LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL: National 42.5% Labour 32.5% Green 9% NZ First 11.5%

The latest Roy Morgan Poll backs up the trend for Labour to grow, but not the horrific meltdown of the Greens…

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It’s A Question Of Values, My Friends: What The Greens Must Do To Survive

By Chris Trotter

New Zealand needs the Greens in Parliament. Not to turn New Zealand into a “thriving green economy” filled with “booming businesses”, but to remind us, at every possible opportunity, that “people are more important than progress”, and that a better world is possible.

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NZ’s huge criminal underclass created from political choice

By Christine Rose 

Criminals aren’t born, they’re created. They’re created in response to a combination of factors such as socioeconomic status (poverty) and class (social marginalisation and exclusion), family dysfunction, illiteracy, unemployment, substance abuse and mental ill-health. And they’re created by punitive laws, ‘penal populism’ leading to policies ‘strong on law and order’, unconscious bias in the police force, and subsequent distortions in remand terms and conditions, sentencing and incarceration.

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Hosking & Gower are hosting debates – so choice is between National Party Casino pimping cheerleader or homicidal sadistic chipmunk

Hosking is a sexist piece of trash who has spun deluded neoliberal fantasy after neoliberal fantasy to justify his love affair with National while Gower is a homicidal political sadist who crowed about being responsible for taking out Metria in the pack lynching that saw her destroyed.

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NZ Government taken to Court for hiding war crimes

Let’s just do one thing for the civilians and children butchered by John Key’s war crime, if the ruling comes down and finds us guilty. Key must be stripped of his knighthood.

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Mainly hippies and drug addicts: The selective morality of Matthew Hooton

Let’s not forget, that when Cathy Odgers asked for  Hager’s address in Dirty Politics so that wealthy clients of her’s could assassinate Hager for drawing attention to the clandestine trusts they were using to launder cash, Hooton immediately gave Cathy Hager’s address.

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LAUNCHING: The Daily Blog 2017 election contribution drive

Paula Bennett DOES NOT endorse this contributions drive and would probably prefer you don’t read this blog at all. 

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – if you want to support independent blogs so you have some critical media this election rather than the corporate crap we are usually fed, then we need your help.

While other sites complain about the new media landscape, we actually go out and just do it.

If you are in a position to contribute towards us covering the election this year – please do so here.

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.

Kindest of regards – The Daily Blog Team. 

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Dear Beneficiaries of NZ – I’m beyond being polite – please read this & share

These rich white male broadcasters who are vilifying Metiria for courageously admitting what you all know, (that the cruel system WINZ treats you to is impossible to live on), aren’t just angry, they are frightened.

This character assassination of Metiria isn’t just driven by naked sexism, racism and classism – it is driven by fear.

Read their diatribes and rants, beneath the anger is a genuine fear. A fear that Metiria will unleash a wave of beneficiaries who are part of the missing million voters.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

NZ’s huge criminal underclass created from political choice

By   7 hours ago

Criminals aren’t born, they’re created. They’re created in response to a combination of factors such as socioeconomic status (poverty) and class (social marginalisation and exclusion), family dysfunction, illiteracy, unemployment, substance abuse and mental ill-health. And they’re created by punitive laws, ‘penal populism’ leading to policies ‘strong on law and order’, unconscious bias in the police force, and subsequent distortions in remand terms and conditions, sentencing and incarceration.

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It’s A Question Of Values, My Friends: What The Greens Must Do To Survive

By   8 hours ago

New Zealand needs the Greens in Parliament. Not to turn New Zealand into a “thriving green economy” filled with “booming businesses”, but to remind us, at every possible opportunity, that “people are more important than progress”, and that a better world is possible.

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Let’s Do This NOW, Jacinda – NOT “As Finances Permit”

By   3 days ago

THIS IS THE TIME of maximum danger for Jacinda Ardern. Caught off-guard by their stop-gap leader’s astonishing energy and confidence, the tired grey men of the Labour Party could only look on in wonder like the rest of us. As public expectations of Jacinda have soared, however, the men and women of Labour’s political apparatus are beginning to close in around her.

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The Zombie TPPA: what the opposition parties say

By   4 days ago

The National government has got its wish – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is off the front pages and back into the shadows of secret negotiations. Big dangers lurk in those shadows!

