A just nation?

By Dr Liz Gordon

It has been a very long time since a New Zealand government has had an agenda of justice sector reform.  In truth, justice has been run on the fuel of the agony of the victims of crime. It has been stoked by rage and fear.  There has been little that is dispassionate or even that over-used phrase, evidence-based, about justice policy. To be honest, justice policy since about 1990 has been stark raving bonkers.

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The 3 reasons why the 2018 Budget is so depressing for the Left

When the Leader of the Opposition can claim on TV that ‘trickle down’ works, you know we are a country still in the grip of neoliberal culture. The Left has become so distracted by Identity Politics they don’t have an economic class response to counter neoliberalism and Budget 2018 is the perfect example of this.

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Budget 2018 – Fiscal restraint and state housing – ideological craziness exposed

By Mike Treen 

The government has decided to increase the building of state housing from their extremely modest target of 1000 a year to the still very modest target of 1600 a year over the next four years.

Housing NZ is not being given any extra money to do this.

They will have to borrow on private financial markets at higher rates than the government can borrow money for.

The cost to the government will be more as a result.

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The Budget and Māori

By Willie Jackson 

It’s appropriate that I give my view on our just released Budget. Already you have seen the misinformed and nonsensical views from the National and Māori Party on how ‘wonderful’ they were last time and how we ‘missed the boat’ this time. So let me tell you just how big the boat is that we have caught.

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Budget 2018: Tinkering with neo-liberalism

By John Minto 

“Transformation” is a politically expedient and specifically misleading term. Labour knows the expectations are high and by describing it as the first of three budgets which will “transform” New Zealand, Labour is offering future hope from a government which has no intention of any transformation outside the rigid confines of neo-liberalism.

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Zionist lies and preparation for nuclear war

By Leslie Bravery

If we cannot bring Israel to respect the most fundamental provisions of international law, then we must part company with our ‘traditional allies’ as they seek to cover for Israel’s lawlessness and inhumanity. New Zealand should reappraise its foreign policy and align itself with humanity rather than unashamed power. Solidarity with BDS would be a shining beacon for united action by all who yearn for a return to sanity, justice and respect for the whole of humanity.

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Guess who’s back? Back Again? The Saudi Sheep Bribe is back – tell a friend

…you may not remember the unbelievable clusterfuck that was the Saudi Sheep bribe fiasco, so let me remind you in detail the fully fledged horror of it all.

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Extraordinary interview exposes Garth McVicar as anti-science flat earth creationist when it comes to sensible sentencing

Garth McVicar is to reasonable social policy on prisons what ISIS is to inter-faith dialogue.

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The 2018 Voyager NZ Media Awards

I was fortunate enough to get a guest ticket to go along with Voyager to the NZ Media Awards last week. It’s a big moment for Voyager, they are stepping up to sponsor the awards because their leader and founder, Seeby Woodhouse, believes passionately in journalism.

I support his vision, and who am I to turn down an open bar?

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Dr Liz Gordon – A just nation?

By   16 hours ago

It has been a very long time since a New Zealand government has had an agenda of justice sector reform.  In truth, justice has been run on the fuel of the agony of the victims of crime. It has been stoked by rage and fear.  There has been little that is dispassionate or even that over-used phrase, evidence-based, about justice policy. To be honest, justice policy since about 1990 has been stark raving bonkers.

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Budget 2018 – Fiscal restraint and state housing – ideological craziness exposed

By   2 days ago

The government has decided to increase the building of state housing from their extremely modest target of 1000 a year to the still very modest target of 1600 a year over the next four years.

Housing NZ is not being given any extra money to do this.

They will have to borrow on private financial markets at higher rates than the government can borrow money for.

The cost to the government will be more as a result.

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Zionist lies and preparation for nuclear war

By   2 days ago

If we cannot bring Israel to respect the most fundamental provisions of international law, then we must part company with our ‘traditional allies’ as they seek to cover for Israel’s lawlessness and inhumanity. New Zealand should reappraise its foreign policy and align itself with humanity rather than unashamed power. Solidarity with BDS would be a shining beacon for united action by all who yearn for a return to sanity, justice and respect for the whole of humanity.

Read More →

Budget 2018: Tinkering with neo-liberalism

By   3 days ago

“Transformation” is a politically expedient and specifically misleading term. Labour knows the expectations are high and by describing it as the first of three budgets which will “transform” New Zealand, Labour is offering future hope from a government which has no intention of any transformation outside the rigid confines of neo-liberalism.

