Why Mark Mitchell’s run at leadership is a scam & is this Tracy Watkin’s worst political column of all time?

…so a radical right wing mercenary with deep links to Judith Collin’s favourite attack dogs Slater & Lusk (who helped him win the Rodney candidacy) and who have a long term plan to use him to implement a radical right wing agenda has thrown his hat in the ring.

Why?

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MUST READ: “This is a state of emergency” – New Zealand at the Turning Point

By Dr Wayne Hope

This is a state of emergency. If only piecemeal measures are contemplated and if the structural underpinnings of wealth polarisation are not recognised, our county`s future is bleak . Slums on the edges of our major cities, prison riots, civil unrest and a secluded one per cent contributing to charities but secretly blaming the poor for their plight.

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National’s Moderates May Win This Leadership Battle – But Can They Win The War?

By Chris Trotter

With the serried ranks of the now largely unified National Caucus arrayed against her, Collins could elect to either fight it out to the bitter end, or, to lower her banners and join in Adams’ victory feast.

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DEFENCE FORCE HAD REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AFTER SAS RAID BUT DID NOTHING

By Nicky Hager

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new Official Information Act documents reveal. This is what was written in the book Hit and Run but the NZDF had denied the whole book.

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Overseas banking villains suck New Zealanders’ wealth offshore

By Christine Rose

The ANZ is our biggest bank, with around one million Kiwi customers and 31.3% of the market. The ANZ lending business is worth about $72.35 billion, with net loans worth $117.24 billion. That reflects staggering wealth to have in the hands and at the mercy of overseas banks.

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EXCLUSIVE: The housing crisis narrative suits the Government’s agenda for now

By Alan Johnson

As the Finance Minister considers how he might build 2000 state houses per year no doubt the true impact of the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules will become apparent.  These rules include bringing core Crown debt down to 20% of GDP and maintaining recent historic ratios of Government expenditure to GDP.  Both great neo-liberal ideas.

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The greatest enemy of the new Government isn’t the National Party, it’s the Public ‘Service’

I’ve heard from numerous sources within the new Government over concerns that Ministers have been swamped by their Ministry’s and the vested interests of the Ministry Officials are what are being promoted and real change stymied everywhere.

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Who Speaks for the Families and Whanau?

By Dave Macpherson

It’s coming up to three years since my son Nicky was a suicide victim while in the (compulsory) ‘care’ of the Waikato DHB, and I frequently reflect on the lack of voice families and whanau of mental health patients and suicide victims have.

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UPDATE: Our watchdogs are so underfunded they can’t afford teeth

…the Human Rights Review Tribunal is the only mechanism open to citizens of NZ to hold the Police (and the State) to account for their abuses of power. The Independent Police Conduct Authority only has the power to recommend or suggest resolutions, the HRRT can force the Police to comply.

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National’s Moderates May Win This Leadership Battle – But Can They Win The War?

By   3 hours ago

With the serried ranks of the now largely unified National Caucus arrayed against her, Collins could elect to either fight it out to the bitter end, or, to lower her banners and join in Adams’ victory feast.

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MUST READ: “This is a state of emergency” – New Zealand at the Turning Point

By   1 day ago

This is a state of emergency. If only piecemeal measures are contemplated and if the structural underpinnings of wealth polarisation are not recognised, our county`s future is bleak . Slums on the edges of our major cities, prison riots, civil unrest and a secluded one per cent contributing to charities but secretly blaming the poor for their plight.

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David Macpherson – Who Speaks for the Families and Whanau?

By   1 day ago

It’s coming up to three years since my son Nicky was a suicide victim while in the (compulsory) ‘care’ of the Waikato DHB, and I frequently reflect on the lack of voice families and whanau of mental health patients and suicide victims have.

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Overseas banking villains suck New Zealanders’ wealth offshore

By   1 day ago

The ANZ is our biggest bank, with around one million Kiwi customers and 31.3% of the market. The ANZ lending business is worth about $72.35 billion, with net loans worth $117.24 billion. That reflects staggering wealth to have in the hands and at the mercy of overseas banks.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Free to choose? Not even close!

By   3 days ago

Well the big announcement has been made and charter schools are to close (sort of).  The latest of National’s ideological experiments is to be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.  In a previous blog I went through the performance shortcomings of the New Zealand experiment.  For some, though, the performance issues do not matter.  It is the ‘freedom to choose’ that is important.

