Health care workers pay increase – fair-pay or fish-hooks?

By Frank Macskasy

When it comes to fish-hooks, National has prior ‘form’. Even when National announces an ‘increase’ in social spending, it often takes that funding from other areas. Even special-needs children are not exempt from National’s shell-scam, as reported in The Daily Blog in August last year;

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MUST READ: Migrant labour sytem is broken and needs radical change not tinkering

By Mike Treen

The recent government changes to how approvals are managed for permanent residents will do nothing to alter the system of exploitation of tens of thousands of workers here on temporary work visas.

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“Better late than never, Jim!” – Bolger on the State of the Unions

By Chris Trotter 

JIM BOLGER’S IMPLIED CRITICISM of his own government’s assault on organised labour is astonishing. The Employment Contracts Act 1991 ranks as one of the most extreme examples of anti-union legislation in post-war history. Certainly, the equivalent statutes enacted in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia pale in comparison. From the legislation introduced by Jim Bolger’s close friend and ally, Bill Birch, even the word “union” was excluded.

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Anti-immigration rhetoric blames the victim not the system

By Christine Rose

Instead of standing of the side of the cultural and capitalist oppressor and adopting its discourse of exclusion and the antagonism of difference, thinking workers of New Zealand, and elsewhere, should show solidarity with other workers and stand for better standards of living and workplace rights. Don’t blame the victim when the system itself is the problem.

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The real reason 5 Eyes are meeting in Queenstown

The truth is that the 5 Eyes spooks meet in NZ quite regularly and the surprise by the corporate media is more due to the lack of institutional knowledge now inside these news organisations.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Health care workers pay increase – fair-pay or fish-hooks?

By   15 hours ago

When it comes to fish-hooks, National has prior ‘form’. Even when National announces an ‘increase’ in social spending, it often takes that funding from other areas. Even special-needs children are not exempt from National’s shell-scam, as reported in The Daily Blog in August last year;

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Right to Resist

By   15 hours ago

Israel contrives apparent justification of its persecution of Palestinian children by ensuring near-100% guilty verdicts. A non-governmental organisation, Military Court Watch, monitored the treatment of more than 450 Palestinian minors held captive by the Israeli military between 2013 and 2016. The data collected revealed that 94% of those taken prisoner in 2013 and 2016 reported being painfully handcuffed. In an even more needless and terrorising abuse, 82% were blindfolded. Verbal violence was experienced by 46%.

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“Better late than never, Jim!” – Bolger on the State of the Unions

By   2 days ago

JIM BOLGER’S IMPLIED CRITICISM of his own government’s assault on organised labour is astonishing. The Employment Contracts Act 1991 ranks as one of the most extreme examples of anti-union legislation in post-war history. Certainly, the equivalent statutes enacted in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia pale in comparison. From the legislation introduced by Jim Bolger’s close friend and ally, Bill Birch, even the word “union” was excluded.

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Anti-immigration rhetoric blames the victim not the system

By   2 days ago

Instead of standing of the side of the cultural and capitalist oppressor and adopting its discourse of exclusion and the antagonism of difference, thinking workers of New Zealand, and elsewhere, should show solidarity with other workers and stand for better standards of living and workplace rights. Don’t blame the victim when the system itself is the problem.

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MUST READ: Migrant labour sytem is broken and needs radical change not tinkering

By   2 days ago

The recent government changes to how approvals are managed for permanent residents will do nothing to alter the system of exploitation of tens of thousands of workers here on temporary work visas.

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The ugly side of win-at-all-costs sport

By   2 days ago

The Warriors rugby league club is to be commended for helping one of its star players, Kieran Foran, through his mental health problems. Foran has been frank about his gambling addiction and his suicidal feelings.

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How to sabotage bad politicking

By   3 days ago

Appealing to the voters’ emotions, rather than their heads, is exactly what is wrong with politics today. Just think John Key, Brexit and Trump!

Good politicking is about demonstrating, clearly, how policies are actually going to make meaningful differences to the citizens’ wellbeing.

