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The merits of internal discipline

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The fractured opposition to the TPP from within Labour has caused a lot of grief within and laughter without. Little has missed an opportunity to present himself as the fearless leader who has no difficulty understanding right from wrong and sorting out dissent within the ranks.

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Labour nails TPPA colours to the mast just in time

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Labour’s unequivocal opposition to the TPPA will please the rank-and-file of the party whose desire for autonomy and authenticity was so clearly evident at its conference last year.

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Haurangi on the beach

By   /  October 27, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Yes, he should have known better, but if he and his mates couldn’t steal insecure booze off their parents, then how the Hell else could they get booze?

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Transgender Prisoners – Corrections making rules faster than it can follow them

By   /  October 9, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The ability to access medical treatment for trans people on the inside, or the outside is fraught with problems. For many, the only way to gain access is through the sexual health clinics of major hospitals. Even then, many are turned away and are told to access the minimum three month counselling privately, at their own expense.

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Falling off the ladder…again

By   /  September 22, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

NOTE: Domestic violence trigger warning

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Not enough love for CYFs kids

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Without adequate funding to ensure the well-being of their child-prisoners, the government agency’s responses come in the form of utter neglect or massive over-reaction.

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Taihape

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It was never comfortable going to the Taihape Police Station, but after the 100th time I no longer felt inexplicably guilty as I turned the simple handle and crossed the threshold.

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Prisoners scapegoated while Serco lives high on the haul

By   /  July 23, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Nearly every day in Whangarei a lawyer is asked by a black-eyed prisoner to seek a short adjournment so that he’ll stay in the North’s Ngawha Prison rather than being shipped back to Serco where they will be beaten with impunity rather than afforded protection owed to people so vulnerable to systemic abuse.

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Sonny’s big boil-up

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Given Sonny’s position, unsurprisingly many have wasted no time seizing the opportunity to vilify him. The agenda of those who are calling for him to be jailed is all too obvious.

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Unfortunate odours

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

I’m not suggesting that Colin Craig is about to come out as a transgender homosexual philanderer, but it’s no surprise that a person who campaigned on the moral highground should now find himself caught in a rising tide of dirty swamp water.

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Trans-bashing Nats costing us all

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

The story is clearly a beat-up. A National spy has reported from a confidential forum where Young Labour’s remit was adopted and conspired with reporters to help tap into a deep vein of prejudice.

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You don’t tug on Superman’s cape

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

When Amanda Bailey went to the Police and complained about repeated assaults she was ignored.

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Shoot ’em and throw away the key

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The confused, disembodied head of the client slumped forward on the screen so that only his pale scalp showed.

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Any port in a storm

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The election result in Northland and events surrounding it have confirmed that politics up here is largely a rich man’s play thing. Despite this being the poorest electorate in the country, voters’ efforts are so divided that many wonder if change can ever come.

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Sgt Shultz – a bridge too far

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

That National could have entrusted the North to Sabin showed the arrogance of a complacent government. Putting up a blundering Osbourne as his replacement showed just how out of touch National is. With the castle left guarded by a fool, it should have known that a wily warhorse like Peters would overrun their previous stronghold.

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Winter is coming

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Winston’s arrival is a better thing than we’ve had, sure, but I’m picking we could do with a Warden who might be a better voice for the oppressed up here.

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