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EXCLUSIVE: The housing crisis narrative suits the Government’s agenda for now

By   3 days ago

As the Finance Minister considers how he might build 2000 state houses per year no doubt the true impact of the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules will become apparent.  These rules include bringing core Crown debt down to 20% of GDP and maintaining recent historic ratios of Government expenditure to GDP.  Both great neo-liberal ideas.

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EXCLUSIVE: “The data is simply not available, Minister.”

By   4 days ago

IS LABOUR getting Sir-Humphreyfied on housing?

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Why Israel is an apartheid state”

By   4 days ago

I wanted to address an issue that I think is important in terms of the ongoing campaign around human rights for the people of Palestine, justice for the people of Palestine, and that is what is our attitude to the Jewish people in that state of Israel.

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The man who lied about an $11.7b hole (while creating a $20b hole) wants to lead the National Party

By   2 hours ago

Joyce joining the race after Mark Mitchell is a further sign of the factions scrambling to enable/stop Collins from becoming Leader. The problem is that Joyce is universally despised by Caucus so it may come down to who National MPs hate less

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NZ corporate giants start wobbling – too big to fail?

By   2 hours ago

…at some point the new Government are going to have to review their whole commitment to appeasing our corporate overlords with the Budget Responsibility Rules and start looking after the people when the shit hits the fan.

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Ummmm, that’s great Jacinda – buuuuuuuut…..

By   3 hours ago

Shouldn’t an academic who points out that National are no more than a front for Chinese business interests who gets threatened and broken into be something you are actually aware of rather than waiting for it to appear in the media?

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Why proposed synthetic cannabis law change, meth tests & roadside drug tests highlight how juvenile NZ political culture really is

By   3 hours ago

Time and time and time again we over react with panic, fear and anger at drug use rather than attempt reasonable adult debate and the irony is we do all this with a straight face as the country drowns in booze – a drug far, far, far more lethal than meth, cannabis and synthetics combined.

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EXCLUSIVE: National Party MPs spooked by Judith’s rise

By   2 days ago

TDB has leant that a National candidate is pressuring the hierarchy  for the National Party vote for Leader to occur as early as Tuesday this week instead of the set period of time as Judith Collins speaks over the Caucus directly to members.

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The Professor who highlighted National are merely a front for Chinese business interests receives threats and has her home broken into

By   4 days ago

If we had a functioning news service staffed with people who understood the basic power dynamics of NZ and had a tiny amount of intellectual curiosity, this would lead the 6pm News bulletins tonight…

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The greatest enemy of the new Government isn’t the National Party, it’s the Public ‘Service’

By   4 days ago

I’ve heard from numerous sources within the new Government over concerns that Ministers have been swamped by their Ministry’s and the vested interests of the Ministry Officials are what are being promoted and real change stymied everywhere.

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The dirty politics campaign to destabilise Bill English

By   6 days ago

The Right are rising within National and expect them to usher in a level of dirty politics never seen before. They will ignite white rage and fan it with Chinese business money. 

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Media Watch View All →

Why Mark Mitchell’s run at leadership is a scam & is this Tracy Watkin’s worst political column of all time?

By   16 hours ago

…so a radical right wing mercenary with deep links to Judith Collin’s favourite attack dogs Slater & Lusk (who helped him win the Rodney candidacy) and who have a long term plan to use him to implement a radical right wing agenda has thrown his hat in the ring.

Why?

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5 reasons why stripping Bob Jones of his knighthood is totally misplaced social media rage

By   1 week ago

How the NBR have managed to escape the social media rage directed at Jones is the real question and by focusing on this attempt to strip Jones of his Knighthood, we are actually letting NBR off the hook.  

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I despise Chris Bishop – but this snapchat allegation isn’t fair

By   1 week ago

If this is simply a case of him choosing to be on a social media platform and then getting contacted on that platform by teenagers, then the attempts to smear him as some type of sleaze or predator are outrageous and defamatory.

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Twitter Watch: A smarmy former tobacco lobbyist and current National MP responds

By   2 weeks ago

Gutless maggot and former tobacco lobbyist, Christopher Bishop, has responded on twitter to criticism of his cowardly u-turn on medical cannabis….

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(UPDATE) Bob Jones quits NBR after obscenely racist column

By   2 weeks ago

(TRIGGER WARNING – R18 CONTENT- USE OF THE C WORD)

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Dear Israel – you are suing the wrong people!

By   3 weeks ago

You should be suing us instead! It’s unfair to give The Spinoff the privilege of being singled out when we despise what you do to the Palestinian people so much more than they do.

