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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  /  14 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  /  3 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  /  12 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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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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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  /  26 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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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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“Fool me once”…

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

In holding to ransom the election of Trevor Mallard as Speaker of the House, National bluffed it’s way to increase the number of their MPs that can be appointed to Select Committees. This was despite a clear understanding between the new Coalition government and National that Trevor Mallard would be elected unopposed as Speaker, and National’s Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker.

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Labour largely endorses National’s TPPA, but it’s not all over. What now?

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The bad news is that the Labour government has endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, with the suspension of a limited range of items, at the ministerial and leaders’ meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

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BREAKING: Help kill TPPA today by tweeting PM Trudeau

By   /  November 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The Japanese PM Abe is now trying to pressure Canada to finalise the agreement whilst they are in Vietnam. Can you please help us in tweeting PM Trudeau, Canadian Trade Minister and the Canadian Foreign Minister. 

 @JustinTrudeau  @FP_Champagne @cafreeland

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Democratic Engineers, Or Neoliberal Mechanics?

By   /  November 11, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

If our new Cabinet Ministers are working independently of their “officials”, then that is not, automatically, a bad thing. On the contrary, in a democracy: the spectacle of officials working for politicians, who are, in their turn, working for the people; offers welcome proof that the system is working exactly as it should!

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Beyond Whale oil and accusations of Holocaust denial

By   /  November 11, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

On 31 October 2017, the Whale Oil website posted a Newshub article featuring a photo of the First Secretary of the Iranian Embassy, Hormoz Ghahremani, below the headline: Complaints laid about Iranian hate speech diplomat. Beneath the photo can be seen a video of a meeting at which Ghahremani was the first guest speaker. A casual visitor to the website might be excused for believing that the Iranian Embassy’s First Secretary was guilty of Holocaust denial.

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Why New Zealand Is REALLY Under Pressure Over Russian Trade From Atlanticists With An Agenda

By   /  November 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Well this is interesting, isn’t it. No sooner does New Zealand start talking openly about pursuing a trade policy that is more independent of the Atlanticist E.U.-American block, than the threats start being issued unto us by their diplomats and local mouthpieces; with pliant domestic (yet invariably foreign-owned) media haplessly buying into the hysteria.

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Answering right-wing dogmas against increasing the minimum wage

By   /  November 10, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Bosses and their paid servants in the so-called economics “profession” are already screaming about the proposed minimum wage hike in New Zealand to $20 an hour by April 2021. Most of their objections amount to the repetition of dogma which they want us to believe is some sort of science. Usually, very few facts are ever advanced to support their views.

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Happy Birthday, Stupid Drug Laws! Protest 90 Years of Cannabis Prohibition, Sat 11 November

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Happy birthday, stupid drug laws! Demonstrate your support for cannabis law reform, on the ninetieth anniversary of cannabis prohibition, at our protests in Auckland and Wellington. Saturday 11th November 2017 marks ninety years of cannabis Prohibition in New Zealand, with the passage of the Dangerous Drugs Act on that day in 1927. That law was […]

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Settling The Stardust: The Grim Logic Behind National’s Opposition Tactics

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  43 Comments

WHAT WAS HE THINKING? When Simon Bridges pulled his little parliamentary stunt and extracted his procedural pound of flesh – what was he thinking? Was it no more than a spur-of-the-moment bluff? Did Labour’s Chris Hipkins give in too readily? What would have happened if the Government had been prepared to call his bluff? We’ll never know. We never do.

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Jacinda says ISDS is a dog. So let’s put it down

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

There is no doubt the new government has been working hard to achieve some protection for NZ from ISDS in the TPPA. But is asking the other parties for side-letters, similar to the one signed by Australia and NZ, saying they won’t let their investors use the TPPA’s investor-enforcement mechanism against us a solution?

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