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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – is this what you call consultation?

By   /  November 30, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

About 8 days ago, I got a phone call from Andrea Vance. She was looking to do a story on the government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation. Her understanding was that there would only be one week to make submissions. Well it turned out that one week is a luxury and what we got is around 24 hours.

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Using Muslims to justify new terror powers

By   /  November 30, 2014  /  Laila Harre, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

It seems like there has been another attempt to isolate the Muslim community in New Zealand. Being able to spy on someone’s property without their knowledge for 48 hours is a level of insanity that no one in their right mind would agree with.

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Politics of car culture looks like hell

By   /  November 30, 2014  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Car is King in Auckland, city of cars. It’s been that way since the 1950s, but the massive construction zone that is the current North Western Motorway expansion, confirms Auckland’s urban form as dominated by the car, tarseal, concrete and steel.

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The Lone Raged Dessert Crouton Scoop

By   /  November 30, 2014  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It has recently come to my attention that Judith Collins is a self-purported honourary member of the Long-Range Desert Recon Group.

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The Deep State Surfaces

By   /  November 29, 2014  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Back in 1996 David Small’s surprising of two SIS agents at Aziz Choudry’s residence spelled political disaster for the Service. Eighteen years later, the Director of the SIS, Rebecca Kitteridge, fronts-up to the television cameras and openly argues for a “temporary” curtailment of civil liberties.

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Why bother joining a union?

By   /  November 29, 2014  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not.

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Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket

By   /  November 29, 2014  /  Kelly Ellis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this?

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MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be better off without news and current affairs

By   /  November 29, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Modern life is busy. News, current affairs and ‘factual’ content is constantly available, constantly clamouring for our attention at every waking moment (where are you now as you read this blog?) Daily news has become hourly and minute by minute updates, streaming and screaming to get our attention. And keeping us locked into fast thinking.

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The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Blog Breakfast Club  /  4 Comments

TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke.

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The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

To those on the Left or who have followed John Key’s career, his lies over his txt-messaging with Cameron Slater will come as no surprise. With regards to bending the truth; misleading by omission or exaggeration; or outright mendacity, Key has ‘form’.

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When the teflon is stripped away…

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [ TV3’s Lisa Owen on “The Nation”, and our esteemed  Prime Minister] was a moment when […]

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My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There simply is no need to pass this legislation, let alone to rush it.
What is the risk? Experts like Richard Jackson of Otago University say the evidence shows that that it is extremely rare for returning jihadis to commit terrorist acts in their home country. It is wrong to create law, which offends our human rights, just to cover some very unlikely or exceptional future event.

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Pixies in the Garden? Making money

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

What money really is, is a circulatingmedium of exchange that may also be used as a store of credit. In other words, the purpose of money is to be spent on goods and services, but it doesn’t have to be spent straight away. Money is a social technology, and, as such, it is made by human rather than otherworldly pixies.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrutiny of Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation period.

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Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked

By   /  November 27, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again.

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FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke

By   /  November 27, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Selwyn Manning  /  8 Comments

In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon Kim Dotcom says he’s broke! Recorded on 27/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd ITEM ONE: The Prime Minister […]

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