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Labour Party attack Kim Dotcom – major blunder

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

The new Government should not be challenging this case, they should be accepting the Human Rights Review Tribunal’s decision and should be trying to cut a deal with Kim.

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Malcolm Evans – the end of oil

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Malcolm Evans – the end of oil

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The rats you need to swallow to believe the Public Service is neutral

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

The predictable outcry from the PSA that any suggestion their members actually have to implement policy by the Government of the day by screaming they must be neutral is funny.

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National pledges to do nothing and take a huge step backwards

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

This is a Party who actively went out of their way to bleed infrastructure spending and all of a sudden National are willing to fund it? 

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Respects to Deborah Hill Cone

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

In a culture where micro-aggression policing occurs on social media networks fuelled by outrage, the ability to take offence and bloat it into a war crime means we are often left defensive and resentful in response which feeds the algorithms and Mark Zuckerberg makes another billion.

Deborah has shown us what an apology with grace and humility looks like.

Many respects to her. 

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  11 Comments

May the fifth marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx – philosopher, political economist and revolutionary. A few days before the celebrations begin he granted this extraordinary interview at an unnamed ale house in Auckland.     

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Delays on welfare reform hurting solo mums – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Delays on welfare reform hurting solo mums – Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government continues to display a lack of care by refusing to listen to the voices of community groups to implement immediate changes to the welfare system—despite mounting evidence of the toxic culture at Work and Income—and the harm punitive sanctions causes beneficiaries. In a recent interview on The Nation, the Minister for Social Development, […]

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Disabled School of Music Alumna: It’s wrong to use accessibility as a scapegoat for closing University libraries

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The saga of the proposed library closures, according to the University, is all about money. According to all the CAI users I know, it’s about devaluing the needs of CAI students and staff. It’s about destroying hubs of learning and community. And if you ask me, it’s about finding scapegoats, like accessibility, to try to assuage the consciences of those recommending the demolition.

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MUST READ: Shane Jones’ Critique Of Bureaucratic Obstructionism Is Well Made

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  53 Comments

If you have ever wondered why Peters attracts so much venom from practically the entire political class: politicians, journalists, civil servants and business lobbyists; it’s because they understand that any politician who pledges to fulfil his party’s promises by reintroducing a “hands-on” approach to economic management cannot avoid exposing the undemocratic coding at the core of government management in New Zealand.

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Parliament continues cannabis hearings as J Day approaches

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Parliament continues cannabis hearings as J Day approaches

It’s another big week for cannabis law reform. Parliament resumes hearings on the Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Bill on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, in the lead up to the 27th Annual J Day on Saturday 5th May.

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The Future of Tax should have a focus on children – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on The Future of Tax should have a focus on children – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pleased that the Government has sought extensive outside viewpoints on its re-envisioning of taxation in New Zealand, via a call for submissions to the Tax Working Group, on the “Future of Tax”. CPAG has made a submission to the TWG today. “In our submission, we take a child-focused lens […]

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on Political Caption Competition

So is Trump really the crazy arsehole he comes across like in the Apprentice? 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 30th April 2018

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 30th April 2018

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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New Zealand’s new Alt-Right Twitter Trolls: Dirty Politics 2018

By   /  April 29, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

Dirty Politics didn’t end with the demise in influence of Cameron Slater & David Farrar, it has cleverly mutated into a hundred social media voices that are all oddly saying the same things at the same time.

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New Government response to MSD sadism is just not good enough

By   /  April 29, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

It is deeply disappointing to see such a lack of real political courage. We can make grand gestures against the oil and roading industry to appease white urban middle class liberals but we can’t protect  the weakest, poorest and most brown parts of our community from a cruelty that is being perpetrated by the very Government that is supposed to protect them.

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Zimbabwe is now more progressive on cannabis than New Zealand is – how is this possible?

By   /  April 29, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

How can NZ have such conservative vested interests that can stop real progress in this country?

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