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Cannabis referendum: Bring it on!

By   /  May 24, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Great news today with the Government announcing it is considering bringing forward the binding referendum on legalising cannabis to next year, 2019, rather than during the 2020 general election. 

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – 2,000 more state houses?!

By   /  May 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Soon after criticising the Coalition for “hiding debt in SOEs” – a capital offense that National was guilty of in 2009, and which contributed to  bankrupting Solid Energy by 2015 – National Party’s finance spokesperson, Amy Adams, was at it again.

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MUST READ: Does this budget turn the tide?

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  16 Comments

Let’s be clear, the family poverty inherited from the last decade of entrenched poor policies, sheer neglect or deliberate attacks on living standards won’t be fixed overnight. We get that. We know the PM has solving child poverty at her core, and her values and integrity are the best thing that has happened to children for a very, very long time. But CPAG is the critical friend and has to say the hard stuff on behalf of children.

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MUST READ: Budget 2018 – Half of something and half of nothing

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

In its first Budget the Government had an opportunity to break the neo-liberal mould which has been the basis of every budget for the past 32 years but they didn’t.

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MUST READ: I’ve read the PWC Stadium report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got!

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

I’ve read the PWC report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got. But in light of a looming regional fuel tax, which hits poorer communities hardest and representing a Ward with the lowest level of home ownership… a stadium in the middle of the city to host a future Commonwealth Games and the odd Abba comeback concert, is the last thing on their minds.

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MUST READ: Budget 2018: Labour’s Pre-Emptive Capitulation To Kiwi Capitalism’s Discontent

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Grant Robertson’s dutiful and fiscally timid first budget has furnished New Zealand business leaders with all the proof they could possibly need that neoliberalism’s sharpest teeth are all perfectly safe.

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Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Mike Treen spoke with acclaimed US/Palestinian author Dr Baroud who is currently on a speaking tour of New Zealand on why he is going on the Flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. (See link below)

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – “hidden borrowing”?!

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

National is at it again;  indulging in rank hypocrisy by criticising the Labour-NZ First- Green Coalition Government of policies that they themselves carried out.

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Dr Liz Gordon – A just nation?

By   /  May 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

It has been a very long time since a New Zealand government has had an agenda of justice sector reform.  In truth, justice has been run on the fuel of the agony of the victims of crime. It has been stoked by rage and fear.  There has been little that is dispassionate or even that over-used phrase, evidence-based, about justice policy. To be honest, justice policy since about 1990 has been stark raving bonkers.

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Budget 2018 – Fiscal restraint and state housing – ideological craziness exposed

By   /  May 19, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

The government has decided to increase the building of state housing from their extremely modest target of 1000 a year to the still very modest target of 1600 a year over the next four years.

Housing NZ is not being given any extra money to do this.

They will have to borrow on private financial markets at higher rates than the government can borrow money for.

The cost to the government will be more as a result.

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Zionist lies and preparation for nuclear war

By   /  May 19, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

If we cannot bring Israel to respect the most fundamental provisions of international law, then we must part company with our ‘traditional allies’ as they seek to cover for Israel’s lawlessness and inhumanity. New Zealand should reappraise its foreign policy and align itself with humanity rather than unashamed power. Solidarity with BDS would be a shining beacon for united action by all who yearn for a return to sanity, justice and respect for the whole of humanity.

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Budget 2018: Tinkering with neo-liberalism

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

“Transformation” is a politically expedient and specifically misleading term. Labour knows the expectations are high and by describing it as the first of three budgets which will “transform” New Zealand, Labour is offering future hope from a government which has no intention of any transformation outside the rigid confines of neo-liberalism.

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Wage and time theft endemic – and could get worse

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Workers have been cheated for 15 years. But it seems that companies are only being required to go back six years to calculate repayments. Why? 

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Simon burns his Teal Coalition Bridges

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

So with National’s antipathy to taking the crucial, hard steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, what was National’s reasoning to entice the Green Party into a coalition deal (or at least a confidence and supply arrangement)? The answer came from Bluegreens co-chairman, Geoff Thompson. Thompson was unequivocally clear in his stated intention to using his front-organisation as a way for National to return to power;

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How Should One Deal With A Psychopathic State?

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING in Gaza poses the question: How should one deal with a psychopathic state?

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The massacre of protesters in Gaza

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Remember us, we are not statistics, we are people – members of families who have been sacrificed to Zionist ambition for daring to protest. Here are our names:

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