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EXCLUSIVE: It doesn’t stack up: Economics of TPP-11

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

According to the government’s National Interest Analysis released yesterday, there would be a very small economic benefit from TPP-11. The costs and risks are far higher, including the real constraints on democratic decision-making and regulation of our economy to meet the challenges ahead. The TPP-11 is not in the interests of the New Zealand people. It should not be signed.

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Too Little, Too Late: The Opportunity To Stop the CPTPP Has Passed

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

“TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.” That’s what I would say to David Parker on the day he released the text of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). With the signing ceremony due to take place in the Chilean capital, Santiago, on 8 March – a mere fortnight from the document’s release – the time available for thorough public scrutiny and debate is simply too short.

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CPAG welcomes new and improved Tomorrow’s Schools

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A new Education Work Programme that focuses on inclusive education, reducing barriers to participation and improving children’s outcomes is welcomed by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The past nine years of education in Aotearoa-New Zealand have been characterised by outcomes-focused schooling that has shown little sign of improving the quality and enjoyment of children’s learning. […]

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

NZs greatest actor terrified by what he’s reading in Fire & Fury. Sam Neil is also not impressed.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 22nd February 2018

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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It is not good enough when Mark Mitchell refuses to answer if he killed anyone

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

This man is now running for the leadership of the largest political party in NZ, not answering about his time as a mercenary in a war zone where mercenaries were ruthlessly murderous just isn’t an option!  

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Final push for February TDB contribution drive

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

We’ve managed to stay on line over our quiet months of Summer and we have a huge announcement for a new media project we are launching next month, but we are still short of what we need for February.

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Fairfax threatened NZ they would gut journalism if we didn’t give them their monopoly and they’ve lived up to that threat

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Relying on corporate media to be our fourth estate was always going to be problematic when their focus is on profit over democratic obligation, it’s time for the new Government to seek a new public broadcasting relationship if we are to have watch dogs rather than corporate lap dogs. 

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The continued attempt to crucify Kim Dotcom

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, the Public ‘Service’ is this Government’s real enemy and the Left need to get their heads around that rather than suck up to the PSA.

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Justice for Chinese Students- Auckland protest this Friday

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Meeting at UNITE Union headquarters 7:00pm this Thursday and protest 2:00pm Friday at 280 Queen St called by the Migrant Workers Association.

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The beauty of the National Party Leadership race

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

We have a situation where 2 out of the 5 current candidates have the ability to be dictators. National should be concerned, NZ should be alarmed. 

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Are we honestly considering a blood drenched mercenary to lead the largest political party in NZ? Really?

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

In my opinion, Mark Mitchell was a mercenary in a brutal occupation of Iraq based on the lie of weapons of mass destruction. This is ethically questionable and morally repugnant because Bush passed Order 17 in Iraq which allowed private military contractors to be legally exempt from Iraqi law.

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So why won’t Kiwis talk about Chinese influence over NZ?

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  42 Comments

Another damning and damaging denouncement of Chinese influence in NZ has been penned by Professor Anne-Marie Brady who recently revealed that she had been threatened and her home broken into (something that Jacinda bewilderingly only learnt about through the media and not our own security agencies) and it once again begs the question, why the fuck are the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind not up in arms about all of this? 

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Malcolm Evans – Steven Joyce

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  No Comments

Malcolm Evans – Steven Joyce

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TPPA-11 Don’t Do It! Petition

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Despite the government saying that they would refuse to support ratification of the TPPA and demanding independent economic and health analyses, and promising a new inclusive approach to trade and investment agreements, the new ‘progressive’ TPPA-11 is the same as before, with a small number of provisions suspended for now.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Unhinged

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The past week has shown just how unhinged Donald Trump is.  Twittering away in the recesses of the night, from his little shack in Florida, this powerless man set out to speak truth to power about the Russian affair.  Except… isn’t he the power now? So, then, who is he speaking to and who for?

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