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Game of Thrones: Red Wedding Reactions Compilation

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“We will terrorize our opponents”

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“We will terrorize our opponents”

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Face TV listings Wednesday 5th June

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AM
8.00 In Focus
8.45 Classic serial
9.00 Bloomberg
10.00 World Stories
10.30 In Good Shape
11.00 euronews

PM
12.00pm Pacific Viewpoint
12.30 Voice of Islam TV
1.30 euronews
2.00 NHK Newsline
2.30 Chilean news
3.00 German news
3.30 French news
4.00 Dutch news
4.30 Imagine-nation
5.00 Euromaxx
5.30 DW Journal
6.00 Aljazeera News
7.00 Schools Inc.
7.15 Shift
7.30 Paws for Thought
8.00 Great Australian Doorstep
8.30 The Outlook for Someday
9.00 Australia News
9.30 No Limits
10.00 Dazz & Gazz Talk Comics [PG]
10.30 Democracy Now News Hour
11.30 Planet Un-earth [PG]

Face TV broadcasts on Sky 83 & Auckland UHF

Face TV Twitter
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Home at last in Istanbul

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Source: Greenpeace NZ – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Home at last in Istanbul

Gezi Park Protest

I have been living in Istanbul, in Taksim, for the last year and a half. This weekend I felt at home here for the first time. Against the tense backdrop and amidst the clouds of tear gas people are being exceptionally kind.

A woman in the street approached me yesterday evening shyly and said: “I see that you are pregnant, and just wanted to tell you that there are fights in Besiktas now and a lot of tear gas. Please don’t go there.” Others offer me water in the street, a gas mask or to step into their shop to rest.

The last few days in Istanbul have been quite extraordinary, scary at times but inspiring nevertheless.

On Sunday, there was a feeling of victory in the air. The police retreated from Gezi Park at around 5pm on Saturday. They did not return to the Taksim area, where I live and where our office is.

The city center was fairly calm, at least until the evening.

At around midday on Sunday, I went with some friends and colleagues to Gezi Park. It was peaceful and sunny.

There I saw things that moved me to tears: thousands of people were walking around the park with garbage bags loading them full of the destruction of the last few days. People were even picking up cigarette butts, leaving the park spotless.

On one corner of the park there is a makeshift stall where food and drinks are being handed out. Someone gave me a bottle of water and urged me to take a pastry. Every minute someone came to the stall loading it up with a donation of food, drinks and cleaning materials. The clean up extended beyond the park reaching out across the city. In my neighborhood, where the day before there were violent clashes, people came out early in the morning and cleaned their streets.

It is these acts of solidarity and spontaneity that have been making the last few days so remarkable. After a calm day, in the evening news came about police violence in the capital of Ankara and in the Istanbul neighborhood of Besiktas.

I was at friend’s house, standing at the entrance of the building when someone in an upper floor of the building next door opened the window and started tapping with a spoon on a pot. Within seconds, people in the buildings around joined from their balconies and windows, taping on pots, pans or glass bottles: within minutes the neighborhood was taping to the same rhythm. People in the street were clapping or whistling to express their solidarity with Ankara and Besiktas. It is hard to explain how moving it was, how with such limited means such a powerful sentiment can be expressed.

My colleagues in Greenpeace office here have been doing incredible work.

The office has remained open non-stop since Friday and as protests intensified in the evening and surged closer to the office (it is about 1 km away from Taksim Square, on the main avenue leading to it). The police moved closer dispensing an enormous amounts of tear gas.

Saturday was the most intensive day by far. I arrived in the office in the morning when the streets were clear and everything seemed quiet. Within a couple of hours the streets were filled with gas again.

Our office is on the fifth floor, from the windows we could see the police clashing with protesters. By the early afternoon the gas became so thick it was getting hard to breath in the office.

Two of the rooms were converted into clinics where protesters who suffered from tear-gas exposure could be treated by nurses, supported by Greenpeace staff members. Volunteers and activists were working together.

It was very dangerous by then to leave the office and almost impossible to get in, but still people found a way to bring us food and medical supplies, or just to offer support.

In the afternoon the atmosphere became quite tense, a tear-gas canister was fired directly at the office floor, luckily hitting the roof and not the closed balcony underneath it where many people were standing. We were concerned the police might come up and start arresting people, although we had done nothing wrong.

By 5pm suddenly the tide had turned, there were thousands of people flooding the street toward the square and the police all retreated in an instant.

Again amongst the high drama with many brave acts its was the seemingly small acts of solidarity, of individuals doing what ever they could to help were the ones that made this day truly remarkable for me.

