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What’s Good For Them: Tony Abbott and the Australian Electorate

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

TONY ABBOTT, Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister, is just the latest (and nearest) casualty of a steadily widening rift within the international political class.

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Normative Economic Journalism

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Let’s have more science, and less superstition, in our economic discourse. Emphasise the positive, not the normative.

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GUEST BLOG: Leslie Bravery – NZ’s timid silence at the Security Council

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

It almost seemed as though it were John Key himself who was about to go off to fight ISIS, so heroic was his performance in Parliament concerning the sending of New Zealand troops to Iraq. That country is in ruins, both socially and economically, as a result of earlier Western intervention.

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We just became less safe at home and abroad

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

In a globalised world, sovereignty seems like a mirage. Our governments arbitrarily enter us into wars and free trade arrangements without consultation, and even most domestic ‘democratic’ action borders on farce.

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Winston to run in Northland

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  39 Comments

Winston will start using Parliamentary privilege to let NZ know why Sabin had to stand down. The conservative folk of Northland will be very open to Winston’s style of demagoguery once Sabin’s issues have been made public.

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Audio+Text: New Zealand Report – NZ PM Criticised For Iraq Deployment + Eden Park Ready For Aussies

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Selwyn Manning  /  4 Comments

Contrast how New Zealand is divided on John Key’s decision to deploy troops to Iraq and the solid public and political support for New Zealand’s role in RAMSI, the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Kiwis seem to remember there was little extra-regional military support for RAMSI nor for ANZAC efforts to help East Timor.

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The minimum wage and zero hour contracts

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Our members know that whatever the minimum wage increase it can all be lost again with a reduction of just one or two hours in a members roster

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