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Apartheid in Aotearoa New Zealand – yes, it does exist

By   /  February 28, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  98 Comments

Minister Tracey Martin has a moment in our history to do the right thing. Fran Wilde led the way with gay law reform.

But the movement for social justice and inclusion did not end thirty-three years ago. Just as the feminist movement still has much to accomplish.

We cannot, as a society, exclude a small minority by creating a system or practice that separates people according to their status as trans-gendered.

That is apartheid.

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Q+A review: Ron Mark – A Hawk’s Hawk

By   /  July 8, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

FINALLY someone has pointed out that China is using soft power to extend its power into NZ.

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Media bullsh*t vs the Bovine variety

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

A case in point where the media can misrepresent what an elected representative  has stated occurred immediately after Corin Dann interviewed Environment Minister, David Parker, on 6 May, on TVNZ’s Q+A;

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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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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – rua

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

When born-to-rule Tories – with a bloated sense of self-worth and entitlement – slip up and let us peasant know how they really view us – it is usually unsurprising to most on the Left. Take, for example, Bill English’s candid admission that New Zealand’s lower wage rates were beneficial when it came to competing with Australia. On 10 April  2011, in an exchange with Guyon Espiner on TVNZ’s Q+A, English boasted of the benefits of low wages;

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TV Review: Q+A – too much bigotry for breakfast?

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Jesus H Christ, Jessica Mutch might have thought her questioning of Moana Jackson was taking the redneck bigotry of muddle Nu Zilind to a Maori academic who was saying something ridiculous, but it just came across like she was the bigot.

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Q+A Review: Why Gen X and Gen Y are the bitter neoliberal harvest we can’t ever mention on mainstream media

By   /  April 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The most amazing part of the discussion was how the mainstream media pundits and TVNZ staff refused point blank to consider that the Gen X and Millennial disgust and aversion of politics is a perfectly normal and rational response to the out right greed and contempt of the current political landscape because of neoliberalism.

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