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Guest Post: Sneaky and sudden Government move on genetic engineering

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, July 31st, 2015 - 165 comments

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A guest post on a Government attempt to change the Resource Management Act to prevent local councils from restricting the planting of genetically engineered trees.

Guest Post – What is Little’s vision for New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 3rd, 2015 - 111 comments

Keep calm vote left

A guest post from Ad following up from Mandy Hager’s recent post on Andrew Little exploring the question on what should be Labour’s, the Green’s and New Zealand First’s vision for New Zealand’s future.

The Responsibilities of Government

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 14th, 2015 - 45 comments

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The death of Emma-Lita Bourne is not just a personal tragedy for the family: it is an event that should make New Zealand angry with the powerful people in our society who control the purse strings. They are responsible for condemning thousands of children to life-threatening conditions. And they are doing it in our name!

Housing Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, June 13th, 2015 - 94 comments

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There is always a need for rental properties and the idea that there is not enough supply again comes from the inability for people to purchase housing themselves.  This swells the demand above and beyond. So should the Government try to stop people becoming landlords?  Of course not. But to raise the standard of living that a landlord must provide will slow demand and give better housing

Dunedin climate consultation meeting

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

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“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.”

Deborah Russell: Preliminary thoughts on the Government’s new tax

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, May 18th, 2015 - 46 comments

Deborah Russell

Deborah Russell is a senior lecturer in taxation at Massey University and was Labour’s candidate in Rangitīkei in the 2014 general election.  In this post she sets out her preliminary views on National’s new tax.

Campbell Live – Day of Action

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 am, April 24th, 2015 - 12 comments

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Protests in support of Campbell Live, today (Friday) in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Marvelous!

Deborah Russell: does New Zealand actually have a capital gains tax?

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, April 17th, 2015 - 61 comments

Deborah Russell

A guest post by Deborah Russell responding to Government claims that we already have a capital gains tax  on the sale of land.

Our Iraq war policy explained

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, April 16th, 2015 - 31 comments

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The government is doing a poor job at explaining our Iraq war policy, but never fear, we have the answers.

Megan Woods: Democracy isn’t “risky”, Minister

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 60 comments

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Nick Smith’s latest pronouncements on ECan are an insult to Cantabrians – and a chilling precedent for any other regional councils who step out of line.

Mike Sabin has a prominent chin – A poem for Northland

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, March 21st, 2015 - 32 comments

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Mission Accomplished

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, February 14th, 2015 - 53 comments

George W. Bush

“You gotta hand it to John Key: the timing is perfect. On a slow-news Friday at a time when the media is falling over itself to hype the cricket world cup, the last veil drops to reveal al Jaafari and his request for assistance.”

Guest Post – Waitangi Day, build a bridge and get over it

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, February 6th, 2015 - 29 comments

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A Guest Post by David Meech presenting an irreverent view of Waitangi day, and New Zealand history and culture.

Orewa – 11 years on

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, February 5th, 2015 - 51 comments

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Has it really been 11 years since Brash’s infamous Orewa speech? Yesterday Gareth Morgan gave a very different kind of speech there…

Guest Post: from a Fairy Godmother

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, December 29th, 2014 - 36 comments

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How can young unemployed people get help in finding a job, when they have been trying to get one for some time?

New Zealand Betrayed – Again

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 95 comments

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A guest post from BLiP on Labour’s support for the “terrorism” legislation.

SISters are doin’ it for themselves

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, December 1st, 2014 - 1 comment

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Got me smiling about no laughing matter!

Sale of social housing stock won’t save costs

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 16th, 2014 - 20 comments

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Hamilton City Council currently has plans to sell of its remaining pensioner housing stock. It already sold off a block of them in 2012. Of those sold, only 12 out of 53 units are available for seniors to rent at affordable rates. This is because 27 were sold as there was no social service provider able to buy them. So now Council want to sell the rest.

Moving away from the politics of fear

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 pm, November 2nd, 2014 - 53 comments

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Politics from a position of fear is never going to be successful. Politics based on conviction and the ability to put forward a sound argument is a much better strategy. Yes, anyone selected is going to be subject to attack. But there’s no point in allowing that to cloud our judgement.

Leadership Election: Candidates Start Painting Themselves Into Corners

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2014 - 74 comments

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InsideOut has a look at the current state of the labour leadership campaigns. Predictably they plump down on the side of a particular candidate. But they do point to various issues with all of the campaigns.

Collective bargaining? Yeah right …

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, October 26th, 2014 - 9 comments

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JAmooches continues their analysis of the effects of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. Today the focus is on the provisions that negate the requirement for the parties to act in good faith bargaining, in particular for being able to conclude collective agreements.

A encomium for Nanaia Mahuta

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, October 24th, 2014 - 61 comments

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I know Nanaia reasonably well, having worked with her at a regional level in the Labour Party. Her level-headedness, the way she can grasp complex problems and find solutions, her ability to connect with everyone, her ability to stay positive and focused and to find a way through are skills that are desperately needed in the Party right now. [Updated]

To arms!

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, October 18th, 2014 - 49 comments

Time to go - Tenant-Eviction - square

We are about go to war partnered with multiple armies, none of whom is a champion of any of our democratic values of fairness, equality, human rights, or impartial justice. Meanwhile one in ten of us is about to be evicted from our state house home and put into the streets. Labour’s leadership candidates are silent in the media..

Q&A with Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, October 12th, 2014 - 188 comments

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I’d like to say thanks to the Standard for hosting me today. I’ve always enjoyed robust political meetings and I’m a firm believer in fronting up and answering the hard questions. Labour is a great party. Our movement’s values are values that New Zealanders share – we’re a party and a nation that believes deeply […]

A Little Goes A Long Way

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, October 5th, 2014 - 241 comments

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Finally confirmed as a Labour List MP, Andrew Little is mulling over a tilt at the leadership. This is good news for the party. Cunliffe is a busted flush and Robertson is too bland to win voters back. Labour needs a circuit breaker. A Little may go a long way.

Taxpayers support Mr “Small Government”

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, October 5th, 2014 - 48 comments

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If ACT were made up for a show like “The Thick of It”, or “Veep”, they would be dismissed as too ridiculous and extreme for the audience to swallow…

A paean about Grant Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, October 3rd, 2014 - 384 comments

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Like many on the left, I was disillusioned with the election result. It felt pretty hopeless on election night that John Key could romp home to victory on the back of dirty politics. But there is hope. Here are my ten key reasons why I am voting for and supporting Grant Robertson to be our next Prime Minister.

Hello National, bye bye breaks …

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, September 28th, 2014 - 52 comments

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Our guest poster has a look at the Employment relations Amendment Bill that National will attempt to sneak through during Labour’s leadership primary. This bill is clearly targeted at those employees who are most vulnerable. It reinforces the Nat’s slow and steady but effective chipping away of employee’s rights and will really resonate with its core constituency

Pick up the ball

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, September 28th, 2014 - 30 comments

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In the spirit of new badly needed Left Unity. The Left opposition needs to start setting the agenda. First “feed the kids” needs to be picked up. Second the corporate welfare for Solid Energy needs a lot of scrutiny. So does the the state funding of oil exploration.

The last five days

Written By: - Date published: 5:53 pm, September 25th, 2014 - 63 comments

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An accident… Then an odd thing starts to happen. Instead of helping the survivors and securing the scene, the rescue crew start fighting amongst themselves. How did the crash happen? Was it was the driver’s fault? What was the main cause of the accident?

The importance of voting from a young woman’s perspective

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, September 19th, 2014 - 7 comments

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A guest post from a young woman who cast her vote today.

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