Gezi Park FridgeTo name just a few that stayed with me: a supporter stuffing the fridge with milk (good for tear-gas inhalation) and food supplies without anyone even noticing; a group of girls making lunch in the kitchen; to the many who kept pouring in and finally after things have calmed down – a girl, not a staff member or anyone I’ve seen before, washing all the dishes and cleaning the kitchen that was earlier used to feed many.

I think at this stage no one can say if this will slowly die down or develop into something more, no one could have predicted only a few days ago a simple peaceful protest in defense of a city park would spin so out of control and inspire so many to stand up for the right to peaceful protest. Whatever happens, witnessing the power and will of the people to come together, from all walks of life, across party lines and without any clear guidance or organisation, has been really been a privilege and inspiration which will last a life time.

Jen Maman is the Peace Advisor of Greenpeace International. She is based in Istanbul.

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The Daily Blog Watch Tuesday 4 June

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Today’s Daily Blog Watch Round-Up of matters that have attracted the attention, assessments, and articulations of this country’s leading bloggers…

NZ Left Blogosphere

First up, that “moral shepherd of the Left”, Chris Trotter on Bowalley Road writes that Forewarned Is Forearmed when it comes to right wingers like Simon Lusk, and their plans for  plutocratic World Domination within our own borders.

Bryan Gould asks   Who’s Extreme on his blog, and also makes reference to the plottings of right wing extremists such as Lusk. As Bryan points out,

“So, while we must salute the public-spiritedness of the National party leaker who presumably recognised the danger of extreme views to both his party and the country, the danger is far from over.  Without our realising it, a government whose priority is to support big business interests  is still coming our way.”

No Right Turn’s Idiot Savant also comments on a Shorter Simon Lusk and Lusk’s obvious contempt for democracy and an independent civil service.

Danyl on The Dim Post post makes a very good point about National and The Greens firing broadsides at each other (though the Green’s phasers are permantly locked on “Warm Fuzzy Stun/Massage” rather than “Destroy the Fucking Bastards”, as the Nats’ weaponry is geared to do). Check out who suffers in the cross-fire in  Normanahotep.

Danyl also reposts this curious item about  Transitional problems.

On Frogblog,  Metiria Turei sez it’s  A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do and whilst congratulating Kidscan, makes an impassioned argument for nurses stationed in all low decile schools. It makes sense really. (Which is why the  Nats won’t have a bar of it.)

RIP Margaret Shields, from Jan Logie, who writes,

As a Green party MP, I would like to acknowledge her [Margaret Shields] contribution to the New Zealand that has meant we have a policy of gender balance in our party and a commitment to progressing the still unresolved issues put on the table by women in the 70s as well as those being added now.

QoT gives us her  Random recommended Queen’s Birthday reading on Ideologically Impure, including Metiria Turei’s cry,  Does our country really hate us?

On Frankly Speaking, Frank Macskasy challenges an assertion from the Deputy Editor of The Press, who attempts to justify Nisbet’s racist cartoons by aligning it with WW2-era cartoonist,  David Low’s works. Instead, Frank  points out The mark of a true cartoonist.

Also on the subject, and commenting on New Zealand’s attitude to poverty, check out  The rich man’s crumbs on Bat, Bean, Beam.  Some interesting thoughts being expressed, including this,

“This was New Zealand last week [the Nisbet cartoons], but I’m tempted to say: this is New Zealand, always. A country that generally accepts that it cannot get rid of poverty. A country that knows, because it can count – however begrudgingly – that poverty skews brown (and female, and young). In another time, we might have regarded this as a sign of systemic, institutional discrimination. But no longer. Nowadays we can bundle our most troubling social statistics – around gambling, around addiction, around criminality – give them a brown face and portray them as the causes of poverty, as opposed to their consequences. “

The next Doctor must be Imperator Fish, writes Imperator Fish. As some of you may be aware, The Doctor will change at the end of this year. Yes, the MSM once again has under-reported an event of Earth shattering – nay! Cosmic Shattering import!!! – Matt Smith will be replaced as our favourite Time Lord (ok, ok, our only Time Lord) by December.

As Scott The-Doctor-In-Waiting writes,

Imagine a Doctor who, instead of saving the Earth from a Dalek invasion yet again, devotes an action-packed 42 minute episode to rescuing his front lawn from the choking horror of overgrown grass. Imagine a character who, far from doing amazing and almost impossible things to save lives in the nick of time, misses an appointment with his accountant because he’s stuck in traffic.

