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Apartheid Israel – Violent News Gets More Clicks

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  7 Comments

By now you’ve probably heard about the deaths in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank following protests at al Aqsa mosque. That’s because violence makes for great headlines. What received almost no attention from English language media was a historic legal procedure.

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The biggest threat to NZ is not terrorism, it’s poverty

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  18 Comments

The government recently announced an extra $20 billion in military spending over the next 15 years. When the greatest threat to our sovereignty comes not from war and terrorism, but from unaffordable housing, health and education, how can we justify this?

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City of Peace to Host War Games

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  1 Comment

The naval training exercises are nothing more than a chance for the boys to show each other their toys. There is an inherent dishonesty and double standard when we can, as a nation, simultaneously celebrate war and bemoan the death and suffering that result from it.

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The Case for a Cultural Boycott of Israel

By   /  October 4, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sian Robertson, The Liberal Agenda  /  29 Comments

Although we are a small country about as far away as you can get from Israel and Palestine, New Zealand has punched above its weight in the past in terms of calling out racist regimes, the most notable example being our protests against the 1981 Springbok Tour.

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Child poverty linked to tertiary education policy in recent report

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  31 Comments

“The issue of student debt is often cited as a deterrent, but perhaps a greater barrier to tertiary education is the immediate financial hardship while undertaking study.”

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New Zealand represented on Women’s Boat to Gaza

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  48 Comments

This year the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will launch an all-women fleet to challenge the nearly 10-year-old blockade of Gaza. In late September two boats, the Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva, will leave Italy and set sail for the coast of besieged Gaza to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade of the Palestinian territory. The Flotilla will aim to arrive […]

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Kia Ora Gaza Fundraiser

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sian Robertson, The Liberal Agenda  /  6 Comments

Kia Ora Gaza have launched an appeal to contribute $25,000 to the Flotilla from New Zealand. Kia Ora Gaza have supported previous flotillas, and also been involved in international land convoys in 2010 and 2012. They donated three ambulances in 2010, and co-sponsored two ambulances for Gaza in 2015.

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Chasing Asylum – a film review

By   /  July 17, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sian Robertson, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Chasing Asylum – a film review

After media coverage of rioting at the Christmas Island detention centre late last year, the New Zealand public were made somewhat aware of the appalling treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia.

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The brave new world of carpooling

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  8 Comments

This one really shows how staggeringly out of touch Simon Bridges is. Yes, Simon, we want you to charge us to use the roads that were paid for by our taxes for public use, to encourage us to carpool, while neglecting to maintain and make use of the rail that our taxes built for public use. Please encourage us, Simon. We can’t do it without you.

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Home ownership a national obsession

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  17 Comments

In New Zealand we have a broken attitude to renting and an unhealthy obsession with property ownership. According to IMF statistics, NZ has the fastest increasing house-price-to-income ratio in the world.

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Higher Education – a Privilege of the Rich and the Young?

By   /  May 16, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  14 Comments

Tertiary education becomes less accessible each year, with fee increases, reduced student allowance availability, increases in loan repayments, lowering of the income threshold for repayments and unrealistic means testing.

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The Writing’s on the Wall

By   /  April 12, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  10 Comments

The most important local target is the NZ Superannuation Fund, which invests in several companies that profit from Israel’s stranglehold on Palestine. It’s not pretty – among these are several manufacturers of military equipment used to massacre and maim Palestinian civilian populations, banks operating in and financing the illegal Israeli settlements and Caterpillar bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes.

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