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Superannuation and Government forecasts

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Date published: 9:31 am, May 25th, 2015 - 153 comments
Categories: benefits, bill english, budget 2015, Economy, john key, kiwisaver, national, national/act government, Politics, same old national, slippery, superannuation, tax
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National has again refused to consider doing anything about the future of Superannuation.  Yet its policies of increasing Crown debt, stopping contributions to the Cullen Fund and attacking Kiwisaver have made a discussion about the future of superannuation more important than ever.

Piggy bank with money pouring

Political Strategy for a Progressive Majority

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Date published: 8:53 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 4 comments

cullen

Sir Michael Cullen discussed political strategy at the “Destination- Next Progressive Majority” seminars held recently by the Fabian Society in Auckland and Wellington. He started by sharing what he used to say to his students when they were facing a test – “never forget to state the obvious.” For a progressive majority that means “get more votes than the others” – he had some good ideas how.

Daily Review 25/05/2015

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Date published: 5:31 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 14 comments

Paula Bennett damn nats

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

Is Maurice Williamson jumping ship?

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Date published: 2:30 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 41 comments

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Rumours are surfacing that Maurice Williamson wanted to jump ship to Act but was turned down.

Epsom has its finger on the pulse of the people

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Date published: 1:13 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 14 comments

Emperor-Has-No-Clothes

So what is important to the people of Epsom? Paul Goldsmith in his Newsletter recently told us what is important to him and suggested what might be important to us.

Mortgagee sales

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Date published: 10:14 am, May 25th, 2015 - 19 comments

Yellow "For Sale" Sign

A marked drop in mortgagee sales recently. Good news?

Oram on the budget and Treasury fantasies

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Date published: 7:09 am, May 25th, 2015 - 70 comments

Rod-Oram

Extracts from Rod Oram’s piece in the SST as posted on Facebook. “What’s missing from [the budget], and the six before, is any glimpse of the world we live in, let alone the political leadership we need to survive and thrive in it.”

Open mike 25/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2015 - 113 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Ireland votes for same sex marriage

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Date published: 10:29 am, May 24th, 2015 - 6 comments

rainbow hands

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same sex marriages.

The media and two child poverty policy releases

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Date published: 9:24 am, May 24th, 2015 - 57 comments

You are NOT the story

The media’s handling of Labours Best Start policy announcement in January of last year and its handling of National’s recent budget announcement of a $25 a week increase for beneficiary families provides an interesting contrast.

Owning the news agenda

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Date published: 8:20 am, May 24th, 2015 - 47 comments

File photo of Rupert Murdoch listening to remarks at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington

He who pays the piper calls the tune. The killing of Campbell Live is just the latest example.

English not even trying any more

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Date published: 7:04 am, May 24th, 2015 - 70 comments

the-finger-thumb-haha

Anyone remember departure tax?

Open mike 24/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2015 - 146 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

The Standard’s reputation rises after Judith Collins comments

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Date published: 4:27 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 23 comments

Judith Collins

The Standard was mentioned on Back Benchers last night by Crusher Collins.  From her comments it looks like we are doing our job properly.

Outflanking Labour on the left

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Date published: 2:08 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 150 comments

left turn only

Aka “swallowing dead rats”. Aka “losing the argument”. Aka shifting the political center – yay!

Smith not even trying any more

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Date published: 8:50 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments

the-finger-thumb-haha

Let them eat cake.

Key not even trying any more

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Date published: 7:38 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 92 comments

the-finger-thumb-haha

Those pesky knuckleheads.

Open mike 23/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 140 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 22/05/2015

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Date published: 7:30 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 14 comments

Paul Henry sacked

(Hint above is satire) Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

NRT: An abuse of the OIA

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Date published: 6:17 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 2 comments

John Key ponytail

No Right Turn points out that the answer given by John Key in response to an Official Information Act request was completely inadequate legally. It doesn’t matter if he was in his guise of the infamous Parnell Pony Puller, or PM as he sometimes likes to call himself. He isn’t allowed to advise Rachael Glucina of the NZ Herald to attack his victim and then hide it behind his official role.

Budget Blues

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Date published: 4:33 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 139 comments

20-dollar-bill

Twenty five dollars a week can’t be bad, can it? For families on the breadline, it’s surely better than nothing and every little helps. And when the total spend is $790 million, that’s not peanuts, is it? – even if multiplying $25 up to this total should surely tell just how many qualifying families there […]

I’m done with TV

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Date published: 3:06 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 27 comments

Kill-your-tv

Brief reflections on a few decades of TV from an ex watcher.

Weekend social 22/05/2015

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Date published: 2:45 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 5 comments

wksc

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Dunedin climate consultation meeting

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Date published: 9:54 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 77 comments

dunedin-robbie-burns

“It was an emotional meeting and I felt in turns angry, frustrated, helpless, very sad, and disillusioned. I also felt privileged to be in the company of so many knowledgeable, passionate people.”

Budget gives with one hand and takes with the other

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Date published: 6:49 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 188 comments

trickle-down300

An increase to the base rate of benefits is welcome, but it comes with nasty fishhooks. As the Nats are forced to address leftie / progressive issues – a capital gains tax, Auckland housing, poverty – we the people need to keep the pressure on.

Open mike 22/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 142 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 21/05/2015

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Date published: 5:41 pm, May 21st, 2015 - 8 comments

Gollum

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

Budget speeches

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Date published: 4:42 pm, May 21st, 2015 - 44 comments

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Budget debate speeches – Little, Key and Turei.

Campbell Live Dumped

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Date published: 2:42 pm, May 21st, 2015 - 83 comments

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John Campbell has quit TV3. Campbell Live is dead.

Campbell live to go and a second hair incident

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Date published: 2:42 pm, May 21st, 2015 - 59 comments

John-Campbell-1200

Interestingly two stories have broken during the presentation of the Budget.  John Campbell has quit TV3 and a further hair incident involving John Key has hit the news.

Banks let down by the Crown (but not the judiciary)

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Date published: 11:03 am, May 21st, 2015 - 41 comments

justice and money

I support any decision he makes to lay a complaint with the NZ Law Society against the taxpayer funded prosecutor/s who made the decision to breach their obligation to the Court and to hold the AG’s feet to the fire regarding a rigorous investigation of the withholding of the memorandum.

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