I can also do intense drama, if that’s the sort of thing you’re looking for. In Genesis of the Daleks, Tom Baker’s character was tormented by the terrible decision he had to make: did he have the moral right to destroy the entire Dalek race? Compare that to the terrible decision I have to make at some point in the next couple of days: do I admit to my wife that it was me (and not the kids) who broke the trampoline?

Dammit, BBC! Make it so! (Ooops, wrong Universe.)

C.L.I.T.festing on The Hand Mirror – a recent Conference in Wellington regarding indiginous women, Pasifika, LGBT issues and problems, etc. Worth a look to gain further insights. Definitely not something that the MSM would have the intestinal fortitude to cover and report.

If you haven’t checked out Josie Pagani’s bit of spotted dick goes a long way on The Pundit – have a read. It’s worth the time you take to understand why feeding our children is a no-brainer.

On Red Alert, David Cunliffe points out what should be bleedin’ obvious to Right Wing Wackos;    We wouldn’t have unqualified doctors in hospitals – why allow unqualified teachers in charter schools? 

Also on Red Alert, Phil Twyford reminds us – Anyway it is not even her real birthday, and asks,

“Can someone remind me again why we are celebrating the Queen’s Birthday this weekend?

I like a good long weekend as much as the next person. But it seems slightly odd (in fact a bit North Korean) that the country has a holiday to celebrate the birthday of the head of state. And very odd that our head of state lives on the other side of the world, and only visits here very occasionally.”

I guess it is a bit odd… but, hey, if I can get a day off, I’ll celebrate the birthday of the King of Tonga! Happy birthday, mate!

Talking about Queen’s Birthday, The Civilian reports that the  Queen was disappointed after receiving a toaster for birthday.

Awwww…

Fightback continues to support McDonalds workers – read the whys and wherefores here on Fightback’s blog,

Fightback’s leaflet explained “Why we support McDonalds workers – and why you should too.” The leaflet explained how both workers’ action and wider public solidarity are needed to overcome casualisation and low wages, at McDonalds and elsewhere.

Didn’t Dear Leader promise to increase wages? Why isn’t he on the picket lines??

Read why Mickey Savage on Waitakere News advocates Len Brown for Mayor. Mickey writes an excellent piece on Len Brown and reports on the Mayor’s attitudes toward central government politicians.  The bit about media reporting is particularly noteworthy.

In a blogpost about an extraordinary story,   ex-ACT MP, ex-National MP, and general right wing  lawyer, Stephen Franks has reportedly backed up the Green Party’s position  – National cannot bind future governments to the dodgy Skycity deal. It’s all here on Whoar, when Phillip writes  “..Sky City: Future Governments not bound by current deal – lawyer..”

What a cunning move by our Green cuzzies to retain Franks on this issue!!!

I bow to their strategic nous!!!

The Standard has a wealth of interesting and insightful stories,

  • reports that Christchurch schools for sale – to be replaced by Charter Schools. I think  every National MP may just have lost their seats in the Canterbury region.
  •  KThe National government’s divided society and analyses the recent Fairfax-IPSOS poll. Karol links up National’s policies with the Greens’ attack on Key’s Muldoonist style of governance.
  • On the same poll, analyses the data and looks at Key’s credibility hit. Whichever way one looks at it, Dear Leader is not the trusted figure he once was.
  • Poverty Watch 33, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner 2012 report “Child Poverty in New Zealand evidence for action“, and National’s response (or lack of) to  78 recommendations made in the Report.
  • The power of blogs, especially in regards to Lusk’s plans for right wing blogs to “dominate” the blogosphere.
  •  The de-registration of United Future has prompted n party membership, and how lax the Electoral Commission has been up till now. Lprent makes a valid point as to why the same stringent regulations levelled against Ciitizens Initiated Refenda are also not required for Party membership lists.
  • And Stable government? Read and decide for yourself (it’s very short).

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On The Daily Blog

Clearer Perceptions and Livelier Impressions: Reflections on the publication of Al Nisbet’s Cartoons – Chris Trotter  writes,

Mr Nisbet has not emerged unscathed from his collision with the truth. His contemptible (thank you Toby Manhire for choosing exactly the right word) cartoons have sparked a nationwide debate about race and class and children and poverty from which we, as a diverse people, can only emerge wiser and stronger.

“Unscathed”? Surely thou jests, good sir! Nisbet is  now firmly esconced in the constellation known as The Racist Redneck, and he’ll never live it down.

