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Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Bill

India's fiscal scenario at the moment is about as bad as it was in 1991-92, the beginning of the economic reforms process. For a variety of reasons, many of them in the realm of political economy, the government has been unable to reduce its expenditures and increase revenues. A fiscal responsibility bill, of the kind being discussed currently, is meant to offer a credible commitment that the government is serious about fiscal consolidation. By tying its own hands the government signals that it is serious about reducing deficits. While one may disagree with the details of the bill, the broad overall thrust and the philosophy underlying it deserve to be welcomed. Unfortunately, as this note is being written, the government is seen to be completely diluting the provisions of the bill so as to render it completely ineffective.

Domestic Violence in New Zealand

This article explores the impact of domestic violence on Asian immigrant and refugee women in New Zealand. Domestic violence needs to be recognised as abusive and as a crime. Asian men use violence as a way of securing and maintaining the relations of male dominance and female subordination, which is central to the patriarchal social order. It is essential that various theoretical works on domestic violence in New Zealand recognise and understand the variation in cultural and familial constraints experienced by different groups of ethnic-minority Asian immigrant and refugee women. Despite the fact that a wide range of interventionist services exist and there is a very progressive legislation against domestic violence in New Zealand due to various cultural and structural constraints, Asian women find it difficult to access them. This article examines these issues and in conclusion suggests that the Asian community take responsibility to address this issue as well as the perpetrators.

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