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Wage and time theft endemic – and could get worse

By   3 days ago

Workers have been cheated for 15 years. But it seems that companies are only being required to go back six years to calculate repayments. Why? 

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Simon burns his Teal Coalition Bridges

By   4 days ago

So with National’s antipathy to taking the crucial, hard steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, what was National’s reasoning to entice the Green Party into a coalition deal (or at least a confidence and supply arrangement)? The answer came from Bluegreens co-chairman, Geoff Thompson. Thompson was unequivocally clear in his stated intention to using his front-organisation as a way for National to return to power;

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How Should One Deal With A Psychopathic State?

By   4 days ago

THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING in Gaza poses the question: How should one deal with a psychopathic state?

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The massacre of protesters in Gaza

By   4 days ago

Remember us, we are not statistics, we are people – members of families who have been sacrificed to Zionist ambition for daring to protest. Here are our names:

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The 3 reasons why the 2018 Budget is so depressing for the Left

By   1 day ago

When the Leader of the Opposition can claim on TV that ‘trickle down’ works, you know we are a country still in the grip of neoliberal culture. The Left has become so distracted by Identity Politics they don’t have an economic class response to counter neoliberalism and Budget 2018 is the perfect example of this.

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Suburban Far Right Race Candidate enters Northcote by-election

By   3 days ago

If there is a silent majority of racists living in Northcote, they finally have their knight in shining by burning cross light armour. 

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Guess who’s back? Back Again? The Saudi Sheep Bribe is back – tell a friend

By   3 days ago

…you may not remember the unbelievable clusterfuck that was the Saudi Sheep bribe fiasco, so let me remind you in detail the fully fledged horror of it all.

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So when are Farmers going to start blaming National for Mycoplasma bovis?

By   5 days ago

Every election NZ has the choice to either allow National to keep screwing the country up, or allowing Labour in to fix National’s damage

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58 dead & 2771 wounded – NZ must remove Israel from our work holiday program

By   5 days ago

NZ must remove Israel from our Working Holiday program, allowing IDF here to refresh themselves after such butchery is repugnant and it makes a stand.

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Dear Andrew Little – how to sell the new mega-prison to NZ and save your progressive reputation

By   5 days ago

I’m guessing the decision to build the new mega-prison must be already made.

I’m guessing the previous government would have signed any future government up to a contract that would cost you an arm and a leg to pull out of.

On top of this cost reality, you have run out of prison beds which means changes to legislation to stop throwing NZers into prison will help things in the future, they won’t help now.

So what are you to do?

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Rather than complaining about Labour setting up a similar number of inquires how about answer some questions about Christchurch rebuild & Mycoplasma bovis?

By   6 days ago

Have the people of Christchurch suffered longer than they needed and have the farming community been betrayed by their own Party?

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Big Brother in your supermarket shopping trolly

By   6 days ago

Allowing one side of our Supermarket duopoly to harvest data from facial recognition that can be on-sold to others or collected by State agencies is beyond Orwellian.

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Media Watch View All →

#RoyalWedding review from a cynic who doesn’t care

By   15 hours ago

I watched the Royal Wedding alone on my couch with only everyone else’s twitter feed and Siri to keep me company. After an hour, Siri stopped responding to my constant questions as to why am I reviewing this bloody thing.

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Support Independent Media – contribute to The Daily Blog

By   1 day ago

Platforms like The Daily Blog are now more crucial than ever before in the NZ media landscape, if you haven’t donated before, but read us regularly, we could do with your support.

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CPAG Post Budget Special live stream 11.30am today

By   3 days ago

Streaming live today at 11.30am – CPAG Post Budget special – Guest speakers include senior lecturer in economics Dr Stephen Poletti; Public Health Medicine and Māori Health expert Dr Rhys Jones; and Professor Innes Asher, Starship Children’s Hospital paediatrician and Professor of Paediatrics.

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Extraordinary interview exposes Garth McVicar as anti-science flat earth creationist when it comes to sensible sentencing

By   4 days ago

Garth McVicar is to reasonable social policy on prisons what ISIS is to inter-faith dialogue.

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Ali Jones rips right wing blogger a “new one” on Radio NZ’s “The Panel”

By   5 days ago

Unexpected fireworks erupted on Jim Mora’s ‘The Panel’ on Radio NZ yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 15 May) when PR consultant and  former Christchurch City Councillor, Ali Jones, took on National Party apparatchik, pollster, wannabe Bond-villain, and right-wing blogger, David Farrar.

