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Hands-on National

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, August 10th, 2013 - 19 comments
Categories: business, national - Tags: , ,

It doesn’t suit the Labour Party narrative – and indeed it’s not their espoused philosophy – but every now and then National can’t help but be “hands on”.

We’ve had the South Canterbury Finances in the past (won’t somebody think of the shareholders!), but this week was a real doozy for it.

Despite going on about small government, non-productive civil servants being a drain on the economy, and how much better the private sector is at running everything, what happens when there’s a real problem?  Why National send civil servants into our biggest and supposedly best private enterprise, Fonterra, to show them how to run a business.

Suddenly those Ministry for Primary Industries bureaucrats are our saviours apparently…  which they may very well be, but this has got to be a real bitter pill to swallow for Bill English et al.  I mean obviously he values those Treasury civil servants (like him), which is why their budget increases when the rest take a cut, but now he’s having to admit that public sector bods in any department might be better than the private sector at business…

Next there’s $30 million (plus less, cheaper power) to save the Meridian Share Float Tiwai Point. For one extra year.  It now can’t shut until January 2017, instead of January 2016.  800 people work there so that’s nearly $40,000 for each employee… except it might not be 800, as they didn’t sign any job guarantees and Tiwai are thinking of halving the employees.

I’m not sure why National didn’t just agree to pay their salaries for the year, it might yet work out cheaper…  and we can bet Rio Tinto (fresh profit announcement: $4.2 billion) will be back in a couple of years with their caps out again.

Still, it means National’s share-float to their rich mates can stay on track.

But that wasn’t enough meddling in business for the week.

Apparently, despite the fact that it’s anathema to National that the government intervene in power prices, it’s perfectly acceptable for them to set broadband prices.  They may both come down wires, but National don’t want you to think about this too deeply.

To be fair there is a significant difference: Labour want to intervene to get prices down (to benefit the public) – National want to intervene to get prices up (to benefit shareholders).  So I guess you can see why only one would be justified in National’s eyes.

There was a good quote from the Telecom Users Association of NZ about the Chorus meddling:

“In the bad old days we used to see MPs debating the price of butter in the House. This is a return to that and worse – instead, we won’t have the debate, the price will simply be set by the Beehive.”

Yup – your broadband plan is now Minister Joyce’s cash cow for the benefit of Chorus’ shareholders.  Enjoy.

I look forward to a hands-on Labour government… one that’s hands-on for the country, not National’s mates.

19 comments on “Hands-on National”

  1. red blooded 1

    Come on now; surely you didn’t expect them to stick to their (cough cough) principles? Just think about all that wintering on about the ‘Nanny Sate’ then think about the long list of interventions like making smoking in prisons illegal, reworking health and safety inspections, building regulations, the ‘super city’, all the interventions in Canterbury (before the earthquakes as well as after), the pressures on councils to ‘free up land for development… Now, some of these policies may well be positive (& some are high-handed officious and worrying) but they are certainly not hands off or ‘getting the government out of private individuals’ lives’! And that’s before we even mention the various spying activities, pressure on journalism etc. when was the last time you heard anyone on the right of the spectrum blathering on about intrusions into privacy or individual choices?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      +1

      Exactly. This government has never been hands-off except when doing something would have benefited the poor at which point they keep well away.

      • karol 1.1.1

        Agreed with rb & DTB.

        Neoliberal propaganda talks big about non-interventionist small government. But really, this has just been a front for the wealthy elites to be self-serving. They are ‘hands-on” when it helps siphon more profits and control their way.

        I’ve always thought the Shearer “hands-on” slogan is part of the way they aim to look like they are moving away from “neoliberalism”, while actually doing very little to frighten the middle-classes. And in some cases the whole “hands on” thing can be perfectly acceptable to the corporate classes.

  2. BevanJS 2

    Coming very much from the “right” side of opinion I have to agree with much of the points highlighted here. Bring back Fat Rodney.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1

      Come on Hide is no different when push comes to shove. He was bought up in a regulated market, when his fathers trucking business was protected from competition. Much the same for many businesses in New Zealand at the time…. hotels , movie theatres etc all had to have licenses to operate which could be refused on grounds it would harm others

  3. aj 3

    ‘Late on Thurs-day, soon after it was revealed the Government was giving $30 million to the Tiwai smelter, its owner Rio Tinto announced it had made a profit of US$1.72 billion in the six months to June 30, but it had to sack thousands of workers worldwide and slash $1.5 billion in costs to get there. There was no breakdown of the financial results for the Tiwai Pt aluminium smelter in the first half of this year.
    The smelter made a pre-tax loss of $32 million in the 2012 year, but in the previous 2011 year it made a profit of $254 million’

    Southland Times

  4. BrucetheMoose 4

    The government is just reinforcing their free market ideology. If you are big enough and perceived as important enough, they will give you free money.

