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Waking up to the realities of neoliberalism and austerity

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 1st, 2016 - 4 comments

trickle-down

Even the IMF now acknowledges that neoliberal economics and government austerity policies have failed. Look around at New Zealand – you can see the effects.

Labour Green announcement – working together to change the government

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 233 comments

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Excellent! A memorandum of understanding – Labour and Greens to work together to change the government.

Labour builds the houses (yet another Key lie)

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 14 comments

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Good work fact-checking by Geoff Simmons at the Morgan Foundation. Contrary to Key’s lie, Labour builds more houses than National.

Fine for fox to guard henhouse – says fox

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 31st, 2016 - 24 comments

fox-henhouse

The Nats are happy for the fishing industry to effectively self-monitor, despite the fact that this has already been shown to be massively ineffective. In other news: John Key questioned on National’s closeness to fishing industry.

Housing should not depend on charity – but this is an emergency

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 30th, 2016 - 43 comments

housing poll 2016

Bravo to Te Puea Marae and their supporters – you are doing what needs to be done – and you are putting the government to shame.

More Panama papers and other dirty money

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, May 30th, 2016 - 142 comments

money-laundering-nz

Both One News and The Herald have pieces this morning highlighting different cases of dirty money being “filtered” through NZ. Panama papers, National donors, SkyCity and more…

Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 comments

democracy under attack thumb

It’s naked panic now. In response to the crisis that isn’t a crisis Key is going to overrule the council that his government created and screw over Auckland democracy just like he screwed over Canterbury. What do you think of that Aucklanders?

Key’s powerful speech on the urgent housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

housing poll 2016

John Key has given a powerful speech on NZ’s housing crisis: “This is an issue that should concern all New Zealanders. It threatens a fundamental part of our culture, it threatens our communities and, ultimately, it threatens our economy.”

Budget 2016 – F for Fail

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 27th, 2016 - 31 comments

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— Deborah Russell

Pre-budget reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, May 26th, 2016 - 20 comments

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Budget day! Here’s a little light reading to get us started. Write your own line for the budget!

Paid parental leave bill progress towards anti-democratic veto

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 26th, 2016 - 46 comments

democracy under attack thumb

Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave passed its second reading last night – bravo to all those who supported it! The Nats’ threat to veto is profoundly anti-democratic, overriding the will of Parliament.

Bennett’s housing “announcement” is a re-announcement and a lie

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, May 25th, 2016 - 140 comments

Paula+Bennett+say cheese

Paula Bennett’s “big” housing “announcement” today is a re-announcement with a twist of lie.

Newshub poll – Key’s government has failed on housing

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, May 25th, 2016 - 45 comments

housing poll 2016

Quite apart from falling to his lowest level ever as preferred PM, the Newshub poll had more bad news for King John.

Trump overtakes Clinton on average of polls

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 62 comments

liberty-weeping

For the first time Trump has overtaken Clinton on the average of polls. But don’t panic just yet.

Little’s $50 a week message getting through

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 113 comments

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A great reception for Little’s speech, and a take-home message that resonates well.

Structural injustice

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, May 22nd, 2016 - 54 comments

scales of justice_sq

Structural injustice alive and well in NZ.

Greenhouse emissions taskforce

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, May 22nd, 2016 - 115 comments

temperature-spiral

With news that NZ’s greenhouse emissions are at a 25 year high the announcement of a new taskforce “to provide advice and ways in which we can drive down our emissions” is as welcome as it is overdue.

All aboard the charter schools gravy train

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, May 21st, 2016 - 32 comments

money into pocket

Charter schools are pretty nice work if you can get it, no wonder groups are lining up. But there’s no evidence that they are good for education.

Incoherent, unfair and unaccountable

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 20th, 2016 - 47 comments

sleeping-in-car

That is how officials from the Ministry of Social Development described the emergency housing system to Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett – a year ago. What has Bennett done in the year since?

Vernon Small on Key’s fiscal Tardis

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, May 19th, 2016 - 21 comments

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Small: “Only this week Prime Minister John Key managed to spend one, save it and outline a plan to give it back to taxpayers all at the same time.”

Glib words and false hope aren’t going to cut it

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 19th, 2016 - 151 comments

homeless

This is a massive market and moral failure. The problem isn’t going to go away, it’s going to get worse, and the media are going to stay on the case. Time for National to borrow some more Labour / Green policy thinking.

A message for our anti-science government

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, May 18th, 2016 - 37 comments

drought cows

Here’s some more science for the government to hate on: “Paris climate agreement cannot be met without emissions reduction target for agriculture”.

Homeless coverage goes international

Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, May 17th, 2016 - 97 comments

auckland-garage

Coverage of Auckland’s homeless goes international. The working poor are now the working homeless.

Tax cuts! No! Yes! Maybe! Look over there!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 17th, 2016 - 90 comments

here's-johnny

English is right, Key is lying and he knows it. But Key would rather we were talking about the mirage of tax cuts (again) than current events like the protection of corrupt tax havens or our homeless living in cars.

The hidden homeless and the speculators

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, May 16th, 2016 - 44 comments

homeless

Speculators keep buying houses while families live in garages and cars. This is a moral failure, a leadership failure, a market failure – it is every kind of failure.

TV3 – The Hui – Special report on poverty

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, May 15th, 2016 - 43 comments

child poverty a national disgrace

TV3’s excellent current affairs show, The Hui (Mihingarangi Forbes) just screened a special report on poverty. What happens to people who are kicked off a benefit?

Take action on tax haven corruption? NZ says – meh

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, May 14th, 2016 - 51 comments

blindfolded-thumb

The Nats are all over the place on this, and they’re trashing our reputation in the process.

Fixing the tax haven – what’s the downside?

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, May 13th, 2016 - 75 comments

lazy-rich-guy

Fixing our tax haven loopholes is easy but Key won’t act. Why?

What the TTIP teaches us about the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, May 13th, 2016 - 11 comments

democracy under attack thumb

TTIP, TTPA, same game around the globe, a take-over by American corporations, with the rights of the public held in no regard whatsoever.

Land tax – what’s the down side?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, May 12th, 2016 - 74 comments

lazy-rich-guy

The Nats are using spurious data to justify dropping a proposal for a land tax on foreign buyers of housing. Why?

Key lashes out with the smears over tax haven status

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, May 11th, 2016 - 122 comments

Angry John Key

Key was disgraceful in parliament yesterday, doing his buffoon act to try and trivialise the tax haven issue, and lashing out with the smears.

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