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Nightmare in Queensland

By   /  May 24, 2019  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Queensland results decimated the Labour vote in key seats and gave the LNP a clear parliamentary majority. What, then, explains the ALP’s Queensland nightmare? My answer can be summarised in four words: preferences, Adani, Murdoch and condescension.

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Forcefields of hate

By   /  March 18, 2019  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

I feel sad about the consequences for New Zealand. An array of see-it-perfectly well social liberals will  advocate the  restriction  of free speech from those they disagree with. Without question, Tarrant`s  manifesto should be taken down, it clearly incites and celebrates violence against others. However, less extreme yet noxious ideas  should not be automatically banned from the internet or public meetings.

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NZ Media Ownership 2018

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Apart from financialisation, job losses in the print newspaper market were triggered by falling circulation, the growth of online news consumption, and the migration of advertising revenue to Google and Facebook.

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REVENGE OF THE ELITES: An analysis of the Wentworth Sydney by-election result

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It was a slaughter in the end. The Wentworth Sydney by-election was expected to be a close race between Dave Sharma (Liberals) and Kerryn Phelps (independent). Malcolm Turnbull’s ejection as Prime Minister on August 24 and his subsequent departure from federal politics had riled local voters

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Clash of Civilities – review of Dr Cornell West & Douglas Murray

By   /  August 21, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

On Friday evening August 17 at Auckland`s Aotea Centre Cornell West and Douglas Murray faced off.

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American Fissures

By   /  July 13, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Recently, upon arriving in Eugene, Oregon a taxi driver told me a story which sums up America`s incivility today. A prospective customer, with avowed pro-Trump sentiments was about to enter the vehicle. When the driver, part Hispanic but Caucasian looking, gave an opposite view the customer walked away.  Avoiding the company of  an anti-Trump liberal was well worth the inconvenience of a delayed journey.

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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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