  5. Ad 5

    Were you really expecting the government to sit back and let this all happen? We won’t ever agree that National has the right motives or balanced costs and benefits the way we like them, but inside 2 months they have:

    – Cut the biggest development Auckland has had in a decade with the Sky City deal
    – Agreed to the Auckland Plan and the top three transport priorities within it including the City Rail Link
    – Helped save the ass of New Zealand’s largest exporter
    – Saved at least several hundred jobs in Invercargill
    – Accelerated the complete reconstruction of New Zealand’s second largest city – and hence pump-primed the entire economy for about a decade
    – Propped up Chorus for several years
    – Stepped in the save meat exports to China
    – Forced Auckland’s council to agree to a housing development package – preparing the economy for a further decade’s surge
    – Deep in preparation to relaunch the tourism industry on the back of the final Hobbit films
    – And is getting ready to force the Denniston open cast coal mine (I don’t have to like it, but West Coasters generally do)

    Were I a National MP, I’d call that a good 60 days work for the economy.
    In fact by and large most Labour MP’s would beg to be on the Treasury benches and cut such a set of deals.

    • BrucetheMoose 5.1

      Accelerated the complete reconstruction of New Zealand’s second largest city – and hence pump-primed the entire economy for about a decade -?
      Sorry that is more propaganda that reality at the moment.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        How many thousand houses in Christchurch have been rebuilt so far? Fletchers will tell you. And that’s without the major capex even coming out of the ground.

        • Sable 5.1.1.1

          I believe there are about 30000 (maybe more) homes still required. National have done little to sort it out save trying to pay people less than their homes are worth and generally procrastinating. Hence the legal challenges springing up like mushrooms. Expect more too.

        • BrucetheMoose 5.1.1.2

          The majority of works to date are classified as low level repairs, the easy fixes to get the stats up for good media releases. Houses that either need full rebuilds or more serious repairs are the more challenging, and this matter has barely been touched in relation to the tens of thousands that it encompasses. Nearly three years on now, there are still thousands who still have no answers to their situation. If they hadn’t got away with writing off 8-9 thousand odd through the red zoning process, the situation would be considerably worse. There is still little progress in the central city. Ironically, on the peripheral areas, where the government has no control over what is to be built , it is ticking over nicely.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      - Cut the biggest development Auckland has had in a decade with the Sky City deal
      * You say this as if it’s a good thing to drive up the misery caused by problem gambling. Labour wouldn’t have done this, and nor should any government.

      – Agreed to the Auckland Plan and the top three transport priorities within it including the City Rail Link
      * Labour campaigned on the Auckland rail loop, National have always been agin it, and even now it’s on the “never never”, not planned to start until after 2020.

      – Helped save the ass of New Zealand’s largest exporter
      * I’m not really sure of anything National have particularly done in helping the Fonterra mess, and of course any government of the day would do this as well.

      – Saved at least several hundred jobs in Invercargill
      * By paying $30m so the plant stays open for exactly 12 months longer than it would have under the current plans. Most likely the staff roster is going to be cut in half as a result of this new deal, so there’ll be money left over after the $30m from the government goes to pay the remaining worker’s salaries. This is a bad deal, and plainly was done purely to advance their already woeful partial privatization agenda.

      – Accelerated the complete reconstruction of New Zealand’s second largest city – and hence pump-primed the entire economy for about a decade
      * As others above have said, National hasn’t done anything particularly useful to speed up the rebuild of Christchurch. In fact, they’ve hoisted this ridiculous $500m stadium and flash convention centre on us that we simply don’t need.

      – Propped up Chorus for several years
      * And this is good because?

      – Stepped in the save meat exports to China
      * The meat exports to China was a screwup by the government for changing names and other bureaucratic minutia. You don’t get credit for solving a problem that you singlehandedly created.

      – Forced Auckland’s council to agree to a housing development package – preparing the economy for a further decade’s surge
      * Something any government could have done, and indeed Labour’s plan to build 100,000 houses over 10 years has been aped by National’s plans of 39,000 over 3 years in Auckland, after they had made such a big deal about how it was impossible to build 10,000 houses in a year.

      – Deep in preparation to relaunch the tourism industry on the back of the final Hobbit films
      * I’m not sure what this actually means. I suspect it doesn’t actually mean anything.