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Jeremy Corbyn and the Magic That Failed

By   3 days ago

POOR OLD JEREMY CORBYN. He must know that the worse he does on 8 June the better most Labour MPs will like it. Indeed, an absolutely disastrous performance by Labour in the forthcoming UK general election is about the only outcome likely to convince the rank-and-file “Corbynistas” that their brave experiment has to end. They tried, and then tried again, to impose a left-wing leader on a right-wing caucus. Couldn’t be done.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

We can’t build state houses or affordable housing but we can build a $53m pavilion in Dubai???

By   2 hours ago

While this Government won’t do a thing to fix our housing crisis, (other than paying for beneficiaries to live in short term motels), we are blowing $53m to build a pavilion in Dubai to try and help the dairy industry whose product is currently polluting our rivers to a country that has a human rights abuse record that makes Bashar al-Assad look reasonable…

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Julie Anne Genter shines at Cannabis protest

By   3 hours ago

Julie Anne Genter shined at the Cannabis protest in Auckland over the weekend.

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Why Queenstown right now highlights the lie that is New Zealand’s ‘independent foreign policy’

By   3 hours ago

We can not be an independent country, let alone have an independent foreign policy while we are a member of the 5 Eyes. The Deep State now has access to every and all secrets, our GCSB and SIS answer to Washington, they don’t answer to Wellington.

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You know shit is bad when Scientists are protesting on the streets

By   4 hours ago

Scientists have been missing in action when it comes to public debate on the big issues confronting us, partly because they are so busy with expanding the total pool of human knowledge and partly because Scientists haven’t seen the need to champion science because it’s self explanatory as to why we need to listen to science.

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The real reason 5 Eyes are meeting in Queenstown

By   2 days ago

The truth is that the 5 Eyes spooks meet in NZ quite regularly and the surprise by the corporate media is more due to the lack of institutional knowledge now inside these news organisations.

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MSD responds to threats in Tauranga WINZ

By   2 days ago

The MSD have responded to TDBs question posed yesterday…

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What NZers don’t seem to understand about the last 9 years of National

By   3 days ago

What NZers don’t seem to understand about the last 9 years of National is how ideologically driven it has been. National pretend to be moderate and balanced when the truth is they are hard core believers in underfunding the State so that it can’t afford its social obligations.

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Is Tauranga the new slavery pit for NZ and what the hell is WINZ Tauranga doing?

By   3 days ago

The Ministry of Social Development say they will get back to me with an answer. We will be following this allegation closely and will report once the Ministry have responded.

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Media Watch View All →

TWITTER WATCH: Is this the most stupid comment made about the People’s Report on Mental Health?

By   2 days ago

…the People’s Report on Mental Health is a challenging and deeply necessary body of work that forces us to confront the damage we are needlessly causing through our under funded mental health service.

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Live stream of KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks workers to strike 12pm today then Cannabis reform protest at 1pm

By   2 days ago

TDB will live stream the worker strike Auckland: KFC Balmoral, 511 Dominion Rd, at 12pm and then live stream the Cannabis protest at 1pm here live from our Twitter feed on the front page.

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The AM Show’s spluttering surprise at Andrew Little’s position on cutting immigration by tens of thousands

By   4 days ago

The AM Show has become a wiggly tooth that I can’t stop rubbing and touching.

I think I’m a news masochist.

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About that highly manipulative new Youi insurance advert

By   5 days ago

…the fact that none of this has been highlighted by the same media who are being paid by Youi for advertising is a gross dereliction of duty by a hard up mainstream media who are now too frightened to bite the hand that feeds it.

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How is this not fake news?

By   5 days ago

The corporate mainstream media do a lot of complaining about ‘fake news’ and a lot of chest beating about the state of their ‘journalism’ but you can see why attacking the credibility of corporate news media is so easy to do when you see example after example of news that is not in any way shape or form actual news.

Take this steaming turd of s story…

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TV REVIEW: Real Time with Bill Maher – civilisation finally comes to New Zealand media landscape

By   6 days ago

Bill Maher is unashamedly liberal, he doesn’t pretend to be centrist, he calls it like he sees it and because we have so few broadcasters who can actually articulate a counter hegemonic narrative to the right wing bullshit that contaminates all corporate news media, he is a unique and powerful voice for reason.

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TV Review: Q+A – too much bigotry for breakfast?

