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Health and Safety in New Zealand – a snapshot

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Nobody goes to work expecting to get hurt, sick, or killed. But in New Zealand, far too many people do. Every year 50-60 people are killed in a work incident and 600-900 more die early deaths as a result of work-related ill-health.

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Anzac Day: Remembering the futility of wars for empire!

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Anzac Day is important to remember because of the utter futility of being part of an imperialist military alliance. New Zealand casualties in that war, killed or wounded, were 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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Activists, media freedom advocates plan ‘global action’ for West Papua

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Freedom advocates and human rights activists will next week focus global attention on the “media blackout” long imposed by Indonesian authorities on West Papua, in spite of promises to open up access to the two adjoining independent Papua New Guinea.

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Afghanistan, Russia, and US hypocrisy on a breath-taking, cosmic-scale

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

When did the US worry about violating international law when it supplied $3 billion worth of weapons and other support for Afghan rebels to over-throw the Soviet-aligned government in Kabul?

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Why I won’t be congratulating Nikki Kaye

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

On 15 March this year when then-Youth Minister, Nikki Kaye, launched into an ad hominem diatribe against Jacinda Ardern during a debate in Parliament. It was an orchestrated, pre-planned, personalised attack;

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“I do not care for the word ‘peacekeeper'” – Head of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Tim Keating

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

ANZAC Day should be a time when we pledge to use every means possible to avoid war. It should be a time when we assert an independent foreign policy with New Zealand’s foremost role as peacemakers and peacekeepers.

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Moving Beyond Good and Evil: Can Gerry Brownlee Get Past America’s Moral Absolutes?

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

Notorious among journalists for his tendency towards tetchiness, the words “Gerry Brownlee” and “diplomat” seem particularly ill-matched. The truly great foreign ministers of our history have all been thoughtful, measured and principled individuals.

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Trade liberalisation for the Pacific

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

In the wake of the collapsed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the New Zealand government has desperately chased new trade liberalisation deals, despite calls for a re-think of trade policy and the development of fair and sustainable agreements.

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Health care workers pay increase – fair-pay or fish-hooks?

By   /  April 23, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

When it comes to fish-hooks, National has prior ‘form’. Even when National announces an ‘increase’ in social spending, it often takes that funding from other areas. Even special-needs children are not exempt from National’s shell-scam, as reported in The Daily Blog in August last year;

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Right to Resist

By   /  April 23, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Israel contrives apparent justification of its persecution of Palestinian children by ensuring near-100% guilty verdicts. A non-governmental organisation, Military Court Watch, monitored the treatment of more than 450 Palestinian minors held captive by the Israeli military between 2013 and 2016. The data collected revealed that 94% of those taken prisoner in 2013 and 2016 reported being painfully handcuffed. In an even more needless and terrorising abuse, 82% were blindfolded. Verbal violence was experienced by 46%.

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“Better late than never, Jim!” – Bolger on the State of the Unions

By   /  April 22, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  49 Comments

JIM BOLGER’S IMPLIED CRITICISM of his own government’s assault on organised labour is astonishing. The Employment Contracts Act 1991 ranks as one of the most extreme examples of anti-union legislation in post-war history. Certainly, the equivalent statutes enacted in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia pale in comparison. From the legislation introduced by Jim Bolger’s close friend and ally, Bill Birch, even the word “union” was excluded.

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Anti-immigration rhetoric blames the victim not the system

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Instead of standing of the side of the cultural and capitalist oppressor and adopting its discourse of exclusion and the antagonism of difference, thinking workers of New Zealand, and elsewhere, should show solidarity with other workers and stand for better standards of living and workplace rights. Don’t blame the victim when the system itself is the problem.

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MUST READ: Migrant labour sytem is broken and needs radical change not tinkering

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The recent government changes to how approvals are managed for permanent residents will do nothing to alter the system of exploitation of tens of thousands of workers here on temporary work visas.

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The ugly side of win-at-all-costs sport

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The Warriors rugby league club is to be commended for helping one of its star players, Kieran Foran, through his mental health problems. Foran has been frank about his gambling addiction and his suicidal feelings.

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How to sabotage bad politicking

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Appealing to the voters’ emotions, rather than their heads, is exactly what is wrong with politics today. Just think John Key, Brexit and Trump!

Good politicking is about demonstrating, clearly, how policies are actually going to make meaningful differences to the citizens’ wellbeing.

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Jeremy Corbyn and the Magic That Failed

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

POOR OLD JEREMY CORBYN. He must know that the worse he does on 8 June the better most Labour MPs will like it. Indeed, an absolutely disastrous performance by Labour in the forthcoming UK general election is about the only outcome likely to convince the rank-and-file “Corbynistas” that their brave experiment has to end. They tried, and then tried again, to impose a left-wing leader on a right-wing caucus. Couldn’t be done.

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