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What the online Left don’t get about National Party propaganda

By   6 days ago

We of the online Left have openly mocked these weird memes which keep showing Jacinda winning as a weird message to use in attempting to denigrate the new Government. What we on the online Left however are missing is that for rump National voters who believe erroneously they were cheated by Jacinda winning, this constant winner framing is rubbing salt in still open wounds.

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Q+A Review

By   1 week ago

Labour are too frightened to do anything meaningful with Industrial Relations – strong unions are the only mechanism for better equality & Labour recoil at waking the sleeping dogs of the free market debate.

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This interview by Simon Wilson is devastatingly good journalism

By   1 week ago

There are points during this interview you actually think Dan Bidois is a bot caught out in an AI test…

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – The Budget and Māori

By   1 day ago

It’s appropriate that I give my view on our just released Budget. Already you have seen the misinformed and nonsensical views from the National and Māori Party on how ‘wonderful’ they were last time and how we ‘missed the boat’ this time. So let me tell you just how big the boat is that we have caught.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – War Crimes? Of Course!

By   4 days ago

So why doesn’t New Zealand summon the Israeli Ambassador? Are we more indifferent to atrocities being committed? Also, as others have pointed out,  the Working Holidays Scheme for young Israelis should be stopped.

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GUEST BLOG: Gareth Morgan – Weak Analyses Plus Political Bias

By   4 days ago

The TWG has been set an impossible mission – improve the tax regime, make it more efficient and fair, but don’t recommend any changes to the tax treatment of owner occupied housing. And another – make the tax system fairer but don’t deal with the interface between tax rates and welfare (which is just negative tax after all).

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GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – The lies of Hobsons Pledge

By   6 days ago

Just to clear up the racist lies and propaganda that Hobsons Pledge are spreading about our founding national document the Treaty of Waitangi.

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GUEST BLOG: Danyl Strype – Work and Income is Beyond Repair – Scrap it!

By   7 days ago

Reflecting on about 20 years of dealing with WINZ on and off, this is what I think needs to happen. Firstly, WINZ needs to be abolished. The mild reforms of the Clark years prove that it’s far too politicized to be reformed without just being deformed again by the next government. It’s a failed model. Just bin it.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Reclaiming Marx

By   1 week ago

A famous dead white man indulges us by coming back from the grave on his 200th birthday for a bit of celebrity haunting.

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GUEST HEALTH VLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis

By   2 weeks ago

Gallstones are common, particularly in women. It is estimated that, from the age of 40, more than 20 out of 100 women, and 10 out of 100 men, have gallstones. If you have abdominal pain similar to what I spoke about in this vlog please get it checked out!

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – A rockstar economy that plays for everyone, not just the rich.

By   2 weeks ago

It really is time for the National Party to grow up and stop being so spiteful. Last month, National Party MP Tim Macindoe, wrote a column complaining and whinging that the new Government is pushing for laws that will strengthen the rights of New Zealand Workers.

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The Liberal Agenda – Protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s Office: Action on the Sanctions

By   4 days ago

What: Action on the Sanctions: Protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s Office demanding an end to sanctions on sole parents. There will be speeches by community representatives and parents.

Where: 658 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland. 

When: 12.00 – 1pm, Friday the 18th of May.

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The 2018 Voyager NZ Media Awards

By   5 days ago

I was fortunate enough to get a guest ticket to go along with Voyager to the NZ Media Awards last week. It’s a big moment for Voyager, they are stepping up to sponsor the awards because their leader and founder, Seeby Woodhouse, believes passionately in journalism.

I support his vision, and who am I to turn down an open bar?

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My Top 15 NZ songs for NZ Music Month

By   7 days ago

I was a DJ once.

Clarke Gayford and I did a show on Channel Z.

I liked music.

Here are my top 15 NZ songs for NZ Music Month. With fierce justifications.

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CPAG’s nationwide post budget events

By   1 week ago

Find out what the impact of Budget 2018 will be for families and children, in Child Poverty Action Group’s 2018 Post Budget presentations.

