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GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash

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When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mean spine snapping

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  29 Comments

And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’.

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City Transport: A Taxing Matter

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Auckland is an emerging world-city, with many employment opportunities not present in other parts of the country. The externalities around both transport and housing can be resolved in orthodox ways that make full use of the price-mechanism that is at the core of economics.

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Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Court Processes

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Jessie Hume, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

New Zealand has a notoriously low conviction rate for adult sexual offences. I realise rape prevention is about more than just criminal conviction, but there is a message being sent, and right now that message is that rape simply doesn’t matter. To rapists we say “if you rape, it’s likely nothing bad will happen to you”, to rape survivors we say “if you get raped, no one cares”. – See more at: https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/10/31/open-letter-to-amy-adams-please-reopen-the-review-into-sexual-violence-court-processes/#sthash.1OOG6AIj.dpuf

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MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David Fisher in the Herald, Andrea Vance at Stuff… TVNZ doesn’t.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Curwen Rolinson, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”.

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Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot: #ifihadahammer

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  48 Comments

I don’t think there’ll be any addressing of inequality by the NZ political class until there is wide spread civil disobedience and news coverage beaming out angry people smashing up Queen street. Only then will the Government be forced to address the problem beyond their empty rhetoric and punitive policy.

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If Key knows who Rawshark is…

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

If Key knows who Rawshark is – when will the Police raid his house for 10 hours?

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Child Poverty stats in NZ

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  The Daily Gallery, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  5 Comments

Child Poverty stats in NZ

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Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

The continuous insane defence of being needing to be ‘delicate’ throughout the police report is infuriating. I never thought I’d be this mad at PC-ness and talk of victims rights, but in this case I think how it’s being used to wash over legislation is a crock legally.

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Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The Left

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Curwen Rolinson, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue.

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Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue.

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A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed a lucrative niche market for church-backed big-screen offerings that faithfully reproduce the scriptural plot-lines.

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You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Jessie Hume, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

If we ever needed proof we live in a rape culture we have it. By doing virtually nothing useful to prevent rape, our system essentially faciliates rape and supports rapists. The illegality of rape is pointless if nothing is done to uphold the law. The police seem to be specifically responsible for setting up a roadblock to prosecution. If so few cases see court, they are positioned as the barrier to justice.

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Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Being the son of a cop and mates with the son of a cop really pays off hu?

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Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Surely muddle NZ can be distracted for far less than $26million! Why doesn’t the Government just make up some bullshit terrorist threat against the All Blacks that requires Key to give Dan Carter a cuddle or something? Why blow $26million on a flag redesign that is purely a manufactured political distraction? Can’t National invent a far cheaper distraction?

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