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Who cares about War Crimes?

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The book co-authored by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, “Hit and Run”, contains allegations that some people have said could amount to war crimes.

Why does it matter? Horrible things happen in war, so let’s just get over it. Right?

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The Refugee Quota Compromise

By   /  June 15, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The decision to raise the quota to 1000 refugees per year from the current 750 does nothing to redress the three decades of no increase to our refugee quota. It is a token gesture designed to mollify proponents for more resettlement and to be able to tell the general population that the government is “doing something”.

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Good men dying for a cause

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This Monday, our ANZAC day of remembrance, saw a horrific crime take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr Xulhaz Mannan and his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, were hacked to death in Mr Mannan’s apartment. Both men were gay and trans activists, murdered by people driven by hate, fear and ignorance.

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Europe’s Bad Refugee Deal

By   /  March 24, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

On 7 March 2016 the EU-Turkey summit lead to a deal being agreed on the “refugee crisis” now confronting Europe. The deal is a terrible one, undermines protection, and completely ignores the human reality of those forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution.

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The Kiwi Trudeau

By   /  February 24, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

After years of the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, Canadians voted for the Liberal Party lead by Justin Trudeau. Trudeau shows the value of a progressive party uniting under a charismatic leader with a core message – that diversity is a strength and Canada’s common uniting feature.

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Davos and the Future of Work

By   /  January 22, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Currently, the World Economic Forum meeting is taking place in the Swiss alps. This annual march to Davos brings together individuals across the public and private sectors where these privileged few get to discuss the issues that affect all of us.

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Execution in Saudi Arabia

By   /  September 24, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Many of you will have seen the horrible news that Saudi Arabia is intending to go ahead with the planned crucifixion and execution of Ali Mohamed al-Nimr who was arrested when he was a child.

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There is no refugee crisis (warning contains images of our consequences)

By   /  September 6, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

It is time to do our bit. Rather than the investment on our relentless pursuit of free trade (terms and conditions apply), or the $26 million spent on a flag vanity project more about legacy than identity, it is time to show leadership among nations and reflect our unearned self-image.

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The Dilution of Democracy

By   /  August 3, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

In short, the TPPA is being used as a run around to prevent states having the ability to regulate in the interests of the people against corporate interests.

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Debt’s Double Standards

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The international stage has recently highlighted the uneven playing field of debt. Different folks get different strokes. Moral indignation is hurled at only a select group, yet other reckless behaviour merely gets forgiven and forgotten.

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The Greek Orthodoxy

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

There is no free market when only one group gets to set the rules.

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Paying off the people smugglers

By   /  June 17, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Is New Zealand aware of this policy of paying the people smugglers? Is there any complicity on our part – did Australia send the bill to the 9th floor?

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It’s not a “people smuggling boat”

By   /  June 3, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The PM is keen to create a climate of fear around asylum seekers and imply they create a “threat” to New Zealand, absent any real justification for such an inflammatory and entirely disproportionate response to reality.

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Another failure of progressive politics?

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Given the reality of commercial media today, progressive parties will struggle to ever receive a fair hearing in the media requiring different strategies to connect with the voting public.

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Why raise the refugee quota?

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Recently we have seen some excellent work done by people looking at raising our refugee quota, and specifically to address the current crises emanating out of Syria and Iraq (and soon to be Yemen?).

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Positive foreign policy in the Middle East

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Our government’s deployment of troops to Iraq illustrates a lack of analysis on the utility of such a deployment to the actual people of that country. It does nothing to directly address the causes of why predominantly young men flock to seek the illusive promises of the Islamic State.

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