hundred thousand New Zealand children returned to school on Monday after classes were suspended on March 24.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
Southern hemisphere neighbours have developed different strategies but both are working – for nowCoronavirus – latest...Southern hemisphere neighbours have developed different strategies but both are working – for nowCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Its more than 35,000km (21,750 miles) of coastline was always going to be Australia’s strongest advantage in keeping coronavirus at bay, but even so, the speed with which it was used was breathtaking.Without warning on Thursday 19 March, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced: “Australia is closing its borders to all-non citizens”. The ban was effective from 9pm the next day. Continue reading...
With an election looming, the PM needs to be seen to be ruffling feathers on issues...With an election looming, the PM needs to be seen to be ruffling feathers on issues of principle, but what comes next?Australia’s policy of deporting New Zealand born – but Australian raised – citizens has been a source of political tension for years. But Jacinda Ardern’s step of fronting Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, in the most calculated and public way possible, took it to a new level. Until now, Ardern has played nicey nicey with foreign leaders, even when there are yawning gaps in their political ideologies. Imagine the list of issues she could have had a crack at Donald Trump over at their meeting last year.So why this issue, and why now? Continue reading...