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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – “hidden borrowing”?!

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

National is at it again;  indulging in rank hypocrisy by criticising the Labour-NZ First- Green Coalition Government of policies that they themselves carried out.

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Dr Liz Gordon – A just nation?

By   /  May 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

It has been a very long time since a New Zealand government has had an agenda of justice sector reform.  In truth, justice has been run on the fuel of the agony of the victims of crime. It has been stoked by rage and fear.  There has been little that is dispassionate or even that over-used phrase, evidence-based, about justice policy. To be honest, justice policy since about 1990 has been stark raving bonkers.

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Budget 2018 – Fiscal restraint and state housing – ideological craziness exposed

By   /  May 19, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

The government has decided to increase the building of state housing from their extremely modest target of 1000 a year to the still very modest target of 1600 a year over the next four years.

Housing NZ is not being given any extra money to do this.

They will have to borrow on private financial markets at higher rates than the government can borrow money for.

The cost to the government will be more as a result.

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Zionist lies and preparation for nuclear war

By   /  May 19, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

If we cannot bring Israel to respect the most fundamental provisions of international law, then we must part company with our ‘traditional allies’ as they seek to cover for Israel’s lawlessness and inhumanity. New Zealand should reappraise its foreign policy and align itself with humanity rather than unashamed power. Solidarity with BDS would be a shining beacon for united action by all who yearn for a return to sanity, justice and respect for the whole of humanity.

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Budget 2018: Tinkering with neo-liberalism

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

“Transformation” is a politically expedient and specifically misleading term. Labour knows the expectations are high and by describing it as the first of three budgets which will “transform” New Zealand, Labour is offering future hope from a government which has no intention of any transformation outside the rigid confines of neo-liberalism.

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Wage and time theft endemic – and could get worse

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Workers have been cheated for 15 years. But it seems that companies are only being required to go back six years to calculate repayments. Why? 

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Simon burns his Teal Coalition Bridges

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

So with National’s antipathy to taking the crucial, hard steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, what was National’s reasoning to entice the Green Party into a coalition deal (or at least a confidence and supply arrangement)? The answer came from Bluegreens co-chairman, Geoff Thompson. Thompson was unequivocally clear in his stated intention to using his front-organisation as a way for National to return to power;

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How Should One Deal With A Psychopathic State?

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING in Gaza poses the question: How should one deal with a psychopathic state?

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The massacre of protesters in Gaza

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Remember us, we are not statistics, we are people – members of families who have been sacrificed to Zionist ambition for daring to protest. Here are our names:

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Israel Institute repeats falsehoods on Iran

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

In a Press Release dated 12 May 2018, the Israel Institute’s director, Dr David Cumin, welcomed US President Trump’s reckless and destabilising decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of world powers. The Institute’s Press Release went so far as to claim, without a shred of proof, that “Recent Israeli intelligence shows that Iran is actively working to secure a nuclear warhead”.

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As US Jerusalem Embassy Opens: Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured By Israeli Fire In Gaza

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Early medical reports from Gaza today indicate that dozens of people have been shot in the head or chest. Amnesty International last month documented research from the Gaza Strip that showed the Israeli military were killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them.

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The Boy On The Tram

By   /  May 15, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

When the state-owned railways Prebble had pledged to save were being “corporatized” (i.e. readied for sale to private buyers) a story began doing the rounds which Labour insiders always insisted came from Prebble’s Office. It was “The Story of the Disappearing Bulldozer”.

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Pampered landlords – our biggest beneficiaries

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Pampering landlords has been a consistent feature of New Zealand economic policy by successive governments. Leaving housing to the market has meant plenty of quality homes and good choices for higher-income tenants and families but the reverse for everyone on modest and low incomes. Today’s housing crisis means impossibly high rents and steadily reducing quality for private-sector tenants.

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The case against light rail

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The Government’s announcements that they are to accelerate the procurement process for light rail to the airport and to the NorthWest including Kumeu, had some pundits and young transport enthusiasts breathless with excitement.

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“If This Is Marxism Then I Am Not A Marxist” – What Would Karl Think Of The PRC Claiming His 200th Birthday?

By   /  May 13, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It kinda amuses me, kinda infuriates me how much of a big deal the People’s Republic of China’s been making in relation to Marx’s birthday over the weekend.

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America’s Bitter Legacy In The Middle East

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

THE QUESTION CONFRONTING the Democratic Party when it next takes control of the White House will, simply, be: “What now?” The next Democratic President will likely enter office with the two most powerful Islamic nations in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, locked in a nuclear arms race. Faced with the prospect of two bitter foes acquiring the means to wipe it off the face of the earth, Israel (which already possesses its own nuclear arsenal) will be screaming at the new Democratic administration to: “Do something – or we will!” Doing something will be unavoidable – but what is it that the United States should do?

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