      – And is getting ready to force the Denniston open cast coal mine (I don’t have to like it, but West Coasters generally do)
      * I heard people from the coast talking about this on National Radio. They were saying how “ultimately mining won’t keep us here forever, but it’s what we need now”. Well, how about they actually start working on the long-term plans *now*, at the same time as launching this new mine? But of course all they’re doing is the new mine.

      • Ad 5.2.1

        - Sky City – Labour did it first and would have done it again.
        – National are now for the CRL, and there’s no prescribed date if you read the PM’s speech.
        – National have helped save Fonterra whether you like it or not.
        – On Tiwai Point – plenty on this site were arguing to let it die. National stood up and made a nice ugly deal. Good local economics and good politics.
        – Would Labour or Greens have done any better on Christchurch? We will never know.
        – I can’t defend the Chorus deal other than it kept a whole bunch of techies in salaries. If anyone can tell me where the jobs are coming from in the broadband revolution I am all ears.
        – The meat thing – agreed it’s their screwup, but it’s their save as well. The current shutdown of abattoir lines from another labeling mixup shows what jobs are at stake without intervention.
        – Clark’s government had 9 years to cut a deal over housing and didn’t lift a finger – including Leaky Homes.
        – Hobbit – it’s the one thing propping up our tourism industry, and it’s down to the Nats cutting a deal. And they get the glory for it when it opens, thrice.
        – Dennison – no one but the Nats has a recovery plan for the West Coast – certainly not Labour or the Greens.

        The points of my response was this: of course that National entirely without principle – but arguably they are at least as interventionist if not more than a prospective Shearer government. And people are loving it according to the polls. As I said clearly at the outset: we don’t have to like how they evaluate these deals. But on a whole bunch of economic management fronts, National are delivering.

        • BrucetheMoose 5.2.1.1

          The Leaky Building saga is a direct result of the National led government deregulating the building industry during the 90’s. The Labour government got it all handed to them like stinking dog poo under a platter cover to spend it’s term trying to clean it up.

          • Ad 5.2.1.1.1

            …and did nothing.

            Here’s a thought for you: the Nats have generated or saved more jobs through direct economic intervention within 5 years than Labour did in 9. These people are on a roll.

            • lprent 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Nats have generated or saved more jobs through direct economic intervention

              Generated? Complete and utter bullshit.

              The number of new jobs created in the last 5 years has been minimal at best to completely non-existent. The number of jobs that has been lost has been something in the order of how many 100’s of thousands? Go and read the household employment surveys (rather than benefits that they’re tossing people off). The only market that they seem to create to actually create jobs in is the market for homeless pan-handlers.

              In my area, National killed every existing program to create new jobs in the economy in the months after they took office. They killed off damn near all of the support for tech based jobs and industries. About the only time that the tech industry ever sees them lifting off their lazy arses is when Joyce or Brownlee show up to try and take credit for what companies managed to do on support from before they took office. Despite this the tech industries are still growing – despite the National government’s stupid policies.

              Labour didn’t really have to save too many jobs – the economy was better. What they tried to do was to create industries. Virtually the entire hi-tech industry built from damn near nothing in the 90’s to ~3% of our exports. The only new manufacturing jobs (where sustainable jobs are largely created) are from hi-tech manufacturing. There has been no support from the government except for pious crap and no action, Like this from Joyce

              Joyce said under a “business growth agenda (BGA)”, the government had set a target to increase exports to 40 per cent of GDP by 2025.

              Yeah right. Another statement to join the rest of them completely unactioned in the past. And that is about all we will ever see – because Joyce is a useless bullshitter. There is absolutely nothing much that the government is doing apart from programs initiated before the change of government, and they cut almost all of that anyway.

              The only jobs that they appear to be interested in are based on extending glorified commodity trading like Fonterra’s business. To which they override things like ECan for short-term returns and build a guaranteed failure long-term. Even there, they aren’t helping to push the products up the value chain – a problem considering that there are a lot of places opening up dairy production.

              • Ad

                I should probably recant and stop teasing.

                The debate I was hoping to provoke was more along the lines of: “So what intervention series would a Labour-led government do that was likely to be superior to the National-led ones?”

                Maybe we can do that closer to the election.

        • Lanthanide 5.2.1.2

          I’ll note that you didn’t actually address most of my points, just spoke past them. So again:

          – Sky City – Labour did it first and would have done it again.
          * Actually that deal wasn’t Labour specifically doing it, and after it was done they passed law for the sinking lid on pokie machines, to try and prevent such a deal being done in the future. The government being sovereign, of course, doesn’t prevent National from doing another such dirty deal anyway.

