And they did this for 194 pages…

By John Minto

I’ve had the chance to read the interim report of the tax working group over the weekend and it’s a sorry, sad document.

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Supporting communities against alcohol harm

By Liz Gordon

The alcohol industry is a large and wealthy one.  There is plenty of money to be made. But it is important to understand that it is also a harmful one, as recognised by those women 125 years ago.  In principle the law now recognises the right of communities to stand as equals and oppose harmful applications. In practice, wealth, power and lawyer’s writs seek constantly to quash the practice of an equal say.

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Carmel Sepuloni must assure NZers that MSD didn’t remove children from State Tenants because of meth hysteria

We know now that Housing NZ were cruel and spiteful to their tenants, and we know that MSD and WINZ has a vicious reputation for treating beneficiaries with contempt so the NZ Government needs to assure the public that no child was taken off a state tenant because of this meth hysteria.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why you must boycott Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga local elections next year

Let me be perfectly clear to  my fellow New Zealanders – you must, you must, you must boycott any and all local elections that use online voting. These systems are completely open to being hacked and once accepted means every election after that is a joke.

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John Pilger: ‘Hold the front page. The reporters are missing’

John Pilger …. wrote the foreword for the new book Propaganda Blitz by Media lens co-editors David Edwards and David Cromwell and launched this weekend. Image: Media Lens

By Dr David Robbie

“Media Lens has shattered a silence about corporate journalism. Like Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman in Manufacturing Consent, they represent a Fifth Estate that deconstructs and demystifies the media’s power.”

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On the same day NZ Herald profiles China threatening academic, they run Chinese propaganda

Oh the irony. Nothing sums up the current failure of NZ media better than this.

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Why Andrew Little is losing the Prison reform debate

We need to acknowledge that anger and fear have shaped our prison industrial complex and by reframing the issue as a media generated hysteria, Little could bypass National using that same media to try and spread more hysteria.

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If Phil Goff won’t fix Auckland’s housing crisis – could John Tamihere take the Mayoralty off him?

Goff has been great at treating the symptoms of Auckland’s housing crisis, Tamihere however could focus on a cure. 

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Simon Bridges & Judith Collins response to the meth hysteria their Party fed should rule them out of Government forever

Simon Bridges & Judith Collins have managed to make Trump’s victim blaming look like valid criticism. 

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Positive Money Petition

By Bryan Gould

Many of today’s generation will have forgotten or be unaware of the brave and successful initiative taken by our Prime Minister in the 1930s – the great Michael Joseph Savage.  He created new money with which he built thousands of state houses, thereby bringing an end to the Great Depression in New Zealand and providing decent houses for young families (my own included) who needed them.

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Update on my case against NZ Police illegally spying on me

…Our watchdogs have no teeth or bark.

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The coming checkmate of capitalism moment: Understanding how the new Government was birthed & who they should save when the economic meltdown hits

The failure of neoliberalism has been looming for sometime, but the questions we should be asking as the global economy continues to dance spastically on the lip of the volcano is what does this mean politically for New Zealand and what should the new Government look to do as a response.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

And they did this for 194 pages…

By   18 hours ago

I’ve had the chance to read the interim report of the tax working group over the weekend and it’s a sorry, sad document.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Supporting communities against alcohol harm

By   19 hours ago

The alcohol industry is a large and wealthy one.  There is plenty of money to be made. But it is important to understand that it is also a harmful one, as recognised by those women 125 years ago.  In principle the law now recognises the right of communities to stand as equals and oppose harmful applications. In practice, wealth, power and lawyer’s writs seek constantly to quash the practice of an equal say.

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Oslo deception exposed – defend UNRWA – BDS can bring justice

By   3 days ago

A member of the Israeli anti-Zionist Breaking the Silence movement, who had served with Israeli Occupation forces in the Palestinian city of Hebron, described in a television documentary interview the Israeli Army policy of photographing Palestinian families inside their homes. Following home invasions, often without warning, in the middle of the night, the families would […]

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Pitiful response to Housing NZ meth hysteria

By   4 days ago

The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting.

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Annual Leave: Time’s Up – Pay it back!

By   4 days ago

Hundreds of millions of dollars are owed to hundreds of thousands of workers and only the top 100 employers are being asked to fix the problem and pay it back.

