Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australia’s Push-Back Against Jacinda’s Manus Island Outreach

By Chris Trotter

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

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Reflections on racial exclusion in an EziBuy catalogue

By Christine Rose 

The absence of ethnically diverse women in fashion magazines as part of media bias, ‘defines the contours of society’, shapes our understanding of the world, how we see ourselves, how we are seen, and helps create ‘social identities and realities’. It’s a form of ‘racial framing’.

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Wendy’s must give workers 5 years worth of alternative holidays

By Mike Treen

The right of workers to an alternative holiday when working on a public holiday has been strongly affirmed in an Employment Relations Authority decision against Wendco (NZ) Limited, the company that operates the Wendy’s stores in New Zealand.

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How ill prepared are the Greens for Government? This ill prepared…

“Well, I tried to start a revolution, but didn’t print enough pamphlets so hardly anyone turned up. Except for my mum and her boyfriend, who I hate. As punishment, I was forced to be in here and become a gladiator. Bit of a promotional disaster that one, but I’m actually organizing another revolution. I don’t know if you’d be interested in something like that? Do you reckon you’d be interested?” 

Korg – Thor: Ragnarok

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Boat People Terror Alert Apricot (Why Jacinda is spoiling for a fight with Australia)

The vast majority of New Zealanders resent the way Australia treat us and finally having a Government who will stand up to them is actually going to resonate with many voters.

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The Daily Blog 2017 Christmas contribution drive

Paula Bennett DOES NOT endorse this contributions drive and would probably prefer you don’t read this blog at all. 

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Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australia’s Push-Back Against Jacinda’s Manus Island Outreach

By   2 days ago

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

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Wendy’s must give workers 5 years worth of alternative holidays

By   2 days ago

The right of workers to an alternative holiday when working on a public holiday has been strongly affirmed in an Employment Relations Authority decision against Wendco (NZ) Limited, the company that operates the Wendy’s stores in New Zealand.

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Reflections on racial exclusion in an EziBuy catalogue

By   2 days ago

The absence of ethnically diverse women in fashion magazines as part of media bias, ‘defines the contours of society’, shapes our understanding of the world, how we see ourselves, how we are seen, and helps create ‘social identities and realities’. It’s a form of ‘racial framing’.

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Darkness At The End Of The Rainbow?

By   4 days ago

The more sharp-eyed and ruthless members of the Liberal and National party rooms will have noticed that of the 17 federal electorates which voted “No” to marriage equality, fully 11 of them are held by the Australian Labor Party.

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Constructive Engagement With Jacinda’s Government? Or, Shouting Anti-TPP Slogans From The Side-Lines? The Left Must Choose

By   6 days ago

It is very easy for the traditional Left to call for grand gestures of defiance against the prevailing geopolitical realities: living with the consequences of such calls when you are in government is much harder.

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Capitalism, tax and New Zealand

By   7 days ago

It was sad reading Stephen Hickson’s defence of capitalism in the Press (25 October 2017). Sad because capitalism has delivered so much outright misery to so much of humanity over the last 300 years that it’s hard to believe anyone could be so blinkered.

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“Fool me once”…

By   1 week ago

In holding to ransom the election of Trevor Mallard as Speaker of the House, National bluffed it’s way to increase the number of their MPs that can be appointed to Select Committees. This was despite a clear understanding between the new Coalition government and National that Trevor Mallard would be elected unopposed as Speaker, and National’s Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker.

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Labour largely endorses National’s TPPA, but it’s not all over. What now?

By   1 week ago

The bad news is that the Labour government has endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, with the suspension of a limited range of items, at the ministerial and leaders’ meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

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How ill prepared are the Greens for Government? This ill prepared…

By   3 days ago

The leak today of an internal strategy paper is so woeful and concerning, it’s like catching your Surgeon checking on how to do your operation on wikipedia. 

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Compare new Government action and National’s reaction

By   5 days ago

In every example, National’s response is bitter, angry, resentful and spiteful. On every issue they have spent 9 years making worse all they have as a response to the solution is more of the poisonous thinking that helped exacerbate the problem in the first place.

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Boat People Terror Alert Apricot (Why Jacinda is spoiling for a fight with Australia)

By   5 days ago

The vast majority of New Zealanders resent the way Australia treat us and finally having a Government who will stand up to them is actually going to resonate with many voters.

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Being economically occupied by China, politically owned by America and what EVERYONE is missing about how to defeat TPPA

By   6 days ago

We can stamp our feet like the Green Party and the Unions have and throw a tantrum and just refuse to actually engage with the process  OR we can see this as an opportunity to directly influence our political and economic independence. 

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What will hit first? Economic armageddon or Environmental apocalypse?

