LIVE CROSSFIRE WEBCAST: On Tuesday November 12 – The Daily Blog webcast live a Crossfire interview between Labour leader David Cunliffe and political journalist Selwyn Manning and TDB editor Martyn Bradbury.
The Crossfire interview examined David Cunliffe’s performance since becoming Parliament’s opposition leader in September, and explored the Labour leader’s views on the Trans Pacific Partnership and why he believes Kiwi Assure is a vital solution to systemic problems within New Zealand’s insurance industry.
We also explored David Cunliffe’s views on the Police performance over the Roastbusters crimes; and questioned him over whether or not John Key should attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka.
Here is the run-sheet including a selection of questions:
ISSUE ONE: First up, the Roastbusters crimes against women. David, what is your take on the Police’s handling of this?
ISSUE TWO: David Cunliffe’s performance since becoming leader of the Opposition.
Q: David, on Friday it will be two months since you became leader of the Labour Party. How different is Labour under your leadership, and are you having to drag some of the more change-phobic conservative members of your caucus into unchartered waters?
ISSUE THREE: The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. FIRST, LET ME PLAY A SHORT CLIP…
Q: First off, have you seen this video, and have you signed the petition?
Q: Many see the TPPA as a multilateral free trade block… but it is much more than this, it is feared that the TPPA will erode a government’s right to legislate… to regulate in the nation’s interests. What is your position on the TPPA?
ISSUE FOUR: KIWI ASSURE… New Zealanders have been paying into EQC since the day they first became income earners. EQC has failed thousands of people, families, those who live alone, in Christchurch and the Canterbury region. Why is Labour’s priority to create a new state owned enterprise rather than fix up the broken EQC?
ISSUE FIVE: India’s Prime Minister Singh and Canada’s Prime Minister Harper are refusing to go to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka this week.
It is a protest against the totalitarian murderous regime of Sri Lanka’s president RAKAPAKSA.
But Prince Charles, UK PM, David Cameron, Australia’s PM, Tony Abbott, and our Prime Minister John Key will all share food and conviviality with a man who may in future be held accountable for crimes against humanity. Is John Key correct, that it is better to be at the table and raise one’s concerns, o is he wrong to go to CHOGM?
ISN’T THIS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR NZ TO SHOW ITS INDEPENDENT CULTURE AND SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SPEAK OUT PERSUASIVELY AGAINST A PROBABLE GENOCIDE THAT’S BEEN OCCURRING IN SRI LANKA?
The Crossfire Format: Crossfire is a joint-venture public interest-styled web-first programme by host Selwyn Manning and panelist Martyn Bradbury.
Each episode will examine a selection of significant subjects with one leading decision-maker or opinion-shaper. After a one-on-one interview, Manning will introduce panelist Martyn Bradbury who will quiz the interviewee, drilling down into the answers pitched during the interview section. Manning will also put questions from the audience to the interviewee. And the audience, will be able to debate their views in the live chat window.