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A Modest Proposal For Russia’s Response To Israel In The Wake Of An F-16

By   4 days ago

So now the dust (or, perhaps, some measure of the ‘fog of war’) is starting to clear over Monday’s events in Syria, it’s probably prudent to reflect on what Putin can and should do in response to what has occurred.

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Has Neoliberalism Colonised Our Minds?

By   4 days ago

New Zealand is by no means exempt from the effects of this unravelling neoliberal hegemony. In this country, also, there is a large colonised population presided over by a distant and hated elite. We, too, have constructed an underclass whose full citizenship and personhood is routinely denied in overcrowded prisons; at the counter of the local WINZ office; and by “unconsciously biased” teachers, medics and cops.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Suffrage 2018 – Until death

By   6 days ago

So this suffrage day, celebrate 125 years, mourn those no longer with us as a result of domestic violence, whisper in the ear of men friends who seem to be overly possessive and let’s work towards a violence free future.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Why were Australian strawberries on sale in NZ after the needle sabotage?

By   7 hours ago

If I was jaded and deeply cynical, I’d suggest the bloody Australians have dumped as much of their stock in NZ despite knowing there was some threat of sabotage to the product.

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Why Simon Bridges defence of his ‘Meth Crooks’ comment is bullshit

By   8 hours ago

It’s just so ugly and Bridges is managing to mutilate it and make it even more ugly. 

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Can we all just acknowledge that NZ Politicians have synthetic cannabis death blood all over their hands?

By   2 days ago

We should be ashamed of our political leaders and their cowardice. The only way we finally break these pricks is by taking the power into our own hands and voting for a legalised cannabis market in the looming cannabis referendum.

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The madness of Te Reo in 2040 highlights all that is shortsighted about NZ politics & culture

By   2 days ago

…planning for a million Te Reo users in 2040 seems as meaningless as being carbon neutral by 2050 because our society won’t be worrying about who can speak Māori and who can’t, it will be a desperate fight for survival in an economy and culture that is scrambling to adapt.

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So our largest trading partner burgled an academic to intimidate her in our own country – are we allowed to discuss China’s influence over us yet?

By   2 days ago

…it is extraordinary that this story isn’t leading our news and the main focus of public debate.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why you must boycott Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga local elections next year

By   2 days ago

Let me be perfectly clear to  my fellow New Zealanders – you must, you must, you must boycott any and all local elections that use online voting. These systems are completely open to being hacked and once accepted means every election after that is a joke.

Read More →

Why Andrew Little is losing the Prison reform debate

By   2 days ago

We need to acknowledge that anger and fear have shaped our prison industrial complex and by reframing the issue as a media generated hysteria, Little could bypass National using that same media to try and spread more hysteria.

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Media Watch View All →

TWITTER WATCH BURN OF 2018: Judith Collins blows get tough on crime dog whistle and it explodes gloriously in her face

By   7 hours ago

You would think after retweeting fake news that France was legalising underage sex that Judith Collins would work hard to be less of a malicious pus pit of scumbaggery on Twitter.

You would be wrong.

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Is SBW the Flight of the Conchords and NZ sport media TVNZ?

By   15 hours ago

..it feels like SBW is the Flight of the Conchords and NZ Sport media are TVNZ.

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Jarrod Gilbert exposes Woke de-platforming at Massey University

By   16 hours ago

I love how her idea was to cut funding to the student association???  Jesus wept, this is woke de-platforming at it’s most cynical & destructive because once you believe from a fourth wave feminist intersectionist point of view that free speech is white male privilege, any counter is acceptable isn’t it?  

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John Pilger: ‘Hold the front page. The reporters are missing’

By   1 day ago

“Media Lens has shattered a silence about corporate journalism. Like Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman in Manufacturing Consent, they represent a Fifth Estate that deconstructs and demystifies the media’s power.”

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On the same day NZ Herald profiles China threatening academic, they run Chinese propaganda

By   2 days ago

Oh the irony. Nothing sums up the current failure of NZ media better than this.

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So when will the NZ mainstream media start examining how they contributed to the Meth Hysteria story?

