Worksheet 4: How government makes decisions
How government policies are made and who helps to
Collect newsclippings about unemployment, employment,
migrants in and out of work, and economic growth and innovation
the class into pairs.
- All except
eight groups choose to be 'government department teams' with
an interest in youth employment opportunities. For example,
there are the Department of Labour, Ministry of Education, Tertiary
Education Commission, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth
Affairs, Work and Income and other representatives of the Ministry
of Social Development and the Treasury. Add any others about
which you know.
- Each of
the eight groups chooses to act as one or other of the 'Party
leaders' represented in Parliament. (20 min) Each government
department team plans to research and prepare the case to put
to government ministers promoting economic transformation.
leaders meet to prepare the agenda for the next talks on government
- (40 min)
Government department teams report to the other government department
teams and the Party leaders the questions they will research,
how they will research them and whom they will consult in preparing
their report to future talks on government arrangements.
consult and prepare report including homework
consult with family, friends or neighbours on what they think
the issues are and their suggestions to solve them. Use the
decisionmaker.co.nz website "links" page to find and
review relevant briefings to incoming ministers on the issue.
(30 min) Departmental teams make their reports to the Party
leaders and other departmental teams.
min) Party leaders debate the solution to the economic transformation
(15 min) Party leaders prepare media statements on their views
for release to the media and to Parliament.