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NZ visa requirements too tough on former “criminals”

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

In the world today, restrictions on political speakers visiting other countries affect left-wing speakers more than conservative speakers. But we should also defend the right of conservatives, like Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, to speak here. Otherwise we undermine our case.

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Defence policy statement edges NZ closer to Trump’s America

By   /  July 7, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

So much for New Zealand’s independent foreign policy. The Strategic Defence Policy Statement, released today, puts New Zealand firmly in the American camp. It portrays China as a threat, warning of China’s “ability to quickly deploy a range of additional capabilities in and around key international shipping lanes.”

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Misreporting the war in Yemen

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

UN officials are doing their best to achieve a political solution, but are not helped by a blatant misreporting of the nature of war.

Virtually every article in the Western media describes the opponents of the Saudis as “Iranian-backed Houthi rebels” and tries to portray the conflict as a “proxy war” between Iran and the Saudis.

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Reducing the prison muster rather than building a new prison

By   /  June 21, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

I am heartened by the way Labour and the Greens are talking up justice reform and the need to reduce prison numbers. Justice Minister Andrew Little told TV3’s Nation last week that everything is on the table, including reform of the bail, parole and sentencing legislation.

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Ardern wrong to “accept” US-led air strikes on Syria. The Greens get it right

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  67 Comments

Prime Minister Adern has made a serious mistake in saying that she “accepts” why the US, UK and France have bombed Syria.

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Why Green MPs shouldn’t give their parliamentary questions to National

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

There are several reasons why it is wrong of the Green caucus to hand over some of their Parliamentary Questions to National.

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Why NZ should withdraw its troops from Iraq

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Prior to the last election Labour, NZ First and the Greens all opposed the current deployment of New Zealand troops to Iraq. Labour specifically promised to withdraw them, but nothing has happened yet. Now Australia is leaning on our government to extend the deployment beyond its current end date in November. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made that plain during her visit here last week.

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