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Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australia’s Push-Back Against Jacinda’s Manus Island Outreach

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

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Wendy’s must give workers 5 years worth of alternative holidays

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The right of workers to an alternative holiday when working on a public holiday has been strongly affirmed in an Employment Relations Authority decision against Wendco (NZ) Limited, the company that operates the Wendy’s stores in New Zealand.

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Reflections on racial exclusion in an EziBuy catalogue

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The absence of ethnically diverse women in fashion magazines as part of media bias, ‘defines the contours of society’, shapes our understanding of the world, how we see ourselves, how we are seen, and helps create ‘social identities and realities’. It’s a form of ‘racial framing’.

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How ill prepared are the Greens for Government? This ill prepared…

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

The leak today of an internal strategy paper is so woeful and concerning, it’s like catching your Surgeon checking on how to do your operation on wikipedia. 

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The Liberal Agenda – The Jubilation Choir – Saturday 18th November

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

The Liberal Agenda – The Jubilation Choir – Saturday 18th November

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Darkness At The End Of The Rainbow?

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The more sharp-eyed and ruthless members of the Liberal and National party rooms will have noticed that of the 17 federal electorates which voted “No” to marriage equality, fully 11 of them are held by the Australian Labor Party.

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Malcolm Evans – Winston is off to North Korea

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

Malcolm Evans – Winston is off to North Korea

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Compare new Government action and National’s reaction

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

In every example, National’s response is bitter, angry, resentful and spiteful. On every issue they have spent 9 years making worse all they have as a response to the solution is more of the poisonous thinking that helped exacerbate the problem in the first place.

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Boat People Terror Alert Apricot (Why Jacinda is spoiling for a fight with Australia)

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

The vast majority of New Zealanders resent the way Australia treat us and finally having a Government who will stand up to them is actually going to resonate with many voters.

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Being economically occupied by China, politically owned by America and what EVERYONE is missing about how to defeat TPPA

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

We can stamp our feet like the Green Party and the Unions have and throw a tantrum and just refuse to actually engage with the process  OR we can see this as an opportunity to directly influence our political and economic independence. 

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Constructive Engagement With Jacinda’s Government? Or, Shouting Anti-TPP Slogans From The Side-Lines? The Left Must Choose

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

It is very easy for the traditional Left to call for grand gestures of defiance against the prevailing geopolitical realities: living with the consequences of such calls when you are in government is much harder.

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Malcolm Evans – How do you see the TPPA?

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  3 Comments

Malcolm Evans – How do you see the TPPA?

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What will hit first? Economic armageddon or Environmental apocalypse?

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Since the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis, all the developed world has done is kick the day of market reckoning down the road with more and more money printing. At some point this band-aid won’t be able to stem the pressure building and it will rupture with a backlash that will make the depression look like a week without pocket money.

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Ummm, shouldn’t Gerry Brownlee be doing what Gerry Brownlee does best?

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

So Gerry Brownlee is now an apologist for Australian torture camps that the Australian’s have walked away from on Manus Island?

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Capitalism, tax and New Zealand

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

It was sad reading Stephen Hickson’s defence of capitalism in the Press (25 October 2017). Sad because capitalism has delivered so much outright misery to so much of humanity over the last 300 years that it’s hard to believe anyone could be so blinkered.

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REVIEW: Thor does for positive masculinity what Wonder Woman does for feminism

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Thor: Ragnarok has been reviewed by far more clever and geeky comic book nerd types than me so I won’t even attempt to compete with their detailed reviews of how this fits into the Marvel Universe and Norse mythology, but what struck me about Taika Waititi’s incredibly funny movie is the real tenderness he gives the male characters.   

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