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Andrew Little called the Sensible Sentencing Lynch Mob ‘loopy’ & ‘callous’ because they are ‘loopy’ and ‘callous’

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

Poor Andrew Little is having to get to grips with reforming our broken corrections industry and part of that means confronting the madness of the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

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Stolen Holiday Pay must be paid back – the Government must act

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The truth is there is nothing very complicated about the calculation of annual leave. Leave was to be calculated weekly and when it was taken it should be valued at the greater of the worker’s current wage or their yearly average. This had been true since 1948.

What was clarified in the 2003 Act was that if it was difficult to determine what an ordinary week was, for example, because they worked variable hours each week, then the worker should get the higher of their yearly average or the average of the last four weeks. This was explained in the Act in minute detail. No mistaken understanding could be taken from the plain language.

It has become clear that almost no major employer or payroll provider did this simple calculation. Many also did not include regular allowances that should have been. 

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Emotion, Not Reason, Is Driving New Zealanders’ Attitudes Towards Crime And Punishment

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

It was the famous English jurist, Sir William Blackstone, who said: “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” It is perhaps the greatest achievement of New Zealand’s Sensible Sentencing Trust that the present reality of dozens of innocent persons spending months in remand cells for offences they will later be acquitted of does not enrage the New Zealand public. Their motto would appear to be: “It is better that ten innocent people remain locked-up than that one guilty person re-offends on bail.”

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Where’s Matthew Hooton’s claim that David Parker is corrupt gone?

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Yesterday, Matthew Hooton wrote a column in the NZ Herald that claimed David Parker was corrupt.

Today that article seems to have gone missing???

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IT’S A GIRL! Congratulations Jacinda & Clarke

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Our unwed Millennial working Mum with the stay at home Dad has given birth to a girl!

That’s a Feminist trifecta!

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Reducing the prison muster rather than building a new prison

By   /  June 21, 2018  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

I am heartened by the way Labour and the Greens are talking up justice reform and the need to reduce prison numbers. Justice Minister Andrew Little told TV3’s Nation last week that everything is on the table, including reform of the bail, parole and sentencing legislation.

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New Zealand’s Very Own Pinkertons

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

THE POLITICAL SCANDAL swirling around the private detective agency Thompson & Clark Investigations Ltd (TCIL) lays bare capitalism’s rawest nerves.

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TPPA, mini-prison no one wants and now allowing foreign speculators to buy the apartments Gen Xers and Millennials are told they need to buy (Dear Phil, smash the golf courses)

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  32 Comments

So what the Government is really saying is, ‘Dear Gen Xers and Millennials, you will still have to compete with overseas boomer investors who want to make a quick buck out of apartment developments so go fuck yourself”.

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Why was the Secret Intelligence Service working with private spies and what else were they doing?

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

It’s interesting how the amplification of rumours against Clarke Gayford jumped once Jacinda announced a ban on all state agencies working with T&C.

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Lacklustre medicinal cannabis bill holds important lesson for the referendum

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Bill will take effect next year, a few months before the referendum on making cannabis legal.

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Why I’m Not That Concerned About ACT Twerking Its Way To 2020 Victory

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

it’s probably useful at this point to take a bit of a closer look at the prediction being advanced in certain quarters that David Seymour’s efforts on a certain reality tv show of late might somehow singlehandedly revive the ACT Party. As an actual “party”, I mean, rather than an entity whose Parliamentary Caucus can currently be counted using the single finger of one hand. 

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GUEST BLOG: Anonymous – the horror of dealing with WINZ

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Heartless and sad to think the giant room full of WINZ staff can not see the right thing to do. Took me 1 visit 1 morning to see how needless that is. 5 security! More than any bank! 

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When it was 60 jobs for a bottling company, Greens say yes. When it’s 60 jobs in mining, Greens say no – are the Greens drunk or stupid?

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

The Greens don’t know if they are Arthur or Martha, and if they ever did work it out there would be a 6 month hui to decide pronoun use, and that decision would be announced by National whom they handed their Parliamentary Questions over to.

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If only the Unions were this brave during John Key eh? And can HNZ, WINZ and MSD go on strike too? Please?

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

When you consider the horror of the meth hysteria and the punitive spite vomited upon beneficiaries, can HNZ, WINZ and MSD possibly go on strike too? In their cases you could actually argue them being on strike is actually the best thing to ever happen to those they torture.

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Can The Nurses Win On Their Own?

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

In an economy where roughly half the paid workforce have not had a pay-rise for close to two years, will the Nurses’ Organisation’s demand for an immediate, across the board, 11 percent increase strike the average Kiwi as “about right” or “too much”. With an experienced registered nurse’s salary set to rise from $66,755 to $77,386 by December next year under the present offer, will the two-thirds of workers who earn considerably less than that sum (in 2016 the median NZ income was just $48,800) regard the union’s proposed strike action as reasonable – or unreasonable?

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Proof of how NZs environmental law gets dumbed down

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Simon’s call to do less than sweet bugger all can only be considered political leadership if you are the oil industry, you know, the one Simon went out of his way to help mug NZ civil rights to protest for.

We have a Government and Opposition arguing over the pretence of a solution. How the fuck did we get to such an empty moment when what we need is urgency, vision and courage?

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