25 Jan 2018

The Panel with Peter Elliott and Catherine Robertson (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 25 January 2018

Rocket Lab has announced its Humanity Star is in orbit - New Zealand's first satellite. It was launched on the compnay's Electron rocket which took off on Sunday. It's a reflective, carbon fibre sphere designed to be seen all over the world, as one of the brightest objects in the sky. Meanwhile a Japanese tech firm is launching a 'meteor shower on demand' service. It'll only be available to the very wealthy but is yet another example of creative uses of space technology. The panelists tell us what they think of the projects. The government has unveiled its changes to emplyment law, including new provisions to the 90-day trial period to protect employees. But for smaller businesses the law will remain the same. The legislation effectively rolls back many of the the changes the previous National-led government brought in surrounding union rights and bargaining. We ask employment lawyer Charles McGuinness what this means for small businesses and employees. Leadership opportunities for women ahve been pointed out as lacking in the just released survey on Global Talent Competitiveness Index. Even socially-enlightened Scandinavian nations show a disparity in the types of jobs women and men excel in. We look at an interview with psycology professor Jordan Peterson, whose opinions on gender, pay equity and female roles have received outrage and praise. The panelists debate his theories.

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