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What to look for in todays Mt Albert by election

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

We will be covering the results live on TDB from 7pm and do a snap analysis of who the winners and losers are and what it might mean for the 2017 General Election in September.

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Trumpwatch: “… then they came for the LGBT”

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

In revoking Obama’s order to “allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity”, Trump has made life more difficult for transgendered young people. His decision to allow Jeff Sessions to impose his moralistic agenda to deny transgendered students to be in a safe environment to use bathroom facilities, puts extra stresses on people who are already facing a difficult time in their lives.

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Incitement and provocation

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

While issuing statements affirming the unacceptability of Israeli settlement expansion, it has become fashionable for governments and UN institutions to also condemn what they describe as Palestinian ‘incitement’.

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Last day of Mt Albert by-election – WHAT PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT STAND FOR:

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Joe Carolan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

What people before profit stands for…

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New sanctions for migrant exploitation useful but much more needed

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The new sanctions involving banning employers temporarily from sponsoring visas to import labour to New Zealand is a useful, but very small step, given the scale of the migrant labour exploitation that exists in New Zealand

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Labour’s Not Burning Crosses – It’s Gathering Votes

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

If Jackson’s recruitment encourages other Maori to speak out in similarly blunt terms about the true agenda of the Maori Party and the Iwi Leadership Group, then the electoral dividend for Labour will be substantial.

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Corporate Welfare – Whose rules rule?

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The new data on inequality from Oxfam shows an even more obscene disparity than previous reports – 8 billionaires owning more than half the world’s population and two billionaires in New Zealand owning more than the poorest 30% of New Zealanders. This is not inevitable. It results from rules that favour the rich and penalise the poor.

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David Macpherson – Nicky Stevens’ care was of a “good standard” – Yeah, Right.

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

For this Blog, I am writing primarily about how the Waikato DHB has handled the death of my son, Nicky Stevens, while a patient under compulsory care in their mental health unit, some 2 years ago.

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Tax cuts in store but what is Joyce thinking?

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  9 Comments

We are beginning to see the colour of Steven Joyce’s eyes. Some insights into his views about who deserves tax cuts can be gleaned from this Herald piece: Economy Hub: About those tax cuts… Steven Joyce, the big interview

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Little’s “Broad Church” Widens Labour’s Appeal

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

The question that cannot be avoided, however, is as straightforward as it is disconcerting: How many more percentage points might Labour have advanced in the Colmar Brunton poll had “discontented party activists” not spent the week prior to its execution demonstrating rank disunity and ideological extremism?

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Election ’17 Countdown: Joyce – let the lolly scramble begin!

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

You can tell it’s election year; the lolly-scramble (aka, hint of tax cuts) has begun;

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Why I’d Be Voting For Joe Carolan In The Mt Albert By-Election

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I want Labour to run ‘to the left’ of where they were in 2014 – both because I’m sick of quasi-center-right warmed-over neoliberalism masquerading as progressive economic policy … but also because I genuinely believe that moving to the left will help Labour’s prospects later this year in September.

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The Wrong Sisterhood: Forgotten Lessons of the 1984 Women’s Forums

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Sisterhood is, indeed, powerful – but only when your sisters can be relied upon to vote the right way.

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Labour’s law and order stance bad for the Left

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Failure to properly address the roots of most offending, especially poverty, condemns us to a higher crime rate than we need to have, and poor communities to an alarming rate of incarceration. Tough policies, imprisoning more of the poor, is not the answer.

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MUST READ: A culture of denial at WINZ is what has put staff at risk

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

A culture of denying people their rights has infected management layers at WINZ. Targets have been imposed on management for benefit denial and prosecuting those who have allegedly been overpaid for some reason.

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The whole world is burning

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

‘On the last day of the world / I would want to plant a tree’ wrote US Poet Laureate WS Merwin. Indeed, sometimes it feels like the whole world is burning, and to act in the spirit of hope is to plant a whole forest.

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