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Labour & Green Budget Responsibility Rules are strangling us

By   /  December 17, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The 2019 BPS faithfully follows the Government’s self-imposed Budget Responsibility Rules.  Mr Robertson’s fiscal conservatism is apparent both in his fixation on these rules and in the surpluses which are expected over the next five years.  These surpluses rise from $1.7 billion in the current financial year to $8.3 billion by 2023.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Making life a little better

By   /  December 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

This weekend and next I am giving presents out to children at the gate house of, respectively, Christchurch Women’s and Christchurch Men’s prisons. I do this work at the men’s prison every year, on behalf of Pillars, the charity for the children of prisoners. For us, gift giving at the women’s prison is a first.

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Stand for justice and equality from the river to the sea

By   /  December 15, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Subservience to Zionism’s fanatical desire to suppress freedom of speech lies behind CNN’s decision to sack one of its most popular commentators. On 28 November, Marc Lamont Hill addressed the United Nations in support of justice for the Palestinian people. On the following day, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, CNN announced “Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN”.

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Merry Christmas for Palestine

By   /  December 15, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

I’m off today walking Te Araroa – from Cape Reinga to Bluff – carrying this important message on my T-shirt.

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The Salvation Army’s Latest Report: Identifying the Sins – but not the Solutions

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

THE LATEST “State of Our Communities” report from the Salvation Army exposes a worrying fragility in New Zealand’s social relationships. Behind the happy multicultural façade so beloved of politicians and bureaucrats, racial animosities fester and tensions between competing ethnic communities multiply.

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On Human Rights – Declared, Upheld, And Otherwise

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The 10th of December marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a pretty interesting document – not least because, if you peruse its contents, it contains an array of “rights” that have largely fallen by the wayside here in modern, neoliberal society.

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Medicinal Cannabis Bill set to pass Parliament; patients celebrate ambivalently

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

“A lot of us also have mixed feelings at the moment. New Zealand is catching up with the rest of the world, but this new law has only delivered part of what we hoped for,”

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Normalising The Unthinkable

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

It is the privilege of artists to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. Which is exactly what so many of them are doing in response to the deepening crisis of anthropogenic global warming.

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Dave Macpherson: Bad call by Govt to scrap mental health training for cops

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It’s not often I agree with the National Party on mental health issues, but the announcement late last week by Police Minister Stuart Nash that extra training for police recruits in mental health issues had been scrapped, had me searching for my blue cardigan for the first time in many years.

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A breath of fresh spring air shows the way out of a dark age in education

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The restructuring of state education proposed by the government working group led by Bali Haque, feels like a fresh breath of spring air after 30 years in the dark ages of Tomorrow’s Schools.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Yesterday’s schools

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Exactly 30 years ago, a taskforce headed by a supermarket magnate, and urged on by an ideological Treasury and rampantly privatising Labour Government, came up with a report on schooling that led to the Tomorrow’s Schools reports.

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Qana massacre remembered – as should New Zealand’s protection for the Butcher of Qana be remembered

By   /  December 9, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Yesterday the Fiji Times reported Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama attended a memorial service at Qana in Southern Lebanon to remember the Fijian soldiers who died as part of United Nations peace keeping missions in Southern Lebanon.

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On The Opportunistic, Would-Be Hijacking Of The Yellow-Jackets By Neoliberals

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

A thought that’s been gestating in my head these past few days about the Yellow Jackets “political moment”, is how … I guess you could say that “populism” looks like *very* different things to different people.

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NZ Media Ownership 2018

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Apart from financialisation, job losses in the print newspaper market were triggered by falling circulation, the growth of online news consumption, and the migration of advertising revenue to Google and Facebook.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Macpherson – Coroner’s report into death of Nicky Stevens released

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Coroner Wallace Bain has formally found that our son and brother Nicky Stevens’ death was as a result of suicide.

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First they came…

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

A brief history of some of my political activism, set to a certain poetic style…

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