From now on, every cartoon he does will be scrutinised with the aid of  an electron microscope; an MRI Scanner; and The Doctor’s sonic screw-driver. The slightest hint of racism will be loudly proclaimed. People will sigh and shrug and mutter to themselves, “there goes that racist twat again. He’s not even very funny.”

Marked for life, I would say.

What the left can learn from Lusk – writes Morgan Godfery, who asks,

The left can expect to keep losing if its MPs are not prepared to think in grand terms – holistically and in a principled fashion. Our MPs appear prepared to do anything to win power, but what are we going to do with it when we have it? Manage neoliberalism rather than destroy it? The left can learn a valuable lessons from Lusk – think big.

Too bloody right, mate. It’s time that the Left fought back against the Evil Empire (neo-liberals, neo-cons, and neo-RWNJs). A Green-Labour-Mana government can make a real hit by rolling back 30 years of  “free market” voodoo-economics.

After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, timing has never been better.

Declaration – David Farrar’s Darth Vader helmet is too big for me – Martyn Bradbury writes,

I clearly point out that I am a Political consultant for left wing-organizations in my disclosure and go into my involvement in setting MANA up. Matthew Hooton charted that progress on forming MANA in the NBR and I even told David Farrar that MANA would launch on Backbenchers so this sudden howling of ethics is a tad twee.

It appears that Farrar is so desperate to deflect attention from his quasi-fascist cronies that he’s become hysterical with mud slinging?

Who is next, pray tell, Citizen Farrar?

And is it true that Citizen Farrar  has applied to head the new National Government agency, the NZ  STASI? ( STate  Agency for  Security and Intelligence)

Opting in for Food in Schools  –  Coley Tangerina writes,

When the Prime Minister announced the new “partnership” model to put free breakfasts in schools to “every school who wants it” I cringed. I mean I was already cringing at the idea of corporate sponsorship for basic human need, but I cringed harder.

Dragged kicking and screaming to feed hungry kids, do not be fooled that the Nats have suddenly developed compassion. Ain’t no compassion there, boys’n’girls. They is running shit-scared of Mana’s “Feed The Kids” Bill in Parliament. That, plus inside-polling showing a massive drop for National, and they are running around like de-capitated chooks.

Not a pretty sight.

Why Russel Norman is so right and John Armstrong is so wrong – Martyn Bradbury writes,

Armstrong can’t see the Muldoonism of Key because it’s not aimed at him. This column isn’t the articulation of critical political analysis, it’s the smokescreen defensively kicked up when a friend is besmirched.

The rules appear to be thusly;

1. The Nats can attack, deride, and besmirch the Greens, and that’s fair politics.

2. If the Greens fight back, that is nasty politics and totally uncalled for.

Get it?

Got it?

Good.

Asset sales really a transfer of wealth from the many to the few – Laila  Harré writes,

We have just five weeks to get the last 16,500 valid signatures needed to force a referendum on the government’s asset sales programme. And there are no more chances after this one.

Everyone needs to get at least one page signed. Make sure people fill it out correctly. Make sure they’re on the Electoral Roll.And for god’s sakes, if they’ve signed once – Do Not Let Them Sign Again!!! (Especially Mr D. Duck.)

Help take the “French” out of “French Polynesia” – Keith Locke writes,

A French colony in Polynesia is an anachronism in 21st century, and surely New Zealand should support a considered process of self-determination.

What – the French are still here? It’s time for our French cuzzies to pack up and go home. Colonialism is just, like, so Last Century

I’ve had a gutsful of low-life bludgers – writes John Minto,

I’ve had a gutsful of bludgers and their low-life ways. They take, take, take, from the rest of us but are nowhere to be seen when it’s time to do their bit. You could describe them as parasites or boils on the backside of the community – take your pick – either description is accurate.

Conservative minded New Zealanders wank on about dole bludgers – but it’s “super-rich kiwis dodge tax that 107 out of 193 of what the Inland Revenue Department calls “high-wealth individuals” do not even declare income of $70,000“!!

It’s a shame there’s no 0800 number we can call to dob in these parasitic bastards.

TV Review: MasterChef – Martyn Bradbury  writes,

What astounds me is the dichotomy of so many NZers who watch this kind of food porn and the 270 000 NZ children living in poverty.

Recently on TV3, during an ad break in  Think Tank, they’d promo’ed another programme later that day; Home Improvements. The Think Tank discussion issue for that morning? Poverty and homelessness in New Zealand.

Never underestimate the NZ middle class capacity for gross insensitivity.

