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Labour’s declining share of national income

By   /  December 4, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The economist for the Council of Trade Unions Bill Rosenberg has produced some revealing data about the resumption of the declining share of labour income in the New Zealand economy in the most recent CTU economic Bulletin.

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MUST READ: New Zealand’s economy depends on Chinese mothers NOT breastfeeding their babies

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

How did it come to this?

New Zealand’s economy now depends on more Chinese mothers NOT breastfeeding their babies.

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West Papuan ‘independence day’ – nationalist militia attack rally in Surabaya

By   /  December 2, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Police later raided Papuan student dormitories in the evening and detained 233 students in a day of human rights violations as Indonesian authorities cracked down on demonstrations marking December 1 – “independence day”, according to protesters.

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A Tom Scott cartoon on Saudi Arabia…

By   /  December 2, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Some things never seem to change.

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Winston lacks spine on America – another disappointment from an MP who should know better

By   /  December 1, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

We asked Mr Peters for a clear and reasonably prompt response to our questions concerning the alarming tenor of Bolton’s speech and present US policy regarding US relations with the ICC. We also asked the Foreign Affairs Minister for clear indications of New Zealand’s policy in defence of Palestinian human rights and international law.

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Denial of Prisoners’ Votes Medieval Injustice

By   /  December 1, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The fundamental right to vote shouldn’t be a political football. Imprisonment shouldn’t be a denial of civil rights as well as of liberty. Convicted criminals should be due court imposed sanctions, but not civil death, otherwise universal rights die too.

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From A Table By The Window.

By   /  November 30, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

HOW MANY YEARS has it been, I asked myself, since I climbed these stairs? That the little Wellington café was still in business after more than 40 years struck me as a miracle. And where better to meet the man who could still remember the events of 40 years ago – not least because he was there, in the thick of them?

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When It Comes To Huawei, Corporate Media Think “National Interest” Is The Dividend China Gets For Owning Us

By   /  November 30, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It’s pretty interesting watching the reactions in the media to the GCSB disallowing Spark from using Huawei tech in the 5G network upgrade.

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Dave Macpherson: The Fox is in the chicken run again!

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

GOVT APPOINTS DHB & MoH GROUP TO ADVISE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS….

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SPECIAL REPORT: David Seymour – A Valid ‘Hit’ and a Colossal ‘Miss’

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

For lone ACT MP, David Seymour, November has been a “mixed bag”.  The leader of a near-non-existent Party scored this month – though only one was a try/goal/bowled-out. The other was a foul/offside/no-ball that all but negated his previous success.

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Winston Keeps His Pledge To The Small Businesses Of Small-Town New Zealand

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that the most accomplished class warrior to emerge from the struggle to improve New Zealand’s labour laws would be Winston Peters? No one else with a dog in this fight saw the class issues at stake as clearly as Winston Peters and NZ First. Not the employers; not the unions; and certainly not the Labour, National or Green parties

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My position on Trans Rights

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

There have been some questions raised about my support for Trans rights in New Zealand that I would like to clarify.

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The Case Of The Problematic Professor

By   /  November 27, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

Jacinda can’t really say “It’s about New Zealand First” – that could be misinterpreted, but if she were to say something similar in defence of her continuing silence vis-à-vis Anne-Marie Brady, then she would earn the respect of Beijing and Washington alike

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On ‘smashing Brahminical Patriarchy’

By   /  November 27, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on On ‘smashing Brahminical Patriarchy’

Another day, another case of an American man whipping up ignorance and divisive idiocy via the Twitter medium they’re immanently associated with. Except in this case, it’s Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. And rather than speaking on a matter that is relevant to America, he’s chosen to wade into India’s ongoing post-colonial internal conflicts over “caste”.

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Dave Macpherson: Government’s Mental Health Inquiry report (over)due

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

With the Government’s delayed Mental Health Inquiry due to report back in the next few days, it’s worth reminding ourselves about the background and issues that forced this move onto the political agenda.

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Nuk Korako – National Party placeholder for Zionist brutality

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Earlier this year Nuk Korako was one of six National MPs who attended a dinner hosted by the Israeli ambassador with the aim of establishing a New Zealand Parliamentary Friends of Israel group. (For the record the other MPs were Alfred Ngaro, Tim McIndoe, Todd Muller, Jian Yang and Paul Goldsmith)

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