          – National are now for the CRL, and there’s no prescribed date if you read the PM’s speech.
          * Yeah, that more or less confirms my point. They’re doing it on the “never never”, ie, agree to do it but not actually make any commitment to really do it. Len Brown is saying they need to start it by 2015.

          – National have helped save Fonterra whether you like it or not.
          * My point is, you’re holding National up as some great do-getter government, but *any* government would have stepped in on this issue.

          – On Tiwai Point – plenty on this site were arguing to let it die. National stood up and made a nice ugly deal. Good local economics and good politics.
          * Like I said, the deal only keeps the plant open for an extra 12 months than would otherwise be the case under the current contract. Care to address this point, or do you just not care? $30m for 12 months is way way too much.

          – Would Labour or Greens have done any better on Christchurch? We will never know.
          * No, we can’t know for sure, but we can look at what is happening Christchurch and decide whether it is “good” or “bad”. At the moment I would say it is more “bad” than “good” and that more government intervention could make it “better”. Instead of simply lauding a government for something *anything*, as you currently are, you should laud them if they actually make sustained and visible progress, which I assert National have not.

          – I can’t defend the Chorus deal other than it kept a whole bunch of techies in salaries. If anyone can tell me where the jobs are coming from in the broadband revolution I am all ears.
          * Remember that this ridiculous UFB broadband network was National’s baby, and so far the only use of it is apparently to deliver high-definition TV. Seriously that’s it. They also like to do vague claims about NZ being a high-tech incubator, but you don’t need UFB in order to do that because the real growth markets are international (see Xero and SLI Systems for example) and UFB is a domestic speedup. Any companies that want fast network access can already get it in the 3 main centres. What we really need is better broadband provision to farmers and rural communities – there are some provisions for this in the government’s overall plans, but it’s very much a side-issue compared to the main thrust of UFB.

          – The meat thing – agreed it’s their screwup, but it’s their save as well. The current shutdown of abattoir lines from another labeling mixup shows what jobs are at stake without intervention.
          * So you are trying to give the government credit for fixing an issue purely of their own creation. Rather stupid of you, really.

          – Clark’s government had 9 years to cut a deal over housing and didn’t lift a finger – including Leaky Homes.
          * Yes, and National didn’t do anything until the current Labour opposition announced their Kiwibuild plan. You’re the one trying to show that the current government is some great hands-on mover and shaker, but all you’re proving is they’re out of ideas.

          – Hobbit – it’s the one thing propping up our tourism industry, and it’s down to the Nats cutting a deal. And they get the glory for it when it opens, thrice.
          * Oh, the one thing propping up our tourism industry? Lets all pile on then! Or, you know, the government could try and create other things to sell our tourist industry on. Key is the minister of tourism after all. Remember when we had the National Cycleway and how many jobs that would make and how many tourists it would bring in? Then it just became a network of “great rides”? How about this government do something *new*, not just rehash a tired movie franchise.

          – Dennison – no one but the Nats has a recovery plan for the West Coast – certainly not Labour or the Greens.
          * And that recovery plan is what, exactly? Do tell. Because this government is so hands-on, I’m sure you’ll be able to produce their detailed plan of how the West Coast is going to be rehabilitated – like they promised after Pike River. I believe they built some sort of community centre and haven’t done anything since.

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    David Cunliffe formally resigns today, setting up a head-to-head battle between him and Grant Robertson, although there’s still a chance that David Shearer, Andrew Little and/or Stuart Nash might throw their hat(s) into the ring. As the Labour MPs arrived for...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    ...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Th Austerity Disaster and its impact – Lessons for New Zealand? (Fro...
    Europe’s Austerity Disaster29/09/2014 by Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • The Damage Fallacies of Neo-Liberal economics cause
    The on-going and recent scandals (Judith Collins & Oravida, Maurice Williamson & Donghua Lui, John Key & Dirty Politics....)  in New Zealand that have swirled around the neo-liberal National Party government of Key, supported by the discredited political parties of...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • Changing Leaders Will Not Be Enough
    Trial By Ordeal: The techniques of the Seventeenth Century Witchfinders-General might be preferable to the process Labour has adopted to uncover the reasons for its woeful performance in the 2014 General Election. It's a pity the Party has not allowed...
    Bowalley Road | 29-09
  • Starting a constructive conversation on the future of the Treaty of Waitang...
    To learn more about our upcoming Treaty project click here...
    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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