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The Greens’ Campaign Reset: Normal Ideological Transmission is Resumed

By   4 days ago

WATCHING THE GREENS’ campaign reset unfold, I couldn’t help but regret the demise of the pre-Dotcom Mana Party. Because sure as eggs-is-eggs, the Greens have put poverty behind them. Not rhetorically, of course, as James Shaw, now the party’s sole leader, made clear to the assembled journalists: “[W]e will continue to talk about poverty. That conversation makes a lot of people uncomfortable. I’m comfortable with that.” Except, of course, he isn’t. Not in the least. Not on your Nelly.

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National’s (“New”) Boot Camps Policy – HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER? Or Will That Just Be The Criminals

By   5 days ago

It has been said by a mind far wittier than myself that whilst history doesn’t repeat … it sure does rhyme. The commentator who uttered that forgot to add that on certain occasions, it just outright plagiarizes. But looking at National’s recent announcement over the weekend of what looks set to be one of its […]

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Black and white or 50 shades of grey?

By   5 days ago

In 1994 CPAG was formed in response to the truly appalling changes Ruth Richardson rammed through in the early 1990s that saw rates of child poverty soar along with rates of 3rd world child diseases. Do people really understand that a sole parent’s benefit was cut below the poverty line but if they tried to earn extra money, they lost most of it?

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Metiria Turei and the debate on poverty and inequality

By   5 days ago

Poverty and inequality are topics our two main political parties would prefer not to talk about. It was their political decisions in the 1980s and 1990s which led directly and predictably to poverty for beneficiaries and low-income families and their political decisions which have maintained and entrenched it since.

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LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL: National 42.5% Labour 32.5% Green 9% NZ First 11.5%

By   8 hours ago

The latest Roy Morgan Poll backs up the trend for Labour to grow, but not the horrific meltdown of the Greens…

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Quick – Auckland Transport, build another pink cycle way

By   1 day ago

Auckland Transport is one of the most corrupt bodies in Auckland, and manages to get away with any real public transport obligations by throwing the trainspotters over at Greater Auckland the odd pink cycleway and hipster pet project while doing sweet fuck all for the long suffering working class public transport users. 

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NZ Government taken to Court for hiding war crimes

By   1 day ago

Let’s just do one thing for the civilians and children butchered by John Key’s war crime, if the ruling comes down and finds us guilty. Key must be stripped of his knighthood. 

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Mainly hippies and drug addicts: The selective morality of Matthew Hooton

By   1 day ago

Let’s not forget, that when Cathy Odgers asked for  Hager’s address in Dirty Politics so that wealthy clients of her’s could assassinate Hager for drawing attention to the clandestine trusts they were using to launder cash, Hooton immediately gave Cathy Hager’s address.

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What MANA needs to be doing right now

By   1 day ago

With the Polls showing a razor thin win for either side, it is more important than ever that the Labour Party manages to shut down the Maori Party.

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Greens need to urgently play to their strengths now

By   1 day ago

The middle class gentrification of the Greens can’t work if Labour are storming towards 40%, it’s time to get radical or they will all be out on their arse come September.

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NEW POLL: One News Colmar Brunton Poll has Labour cannibalise Greens beneath threshold

By   2 days ago

The most concerning part of the volatility of the Polls has been how utterly manipulated they are by the mainstream media.

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Rachel Stewart destroys lying corporate dairy farmer water propaganda

By   3 days ago

National are the political expression of corporate farming and for too long we’ve allowed these thieves to rob us of our water for the benefit of their mates. they sold our bloody state energy assets to create a $400million irrigation slush fund. 

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Media Watch View All →

Hosking & Gower are hosting debates – so choice is between National Party Casino pimping cheerleader or homicidal sadistic chipmunk

By   1 day ago

Hosking is a sexist piece of trash who has spun deluded neoliberal fantasy after neoliberal fantasy to justify his love affair with National while Gower is a homicidal political sadist who crowed about being responsible for taking out Metria in the pack lynching that saw her destroyed.

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Facebook Watch: This post by the Young Nats has to be seen to be believed

By   3 days ago

How privileged and stuck up your own arsehole must you be to see this as a positive learning experience?

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MUST WATCH: Hit & Run with Nicky Hager

By   3 days ago

Investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager talks about his recent book Hit & Run; the events it uncovers and the issues raised for New Zealand.

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Rachel Smalley finally disappears up her own arse

By   4 days ago

I’m just gong to be brutal now.

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MUST WATCH: Jake Tame destroys Bill English over Bootcamps

By   5 days ago

Jack Tame is one of NZs best and most underrated journalists and interviewers, watch him destroy Bill English’s bullshit reasoning over Bootcamps.