The EDL warn of ‘Muslim Ray guns’ – TheDailyBlog Reposts

As if we needed more evidence how bone-thick right wingers can be…

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Blogpost of the Day

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Action of the Week

Our clean green delusion:
New Zealand’s untold environmental reality

Who: Mike Joy
What: Guest speaker, EHEA AGM
When: Monday, June 10, 8PM
Where: St Albans Church Hall, Eastbourne (Lower Hutt)
Mike is speaking as a guest of the East Harbour Environmental Association at their annual general meeting. He will give the facts on New Zealand’s stark environmental and biodiversity reality – the facts that are hidden from most New Zealanders.  He will discuss the reasons for this and what the declines will cost us if we don’t change.   Finally, he addresses the solutions – what we all can do help.

Dr Mike Joy is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at the Ecology group-Institute of Natural Resources Massey University Palmerston North.  He is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand and has received a number of awards including “ecology in action” award from the NZ ecological Society, and an “old blue” award from the Royal Forest and Bird protection Society, environmental New Zealander of the year from North and South magazine and this year he was voted person of the year by the Manawatu Evening Standard.

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Right Wing Nuttery of the Day

Feeding kids in school is the answer? You’d have to be brainless – by Narelle Hensen. Who is Narelle Hensen? Well may you ask.

Check this out, on our very own Daily BlogThe Right has a new media voice

While you’re at it, feel free to drop a comment after Hensen’s piece. You’ll feel the better for it.

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Non Racist Cartoon of the Day

consistently racist

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“The Daily Blog Watch” Editor, Imbiber of Fine Sugary Drinks,  & Cat Herder

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Budget speech – Hon Lianne Dalziel, Tuesday 4 June 2013

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Budget speech – Hon Lianne Dalziel, Tuesday 4 June 2013

Lianne Dalziel  | 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 18:19

Budget speech – Hon Lianne Dalziel

Tuesday 4 June 2013

(Check against delivery)

I noted the budget speech from the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery where he said that anyone standing for the Christchurch City Council should look at the finances – and “do not be deceived by what you are being told by the people who are presenting those figures”.

This is utterly extraordinary coming from a Senior Minister in the lead up to a council election.

I placed the Minister’s speech on my Facebook page. The responses were pretty much the same:

“What does the Minister know that we don’t know?”

People expressed fear that the Minister knows things about the Council’s finances but won’t say what they are – even though the Council is going through a three-year plan process (instead of the 10-year plan) which the Government decided would not be subject to the usual Auditor-General oversight. The Labour MPs asked for that oversight to be included in the Order in Council.

So why could the Government allow this process to proceed with no proper scrutiny – clearly knowing things the people of Christchurch don’t know and an election looming – bearing in mind that the three-year plan was signed by the Mayor and the Chief Executive.

Add on the top of that the extraordinary pressure the Government is placing on the Council to pay for the Government’s blueprint even  though the people of Christchurch have had no say at all.

Let me say the people of Christchurch don’t need a Minister firing shots at the Council from this debating chamber.

But we also don’t need a Council that shows it is incapable of being the kind of partner the Government needs.

The Minister warns us about people who are presenting these figures.

Deception is strong allegation

But how does the Government have confidence in the Council when the front page of the paper has been dominated by a Chief Executive who is blatantly double dipping and a Council which is doing nothing about it?

Only three or four councillors have consistently stood up for transparency – but they are accused of being the problem.

This has got to stop.

The people of Christchurch need their leaders to step up. 

We are going into our third winter. People are still living in unacceptable situations we would not ordinarily tolerate in a first world country.

The pressure that is being brought to bear on ordinary Christchurch residents living in areas where the land is the most challenging is unbelievable and they don’t need to read about what only can be described as sheer greed.

And what about the impact of the Government’s blueprint?

In the last couple of weeks the Prime Minister has said that the big-ticket Christchurch recovery projects could be scaled back to help bridge the funding gap between local and central government.

But what funding gap is it?

The government manufactured the funding gap when it decided that it would completely rewrite the city’s draft central city recovery plan and then handed the bill to the people of Christchurch.

John Key says major projects like the new convention centre and covered sports stadium could be downsized to save money.

But whose money? They weren’t our decisions.

John Key said the Council only had three ways of paying “its share” of the recovery projects: borrowing the money, significantly raising rates, changing its asset mix – in other words it sells revenue-generating strategic assets to fund loss-making facilities, when the Council cannot even tell the people of Christchurch how much they are budgeted to lose, because  the government hasn’t prepared its business case for the facilities.

This is a National Government!