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Has anyone worked out what the hell Meghan Markle ever did to Kate Hawkesby yet? WTF was that weird column about?

By   3 weeks ago

I know Kate Hawkesby as well as I know Meghan Markle so I don’t want to attribute bigotry unjustly but this is ugly at best and purposely cruel at worst.

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Jeremy Wells to join Seven Sharp – finally a reason to watch Seven Sharp

By   3 weeks ago

Jeremy Wells is one of the funniest and sharpest broadcasters we have and if he is allowed to do what he does best, Seven Sharp will become unmissable.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Bridge of Remembrance Christchurch, Rally

By   1 day ago

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming.  My name is Lois Griffiths. Martin , my husband, and I are members of  NZ Palestine Solidarity Network. We  have become very concerned about the situation in what is sometimes called the ‘holy land’, ever since we visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in 2009. […]

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GUEST BLOG: Nicky Hager – DEFENCE FORCE HAD REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AFTER SAS RAID BUT DID NOTHING

By   1 day ago

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new Official Information Act documents reveal. This is what was written in the book Hit and Run but the NZDF had denied the whole book.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Crown Law Trying to Usurp Corrections as the Biggest Bully on the Block

By   3 days ago

The Crown lost an extremely important case relating to fundamental human rights in the high court.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Employment stats are ‘twice as bad’ for Māori

By   1 week ago

I’m pretty chuffed with the unemployment rate dropping to its lowest level in nine years.
That means we are almost back to where we were before National took over.
However, I wouldn’t be doing right by the communities that supported me into Parliament if I didn’t demand more for New Zealand workers.

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GUEST BLOG: Background information on Mike Feinberg and KIPP (Knowledge is Power Programme) Charter Schools (2012) – Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC)

By   1 week ago

  Who is Mike Feinberg? Mike Feinberg is the co-founder of KIPP and is a board member of the KIPP Foundation.   What is KIPP? KIPP stands for “Knowledge is Power Programme” and uses a “no excuses” philosophy to run 125 Charter schools across the US enrolling nearly 40,000 students mainly from low-income communities.   […]

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GUEST BLOG: TPPA-11 – Let’s Not Do This! Nationwide Public Meetings

By   1 week ago

As the government prepares to sign us up to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the country has been lulled into a false sense of security that came with our change in government and a rebranding of a not so comprehensive and progressive deal.

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GUEST BLOG: Jeni Cartwright – Confusion reigns on measurement of Child Poverty – THANKS BILL

By   2 weeks ago

It’s probably been a bit of a surprise for many – especially for those who wiggled their eggs out of National’s basket and into Labour’s at voting time – to read claims from former Prime Minister Bill English that his government lifted 85,000 children out of hardship between 2011 and 2016.

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Waitangi Investigation: Steve Edwards – Harnessing the Herd to Hide a Historical Heist: The Crown’s breach of the Crimes Act

By   2 weeks ago

The New Zealand Crown’s ongoing failure to acknowledge that the British Crown did not gain sovereignty over New Zealand in 1840 is a breach of the Crimes Act.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The NZ Finance Minister’s Pride Parade Playlist

By   1 day ago

The pure joy of having a Finance Minister who also DJs is a unique experience to say the least.

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Fringe Festival Picks 2018

By   1 day ago

The Auckland Fringe Festival starts tomorrow and here are our picks for this years season of incredibly adventurous and amazing experimental Theatre…

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The Liberal Agenda – Direct Animal Action: Protest at Waikato Rodeo this Saturday

By   5 days ago

What: ‘Ban Rodeo’ protest at Waikato Rodeo
When: Saturday 17th February 2018, 1pm
Where: Kihikihi Domain, Corner of Grey & Dick Streets, Kihikihi, Te Awamutu

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The Liberal Agenda – Anti-TPPA Live stream, today 6.30pm

By   1 week ago

The Daily Blog will be live streaming the Auckland ‘Let’s not do this’ anti-TPPA meeting this Monday 6.30pm. The meeting will feature Dr Burcu Kilic, Professor Jane Kelsey and Laila Harre.

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The Liberal Agenda – Auckland Fringe Festival – Two Gentlemen of Verona!