By   4 days ago

How did this monstrosity manage to get out of hand so fast in a first world country based on science? Because the corporate media’s favourite whipping boy, beneficiaries, were involved and no one lost money in newspapers from beating up on bludgers.

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David Fisher and the double standards of NZ Politics

By   5 days ago

Labour will always be crucified for policy in a way that National never does.

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Mark Richardson accidentally criticises NewsHub’s ‘Gower Gotcha’ journalism on The AM Show and it’s glorious

By   5 days ago

I actually like Mark Richardson, sometimes he will blurt something out that is remarkably stupid and sometimes he mainlines the truth of the Universe, this morning on the The AM Show he accidentally did the latter.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Bryan Gould – Positive Money Petition

By   3 days ago

Many of today’s generation will have forgotten or be unaware of the brave and successful initiative taken by our Prime Minister in the 1930s – the great Michael Joseph Savage.  He created new money with which he built thousands of state houses, thereby bringing an end to the Great Depression in New Zealand and providing decent houses for young families (my own included) who needed them.

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GUEST BLOG: Amnesty International – Police spying must be investigated

By   6 days ago

Rochelle Rees  is a mother of a seven-year-old, an IT professional that drinks soy lattes and she’s pretty sure the police have been spying on her.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – 1080

By   6 days ago

Sadly, much of the substance of the anger at 1080 seems to draw from the anti-establishment well. This is what saddens me the most; that despite all the evidence of 1080 being effective it is quickly dismissed because there is some relation to a crown entity or state department. Even the independent charities, such as Forest and Bird, are dismissed as being too cosy with government. While there are obvious and understandable reasons people may be sceptical of government and even science; but pest control is not a profitable industry. There is no financial motive, or any discernible motive that comes from the use of 1080. So why would we continue to use it? Because it’s proven to work.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Alison Campbell – So what does the actual Science say about 1080?

By   7 days ago

The scientists & conservation workers that I know look forward to the time when reliable, equally-effective alternatives become available – but that time is still, realistically, years away and frankly, our native ecosystems can’t wait that long. We definitely need to keep talking about this issue, and we need to improve the way we do that. The grandstanding and the untruths don’t help anything, least of all the living taonga we all want to protect.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Reclaiming Marx 2 – Marxism after Marx

By   7 days ago

Dave Brownz is TDBs guest Marxist because every left wing blog needs a Marxist.

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GUEST BLOG: Bill Rosenberg – Rethinking Welfare speech notes

By   1 week ago

Bill Rosenberg is the economist and director of policy for the Council of Trade Unions 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – New pilot programme for apprenticeships a win for young people

By   2 weeks ago

I re-entered politics because I wanted to see hope return for the many New Zealanders whom National had failed. I was sick of seeing the people in my community go without and fall further and further behind as those from the wealthier parts of town danced to a ‘rock star’ economy tune none of us could hear.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – Freedom of speech does not negate the freedom to protest

By   2 weeks ago

It’s strange to see that the infamous British politician Nigel Farage didn’t set the internet aflame in New Zealand, but I guess there’s no algorithm to the fickle beast of social media.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Paper Planes: Theatre Magic from a First-Time Playwright

By   2 weeks ago

Dates: 2nd – 6th October, 6.30pm
Venue: Studio, Basement Theatre
Tickets: $18 – $25
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz

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The Liberal Agenda – Frontline housing worker to give 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture

By   2 weeks ago

He will deliver the 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture in the Old Government House Lecture Theatre (102-G36) at the University of Auckland at 6pm on Tuesday 23 October.

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The Liberal Agenda – Enabling Communities

By   3 weeks ago

Disability & Community Well Being
Thursday 13th September

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The Liberal Agenda – Ding Dong Lounge presents Cuckoo’s Nest

By   3 weeks ago

Cuckoo’s Nest presents an opportunity to network, socialize and find guidance and support if you require it, or simply come and enjoy the acts.

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The Liberal Agenda – MEDUSA

By   1 month ago

The historic emblem of female rage is reclaimed and brandished in all its glory in MEDUSA, created by visionary feminist theatre makers Nisha Madhan, Julia Croft and Virginia Frankovich. MEDUSA premieres at Circa Theatre Sept 20 – Oct 6, before moving north to Q Theatre Oct 24 – Nov 3 as the fourth work in the powerful MATCHBOX 2018 Season.

