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That Seventies Show

By   /  June 27, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

JACINDA ARDERN HAILS her government as the most committed to delivering progressive change since the mid-1970s. In other words, since the Third Labour Government of Norman Kirk and Bill Rowling (1972-1975). Before assessing whether or not the Prime Minister’s claim is true, it is worth considering what on earth possessed her to make it.

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Unite Union accuses Restaurant Brands of trying to cheat staff again over annual leave

By   /  June 26, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Restaurant Brands Ltd (RBL), is asking staff to authorise the deduction of so-called overpayments from the annual leave money they owe their current and former staff. 

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Confronting Racism In 1981 – And 2019

By   /  June 25, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

HOW VERY DIFFERENT the university campuses of 2019 are from the campuses of 1981. Thirty-eight years is a long time. There will be lecturers and tutors on campus today who weren’t even born in the year the Springboks came to tour. To those whose job it is to look back into the darker episodes of our past, New Zealand must seem like another country. Just how much that other country differed from the New Zealand of today was driven home to me while listening to RNZ journalist Katie Scotcher’s story on this morning’s (24/6/19) edition of Morning Report.

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Dr Liz Gordon: The killers of my grandson were sentenced in the High Court last week

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The killers of my grandson, Bradley Lomax, were sentenced in the High Court last week.  They each got 16-17 years non-parole period. Some of the family were there, and it is reported that they said they did not forgive the two men who killed Brad.

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MUST READ: Auckland, transport, cycling gentrification and class bias

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Transport inequity is a class, racist (and gendered) issue that perpetuates economic inequality. Transport benefits are felt most by the already privileged, and costs are borne by the already poor and disempowered.

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Operation Burnham Inquiry Can Now Blame Civilian Deaths On “The Fog of War”

By   /  June 21, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

If the NZDF’s obfuscation turns out to have been inspired by American sensitivities regarding the part played by their helicopter gunship/s (and its/their supposedly defective gunsight/s) in killing Tirgiran villagers, then the painfully restored relationship between New Zealand and its “very, very, good” American friends will come under strain.

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Housing is a mess. Stop messing with the solutions

By   /  June 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  19 Comments

The window of opportunity is fast closing to get the taxation of housing right.

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