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Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft calls for a fairer, egalitarian New Zealand

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

This weekend (26/27 May), two disparate voices called for a more egalitarian society in our country. The voices of Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, and Chief Executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern), Kim Campbell, both made statements on  TV3’s The Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A (respectively), that only a few years ago would have been heresy to neo-liberal orthodoxy.

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So “throwing money” at poverty does work, according to National?

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

One of the most commonly parroted cliches from the rightwing of politics; “throwing money at the problem” – usually with the add-on; ” – doesn’t solve anything”. Except, of course, when it comes to tax-cuts. Then it’s not so much “throwing money” at middle class and affluent voters – as labelling it a “reward”

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Judith Collins owes an explanation to voters

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It is unquestionably the role of the Parliamentary Opposition to question the government and hold it to account. Along with the media (as flawed as it sometimes is), a strong Opposition is a necessary function of a healthy democracy. But having someone like Judith Collins, who has so many unanswered questions hanging over her, demanding accountability undermines the effectiveness of the Opposition.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (toru)

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The leaking  of Winston Peter’s superannuation over-payment is well known. Also known is that Ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley were briefed by Ministry of Social Development and State Services Commission, respectively, on Peters’ private details regarding the over-payment before it was leaked to the media and made public knowledge.

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Tips from Paula Bennett on how to be a Hypocrite

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

It would be a fair guess that Bennett does not require tipping to make up her weekly pay packet, to meet the necessities of life that many other New Zealanders find challenging in the 21st Century;

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Why I won’t be congratulating Nikki Kaye

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

On 15 March this year when then-Youth Minister, Nikki Kaye, launched into an ad hominem diatribe against Jacinda Ardern during a debate in Parliament. It was an orchestrated, pre-planned, personalised attack;

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MEDIA WATCH: Why is Paula Bennett media-shy all of a sudden?

By   /  June 11, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

According to John Campbell, Bennett refused to appear on Radio NZ’s Checkpoint for an interview.

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