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Open Letter to Michelle Boag

By   /  November 15, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

You are being wilfully blind. I say that because the encyclopaedia of work the Greens and some in Labour have done on sexual violence before Tuesday is quite immense.

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To Katrina, with love from the Dubious Background & Wonderful Anyway Club

By   /  November 11, 2015  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith  /  6 Comments

The last few days must have been some of the worst in your life.

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Refugees – our national shame

By   /  September 4, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

I wouldn’t be here today if the government had closed their doors to refugees after WWII. And here we are now, being absolute bastards to the most vulnerable people in the world.

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The truth behind the attack on Planned Parenthood

By   /  August 25, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Cameron Slater has recently been posting a series of heavily edited, out of context, and faked videos made by a militant pro-life group in the USA, which claim that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling foetuses,

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EXCLUSIVE: HNZ & Globug combine to take advantage of people in poverty

By   /  July 15, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

GloBug is a trap, perfectly created to take advantage of vulnerable, low income people. The company says so itself in the above articles.

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Enough is enough

By   /  July 11, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Ihaka could have grown into a wonderful young man, just like my son, if his life had not been so tragically cut short at the hands of someone who should never have been allowed near him. And Ihaka is only one of 3 precious little NZ children lost or maimed JUST THIS WEEK.

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The real issues behind the parental consent debate

By   /  June 3, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  100 Comments

Trigger warning – child abuse.

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Prostitution, Sexual Violence and the Police: Breaking My Silence (Trigger warning: Sexual assault & rape)

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

I know there will be some who will stoop low enough to attack me for writing this, but I won’t let fear prevent me from speaking out anymore. I am fortunate enough to have a voice, and I need to use it, because I know that aspects of my experience with the police have also happened to many other sex workers and sexual assault survivors.

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Compassion and social responsibility facing extinction

By   /  April 5, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  94 Comments

Everywhere I look, everything I read, the stories I hear – the message from those in control to their citizens on how to act within society is the same. It’s every man/woman for themselves, and we should not give a fuck about anyone but ourselves.

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An open letter to NZ parents about consequences

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

I feel like a rare species of parent. And I wish I wasn’t. Maybe I’m not – I’d like to hope there are many of you out there with the same viewpoint.

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Gardasil does not cause sex

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The Gardasil vaccine is only sexualised because you have sexualised it in your own brain. It is you who are thinking like this. Your daughter isn’t.

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Is time up for Bible in Schools? What are your rights as a parent?

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

The issue of Bible lessons in schools was revived again on the weekend, with the case of Jeff McClintock in the Hibiscus Coast, who is seemingly powerless to choose whether or not his child attends Bible in Schools sessions at their primary school.

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Don’t Watch 50 Shades, donate instead. Here’s why.

By   /  February 10, 2015  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith  /  16 Comments

(Trigger warning for family violence, sexual violence & child abuse)

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CEO pay rises show health system is upside down

By   /  January 17, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

I’m only one of tens of thousands of Kiwi’s with chronic medical issues who have the above experience in some way on a frequent basis, many in the SDHB catchment. And our realities matter, because we are the ones who are ‘served’ by this huge and broken system.

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Rural Kiwis deserve equal access to mental health care

By   /  January 13, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Suicides and mental health struggles aren’t limited to the male head of the farm. Rural women and farm workers also suffer, and our stats on rural youth aren’t great either. Isolation isn’t just a feeling when you live rural, it’s also a practical everyday reality.

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Dear Ministry for Social Development,

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

It’s time to break out of the ‘bludger’ box Anne Tolley, strategists and policy advisors. There hasn’t been a single independent review of our current welfare system that hasn’t raised serious concerns about the impact of these sanctions on our vulnerable.

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