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When it comes to legalising medicinal cannabis, what would Helen Kelly do?

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The Labour Government says it will introduce legislation within 100 days to legalise medicinal cannabis, but what does that actually mean, and would Helen Kelly approve?
The test of any proposed new law should be, “What would Helen Kelly want?”
Hint: it’s not expensive pharmaceutical derivatives.

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Warning Signs: The Briefings To Incoming Ministers Reveal A Country Gripped By Multiple Crises

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The grim picture painted in the BIMs is the consequence of National’s class-driven programme of austerity. Labour’s seeming helplessness in the face of the multiple crises they reveal, is the direct consequence of its refusal to accept that the wounds of austerity can only be healed by applying the sovereign remedy of substantial increases in state spending – facilitated by a radical expansion of the tax base.

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

New National Party Housing Policy criticised as ‘lacking vision’

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 9th December 2017

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

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

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Malcolm Evans – Trump’s Israel deal

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Malcolm Evans – Trump’s Israel deal

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What the censored GCSB report said and why they tried to hide it

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

The new Government and our Intelligence Agencies are painfully aware of what National’s ‘put all our cows in one Beijing paddock’ has done to us and will go to great lengths in not antagonising China publicly while frantically working behind the scenes to minimise the threat China poses to our economy.

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The myth that National are better managers of the economy has been laid bare as a sick joke

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

The obviousness of this hollowing out of public services and the social damage their property speculation, draconian welfare reforms and mass migration has created are no longer hidden but the contemptuous denial by 44% of the voting electorate means none of this will be acknowledged. 

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The self-fulfilling evangelical death cult prophesy that pushed Trump into declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

For this voting block, the Bible is a literal version of events, not a metaphorical one. They believe the Earth is less than 10 000 years old, they believe climate change won’t flood the planet because God showed Noah a rainbow and they believe that the end of times and Armageddon could be upon us and they will all be raptured away to heaven.

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If having 290 000 kids in poverty is a ‘success’ I’d hate to see failure in NZ

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

We need to reject this attempt to differentiate the poor from the utterly destitute because it’s a mere political illusion that pretends to be doing something when in reality it is only allowing the problem to get more damaged.

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A socially caring economic model to follow – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that successful ethical lending schemes such as Nga Tangata Microfinance (NTM) that are designed to empower families in hardship and reduce the effect of debt, should be a model for adoption nationwide. A new report by NTM shows the not-for-profit organisation’s success in helping hundreds of financially vulnerable people […]

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New Zealand Can And Must Do More for Refugees – Changemakers Refugee Forum

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is proud of New Zealand’s commitment to assist the UNHCR to build a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless people in New Zealand. However, as a country, they believe we can and must do more. “It’s time for change and […]

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EDS calls for an independent inquiry into fisheries

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In response to the release of the Future Catch report by the New Zealand Initiative earlier this week, EDS has called for a wide-ranging public inquiry into New Zealand’s fisheries management system. “There are many worrying problems with the current fisheries management regime, and these are far broader than recreational fishing,” said EDS Policy Director […]

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Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group Responds to Report – Environment Canterbury

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group welcomes the Government Inquiry’s Report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry: Stage 2 and will examine the findings carefully to fully understand the outcomes and recommendations. The Canterbury Drinking Water Reference Group was proactively formed after the Havelock North water contamination outbreak and is made up of representatives […]

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Child Poverty Monitor 2017: Sustainable Improvements Needed – Office of the Children’s Commissioner

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The growth in child poverty has been halted and relevant indicators are dropping, says the Children’s Commissioner on release of the latest Child Poverty Monitor data. However, sustained progress is needed so that all children have the same opportunities to flourish and thrive “Following an increase in benefit levels in 2015 and other adjustments by […]

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Risk to public drinking water result of ‘quick buck’ policies – Choose Clean Water

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In the wake of the latest report on the state of New Zealand’s drinking water, Labour, NZ First and the Greens have the opportunity to do what National never did; look after our people, say freshwater campaigners. “The willingness of the previous Government to risk public health for a quick buck was clear for a […]

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New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the new Child Poverty Monitor 2017 report shows some improvements in rates and number of children in material hardship, but the figures should be viewed with a degree of caution. The new report, derived from data collected mid-2016 from income over the previous 12 months, shows that the numbers […]

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