By   7 days ago

Since the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis, all the developed world has done is kick the day of market reckoning down the road with more and more money printing. At some point this band-aid won’t be able to stem the pressure building and it will rupture with a backlash that will make the depression look like a week without pocket money.

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Ummm, shouldn’t Gerry Brownlee be doing what Gerry Brownlee does best?

By   7 days ago

So Gerry Brownlee is now an apologist for Australian torture camps that the Australian’s have walked away from on Manus Island?

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How National destroy the new Government through Select Committees over the next 3 years

By   1 week ago

National will call on massive public engagement from their voters and their financial backers to slow down the Select Committee process and scream about  democracy being under attack if they aren’t allowed to have every Farmer and rich property owner in front of the Select Committee to complain about any new law.

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Jacinda dodges a TPPA bullet – elites search for next economic trigger to sabotage new Government

By   1 week ago

What the Right wanted more than anything was Jacinda to march off to APEC trumpeting resistance so that when it fell over, they could blame her for the impending economic slump. What these forces desperately want is to spook the market so interest rates go up which would give every NZer with a mortgage an extra couple of hundred dollars a week in mortgage repayments for Christmas.

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Media Watch View All →

Waatea News: Based on media reporting of League violence, we don’t like Pacific Islanders much do we?

By   6 days ago

Since when did we dislike Pacific Islanders so much? I don’t know about you, but this weird myopic media focus on Pacific Island ‘violence’ after the League games currently playing up and down the country seems bewilderingly racist and vicious doesn’t it?

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The Daily Blog 2017 Christmas contribution drive

By   1 week ago

Paula Bennett DOES NOT endorse this contributions drive and would probably prefer you don’t read this blog at all. 

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What Duncan Greive misses and why Ben Mack is National’s best chance of winning 2020

By   1 week ago

There is never a better fight to settle down and watch explode on Twitter than a fight between schisms.

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TWITTER WATCH: Paddles the Cat is dead

By   2 weeks ago

…this is a double tragedy for the Labour Party as Paddles the Cat was the only one in the entire Caucus that could count…

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WaateaNews: Combating the racist Prison Industrial Complex: Short term, medium term & long term

By   2 weeks ago

One of the many challenges for the new Government is how to combat the racist Prison system in New Zealand. Maori make up 14.9% of the population yet as of June this year, 50.4% of the 10 260 inmates in prison are Māori.

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WaateaNews: Māori Home Ownership in Tāmaki Makaurau: Is Auckland’s future an economically gated Pākeha community?

By   3 weeks ago

Could the largest Pacific Island and Maori city in New Zealand be unintentionally white washed by Labour’s new affordable housing KiwiBuild project?

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Can the NZ Herald explain how this is breaking news?

By   3 weeks ago

Since when was Mike Hosking’s bullshit hot takes on any subject ‘Breaking News’.

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

By   7 days ago

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   1 week ago

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   2 weeks ago

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   2 weeks ago

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   2 weeks ago

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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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – Manus; an ANZAC Solution

By   2 weeks ago

The Australian humanitarian crisis cannot be ignored by New Zealand. Canberra seems completely paralysed and unable to understand the horror of the situation they have created at the Manus Island Detention facility in Papua New Guinea, let alone resolve the problem.

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GUEST BLOG: Stephen Parry – It’s Our Future:  Now is the time for Labour to make good on its criticism of the TPPA

By   3 weeks ago

Over the last 6 years tens of thousands of New Zealanders have hit the streets in opposition to the TPPA.  Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions, and polling has consistently shown that the public were against the agreement. 

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GUEST BLOG: Brian Easton – The Future of New Zealand Capitalism?

By   3 weeks ago

Announcing that he was going with Labour, Winston Peters said that he was committed to making capitalism in New Zealand more human. One could write a book on possible meanings of ‘capitalism’ and libraries on the potential, or not, for improving it. We must be briefer.

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The Liberal Agenda – The Jubilation Choir – Saturday 18th November

By   4 days ago

The Liberal Agenda – The Jubilation Choir – Saturday 18th November

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REVIEW: Thor does for positive masculinity what Wonder Woman does for feminism

By   7 days ago

Thor: Ragnarok has been reviewed by far more clever and geeky comic book nerd types than me so I won’t even attempt to compete with their detailed reviews of how this fits into the Marvel Universe and Norse mythology, but what struck me about Taika Waititi’s incredibly funny movie is the real tenderness he gives the male characters.   

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The Liberal Agenda – Protest 90 Years of Cannabis Prohibition, Sat 11 November

By   2 weeks ago

Presented by NORML NZ, Auckland Patients Group, Cannabis Social Clubs of NZ, The Hemp Foundation, and assorted associates.