By   1 week ago

Jesus H Christ, Jessica Mutch might have thought her questioning of Moana Jackson was taking the redneck bigotry of muddle Nu Zilind to a Maori academic who was saying something ridiculous, but it just came across like she was the bigot.

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Stuff.co.nz give us a taste of the journalism they’ll offer if we don’t give them their newspaper Monopoly

By   1 week ago

How this managed to be a news story is utterly beyond me and it is a continued dilution of stuff.co.nz from a credible and factually based news site to a clickbait opinion based fake news site.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Prisons need a rethink if they are to be less racist

By   5 days ago

We all understand the anger anyone of us would feel when a loved one is hurt by someone. You wouldn’t be a human being if you didn’t want to punish a person for doing something criminal or cruel to someone you identify with, but allowing anger and fear to dominate our thinking has created more problems than solutions within our prison system and it’s time we all acknowledged that.

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GUEST BLOG: Julie Carter – When the one-liner isn’t a joke

By   5 days ago

Whenever simple solutions are proposed to address complex questions, alarm bells should start ringing. In the last year, the likes of Trump in the U.S. and Nigel Farage in the UK have successfully wooed electorates with populist messages that are big on rhetoric, but scant on detail.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Flip-flopping over Ratings and the Russian Constitution

By   5 days ago

The problem of writing about Trump is usually where to start. Last week it was clearly with his bombing of Syria. You know, that country he didn’t want to bomb because it wasn’t America’s problem, so why should he get involved? But flip-flopping has been this week’s buzzword. Things Trump is currently flip-flopping over include […]

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GUEST BLOG: Stephanie Honeychurch – DITCH DOUBLE-DECKERS (& HOSKINGS TOO)

By   1 week ago

As a co-organiser* of Waiheke Island’s Ditch Double-Decker protest and as someone involved with the petition to remove these buses from Waiheke, I believe that Mike Hoskings has completely misrepresented this issue.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Time to rethink immigration

By   2 weeks ago

It’s time that we were honest about why the Government have opened the flood gates of immigration and it’s time we were honest about how we are going to change it.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Martin Luther King, We Need You Today!

By   2 weeks ago

In April 1967, FIFTY YEARS AGO, Dr Martin Luther King spoke at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, NYC, warning of the moral failure of a country addicted to war.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Anyone who supports the Assad regime in Syria cannot be a friend of the Palestinian people

By   2 weeks ago

In reply to Chris Trotter and other New Zealand Leftists and Liberals rushing to excuse, or explain away, the Syrian Regime’s aerial gas attack on the liberated Syrian province of Idlib.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Housing crisis not helped by smug speculators

By   3 weeks ago

We need Government that uses its powers to rebalance the extremes of free market capitalism, and we need politicians who aren’t frightened to say words like free market capitalism.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Novel art trail and auction for asylum seekers

By   2 days ago

Today (April 22) marks the beginning of a novel online art auction to raise funds for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust, which runs an Auckland hostel for asylum seekers.

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Alternative Anzac Day Event – Auckland Peace Action

By   2 days ago

An alternative Anzac day event called Prayers for Peace is happening on Tuesday, 25 April at 11am at the Band Rotunda at the Auckland Domain. It is a pro-peace, anti-war event that has been organised to provide a balance to the pro-war State-sponsored Anzac events. The Rev Emily Worman of the Church in Progress MCC […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – 4.5 stars

By   3 days ago

I never thought for one second that I would be a lover of live musical theatre, but having a 7 year old daughter changes that perspective. The pure magic and joy she gets out of going into the City at night with me to watch singing and dancing on the stage of the magnificent Civic is a priceless moment that makes me Dad of the year while keeping her relatively quiet for 2 hours.

It’s a win win.

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NZ International Comedy Picks – I’m an Apache Attack Helicopter

By   3 days ago

Identity Politics and trans issues might be taking headlines worldwide, but click-bait journalism barely touches the heavy barrage of internet memes, youtube cringe compilations, insult comedy, and trolls of all kinds engaged in a war to bait and mock micro-minorities out of existance.