How can the Council pays its share when we don’t know as a city what our share is? And why should we pay any share beyond what we budgeted for the facilities that we were consulted on?

How is this in the interests of the city?

John Key then said it was up to the Council to ask if residents wanted the “nice-to-haves” in the city’s rebuild

What are these “nice-to-haves” because no-one in Christchurch has been told that any of the anchor projects are negotiable?

Many people feel that John Key has relegated the repair and rebuild of homes on the most challenging land as a “nice-to-have”.

This is not good enough.

But it’s not too late. And I am optimistic that if we have our Government working alongside the Council in partnership with the community we will recover as we rebuild and repair our city together.

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Do high taxes encourage emigration?

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Source: Unite Union – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Do high taxes encourage emigration?

Question 26: One of arguments in favour of tax cuts on incomes is that they are needed to keep people in New Zealand. Do people migrate because of allegedly high tax rates in New Zealand?

There is no evidence to support the claim that people leave New Zealand because of the allegedly higher tax rates.

There is a logical fallacy in the government’s argument when most people come out only marginally ahead when other changes like increases to GST, ACC levies and other consumption taxes are included. The main reason people leave is because there is a large wage gap between New Zealand and Australia and that won’t be closed by fiddling with the tax rates. The Treasury estimates a further real wage decline over the next year of over 3% as a consequence of inflation outstripping wage growth.

The recent history of tax and migration in New Zealand doesn’t support the argument either. As Peter Conway notes in his 2010 paper:

“And we have the evidence of migration rates to Australia post reducing the top tax rate from 66 cents in the dollar and also post increasing the top tax rate to 39 cents in 2000.

“So in the five years following the massive cut in the top tax rate from 66 to 33 cents net migration was -21,500, -13,700, -16,800, -24,400, -1,200, +11,700. This is a loss of 65,900 people.

“In the 5 years following an increase in the top tax rate from 33 cents to 39 cents, net migration was -9,100, -11,400, +28,100, +42,000, +25,700 and +9,300. This is a gain of 84,600 people.

“But hang on, shouldn’t it be the other way around? I am not saying that people left or came here because the top tax rate was reduced or because the top tax rate went up.

“I am just saying that the top tax rate doesn’t look like it is a driver of migration flows.”

(Part of a series of extracts from “Exposing Right Wing Lies” by Mike Treen, Unite National Director)

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Ministers must be accountable for Novo-fail

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Ministers must be accountable for Novo-fail

Chris Hipkins  | 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 16:18

The most profound failing in the Novopay debacle is that of the ministers responsible, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

His comments follow the release of National’s Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay this afternoon.

“Ensuring our teachers and school staff are paid for their work correctly and on time is the responsibility of the Minister of Education.

“Minister in charge of Novopay, Steven Joyce, was forthcoming in his apology today for the botched implementation of Novopay. He detailed disappointment in public servants, in ‘project governance’ and ‘project leadership’ as well as in individuals tasked with advising ministers.

“But he stopped short of apologising for a lack of ministerial oversight.

“Offering apologies for everyone else is typical from a government that has refused to be held accountable for any of its failures in education.

“Hekia Parata, Craig Foss, Bill English and Steven Joyce have all had a hand in Novopay’s failure. Their lack of oversight and scrutiny of the payroll system should not be understated.

“Steven Joyce can blame poor advice from officials, but ministers still signed off on Novopay in full knowledge that it had failed to meet key milestones and that 147 software defects existed.  The risks of going ahead with Novopay should have been clear.

“New Zealanders have a right to expect that the buck stops with the Minister. They have the right to expect ministers will show the competence required to manage a ministry and its multiple projects.

“Admitting that there were failings throughout the chain of command is an important step. Raising grievances about the accuracy of information presented to ministers is also valid. But an admission and apology that a lack of ministerial oversight made a bad situation worse, went wanting,” Chris Hipkins said.

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Ministers must be accountable for Novo-fail

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Ministers must be accountable for Novo-fail

Chris Hipkins  | 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 16:18

The most profound failing in the Novopay debacle is that of the ministers responsible, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

His comments follow the release of National’s Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay this afternoon.

“Ensuring our teachers and school staff are paid for their work correctly and on time is the responsibility of the Minister of Education.

“Minister in charge of Novopay, Steven Joyce, was forthcoming in his apology today for the botched implementation of Novopay. He detailed disappointment in public servants, in ‘project governance’ and ‘project leadership’ as well as in individuals tasked with advising ministers.

“But he stopped short of apologising for a lack of ministerial oversight.

“Offering apologies for everyone else is typical from a government that has refused to be held accountable for any of its failures in education.

