Let Them Eat Scraps: Bill English’s Budget outflanks Labour to mollify the conscience-stricken Centre

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By Chris Trotter

Bill English may have surprised the commentariat by increasing benefit levels, but he was careful to ring his $25.00 bounty with new and tougher obligations on sole parents.
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Benefit Increase? The truth about the 2015 Budget

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By   15 hours ago

There is much trumpeting about the 2015 Budget announcement of payment of benefit increases of $25 to parents. It’s not really a benefit increase; it’s a child allowance in lieu of the In-Work-Tax-Credits ($60 per week) payable to non‑beneficiaries with children. And this allowance comes with still more terms and conditions.

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A salute to Campbell Live

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By   16 hours ago

The members and staff of Unite Union are deeply disappointed at the ending of the Campbell Live show and the exit of John Campbell himself from this important part of the media landscape.

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Let Them Eat Scraps: Bill English’s Budget outflanks Labour to mollify the conscience-stricken Centre

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By   16 hours ago

Bill English may have surprised the commentariat by increasing benefit levels, but he was careful to ring his $25.00 bounty with new and tougher obligations on sole parents.

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National Tinkers while Auckland Property Prices Burn

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By   2 days ago

When it comes to tax cuts for the rich; state asset sales; slashing public services; and corporate welfare – National can move at relativistic velocities that Einstein concluded were beyond the realms of physical laws in our Universe.

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John Banks – A Tale of Two Cheques

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By   3 days ago

On Radio NZ’s Morning Report, on 20 May, John Banks admitted to Guyon Espiner that he had requested a donation from Kim Dotcom for his mayoral campaign in the 2010 local body elections;

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Trans-bashing Nats costing us all

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By   4 days ago

The story is clearly a beat-up. A National spy has reported from a confidential forum where Young Labour’s remit was adopted and conspired with reporters to help tap into a deep vein of prejudice.

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The cupboard is bare, says Dear Leader

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Not only will National abandon any serious work to alleviate growing child poverty in this Country of Plenty, but it seems that the viability of community organisations doing invaluable work are threatened by chronic under-funding.

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Video Stream: Table Talk at Ika – Beneath the Ponytail: women, work, progress?

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IKA Seafood Bar & Grill + PSA + The Daily Blog present Table Talk: Beneath the Ponytail: women, work, progress?   Table Talk 2 is on 6pm tonight at IKA restaurant, 3 Mt Eden Rd. Tickets have all sold out but there will be some standing room at the bar. Tonights show is hosted by TV3’s […]

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The gift John Key gave TVNZ hair toucher

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By   7 hours ago

TDB learned early this week that a Sunday paper was going to reveal a second hair touching incident, this time at TVNZ. Our initial inquiries sparked off the NZ Herald into asking TVNZ directly about the issue…

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More Grudget than Budget

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By   2 days ago

After blowing the dog whistles of parents being responsible for feeding hungry children for election purposes, the Government have conceded that 250 000 children in poverty is a tad embarrassing and they’ve done the barest minimum by lifting core benefits the first time since 1991.

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EXCLUSIVE: What is the Ministry of Defence telling families of soldiers deployed to Iraq?

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By   3 days ago

The tip line is running hot with questions over the manner in which the Ministry of Defence has gone about talking to the families of soldiers deployed in Iraq.

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Trans Rights and Political Footballs

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By   3 days ago

Any attempt to inject morality into an issue of biology and personal identity is about as worthless as claiming rising sea levels from Global Warming won’t occur because God promised Noah he wouldn’t flood the earth again.

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Why Social Workers are being cut out of review – the privatisation of social welfare MSM will miss in the budget

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By   5 days ago

What no mainstream media pundit has yet picked up on in the lead up to the 2015 budget is what Chris Trotter has identified – that this budget, beneath the spin, will be National’s blitzkrieg to privatise social welfare…

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Did Glucina speak to PMs Office on April 22nd?

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By   5 days ago

The question Metiria needs to ask now is…

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Why should we boycott TV3 after Campbell Live and why Martin Van Beynen is so wrong

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By   7 hours ago

If you are an ethical media consumer, vote with your remote and boycott TV3 the moment Campbell Live is killed off.

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Jarrod Gilbert’s best blog win at Canon Media Awards gives back credibility

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By   16 hours ago

The very brilliant Dr Jarrod Gilbert has won best blog at the Cannon Media Awards after they horrifically gave the award to Cameron Slater last year.

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This weeks Waatea news column – Locking up Maori in Prison

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This weeks Waatea news column – Locking up Maori in Prison

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Is it time to boycott TV3 and what is next for public interest broadcasting in NZ now Campbell Live has been killed off?

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By   2 days ago

There is already much chatter and talk amongst some that we need to have John Campbell on an online format, that we have the reach and skill sets to create a new progressive media and movement.

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Those who took down Campbell Live – cast of Dirty Politics 2 – time to boycott TV3?

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Let’s not forget those who helped take down Campbell Live.

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And then they came for Campbell Live – the end of political journalism on NZ television

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Campbell Live was a beacon of light in an otherwise bleak media landscape – we are a lesser country for this decision.

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Time to end this noose around the Fiji media’s neck

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By   3 days ago

“While the media is bound by restrictive rules and regulations, the Fiji media authority can act with virtual impunity. Where is the balance and fairness government is preaching about?” – Dr Biman Prasad

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GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas – TV3 shows a lack of respect

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By   1 day ago

Not only is TV3 driving a wedge between themselves and their staff, they’re driving a wedge between themselves and their audience.

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GUEST BLOG: Robert Reid – Budget 2015: Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

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By   2 days ago

Not only does the budget admit that state support is needed to stop working families from falling into poverty, the decision to lift benefit levels for families on welfare represents an admission that poverty has increased under the government’s watch.

