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Labour Party’s Tax Working Group stacked 8 to 2 with corporate representatives

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Most of these people spend their working days earning fat salaries advising wealthy corporates and rich listers how to minimise their taxes.

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Use of Nudge theory: The Winter Energy Payment

By   /  January 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  18 Comments

Behavioural economist Richard Thaler, the father of ‘nudge theory’ was awarded the Nobel economics prize in 2008. In New Zealand we see his influence in the auto-enrolment, opt-out design of KiwiSaver.

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A Point Being Overlooked In The Trump-Haiti “Shithole” Controversy

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

[Author’s Note: Due to some confusion derived from people not reading beyond the first few lines, it’s probably necessary to include a disclaimer at this point – I’m NOT defending Trump here. Read the whole thing before angrily writing in to suggest otherwise, please.] 

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One of Maggie Barry’s tracks

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

DOC has great people doing a fantastic job but it’s had nasty, venal ministers like Nick Smith and Maggie Barry who have done their best to drive it into the ground.

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Enablers – Dr Liz Gordon

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The late Jim Anderton and his movement was potentially an enabler. But the neo-liberal political project which he opposed has trundled on ever since and has outlived him, which is a shame. We could do with a new transformational spirit here to overcome inequalities and the rise of the super-rich and overpaid and the poor and underpaid. Any candidates?

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Iran unrests: why I remain skeptical

By   /  January 9, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  79 Comments

Like me, many other Iranians participated in the 1979 revolution without fully understanding the endgame or the nature of the forces that propelled it forward. The result of that blind participation was that people’s dream of a secular democracy turned into an oppressive theological nightmare.

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Jim Anderton played a critical role in changing our electoral system

By   /  January 9, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Jim Anderton made a great and irreplaceable contribution to our society and democracy. Without his leadership of NewLabour and the Alliance – and his support of MMP – we might still be stuck with a narrow, two-party, first-past-the-post political system – like Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States. We owe Jim a lot.

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On Donald Trump’s “Stability” – Mental Health & Politics: Tarred, Feathered & Straightjacketed

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Let us be clear about this: if you’re going to oppose Donald Trump or anyone else … please let it be for actual, tangible reasons rather than motivated by a media-fostered fear and loathing of the victims of mental illness.

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Rest in Peace Jim Anderton, you were a bigger man than Labour’s treachery could ever contain.

By   /  January 7, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

Rest in peace Jim, you were a bigger man than Labour’s treachery could ever contain. 

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Three years after Charlie tragedy, ‘blaspheming’ journalists still face death

By   /  January 6, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Three years after 12 people were killed at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015, those who censor in the name of God still pose one of the gravest threats to the freedom to inform almost everywhere in the world. From one continent to the next, calls for the deaths of journalists accused of blasphemy circulate widely on social networks.

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – toru

By   /  January 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

As  Parliament recently debated the new government’s Families Package Bill, some National MPs were increasingly upset that Urgency had briefly taken the debate into their precious lunch period;

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – rua

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

When born-to-rule Tories – with a bloated sense of self-worth and entitlement – slip up and let us peasant know how they really view us – it is usually unsurprising to most on the Left. Take, for example, Bill English’s candid admission that New Zealand’s lower wage rates were beneficial when it came to competing with Australia. On 10 April  2011, in an exchange with Guyon Espiner on TVNZ’s Q+A, English boasted of the benefits of low wages;

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After Lorde’s courage, why has WOMAD invited Israeli singer to New Zealand?

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Israeli singer Victoria Hanna is due to perform at the New Plymouth WOMAD festival (17-19 March 2018). She should never have been invited to come. Hanna is currently based at the University of California as part of the Visiting Israeli Artist Programme of The Israel Institute who describe their role in these terms –

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – tahi

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Taking personal responsibility Mike Hosking-style

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Lorde takes a stand

By   /  December 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

In taking this courageous stand, Lorde follows in the steps of her parents’ generation who stood up against apartheid in South Africa; testing atomic bombs in  the South Pacific; New Zealand’s  involvement in the Vietnam War; and demanding a nuclear-free New Zealand.

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What I want for Christmas…

By   /  December 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Now is the time of the year when we send in  requests to that mysterious red-garbed being at the north pole for ‘goodies’ of one sort or another. This is my belated wish-list of gifts. But not gifts for myself. These are gifts for the whole of New Zealand…

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