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The Liberal Agenda – BDS call for action

By   1 week ago

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Palestinian civil society’s largest coalition, calls on people of conscience, unions, municipalities, political parties, social movements, student groups, academics, artists, churches and LGBTQI groups, around the world to: Plan actions to intensify and amplify campaigns that are linked to the call to end military and security ties with Israel. For […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Inaugural Professorial Address AUT Public Lecture Series 2018

By   2 weeks ago

WHAT: AUT Inaugural Professorial Address
WHEN: Tuesday 15th, 4.30pm
WHERE: WA Conference Centre, AUT City Campus

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The Liberal Agenda: Happy 200th birthday Karl Marx! Auckland forum and screening

By   2 weeks ago

WHAT: The Young Karl Marx film screening to celebrate Marx’s 200th Birthday.

WHEN: 12th May Thursday 7pm

WHERE: Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Rd, Kingsland.

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The micro-aggression review of Avengers: Infinity War

By   2 weeks ago

Radical environmentalist, solo dad and Mens Rights Activist, Thanos, has mansplained himself into believing the only sustainable way forward for the Universe is a radical heteropatriarchy that kills off half the population of every planet while turning all waste body matter into biodegradable plant fertiliser.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 20th May 2018

By   16 hours ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

I really don’t want to hear his bullshit, and how weird is it that Paula Bennett is slowly turning into Laila Harre?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 19th May 2018

By   2 days ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

This is where I get my bullshit.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 18th May 2018

By   3 days ago

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

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Malcolm Evans – Israel Birthday Presence

By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Israel Birthday Presence

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Political Caption Competition

By   4 days ago

The only thing Nathan Guy can deliver is Myrtle Rust, Velvetleaf, Bonamia ostreae in flat oysters, kauri dieback, Psa in kiwifruit and Mycoplasma Bovis.

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Raw News feed View All →

NZ On Air encouraged by boost to public media in Budget 2018

By   15 hours ago

NZ On Air welcomes the announcement of an extra $15m in Budget 2018 for public media in 2018/19. The exact allocation between NZ On Air and RNZ has yet to be determined by the Ministerial Advisory Group. Following 10 years of static funding, NZ On Air welcomes any new money for public media which supports […]

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Community Law Celebrates Government Top-up – Community Law Centres

By   15 hours ago

Community Law is celebrating the Government top-up of $2.2m announced in today’s Budget. “Having been made to live under a funding freeze for the last 10 years, the funding top-up is welcome news”, says Liz Tennet, the CEO of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa (CLCA), the national body that represents the interests of the 24 […]

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A budget that takes children seriously – Office of the Children’s Commissioner

By   16 hours ago

The Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, says today’s budget takes children seriously. He welcomes the focus on reducing child poverty, a critical step towards improving child wellbeing. “The Families package, which includes a boost to Working for Families and a new Best Start payment supporting all new babies from July 1st, will make a significant […]

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Significant healthcare challenge ignored in Budget – Alzheimers New Zealand

By   16 hours ago

Alzheimers NZ is disappointed the Budget does not include enhanced specialist dementia services for the many thousands of Kiwis who have dementia. “Dementia is already one of this country’s greatest healthcare challenges and its impact is only going to get worse. It’s imperative the government acts quickly and decisively to invest in the support services […]

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Well-being of children and families a welcome focus – New Zealand Kindergartens

By   16 hours ago

“Placing the well-being of children, families and whānau centre-stage of the government’s budget is to be applauded” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive NZ Kindergartens. “Shifting the focus to investing in families in long overdue. We need to do better by children and the government has made its intentions clear” said Clare Wells. “The pressures on […]

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Budget pours more money into failed criminal justice system – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   16 hours ago

People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is disappointed by large increases in police and prison spending in the 2018 Budget. ‘This government is saying one thing and doing another. While it calls for a “more humane justice system” it pours billions of dollars into a prison system that doesn’t work,’ says PAPA spokeswoman Emilie Rākete. ‘Budget […]

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Recalibrating the Budget for wellbeing – Deloittes

By   16 hours ago

Budget 2018 the last of its kind with a world-first “wellbeing Budget” mooted for next year Deloitte partner David Lovatt says the announcement of next year’s wellbeing Budget shows Government’s commitment to a more holistic approach – a recalibration of the Budget process to encompass a broader definition of success. “In this vein, today’s Budget […]

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The Government’s Budget fails people on benefits – AAAP

By   3 days ago

The Labour led Government budget failed to deliver any meaningful changes to sole parents receiving a benefit. Their incomes will remain at poverty levels, and many will continue facing punitive sanctions. Given Labour has previously agreed to remove Section 70A sanctions for people receiving a benefit, we were disappointed that no changes on welfare came […]

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