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Twitter Watch: Bill English’s bullshit walk on the beach during one of Auckland’s worst lightening storms

By   6 days ago

No, this isn’t a  Cialis commercial, it’s the Prime Minister claiming he and his wife were having a nice walk on the beach at 6.29pm in Auckland.

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Is Patrick Gower a sociopath? Look for yourself

By   6 days ago

Never before has the voice of rich white male privilege sounded so delusional. If the tv3 gig ever ends, Gower has a job for life as Trump’s Press Secretary.  

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Heather du Plessis-Allan shows Metiria there’s no such thing as sisterhood

By   6 days ago

du Plessis-Alan manages to go beyond hating on uppity Maoris, she also washes away an entire nations bigotry against beneficiaries by blaming Metiria for not being contrite enough…

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – MĀORI PARTY’S WATER POLICY NONSENSE

By   3 days ago

Every settlement with Iwi includes a clause stating that fresh water remains unresolved, yet Chris Finlayson is out blowing racist dog whistles pretending that this reopens Treaty litigation. We wouldn’t be in this position in the first place if National hadn’t forced the issue by selling off half our hydropower generating energy companies. Labour will clean up their mess by showing real leadership with all stakeholders in water.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – I’m getting a little bit tired of commentators asking where Labour Party policy is

By   4 days ago

Let’s cut to the chase. I’m getting a little bit tired of commentators asking where Labour Party policy is. We’ve been putting out policies consistently for the past couple of months and I’m proud of the policies that Labour have been coming out with.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Trump Plays with Fire in Korea

By   5 days ago

Trump is reviving Bush junior’s bellicose approach to the DPRK which carries great risks for the whole world.

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GUEST BLOG: Tina Ngata – Je Ne Suis Pas Metiria

By   6 days ago

Greens have strategists alright. Crap ones. Ones that develop a hashtag campaign which completely individualised Metiria at the same time as they were trying to say this was not about her. If it’s not about Metiria then where were the “I stand with beneficiaries” green/pink profile pics?

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GUEST BLOG: Nandor Tanczos – Tribute to Metiria

By   1 week ago

I was so sad to hear that Metiria Turei MP had resigned her co-leadership of the Greens. I think she is probably the most courageous MP of our generation and had the potential to completely transform our Government for the good. Sadly that is now unlikely to happen. Hypocrites and vampires have hounded her out, for things done over 20 years ago as a struggling solo mum.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – New Water Policy

By   1 week ago

Our water is a treasure that has been abused, stolen and polluted for far too long and it is beyond time that someone had the political courage to stand up to the Farming lobby and water bottling companies.

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GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – “A Guide To Politics: Rules on How to Survive”.

By   1 week ago

“A Guide To Politics: How to survive”.

If you’re brown, don’t dream of conquering mountains.
If you’re a woman, don’t you start having an opinion.
If you’re intelligent, play that shit down.
If you have stretch marks, you don’t stand a chance.
If you have aroha, don’t share it with others.
If you extend your arms, it had better not be for a handout.
If you have a voice, keep it zipped.
If you have a skeleton, best you bury the whole house, not just the closet.
Also, learn to lie.

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GUEST BLOG: Lizzie Cook – Christine Rankin’s Shameful ‘Legacy’

By   1 week ago

At the time that Metiria Turei was dealing with trying to obtain a ‘living’ benefit, Christine Rankin was head of what we know as WINZ and her and her Deputy threw lavish parties and spent loads of money on doing up their offices. Allegations were that Rankin was incredibly lazy and did very little in the way of work.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Labour’s 2017 Campaign Launch

By   1 day ago

WHAT: Labour Party Election Launch

WHERE: Auckland Town Hall

WHEN: 1pm Sunday

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The Liberal Agenda – ARTWEEK AUCKLAND 2017

By   1 day ago

An artistic explosion will engulf Auckland from October 7- 15 with Artweek Auckland; a 10-day festival showcasing and celebrating the visual arts and artists of New Zealand. Ten Auckland precincts (Central City, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, Parnell, K’ Road, Devonport, East, West and South) come alive with a vibrant and dynamic programme providing a unique […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Metiria speaking about fighting poverty

By   5 days ago

WHAT: Metiria speaking about fighting poverty
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday 31st August
WHERE: Cardboard Cathedral, Latimer Square

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The Liberal Agenda – BASEMENT THEATRE SPRING SEASON

By   1 week ago

This Spring at Basement, we’re all about promoting our flexible options to our audiences. We’ve got two venues chocka full of new work from the best talent in town. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, a bar fly or a flying-by, we’ve got a live theatre option that suits.