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MAY DAY GUEST BLOG: Metiria Turei – Shoot the Dogma

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By   6 days ago

MAY DAY is traditionally the day Unions celebrate the progressive change they have impacted upon society – This May TDB has asked leading progressive voices in NZ to give their views on the pressing issues that require solving in progressive politics. This is third one – Metiria Turei

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GUEST BLOG: Robert Reid – Prison employment schemes unfair for Kiwi workers

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For many prisoners the training, experience and discipline gained will be of immense value. However Serco is a commercial entity, which profits from paying wages a fraction of what they would otherwise have to in the private sector.

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GUEST BLOG: Chris Fowlie – Sick people and their caregivers need compassion, not punishment

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NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree on one thing – patients should have more access to effective medicinal cannabis

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GUEST BLOG: John Palethorpe – UK Election Commentary: “Labour Pains”

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By   2 weeks ago

What Labour requires is a redefinition of what, as a party, it is for in the world it’s thirteen years of power shaped. They are suffering from a crisis of political identity much greater than their 80’s nadir

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MAY DAY GUEST BLOG: Penny Hulse – Is political consensus on housing so hard to imagine?

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By   2 weeks ago

MAY DAY is traditionally the day Unions celebrate the progressive change they have impacted upon society – May this year The Daily Blog has asked leading progressive voices in NZ to give their views on the pressing issues that require solving and how we as NZers should go about solving them. This is second one – Penny Hulse

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GUEST BLOG: Leslie Bravery – Singling out Israel

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By   2 weeks ago

The Zionist state is, by far, the largest recipient of US military aid. The US gives taxpayer-funded military aid worth $8.5 million daily to Israel while, of course, contributing nothing at all to the defence of Palestine or the security of the Palestinian people.

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Going Backwards: Table-Talk 2 At Ika Seafood Bar and Grill, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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By   15 hours ago

“BUT WE’RE GOING BACKWARDS!” Came the anguished cry from the table in the corner. Amidst all the sororal warmth generated by Amanda Bailey’s pulled ponytail, the speaker’s uncompromising judgement arrived like a blast of cold air from the world outside.

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Table Talk 2 – Beneath the Ponytail: women, work, progress? Live streamed 6pm tonight

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By   5 days ago

Table Talk 2 is on 6pm tonight at IKA restaurant, 3 Mt Eden Rd. Tickets have all sold out but there will be some standing room at the bar.

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By   5 days ago

This week our hosts are back fueled by “special” cocktails made by barman Joe under the watchful eye of his boss and small business owner Tom.

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By   1 week ago

The incredible Documentary Edge Festival is in its 10th year of bringing the best documentary films to NZ.

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Table Talk 2: Beneath the Ponytail: women, work, progress?

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By   2 weeks ago

Public discussion on women at work, harassment and advancement

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How Not To Be An Asshole – Vigilante Justice Followed By Normal Justice Ft. Sarin Moddle

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By   2 weeks ago

This week we talk to Sarin Moddle, broadcaster, feminist and fan of Justin Bieber.
The conversation roams from the definition of cisgender, Todd’s former career as a super hero, sex workers and the ins and outs of relationships.

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How Not To Be An Asshole – Meditation and Multivitamins Ft. Cliff Harvey

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By   3 weeks ago

In this weeks episode we speak to naturopath and nutritionist Cliff Harvey about autoimmune diseases, nutrition and why Dan should probably abstain from drinking Coke Life.

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How Not To Be An Asshole – Nadia from the Auckland Action Against Poverty

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By   3 weeks ago

It’s been a hard week for everyone. Our idiot leader had his hair fetish exposed, Todd and Dom sat down with an accountant and Dan had to flea bomb the house.

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Like Mike – My views on the Maori

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The Daily Blog Open Mic Saturday 23rd May 2015

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Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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It’s not TV3 for me anymore

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The Daily Blog Open Mic Friday 22nd May 2015

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Malcolm Evans – Budget 2015

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The Daily Blog Open Mic Thursday 21st May 2015

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2015 Budget signals important change in approach to child poverty

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  21/05/2015: News from CPAG   2015 Budget signals important change in approach  to child poverty Child Poverty Action Group says  it is heartening to see the first real increase in beneficiary incomes since 1972 announced in Budget 2015.  CPAG is pleased to see the government begin to honour its commitment to tackling New Zealand’s […]

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ACC minister fails in mission to change culture

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MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: ACC minister fails in mission to change culture Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | Press Release The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come […]

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Nationwide ‘Day of Action’ throughout NZ this weekend

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Nominations Now Open For 2014 Roger Award

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MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Nominations Now Open For 2014 Roger Award The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Here is the link to the 2014 Roger Award online nomination form (the first time we’ve ever had an online one): http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/roger-award-2014-form.html You can also […]

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Afghanistan: No justice for thousands of civilians killed in US/NATO operations

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MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Afghanistan: No justice for thousands of civilians killed in US/NATO operations The families of thousands of Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Focusing primarily on air strikes and night raids […]

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Amnesty International Christchurch celebrates release of ‘adopted’ prisoner

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MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Amnesty International Christchurch celebrates release of ‘adopted’ prisoner Christchurch Amnesty International members are celebrating the news that Chinese dissident, Gao Zhisheng, has been released from prison. Mr Gao, a prominent human rights lawyer, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011 for ‘violating probation rule’ […]

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Cambodia: Khmer Rouge trial verdict a crucial step towards justice

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MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Cambodia: Khmer Rouge trial verdict a crucial step towards justice The decision convicting two of Cambodia’s most senior former Khmer Rouge officials for crimes against humanity at the country’s UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is an important step towards justice, Amnesty International […]

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