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The Liberal Agenda – Gideon Levy Public Lecture

By   2 weeks ago

NZ Palestine Solidarity Network is hosting Gideon Levy in Auckland New Zealand on 3 December @ 3PM.

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The Liberal Agenda – PUNK IT UP – lineup

By   2 weeks ago

Saturday 17 February 2018 at The Kings Arms, Auckland City

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The Liberal Agenda – AUCKLAND SHOW COMMEMORATES RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

By   3 weeks ago

Reds is written by Dean Parker (Came A Hot Friday) and will be at the Thirsty Dog on Karangahape Rd on Sunday November 5, Guy Fawkes’ Day, 2pm.

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Matilda’s Magic, Geoffrey Palmer’s consitution & School leaver’s toolkit

By   3 weeks ago

My companion and I attended the very final night of Matilda the Musical at the Civic in Auckland.  And his response was similar to mine, – “Wow! That was Amazing!”

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SANTA CLAUS IS IN THE BASEMENT AND HE’S COMING FOR YOU!

By   3 weeks ago

You’ve seen Dickens at The Basement, you’ve seen JC himself, you’ve even seen a Real Housewife, but now it’s time for the big man himself: Santa Claus! He’s made his list. He’s checked it twice. He knows if you’ve been naughty or nice.  And he’s coming through the chimney/trap door to the Basement stage to […]

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

Somewhere a National Party supporter screams

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 18th November 2017

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

Privilege never looked so WASP

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 17th November 2017

By   3 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   4 days ago

One is a large purple tumour and the other is a mascot for Macdonalds

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Malcolm Evans – Winston is off to North Korea

By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Winston is off to North Korea

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 16th November 2017

By   4 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   5 days ago

Is this guy with the glasses a waiter? Why is he taking a photo with us?

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New Zealand recommended to move on a floor price for alcohol – Alcohol Healthwatch

By   4 days ago

New Zealand recommended to move on a floor price for alcohol as Scots defeat European Big Booze Alcohol Healthwatch, Hapai Te Hauora media release, 16 November 2017 Public health groups are thrilled that the five-year legal battle to set a floor price for alcohol in Scotland has finally reached its conclusion. On Wednesday, the UK […]

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Striking workers receive overwhelming public support – Unions Wellington

By   4 days ago

Striking Rail & Maritime Transport Union workers receive overwhelming public support Since news of strike action on Wellington’s trains went public last night, there has been an outpouring of support for rail workers from commuters. The local union affiliates council, Unions Wellington, put out an appeal for solidarity last night at 6:30pm. The response was […]

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UCG “volunteer” model “completely unacceptable” – E tū

By   4 days ago

UCG “volunteer” model for Chorus fibre optics build “completely unacceptable” E tū says the so-called “volunteer” scheme run by Chorus fibre optics contractor, Universal Communications Group is a clear case of migrant exploitation. E tū’s Communications Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says the union recently learned of the scheme through a UCG document advising its subcontractors […]

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Minister welcomes Whakatāne Māori ward decision

By   4 days ago

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed Whakatāne District Council’s decision to establish Māori wards.   “I welcome the Whakatāne District Council’s decision to establish Māori wards to ensure fair representation at the council table.”   “This is a great opportunity for the local community to discuss its representation  and I encourage locals to engage […]

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Targets good first step but Fonterra must reduce dairy herd – Greenpeace

By   5 days ago

Greenpeace have welcomed Fonterra’s pledge to substantially reduce climate emissions from agriculture, but say there is a “gaping hole” in the plan. Today, New Zealand’s largest dairy producer pledged to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, with a long term aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Greenpeace campaigner, Amanda […]

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Minister accepts People’s Review of Renting – Renters United

By   5 days ago

Today ActionStation and Renters United presented an open letter from their People’s Review of Renting to Housing Minister Phil Twyford supporting the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill which is due to be debated tonight. “A common theme in the People’s Review were stories of people in homes so cold they were constantly making them sick. Our […]

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Greenpeace Transforms Parliament Lawn into a Riverbed

By   5 days ago

Politicians might have to carry out a river-crossing to get to work today. Greenpeace is creating a fifty metre long waterway* on parliament lawn, as part of its campaign to save New Zealand rivers. At 1.15pm the environmental organisation will hand the Government a massive petition signed by 68,313 people. The Minister for the Environment, […]

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A stronger Healthy Homes Bill will be a pillar for children – Child Poverty Action Group

By   5 days ago

More than 40,000 children are hospitalised each year with preventable illnesses that can be attributed to poverty and poor living conditions, and vastly improving legislation around the quality and safety of rental homes is imperative if the wellbeing of children is to improve, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Passing of the Healthy Homes Guarantee […]

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