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The Liberal Agenda: Neža Jamnikar presents – Saudade

By   1 month ago

Saudade plays
Dates:  4/9, 5/9, 6/9, 7/9, 8/9 @ 6:30 PM
Venue: Basement Theatre
Tickets: $15 – $20
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz or phone iTicket 09 361 1000

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I’m no Daddy Blogger, but…

By   1 month ago

I’m no Daddy Blogger because I don’t write much about my personal life (this is a political blog after all) and because I find Mummy Bloggers to be terribly self righteous and I’d never want to sound like that over a human experience like parenting that has so many variations, interpretations and pathways, so I can only speak humbly for myself and my experience of Fatherhood.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – Trump’s Trade War

By   8 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – Trump’s Trade War

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 24th September 2018

By   18 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’m not sure universal suffrage was about men pushing themselves to the front and demanding recognition.  

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 23rd September 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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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Saturday 22nd September 2018

By   3 days ago

5: Trump says if Kavanaugh’s accuser was really assaulted she would have reported it to police
4: Sexual assault survivors tell Trump ‘why I didn’t report’
3: So You Want to Use the 25th Amendment to Get Rid of Donald Trump? Here Are the Hurdles to Removing a Mentally Impaired President.
2: Michael Moore: Are We Going to Be Like the “Good Germans” Who Let Hitler Rise to Power?
1: Rod Rosenstein disputes report he discussed removing Trump under 25th amendment

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 22nd September 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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 21st September 2018

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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 20th September 2018

By   5 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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Raw News feed View All →

Recommendations to make “Welfare Fit for Families” in the 21st Century – CPAG

By   18 hours ago

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Government’s 12 priorities for a “modern and fairer New Zealand”. Among these, the priority for “making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child” is evidence of the Government’s commitment to putting children’s wellbeing at the heart of all policies: “The Government’s vision for […]

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Would you like a serving of unethical business practice with that salad? – First Union

By   2 days ago

Summer isn’t far off and the tomatoes are just about ripe for the picking for the BBQ season but…   Come Monday (24/09/2018), over 100 mainly tomato hot-house gardeners and distribution workers will walk off the job for 24 hours (4am Monday 24th to 4am Tuesday 25th) over bleak pay and the company refusing to […]

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NZEI welcomes plan to support vulnerable children – NZEI

By   2 days ago

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s plan for a Learning Support Coordinator in every school to work with our most vulnerable children and to get them the support that they need as part of a draft disability and learning support action plan published today. Acting Minister of Education Tracey Martin has said that […]

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Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions – Free Speech Coalition

By   2 days ago

The Free Speech Coalition is labelling the Tertiary Education Union “sad” for not following the leadership of the student unions in expressing no confidence in Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas for her ban of Dr Don Brash from campus and attempts to defund the student group for inviting a speaker she does not agree with. […]

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Historic discharge without conviction for Greenpeace head and climate activist – Greenpeace

By   2 days ago

Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, and climate activist Sara Howell, have been discharged without conviction following action they took to stop the world’s largest oil and gas exploration ship searching for fossil fuels off the Wairarapa Coast. The Napier District Court today delivered a ‘discharge without conviction ‘ decision for the pair, who were […]

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Pasifika women effectively working for free for the rest of the year – Council of Trade Unions

By   3 days ago

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that today marks ‘working for free day’ for Pasifika women because of the gender pay imbalance. “The latest figures out this year show that on average, per hour of work Pasifika women are paid just 68.5% of what Pākehā men receive, and 72.3% of what all men […]

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Pocket money offer for HNZ evicted tenants deeply cynical and insulting – State Housing Action

By   3 days ago

The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting. These families had their lives turned upside down by Housing New Zealand’s incompetent, abusive behaviour. They deserve the level of compensation they would receive if they could afford to take legal action […]

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The Right Thing To Do” UNHCR Praises New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Increase

By   3 days ago

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, praised New Zealand today for increasing the country’s longstanding refugee resettlement quota. Speaking in Wellington, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern formally announced the increase. “This is the right thing to do,” said Ardern. “It fulfils New Zealand’s obligation to do our bit and provide a small number of […]

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