“Hekia Parata, Craig Foss, Bill English and Steven Joyce have all had a hand in Novopay’s failure. Their lack of oversight and scrutiny of the payroll system should not be understated.

“Steven Joyce can blame poor advice from officials, but ministers still signed off on Novopay in full knowledge that it had failed to meet key milestones and that 147 software defects existed.  The risks of going ahead with Novopay should have been clear.

“New Zealanders have a right to expect that the buck stops with the Minister. They have the right to expect ministers will show the competence required to manage a ministry and its multiple projects.

“Admitting that there were failings throughout the chain of command is an important step. Raising grievances about the accuracy of information presented to ministers is also valid. But an admission and apology that a lack of ministerial oversight made a bad situation worse, went wanting,” Chris Hipkins said.

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National declares war on Kiwis’ wages

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: National declares war on Kiwis’ wages

Darien Fenton  | 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 16:12

Government changes to employment law set to come before Parliament this evening will make life even harder for working Kiwis, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues.

“The changes will have a knock-on effect throughout the labour market and entrench the government’s determination to ensure New Zealand has a low wage economy.

“It’s particularly worrying that the Minister of Labour Simon Bridges demonstrated in question time today that he has no idea of the consequences of his legislation.

“His own department has advised him that under his bill, new workers doing the same work can be paid less, but he’s in denial about that.

“The extraordinary proposals to fine workers 10% of their pay and allow pay below minimum wage even when full hours are worked were described as a “level playing field” by the Minister today.

“With these changes National cements its status as the low wage king.  By taking away New Zealander’s right to fair wage negotiation, Kiwi workers will see their real wages fall.

“Every change, from allowing employers to walk away from negotiations, to stopping people from finding out why they’ve been sacked, to taking away the right to a tea break, is about National looking after their mates at the expense of everyone else.

“There’s a better way than this constant grinding down of Kiwi workers.

“Labour will look to do employment law completely differently, but in the meantime, we will join workers in strongly opposing these backward looking reforms,” says Darien Fenton.

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National declares war on Kiwis’ wages

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: National declares war on Kiwis’ wages

Darien Fenton  | 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 16:12

Government changes to employment law set to come before Parliament this evening will make life even harder for working Kiwis, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues.

“The changes will have a knock-on effect throughout the labour market and entrench the government’s determination to ensure New Zealand has a low wage economy.

“It’s particularly worrying that the Minister of Labour Simon Bridges demonstrated in question time today that he has no idea of the consequences of his legislation.

“His own department has advised him that under his bill, new workers doing the same work can be paid less, but he’s in denial about that.

“The extraordinary proposals to fine workers 10% of their pay and allow pay below minimum wage even when full hours are worked were described as a “level playing field” by the Minister today.

“With these changes National cements its status as the low wage king.  By taking away New Zealander’s right to fair wage negotiation, Kiwi workers will see their real wages fall.

“Every change, from allowing employers to walk away from negotiations, to stopping people from finding out why they’ve been sacked, to taking away the right to a tea break, is about National looking after their mates at the expense of everyone else.

“There’s a better way than this constant grinding down of Kiwi workers.

“Labour will look to do employment law completely differently, but in the meantime, we will join workers in strongly opposing these backward looking reforms,” says Darien Fenton.

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Bill to cut workers’ pay in Parliament

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Source: CTU – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Bill to cut workers’ pay in Parliament

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The CTU is disappointed that the government law to make it easier to cut workers’ pay and conditions, and remove vulnerable workers protection will have its First Reading in Parliament tonight.

CTU Secretary Peter Conway says “the Employment Relations Amendment Bill will worsen the pay and working conditions of many workers in New Zealand. It will increase inequality and make it harder for working families to get by.”

“The Bill is being framed to be about choice and flexibility but its real effect will be to weaken collective bargaining. Employers can favour individual agreements and refuse to conclude a collective agreement. This Bill will further reduce pay and conditions for New Zealand workers, especially for low paid, vulnerable workers. These changes are unfair on working Kiwis.”

“This law will also mean that some of our most vulnerable workers – caretakers and cleaners, catering workers, hospital orderlies and laundry workers, who work for small businesses will no longer have the stability and protection of being able to maintain their current wages and conditions if their contract is transferred to another company.  It will encourage rogue companies to come in and underbid good employers who offer decent wages and conditions. It is the workers who will pay for these lower bids in their wages they can ill afford to lose. This will take us further away from a living wages.”

“The Bill even removes guaranteed meal and refreshment breaks”.
 