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The Liberal Agenda – Tūhoe leader Tāmati Kruger to give 2017 Bruce Jesson Lecture

By   1 week ago

A leader of the Tūhoe people’s drive for self-determination, Tamati Kruger, will give the 2017 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture on 31 October.

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The Liberal Agenda – Sugar, Rum and Tobacco a new BWB Text on sugar taxes

By   2 weeks ago

‘Sugar, rum and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life…which are…objects of almost universal consumption, and which are therefore extremely proper subjects of taxation.’ – Adam Smith

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The Liberal Agenda: Jacinda’s first policy announcement as Labour Party Leader

By   2 weeks ago

Come along to Jacinda’s first policy announcement as Labour Leader this Sunday, which will focus on how the next Labour Government will make Auckland a world-class city.

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The Liberal Agenda – Medical Cannabis Rally Sat 5 August 2017 – Queen Street Auckland

By   2 weeks ago

RALLY DETAILS:
Saturday 5th August, from High Noon to 2pm
Queen Street, Auckland – opposite Aotea Square

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The Daily Gallery View All →

The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 19th August 2017

By   8 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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 18th August 2017

By   1 day 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

Lovely night for a walk on the beach

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Malcolm Evans – Mirror, mirror on the wall

By   3 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Mirror, mirror on the wall

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 16th August 2017

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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 15th August 2017

By   4 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 – Election 2017

By   5 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Election 2017

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Political Caption Competition

By   5 days ago

Spot the difference

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Raw News feed View All →

Migrant workers launch research report on the plight of Filipino dairy workers

By   9 hours ago

migrant workers launch research report on the plight of Filipino dairy workers   When: August 19, 1pm onwards Where: FIRST Union conference centre, 1st floor, 120 Church St, Onehunga, Auckland 1061 Who: The Union Network of Migrants What: Research report launch   As the government pushes ahead with its plan to implement a “12 month rule” for migrants, despite […]

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NZ Government Fails! No Answers over Injustices at Ihumātao – Save Our Unique Landscape

By   1 day ago

The New Zealand Government delegation to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination in Geneva yesterday failed to answer multiple questions about the development of a Special Housing Area on confiscated Māori land at Ihumātao near the airport in Auckland. Special Rapporteur for New Zealand, Gay McDougall, and other committee members raised […]

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Social Housing Minister stifles debate on critical issues – State Housing Action

By   1 day ago

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is refusing all requests to front up and justify the National government’s plan to sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch after the election. In recent weeks the State Housing Action Network has requested a meeting with the minister to discuss her hugely unpopular policy but she has declined. Now the […]

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CBB welcomes NZ First Broadcasting and ICT policy

By   1 day ago

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB) welcomes the NZFirst Broadcasting and ICT policy. NZFirst’s Broadcasting Policy is to remove all advertising from TVNZ 1 and partially fund the platform with an increase in the Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL). “Turning TVNZ 1 into a non-commercial channel is a bold idea that will appeal to many voters,” […]

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HAM shows country needs Labour on housing – Labour Party

By   1 day ago

The latest Housing Affordability Measure report shows affordability dramatically worsening for Auckland first home buyers, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “After nine years of a Government that has failed to make any headway on fixing the housing crisis, New Zealand deserves better.   “The number of potential first home buyers in Auckland who have […]

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Philippines: 32 killed in a day as Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ hits new levels of barbarity – Amnesty International

By   1 day ago

After Philippine police killed 32 people in what is believed to be the highest death toll in a single day in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs”, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, said:     “These shocking deaths are a reminder that President Duterte’s lawless ‘war on drugs’ continues […]

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Wasted time, ignored expertise: Oranga Tamariki’s staff exodus – PSA

By   1 day ago

The number of social workers leaving Child, Youth and Family during the formation of Oranga Tamariki was largely down to the expertise of long-serving staff being ignored in the review process and a costly and wasteful Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) that failed generate new ideas or knowledge to address the real issues in service design […]

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LABOUR AND NATIONAL FIDDLING WHILE HOUSING CRISIS BURNS ON – TOP

By   1 day ago

After Labour’s announcement yesterday that it would look to conduct a “review” of taxation mechanisms to deal with the housing crisis, it is now obvious that both old establishment parties have zero commitment to deal with the root causes of the problem.   The Opportunities Party Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons says, “Any questions about whether […]

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