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Dying In A Ditch For A Capital Gains Tax That Half The Country Doesn’t Want

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

THE LABOUR-GREEN TECHNOCRATIC LEFT is clearly preparing to die in the very same ditch in which the Right hopes to bury the proposed Capital Gains Tax (CGT). This is unfortunate, since one of the more annoying, if unintended, consequences of such folly is likely to be the fall of the Coalition Government. Assuming, of course, that Winston Peters and NZ First are willing to die alongside their Labour and Green comrades. The sheer improbability of that happening is really the only ray of hope illuminating what is otherwise a pretty dreary situation.

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Humanitarian concerns abused to promote regime change in Venezuela

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The US government has done everything within its power to cause the Venezuelan economy to suffer a deep recession combined with high inflation as the price of oil fell. This began under US President Obama and have been intensified by Trump.

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GUEST BLOG: Russel Norman – climate change and free trade

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The panel on a sustainable world at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand argued for major changes to address pressing environmental issues. Executive Director, Greenpeace NZ, and previous co-leader of the Green Party, Russel Norman, urged us to adopt the identity of global citizens.

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Hypocrisy in the 5G debate: NSA spied on Huawei and GCSB spied on China

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The GCSB’s and the government’s scaremongering about the danger of Huawei spying through 5G can be summed up in two words: gross hypocrisy.

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Open letter to Jordan Peterson

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Professor Peterson, I have no problems with you speaking in New Zealand but I am grateful that there is no place for some of your ideas in our laws and dominant cultural values.

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Virtue Signalling Jordan Peterson

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Genevieve McClean, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I am well aware of the groundswell of support online for this man, and I have not yet seen one supporter of him who can actually begin to articulate any of the purported use of this man’s writing to make society a better place.

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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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Despite Dairy clean river propaganda – look at this

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Dirty dairying still trashing our rivers.

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Dave Macpherson: DHB Halts CEO appointment process in midst of chaos caused by leadership decision to reopen Nicky Stevens coronial hearing

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Waikato DHB’s announcement this morning that it is halting its appointment process for a permanent CEO “due to current challenges facing the Board” is further evidence that the bad publicity arising from their attempt to reopen the Nicky Stevens Coronial process is causing a chaotic leadership situation in the organisation.

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Just Like “Rogernomics”, A Capital Gains Tax Would Traumatize The New Zealand Economy

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

LATER THIS WEEK, the recommendations of the Tax Working Group will become public. It is highly likely that a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of some description will be near the top of the Working Group’s “To Do” list. How should Labour handle this extremely hot potato? The tax which all the experts tell us we have to have has much to recommend it theoretically, but, in the bluntest of practical political terms, it could very easily destroy this government.

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Open Letter to Andrew Little: Re – Waikato DHB application to reopen completed Coroner’s Inquest into death of Nicky Stevens

By   /  February 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Request to meet with the Minister

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Kashmir Convoy Attack – Who Else Is Responsible

By   /  February 17, 2019  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

So this is a curious thing. The recent attack in Kashmir was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed, headed by a figure by the name of Masood Azhar. Understandably, India sought UN assistance in curtailing this ongoing threat; a move which the People’s Republic of China has (once again) blocked. Just as it has consistently done for more than ten years now. 

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Dave Macpherson: Request by Nicky Stevens whanau to address public section of Waikato DHB Board meeting on 27 February

By   /  February 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

By agreement with the previous Board Chair and CEO, my whanau was given permission to make a brief presentation to the Board of Waikato DHB shortly after our son Nicky’s death in 2015. The presentation was principally in support of a request to the DHB to fund legal representation for our whanau in respect of the Coronial Inquest into Nicky’s death.

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Annie Newman – Living Wage

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

At the panel on sustainable work, at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand, Annie Newman pressed the case for the living wage as a central principle for New Zealand’s future trade policy.

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Political Sadism, Or Moral Inertia? Explaining David Clark

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

David Clark does not appear to have a metric for moral force. The calculation of our health system’s ethical obligations seems beyond him. How, when all is said and done, does one measure a family’s sorrow, or calculate a young doctor’s dedication?

What is the market-price of kindness?

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Elections, coups and people’s power in Venezuela

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

When asked in a very recent Venezuelan poll who they considered to be the legitimate president of Venezuela 57% replied Nicolas Maduro, the elected president of the country, compared to just 32% for Juan Guaido who “declared” himself president a few weeks ago.

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