“We are campaigning against these changes, and pushing for fair employment laws that encourage collective bargaining as the way to higher wages and productive and safe workplaces, not changes that undermine bargaining and make it even harder for workers to get ahead,” said Peter Conway.
 

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Bill to cut workers’ pay in Parliament

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Source: CTU – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Bill to cut workers’ pay in Parliament

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The CTU is disappointed that the government law to make it easier to cut workers’ pay and conditions, and remove vulnerable workers protection will have its First Reading in Parliament tonight.

CTU Secretary Peter Conway says “the Employment Relations Amendment Bill will worsen the pay and working conditions of many workers in New Zealand. It will increase inequality and make it harder for working families to get by.”

“The Bill is being framed to be about choice and flexibility but its real effect will be to weaken collective bargaining. Employers can favour individual agreements and refuse to conclude a collective agreement. This Bill will further reduce pay and conditions for New Zealand workers, especially for low paid, vulnerable workers. These changes are unfair on working Kiwis.”

“This law will also mean that some of our most vulnerable workers – caretakers and cleaners, catering workers, hospital orderlies and laundry workers, who work for small businesses will no longer have the stability and protection of being able to maintain their current wages and conditions if their contract is transferred to another company.  It will encourage rogue companies to come in and underbid good employers who offer decent wages and conditions. It is the workers who will pay for these lower bids in their wages they can ill afford to lose. This will take us further away from a living wages.”

“The Bill even removes guaranteed meal and refreshment breaks”.
 
“We are campaigning against these changes, and pushing for fair employment laws that encourage collective bargaining as the way to higher wages and productive and safe workplaces, not changes that undermine bargaining and make it even harder for workers to get ahead,” said Peter Conway.
 

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Charter schools on the ruins of Christchurch education

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Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Charter schools on the ruins of Christchurch education



Closing a state school with 100 per cent qualified, dedicated teachers and replacing it – on that site or another – with one based on a whacky philosophy and staffed by untrained people, is an insult to the children and teachers who have fought so hard to keep their schools open.

Official documents show the Government is planning to set up charter schools on the site of closed state schools, possibly those in Christchurch, the Green Party said today.

The Education Amendment Bill, which makes charter schools law, is likely to be passed later today.

In Parliament today Education Minister Hekia Parata refused to rule out establishing charter or partnership schools on the site of Christchurch schools which she has closed under her so called renewal plan.

“A cabinet paper shows that Hekia Parata told Ministers in February that the first charter schools were likely to be private schools converted to charters, or established on the site of closed state schools,” Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“Hekia Parata told the House today that she could not remember making those recommendations in her cabinet paper on funding “partnership schools”, but that stretches belief.

“Closing a state school with 100 per cent qualified, dedicated teachers and replacing it – on that site or another – with one based on a whacky philosophy and staffed by untrained people, is an insult to the children and teachers who have fought so hard to keep their schools open.

“Plans we revealed today that allow charters to occupy closed state schools and for private schools to become fully state-funded charter schools, shows this Bill up for what it really is – an attack on public education, and a backdoor plan to get private schools state funding.

“I put forward two reasonable amendments to the Bill which would have ensured that charter schools cannot be run by organisations running a profit, and that the Minister would need to consider the impact of local schools when deciding whether to establish a charter school in their area.

“The Government rejected those changes.

“The passing of this Bill will be a sad day for New Zealand’s world renowned public education system and a sad day for the hundreds of children who will be the victims of a corporate experiment on their education,” Mrs Turei said.

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Declaration – David Farrar’s Darth Vader helmet is too big for me

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The Darth Vader costume David Farrar is trying to fit me into is too big.

David Farrar has delighted me by referring to me as a ‘prominent blogger

Here is the declaration I have here on The Daily Blog and here is the declaration I had on Tumeke.

I clearly point out that I am a Political consultant for left wing-organizations and go into my involvement in setting MANA up. Matthew Hooton charted that progress on forming MANA in the NBR and I even told David Farrar that MANA would launch on Backbenchers so this sudden howling of ethics is a tad twee.

For MANA I give my opinions on politics and send an invoice. I have also worked for Greenpeace when they occupied an oil factory at Marsden, I’ve spoken at numerous Labour Party functions and fundraisers. I’ve addressed the annual Union meeting and worked with Unions to produce The Union Report and fronted save TVNZ7.

Claiming I have some hidden left wing agenda is a fallacy. I am very proud and open about my left wing agenda and would suggest this is far more a mudslinging exercise because Lusk & Slater have been outed.

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