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Ripples in History

By   /  April 23, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Question: What is the difference between Free Trade and Fair Trade?

Answer, later.

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Tom Scott and Aramoana’s Long Shadow

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

From Tom Scott’s collection of cartoons, “Life in New Zealand”‘ – his take on the Aramoana massacre on 13 November 1990 where a crazed gunman shot and killed thirteen people.

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A shameful response to Turkey’s generosity at Gallipoli

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

When we in Australia and New Zealand cry, Lest We Forget our  fallen soldiers, we should also never forget President Atatürk’s comforting words.

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The secret closed trials of Soviet Russia. (And Aotearoa New Zealand)

By   /  April 4, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Even worse is the realisation that it is not Martyn who is defending himself against criminal charges. It is the Police who are on trial for mis-using their powers by breaching a person’s privacy without due regard to the laws of this country.The police over-stepped and mis-used their powers of search and seizure. It was an illegal action, as Privacy Commissioner John Edwards stated with searing clarity, “that Police had collected his information in an unlawful way”.

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The Christchurch Attack: is the stage set for a continuing domino of death?

By   /  March 24, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Some may balk at these suggestions. I make no apology for making them.

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15 March: Aotearoa’s Day Of Infamy

By   /  March 17, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

On a day when our young people succeeded in prodding grownups to take notice of the looming climate change disaster bearing down on us, other “grownups” had more nefarious, murderous thoughts in mind. On a day which should have been positive and filled with idealism and hope, we ended with tragedy and tears.

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Anti-trans activists fudge OIA statement – Report

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It is a struggle to understand how “gender critical” activists can make a case against housing trans-women in Women’s prisons based on such a profound lack of clear evidence.What is clearly understood is a history of trans-people suffering harrasment, assaults, sexual violation, and worse within prisons in New Zealand and overseas. For “gender critical” activists to now target trans-people as threatening women in “safe places” such as prisons is disturbing.

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Simon Bridges: “No ifs, no buts, no caveats, I will repeal this CGT”

By   /  March 8, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

“…No ifs, no buts, no caveats, I will repeal this CGT as Prime Minister of New Zealand ” – a statement so categorical that it made John Key’s 2008 commitment never to raise GST, look timid;
“National is not going to be raising GST.National wants to cut taxes not raise taxes.”
Except, he did. 
In October 2010, Key’s National government increased GST from 12.5% to 15%.

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Apartheid in Aotearoa New Zealand – yes, it does exist

By   /  February 28, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  98 Comments

Minister Tracey Martin has a moment in our history to do the right thing. Fran Wilde led the way with gay law reform.

But the movement for social justice and inclusion did not end thirty-three years ago. Just as the feminist movement still has much to accomplish.

We cannot, as a society, exclude a small minority by creating a system or practice that separates people according to their status as trans-gendered.

That is apartheid.

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Simon Bridges – out of touch with Kiwi Battlers

By   /  February 26, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

As property investors/speculators; assorted financiers; and their  political-wing, the National Party,  ramp up their opposition to a capital gains tax to a stridency approaching hysteria, current party leader, Simon Bridges, has used the mainstream media to push his highly propagandised (and highly emotive and misleading) messages;

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Look what the nice man offered me!

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

From an email recently received;

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MUST READ: Nikki Kaye – playing politics with children’s health

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The increase in child obesity occurred under National’s watch and was not helped by then-Minister of Education, Anne Tolley and then-Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, who scrapped the previous Labour government’s Healthy Food in Schools policy;

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China flexing it’s economic muscle again?

By   /  February 10, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

It would not be the first time that inexplicable “problems with paperwork” had impacted on New Zealand commerce with China.

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An Advisory to the West Coast Regional Council

By   /  February 4, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

It was simply bad luck for climate change deniers on the West Coast Regional Council that their submission was made public the same week that data revealed January 2019 as the hottest month since records began in 1909;

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Standard & Poor’s just sabotaged Simon Bridges’ tax bribe announcement

By   /  February 1, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Poor Simon Bridges.

Since becoming Leader of the National Party, he has been dogged by embarrassing leaks (which appear to be ongoing even after Jami-Lee Ross’s departure from caucus); a once-trusted MP turned feral; another MP accused of bullying her staff; allegations of a culture of sexual harrassment in the Party; travel expenses that make him look profligate with taxpayers’ money; assorted bed-hopping; and a potential contender for his job breathing down his neck as his poll ratings continue to languish in single figures.

Never mind “it’s not easy being green” – being Blue right now is positively diabolical for Simon Bridges. The only thing missing is a National MP who is revealed to be an agent for a foreign power. Oh…

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Fairfax media and Kiwiblog revise incorrect story denigrating trans-people

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

On 24 January, I wrote to David Farrar,  pointing out that his blogpost and ‘tweet’ were based on an inaccurate media story;

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