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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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The Mendacities of Mr Key #10: “Only two years!!”

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

In his recent statement to Parliament, Dear Leader Key made this commitment to the people of New Zealand when announcing that troops would be sent to Iraq…

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Will Labour stand aside in Northland to let NZ First beat National?

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

There is a private poll doing the rounds that shows NZ First neck and neck with National in Northland if the Labour candidate doesn’t stand.

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On Len Brown handing over public space to corporate interests

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

This is what progress on public transport looks like in Auckland?

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The First Rule of First Union School: An Organised Future

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Kate Davis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The union movement is challenged in a variety of way: the increasingly precarious nature of labour, dis-incentivising and disempowering legislation and perhaps, in all honesty, some less than strategic planning on the part of the unions themselves in the nineties.

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Malcolm Evans – Humpty Dumpty

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Malcolm Evans – Humpty Dumpty

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What’s the point of a new flag if this is what it represents?

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Surely the decision to go to war is one of the most important a Government can ever make, and Key’s refusal to put the re-invasion of Iraq up for a vote in Parliament is totally unacceptable.

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That was Then, This is Now #26 – John Key will let slip the dogs of war

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

What Key said about re-invading Iraq before and after the election

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Sharpening The Stick At Both Ends: Lord of the Flies comes to Parliament

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

THE PRIME MINISTER’s conduct in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon was disgraceful. It is doubtful if any of John Key’s predecessors have ever displayed such contempt for the dignity of their office

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We need an anti-war event

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

There must be many NZers who voted National or didn’t vote at all who will be just as angry at this decision to go to war.

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