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“Trade For All” consultation lacks credibility while negotiations on old model continue

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

‘It is worrying that the Prime Minister aims to ensure New Zealand’s values and sovereignty were not “unduly compromised” in the quest for more market access. But the shroud of secrecy continues, leaving us in a “trust me” zone with a government that has given us no grounds to do so’.

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While the Left fiddles, the Right beats their war-drum

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

While the Left has been fiddling about with much gnashing of teeth and tears of concern over the right of two Canadian neo-fascists to speak at an Auckland City council venue – National’s focus has been laser-like at regaining power in 2020.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Disrupting our lives

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

In her book Everyday Sexism, British author Laura Bates explains how girls and women are shaped by everyday discourse into gendered disadvantage.  Whether it be pay, employment, daily life, love, or whatever, the systematic disadvantaging of women takes place all the time in every place that we live.  How to explain the ‘inexplicable’ equal pay gap? Women are conditioned to have lower expectations and are much more likely to accept less. They value themselves lower than men do.

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MUST READ: On freedom of speech and racism most vile

By   /  August 5, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

The most significant injustice isn’t that some barely credible white supremacists travel the world vomiting diatribe, but that racial inequality still informs and shapes life outcomes marginalising ethnic groups here and in every nation on a daily basis.

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“Who Are You Calling ‘Mate’, Mate?”

By   /  August 3, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Right-wing Australia would like nothing more than to close its borders to these damned annoying Kiwis. Unfortunately, that would involve tearing up the Australian-New Zealand Closer Economic Relationship and toppling New Zealand into a full-scale economic and social crisis.

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Working for families is a payment for children

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  19 Comments

The debate about WFF including  Matthew Hooton’s extreme view that WFF is communism by stealth is full of sound, fury and little substance.  Eric Crampton contributes a more academic approach to support the view that Working for Families is an employer subsidy.  

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The Politics Of Cannabis Law Reform

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Far from promoting the liberalisation of drug laws, Labour contributed significantly to the dramatic expansion of the state’s powers of intervention in the lives of those Kiwis deemed to have deviated from the “caring” agencies’ expectations.

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Whoever The Greens Have Sold Their Soul To – It Isn’t Winston.

By   /  July 31, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

TO HEAR THE National Party and other assorted right-wing beasts tell the story, the Greens have just sold their soul to the Devil. By whom they mean, presumably, that double-breasted Lucifer, Winston Peters, and his attendant pandemonium – NZ First. The Devil’s price, allegedly, is Green Party support for Winston’s “Waka-Jumping Bill”.

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Good Corp, Bad Corp

By   /  July 31, 2018  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Last week, Facebook’s share price had the largest one day drop in Wall St history, at almost 19%. They were punished not only because members of the public care about abuses of their privacy, but also because investors are choosing not to invest in companies that behave unethically.  

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URGENT: Mike Treen kidnapped by Israel

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

Mike has been kidnapped by the Israeli Navy Please view his important message and urgently contact the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, asking him to demand the Israeli government immediately release all flotilla participants and ensure the cargo of medical aid is promptly delivered to Gaza. His email address: w.peters@ministers.govt.nz

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Now is the time for action

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

No one should be surprised at the recent Israeli Parliament’s passing of the “Basic Law – Israel as The Nation State of the Jewish People”. The law is but one more step in the incremental realisation of the ultimate ambition of Israel’s founding European ideology, Zionism.

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State Housing Action Network says NO to grubby little deals offering “pocket money” to HNZ tenants

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

With its appalling record in handling the cases reported in the media so far, Housing NZ  has a huge bill ahead of it and will want to put this matter to rest asap. On their record of disrespect and callous attitudes to vulnerable tenants we expect HNZ will want to do lots of quick, grubby little deals with affected tenants and offer them “pocket money” compensation.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Oh the happy joys of Government!

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

These are exciting times, with the smell of much-needed social and economic reforms in the air across many areas of life. At the same time, there are many crocodiles snapping at the heels of the government, and these can be ignored for only so long.   The two biggest of these are the 30% government spending threshold that has been self-imposed, and the decision to ruffle powerful business interests with labour sector reform.

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The Neoliberal State Defended By, Of All People, The Left

By   /  July 29, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  47 Comments

Herein lies the irony of the ongoing “free speech” controversy. As vociferous opponents of what they characterise as existential threats to traditional Anglo-Saxon culture, Lauren Southern’s and Stefan Molyneux’s looming visit to New Zealand is intended to persuade ordinary Kiwis to look to their own defence against the twin scourges of multiculturalism and identity politics.

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When three bills become one: why cross party support is needed for medicinal cannabis law reform

By   /  July 26, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

With three bills before Parliament this year, and patients continuing to suffer, it’s clear we need cross-party support for enduring sensible solutions.

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The Government’s medicinal cannabis bill is back before parliament, and we’re urging MPs to do what’s best for patients, not politics.

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

MPs need to work together now to fix the proposed legislation and give patients urgent protection. While they squabble patients are still getting busted, or dying without medicine.

The latest shenanigans over medicinal cannabis follow a Curia poll, released this week by the New Zealand Drug Foundation, which found increased support for all options, including 87 per cent support for allowing medicinal cannabis for chronic pain relief.

The message MPs should take from this poll is: Don’t panic, and do what is best for patients.

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