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Super vs tax cuts – what’s affordable?

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The super debate hasn’t been super. It has missed the most important issues. The government has tried to focus on misleading measures of financial affordability in 2040, in an attempt to position themselves as responsible. But the real issues are about fairness and equity, across and within generations.

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Watch Barry Coates rip the Intelligence and Security Bill apart

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Watch Barry Coates rip the Intelligence and Security Bill apart

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Lock them up

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The government has started the election year with a tough on crime message. More police on the beat and more prisons. The government plans to spend $1 billion on a massive prison-building programme in a country that already imprisons a greater proportion of its people than all but a few OECD countries.

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Corporate Welfare – Whose rules rule?

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The new data on inequality from Oxfam shows an even more obscene disparity than previous reports – 8 billionaires owning more than half the world’s population and two billionaires in New Zealand owning more than the poorest 30% of New Zealanders. This is not inevitable. It results from rules that favour the rich and penalise the poor.

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Revealing the Economic Myths

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The charade of this government’s sound economic management is unravelling. Misleading GDP figures, pumped up by property speculation and high immigration, have given the impression that all is well, masking our continued economic decline compared to OECD countries.

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Australia’s shame

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

We think of human rights abuses occurring in far off places. But 4000 km to the North is a country that has been taken over as a prison. There are 1200 people held against their will. They were sent there for six months to processing their applications for refugee status. Three years later, they are trapped on Nauru in despair.

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The TPPA is dead. What next?

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Citizens across each of the 12 countries in the TPPA built a strong movement against the excesses of corporate rights represented by the TPPA, as we have done twice before in defeating these proposals in the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (1998) and in the World Trade Organisation (1999 and 2003).

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Calling time on Trojan horse treaties

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

If you’re concerned about the TPPA, there is even worse to come. TiSA is a new trade deal that would leave citizens powerless to set the rules about what big multinational corporations can do in our communities and workplaces.

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