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Emergency Protest for Peace- Auckland

By   5 days ago

We live in dangerous times. President Trump is on the war path. An escalation of airstrikes in Syria, the bombing in Afghanistan and the deployment of a fleet to North Korea are all very worrying developments.

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Happy Easter – let’s crucify consumerism

By   1 week ago

For me Easter isn’t about the rebirth of the Christ child as human manifestation of God, it’s about the largest unbroken block of holiday time we all get. For me Easter is about family, about friends, about spending quality time with the people in your life who the busyness of working for the man robs us of.

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Shift: Rainbow Youth Hui

By   2 weeks ago

InsideOUT is excited to announce their national rainbow youth hui, Shift, will be running again this month. The hui follows on from the success of Shift 2016 and aims to bring young people of minority sexes, sexualities and genders from all over the country together. “Shift provides a unique opportunity for young people in our […]

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Medical Cannabis Rally & March today 1pm

By   3 weeks ago

‘We are marching to show Bill Engish that we do not condone his callous and inhumane attitude towards patients. We demand an immediate moratorium on prosecuting patients and supporters until this fiasco is resolved.”

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The Daily Gallery View All →

The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 23rd April 2017

By   15 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

A new bedtime story book for right wing children

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 22nd April 2017

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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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Friday 21st April 2017

By   2 days ago

5: A Kremlin Think Tank Designed a Plan to Meddle in the US Election
4: ARKANSAS FIGHTS TO EXECUTE TWO MEN WITHOUT TESTING DNA EVIDENCE THAT COULD EXONERATE THEM
3: First Roger Ailes, Now Bill O’Reilly: Sexual Harassment Scandal Ousts Top Men at Fox News
2: Paris: Gunman kills officer before being shot dead
1: No encounters: most ambitious alien search to date draws a blank

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 21st April 2017

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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Tribute to Bill O’Reilly as he is forced to stand down from Fox News

By   3 days ago

Tribute to Bill O’Reilly as he is forced to stand down from Fox News

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Raw News feed View All →

Here’s how we can stop the kiwi pipeline – Action Station

By   2 days ago

Just imagine this 10-metre billboard truck parked outside Maggie Barry’s office next week. Chip in here to make it happen. “’It comes down to predator control’ – Maggie Barry’s plan of attack to replenish our kiwi numbers.” That was the headline when our Minister of Conservation announced the Government’s plan to boost our kiwi population.1 […]

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KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks workers to strike today – Unite Union

By   2 days ago

KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks workers will strike tomorrow after negotiations broke down over a new collective agreement.

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Long delay in ambulance funding review putting patients at risk – First Union

By   2 days ago

  Long delay in ambulance funding review putting patients at risk – union The union  representing approximately 1000 ambulance professionals in New Zealand is outraged at excessive delays to the Health Funding Review. In 2015 Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne commissioned a review into health funding for the ambulance sector. The review, carried out by businessman […]

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Another emergency housing grant blow out – Labour Party

By   3 days ago

Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Government is renting motel rooms at a rate of $33 million a year. It’s a very expensive band-aid. “In the March quarter 9,218 grants were issued. That’s 358 more […]

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Proposed funding model could do more harm – CPAG

By   3 days ago

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that axing the current decile funding system on the basis that it is too crude, only to replace it with another that is already said to to be unreliable, may have the result of seriously disadvantaging schools on a national level. A new Targeted at Risk Funding (TARF) component […]

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Debate about the Family Court – Office of the Principal Family Court Judge

By   4 days ago

Debate about the Family Court In recent weeks criticism of the Family Court has been aired publicly based on anecdotal experiences of a sample of people who have sought the intervention of the court to help resolve disputes in their personal relationships. Some of the accounts contain serious allegations about the safety of the Family […]

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More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration – Andrew Little

By   4 days ago

National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New Zealand is richer for immigration, but our public services, housing, and infrastructure can’t keep up with the current record level of immigration. We need to take […]

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The mental health system is broken – a full independent inquiry is way overdue

By   4 days ago

The family of Nicky Stevens, the young man who died in 2015 while in the compulsory care of Waikato DHB’s mental health facility, has renewed its call for the Government to establish a full, independent inquiry into the state of the country’s mental health services. Nicky Stevens’ mother, Jane Stevens, said the Government had turned […]

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