By   2 weeks ago

WHAT: Auckland Fringe Festival – Two Gentlemen of Verona!
WHEN: Tue 27 Feb – Sun 4 Mar 6pm
WHERE: Aotea Square

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The Liberal Agenda – Auckland Fringe Festival – The Egg and Sperm Race

By   3 weeks ago

WHAT: Auckland Fringe Festival – The Egg and Sperm Race
WHEN: Fri 23 Feb – Sat 24 Feb & Sat 3 Mar; 8pm
WHERE: Coal Bunker Studio, Pumphouse Theatre (23-24 Feb) The Vic Lounge (3 Mar)

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The Liberal Agenda – Auckland Fringe Festival – The Rude Awakening

By   3 weeks ago

WHAT: Auckland Fringe Festival – The Rude Awakening 
WHEN: Thu 1 Mar – Sat 3 Mar 9:45pm
WHERE: Vault, Q Theatre

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The Liberal Agenda – Auckland Fringe Festival – Toxic Mas

By   3 weeks ago

WHAT: Auckland Fringe Festival – Toxic Mas
WHEN: Fri 2 Mar – Sat 3 Mar 7pm
WHERE: Garnet Station

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – The National Leadership Race 2018

By   4 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – The National Leadership Race 2018

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Political Caption Competition

By   4 hours ago

Joyce – “So I’m up here Simon and you’re down there and I should be the Prime Minister”
English – “You’ve had 9 fucking years and that’s the best argument you came up with. Look at Simon’s face, he can’t believe it either’?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 20th February 2018

By   4 hours ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

The Lady’s not for burning 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 19th February 2018

By   1 day ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

New Zealand and No Zealand 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 18th February 2018

By   2 days ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

The look of a man who just got hit by dirty politics 

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Raw News feed View All →

Meth moral panic continues under proposed tenancy changes – The Salvation Army New Zealand

By   4 hours ago

Proposals to allow landlords to evict tenants with just seven days notice for methamphetamine contamination are an extension of the meth moral panic, The Salvation Army says. The Army says the proposals risk making innocent people homeless and should be reconsidered as part of a comprehensive review of the Residential Tenancies Act. While the army […]

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New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness – New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH)

By   4 hours ago

New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness • The New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness (NZCEH) is an incorporated society that works towards ending homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand. • NZCEH’s mission is to promote a society with adequate support services where all people can have a place they can call home while operating within a […]

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Feminists Interrupt at Auckland Pride Parade – Unhappy Feminists

By   4 hours ago

Feminist activists Charlie Montague and Renée Gerlich dropped a banner at the front of the Auckland Pride Parade. The banner read: STOP GIVING KIDS SEX HORMONES – PROTECT LESBIAN YOUTH “Organisations like RainbowYouth and InsideOut, as well as the Pride Parade, must stop endorsing medical experimentation, child abuse, sexist stereotyping, and the destruction of female-only […]

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Better volunteering outcomes for recent migrants – Volunteering New Zealand

By   4 hours ago

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) has secured funding to deliver a nationwide programme of work that aims to deliver better volunteering outcomes for recent migrants. “Volunteering offers refugees and new migrants the opportunity to be engaged and included in their new communities, which can make all the difference in how they feel about arriving in a […]

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Nonsensical Ministry decision to refuse fair recruitment payments to primary teachers – NZEI

By   4 hours ago

A Ministry of Education refusal to pay the same value “recruitment, retention and responsibility” (3R) payments to primary teachers as secondary teachers is nonsensical in the face of the current teacher shortage, NZEI Te Riu Roa says. Late last year the Government established a $1 million fund from which schools could apply for 3R funding, […]

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Parliament becoming baby-friendlier workplace a sign of the times – CTU

By   1 day ago

Parliament becoming baby-friendlier workplace a sign of the times Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today congratulated Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, and her partner Peter Nunns on the announcement that they are expecting their first child in August this year. “Parliament is meant to be a House of Representatives, so it’s lovely […]

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Fishing boss admits it’s “commonplace” to not report bycatch – Forest and Bird

By   1 day ago

A director of West Coast fishing company Robson Fishing Partnership/Impulse Fishing admitted the company failed to report seabird deaths for three years, in an Employment Relations Authority case. Forest & Bird has referred the case to the Ministry for Primary Industries for investigation. In 2014 the fishing outfit sacked a skipper who took a personal […]

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ANZASW response to Salvation Army report

By   1 day ago

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) attended the launch of the Salvation Army’s latest yearly “State of the Nation” report on Thursday. ANZASW welcomes the report and commends the Salvation Army for drawing attention to urgent issues. This year’s report should be seen as a wake-up call to the country; it’s chief […]

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