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National spins new “fake news” narrative: there is no health crisis

By   /  May 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

National is under attack. It’s reputation as a “prudent fiscal manager” is threatened by a growing realisation that it has achieved government surpluses at the expense of under-funded DHBs, decaying infrastructure, poorly resourced mental healthcare, budget cuts to DoC, frozen funding for Radio New Zealand, cuts to early childhood education and schools, etc.

After nine years of frozen budgets (a cut, once inflation, population growth, and other pressures are factored in), New Zealanders have been made to understand the painful realities of austerity-National-style;

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National’s housing spokesperson Michael Woodhouse – delusional or outright fibber?

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The recent Housing Report reveals National’s ineptitude when it came to homelessness and housing unaffordability. Even retiring baby-boomers do not escape National’s incompetence when it came to unrestrained migration; insufficient housing stock; spiralling speculation; and poorly-planned infrastructure to cope with a rising population;

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EXCLUSIVE: The Donghua Liu Affair – how the NZ Herald played their part in #dirtypolitics

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is supported by Twitter chatter linking Herald editor, Shayne Currie, with Cameron Slater’s Whale Oil blog.

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EXCLUSIVE: Was the Donghua Liu Affair another example of Dirty Politics?

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  95 Comments

So how did Slater and Farrar manage to refer to a story in their blogposts that had yet to be written and uploaded onto the NZ Herald website?

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The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Immigration NZ?

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

One cannot escape the conclusion that some form of collusion has taken place between Immigration NZ/Minister Woodhouse and the NZ Herald.

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