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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz: Regulating or Liberating Cannabis?

By   /  December 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Media Watch  /  No Comments

The NZ Drug Foundation has published its Briefing Document on Drug reform for the incoming Parliament. The indications are that its approach is one that the Government might favour because while it argues for decriminalisation to remove the worst aspects of our demonic cannabis laws, it also recommends heavy regulation of “production, consumption and sale”. 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson: Focus on real jobs with security, forget ‘bludgers’ rhetoric

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The Jonesy is a passionate bloke and mate of mine who wants to do what is right by our people who have been forgotten in the regions when it comes to jobs. He fired up last week and went on TV wanting to force beneficiaries into work with plenty of sticks to prod and push them into jobs.

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GUEST BLOG: Lachlan Forsyth – Why The Syrian Conflict Is Ours To Care About

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

How to comprehend the brutal conflict that has enveloped Syria for almost seven years?

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Neoliberalism is naked capitalism on its death bed

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Marxist economist Michael Roberts takes on Noah Smith’s claims that neo-liberalism is making a comeback and is actually increasing GDPs and reducing inequality. But to make that claim Smith has to use China and India as examples of successful neo-liberal economies. Roberts says that growth in these two countries comes not from market reforms but from heavy state intervention.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – Have we forgotten about the working poor?

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

When we discuss poverty, the two extremes seem to fall in two categories: beneficiaries and the uber rich. The “middle class” seems to be an amorphous blob which fills the gap between the two, and (according to the law of post-90s politics) is the demographic which politicians have to appeal for votes.

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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – ‘Fear and Loathing’ – Auckland Transport and the Super City

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Recent disclosures about an unbudgeted blowout on staff salaries amounting to $42m, ‘communications’ costing $45.6m per year, and $1.3m spent on business class travel and luxury hotels, unhappily have coincided with widespread public complaints about the council’s failure to manage even basic services such as mowing the grass in local parks.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson: We have an employment crisis that needs serious resourcing

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

This matters because work without dignity is merely wage slavery with no quality of life and in a country with the type of leadership we have historically shown on so many progressive issues, it is unacceptable to me to see us go backwards on something as vital as quality employment.

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GUEST BLOG: David Tank – Let’s Make A Deal Australia

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Taking 150 folk from Manus helps a few but solves nothing. We can do better. Let’s take the lot…the four hundred odd left over blokes and the 1200 odd others left to wait on the pleasure of a Trump led America.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Bringing dignified work back for our people

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

New Zealand has an employment crisis that the last National Government has refused to engage with and this denial has left tens of thousands of Kiwi workers without the wages, job security and dignity that employment can give them.

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GUEST BLOG: Deirdre Sims – Mainland Poultry expose

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Mainland want to build their mega factory farm in a small Waikato valley called Orini and many of the neighbours are already mobilising to stop them. The locals are worried about stinky odour from the farm, increased heavy traffic, potential pollution of their local river and many simply just don’t want a ginormous animal prison in their back yard.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – The kinda-new TPPA: We should have cautious optimism

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

If New Zealand is going to actively push this, then let’s hope the zombified agreement is one that benefits New Zealand and the people of the countries involved, and is not a Frankenstein-monster Labour regrets. I have hope that it will be, but the devil is in the detail.”

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GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – No New Mines on Conservation Land – says New Government

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

After nearly 40 years of protesting, lobbying, direct action, media, and general political and social pressure the new government has announced that there will be no new mines on conservation land throughout New Zealand!  Yeah !

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – An Israeli Interpretation of the Battle of Beersheva

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

How dramatic, how exciting! A carefully researched , authentic re-enactment by the Australian and New Zealand descendents of the Light Horse Brigade whose brave cavalry charge lead to the defeat of the Ottomans at the Battle of Beersheva fought on 31 October 1917. Note the horses, the uniforms, the flags!

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – The politics of principle

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, there is often a fine line between pragmatism and idealism. The art of welding the two together is what makes for great public presentation – and that can often lead to a better outcome for everyone involved.

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GUEST BLOG: Mark Fredericks – Rugby, Racism and the Springboks

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Mark Fredericks – Rugby, Racism and the Springboks

This article was written by South African sports activist Mark Fredericks and gives an interesting insight into South African rugby which continues in 2017 to be riddled with racism and hypocrisy.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Capitalism: symptom or disease?

By   /  November 5, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

A Labour led Coalition with the Greens and NZF is a better option to yet another NACT regime, but only because it has promised to roll back marginally some of NACTs reactionary policies. If it succeeds in forming a stable government and delivering on some of these promises, this will generate even more hysteria on the right.

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