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The broad definition of GCSB security

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.

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Make Trade Fair in the Pacific

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

We gain privileged access to Pacific markets, but they gain no new access to our markets. There are no obligations on Australia to stop their protectionist policies towards Pacific kava exports and other fruit and vegetables that are produced in Australia. New Zealand exporters will gain $20 million in reduced tariffs, but this is lost revenue for Pacific governments that are already struggling to provide basic health care and education to their people.

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Are Todd Barclay And National High-Ups Guilty Of Witness Tampering?

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

There’s just something about living in a small, insular ‘everybody-knows-everybody’ kinda place that makes attempts at pulling off a genuine “cover-up” something of a fool’s errand.

Todd Barclay, apparently, is that fool.

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A Point To Consider On s59 ‘Anti-Smacking’ Debate

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

There’s a point to be made on this whole ‘Anti-Smacking’/s59 debate which New Zealand First has brought back to the limelight, that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else making.

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Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Dear Waikato DHB Board members – attached is a link to an article published today by Stuff in which the Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr John Crawshaw, made the following points in respect of smoking by inpatients at DHBs’ mental health units:

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Christchurch council helps National’s social vandalism

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It is deeply disappointing to see the Christchurch City Council lining up to help the government sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch.

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Dave Macpherson – Mental Health failures: the Government’s ‘gift’ that just keeps giving

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I know I’ve said it before, but the issue of our failed mental health system IS very definitely becoming an election issue, despite the best intentions of Health Minister Coleman who, in an attempt to prove he’s pulled his head out of the sand or wherever else it was stuck, has put out more media releases announcing minor dollops of dough to mental health in the last 4 months than I’ve had hot breakfasts.

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Foot in Mouth Award – Nicky Wagner, because disabilities issues are such a drag on a nice day

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Yes, indeed, Ms Wagner, we’re sure you’d rather be out on the harbour rather than having to mess around with boring disability issues. After all, it’s not your responsibility if some people ‘choose’ to stay indoors rather than go sailing because they happen to have a disability.

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Grenfell Tower – an Epitaph to Epic Failure

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Only when inequality, deregulation, austerity and privatisation are reversed, will justice be done for the Grenfell dead.

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Danger! The economic bubble is bursting

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Statistics NZ figures released this week have confirmed that New Zealand is in recession on a per capita basis as the economy has declined for two-quarters when measured on this basis.

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Trumpwatch – How Elon Musk can overcome Trump’s climate-change obstinacy

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Ironically, big corporations have parted company with Trump and the American Right, siding instead with the science community;

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The Scalise Shooting: this solves nothing!

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

. . A few days ago; Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in critical condition on Wednesday night after he and three others were shot as they practiced for a charity baseball game. […] Also wounded were a congressional aide and one former aide who now works […]

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Aftermath of Israel’s 1967 war

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

On 8 June 2017, Amnesty International launched an urgent appeal to the international community to support BDS and fully boycott Israel. Amnesty’s Secretary-General, Salil Shetty, commented: “States that continue to help [illegal Israeli] settlements flourish economically are blatantly undermining their international obligations and the very policies they have pledged to uphold.” Failure to uphold the […]

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Only Thing “Rancid” About Butter Chicken Comment Is Shane Jones

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There are a few things to be said in response to Shane Jones’ recent declaration that New Zealand’s immigration policy is as “rancid” as “butter chicken”. The first of these, is that this is rather rich criticism coming from Mr Jones. The last time he was in Parliament, he was part of a party that […]

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NZ’s cowardly apology to Israel over settlements

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

When challenged directly on Morning Report, Brownlee wouldn’t criticise Israel’s settlement building policy, saying it was a matter for the parties concerned. Why bother to have a foreign policy if everything is just a matter for the parties concerned – despite, in this case, one having all the power over the other. The theft of Palestinian land is backed by Israel’s huge military machine.

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5 lessons we learnt from the British election result

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Tony Blair`s dismissal of Labour`s election chances was entirely misplaced. Jeremy Corbyn increased Labour`s vote share by more than any leader since 1945. Labour received more votes in England than in Tony Blair`s landslide win of 1997. The success of Labour`s campaign slogan `For the many not the few` retrospectively exposed the vacuity of Tony Blair`s `third way` ideology.

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