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Show me the money

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Big Oil has repeatedly lied about the impact of burning fossil fuels on our environment. In a repeat of tactics that delayed tobacco regulation for decades, the major oil companies have hidden evidence and paid for junk science by climate deniers. As a result of inaction, millions of people have suffered from air pollution, toxic waste and climate change, particularly those who are vulnerable and living in impoverished communities.

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Good Corp, Bad Corp

By   /  July 31, 2018  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Last week, Facebook’s share price had the largest one day drop in Wall St history, at almost 19%. They were punished not only because members of the public care about abuses of their privacy, but also because investors are choosing not to invest in companies that behave unethically.  

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EXCLUSIVE: It doesn’t stack up: Economics of TPP-11

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

According to the government’s National Interest Analysis released yesterday, there would be a very small economic benefit from TPP-11. The costs and risks are far higher, including the real constraints on democratic decision-making and regulation of our economy to meet the challenges ahead. The TPP-11 is not in the interests of the New Zealand people. It should not be signed.

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Transforming New Zealand

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There’s a lot at stake in this election. We face huge challenges ahead, including tackling climate change and building a more equal society. The Greens have put transformative proposals on the table. If we succeed in forming a government with Labour, we will usher in an era of progressive change for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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Great Together

By   /  July 11, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

If we were not part of the coalition, we would not accept a Labour-New Zealand First government and certainly not a National-New Zealand First government. Neither will be acceptable to the Greens. We want the Greens to be the beating heart of the next government and the strongest possible party vote for the Greens is the only solution.

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Make Trade Fair in the Pacific

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

We gain privileged access to Pacific markets, but they gain no new access to our markets. There are no obligations on Australia to stop their protectionist policies towards Pacific kava exports and other fruit and vegetables that are produced in Australia. New Zealand exporters will gain $20 million in reduced tariffs, but this is lost revenue for Pacific governments that are already struggling to provide basic health care and education to their people.

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Maybe Trump doesn’t realise – this changes everything

By   /  June 7, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Civil society is also mobilising and activists are mobilising to seize the opportunity. At last there is a deeply offensive target and outrageous behaviour to protest against, instead of the smooth lies and hypocrisy that have been covered over for years by clever PR strategies funded by ExxonMobil and the fossil fuel lobbies.

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