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Winston Peters and Neo-liberalism, Beat Compassion and Cool.

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

No wonder Winston Peters objected to the Coalition Government being called Labour-led. Because, on matters of most importance, it’s led by New Zealand First. And even though Fortune Magazine this week said Jacinda Ardern was the second most powerful leader in the world, that would make Winston the first.

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Farewell and Thanks to a Rangatira

By   /  April 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Last Thursday at Mangamuka we buried Rua Rakena, a quiet revolutionary who had an extraordinary, but largely unsung, influence on Maori and Tiriti politics from the 1960s to the 1990s

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Grasping the chance to do it better.

By   /  April 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  4 Comments

While CGT might have been a one-way ticket to oblivion for this government, the original problems that the Minister of Finance asked the TWG 2019 to address have not gone away. These are housing unaffordability and increased inequality, both of which are highly damaging to New Zealand’s future stability and prosperity.  

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There is a lot of noise but little light being shown on the debate over a capital gains tax (CGT)

By   /  April 20, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

What the middle-class liberals who dominate the leadership in the Green and Labour Parties don’t have any recognition of is that working people in New Zealand are radically overtaxed and deeply resent that. This is especially true when considered in relation to the benefits we are able to access through the public health, education, housing systems.

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Resist Zionism – defend international law

By   /  April 20, 2019  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

With US President Trump’s rejoicing, Israel has re-elected Netanyahu for a fifth term. An Israeli public relations firm took credit for placing hidden cameras at polling stations on election day, successfully reducing the voter turnout in non-Jewish communities. Netanyahu’s Likud Party admitted that it was behind the deployment of a reported 1,200 hidden cameras. In a previous election in 2015, the Israeli Prime Minister published a video, warning that ‘Arabs’ were “voting in droves” with the help of left-wing organisations.

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Brief statement from Waikato DHB Board member Dave Macpherson

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Dave Macpherson became an Elected Waikato DHB Board member after the DHB killed his son, he is TDBs mental health blogger.

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Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed minorities’ – like West Papuans

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

“Violence on post-Suharto Indonesia, from Aceh to West Papua, from Kalimantan to the Moluccas, is evidence that Java-centric nationalism is unable to distribute power fairly in an imagined Indonesia. It has created unnecessary paranoia and racism among Indonesian migrants in West Papua.” – Andreas Harsono

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Recognising Hate Speech When You See It.

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

In that universe, Ghahraman would be calming down her more zealous followers: warning them that unreasoning zealotry is always the problem – never the solution. She would also be reassuring them that New Zealand’s statute books already contain plenty of legal remedies against dangerously hateful expression.

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Dr Liz Gordon – The speed of school reform

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Under the third Labour government, Roger Douglas ran a reform process of the Blitzkrieg variety.  Essentially the idea (which came from the Right in the US) was to carry out state sector reform (and destruction) so quickly and so seamlessly that it would take the public years to understand what had happened.

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Paying too much to keep us warm?

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  25 Comments

The Winter Energy Payment (WEP) provides older people extra income to keep warm during the winter. It sounds kind, but is it a glaring example of wasteful expenditure and poor allocation of scarce resources?

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“We’re All Behind You.”

By   /  April 12, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

THE 720,000 SUBSCRIBERS to the “Neighbourly” social media platform recently received a letter from the Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt. In it he offers advice on how to call out racist behaviour and who to call if you think it crosses the line.

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Closing the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage

By   /  April 12, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

As the minimum wage gets closer to the living wage the goal of cementing in a  living wage rate (or preferably the two-thirds of the average wage goal) to be written into our collective employment agreements becomes more realistic.

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US-Saudi-Israeli State Sponsors Of Errorism Against Iran

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

I’m pretty sure that if *anybody’s* guilty of the whole aiding and abetting “terrorism as a tool of statecraft”, and generally being a “state sponsor of terror”, it’d be the Americans.

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The Multiple Faces Of Radicalisation

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The readiness to withhold empathy from those whose values the radical extremist abhors has always been the first step on the staircase that leads to terrorist atrocity. The second is the radical’s hate and rage when those deemed to hold abhorrent values refuse to be silent.

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On Bolsonaro’s Ahistorical Naziism

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Several days ago, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made headlines for his visit to a Holocaust memorial in Israel. Not so much for the visit itself, of course – it’s the sort of thing that is almost de rigueur for newly minted world leaders heading to that particular country on political pilgrimages. But rather, for his ensuing statement upon exiting the remembrance center, about those archetypal villains of the narrative of the 20th Century, the Nazis. Namely, that they were of the “left”. 

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Convenient Fictions

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

THE APPALLING CONDUCT of the Waikato DHB raises broader questions about the robustness of New Zealand’s liberal democracy. Most particularly, it challenges the whole notion that the administrators of New Zealand society remain accountable to the people they administrate

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