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John Key – GCSB fool (or liar)

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, August 16th, 2013 - 141 comments
Categories: john key, law, Spying - Tags: , , ,

On Campbell Live, and on other occasions, John Key has claimed that critics of the GCSB spying bill were all wrong. The Human Rights Commission – wrong. The Law Society – wrong. The Privacy Commissioner – wrong. Dame Anne Salmond – wrong. Everyone else wrong – only he – John Key – and his secret advisors were right, and we the sheeple have nothing to fear.

It was obviously bullshit, and today Key had to admit it – via one of his favoured mouthpieces of course:

Key pledges to restrict spy agency’s probe rights

… In the course of the [Campbell Live] interview he said incorrectly that under the bill, the GCSB would not be allowed to look at the content of communications when conducting their cyber-security functions.

In fact, there is nothing that prevents it from doing so. But what Mr Key is now saying is that in exercising his power to impose any conditions he wants on a warrant, he will use his discretion to set the default position not looking at content in the cyber-security function.

Got that folks? Key has admitted he was wrong in a major claim about the GCSB Bill. He is either a complete fool for claiming the only true understanding and getting caught out in his error – or he was a complete and knowing liar on Campbell Live. John Key – fool or liar – you be the judge.

As to proposed new powers of the GCSB, which Key didn’t understand/admit, he is now trying to claim that it will be patched up in the warrant process (see the rest of the Young piece above). Not Good Enough. If the law doesn’t do what it should do then the law should be fixed! Key needs to listen to those real experts that he so despises.

141 comments on “John Key – GCSB fool (or liar)”

  1. vto 1

    clearly

    fool

    and

    liar

    • blue leopard 1.1

      +1 VTO

    • Murray Olsen 1.2

      I’d say liar who thinks Kiwis are fools. We’re so deep in the shit of his making that today I can only console myself by thinking that his legacy will be like Nixon’s.

  2. ak 2

    Bare-faced lies are the present-day equivalent of the dagger hidden in the cloak of the utterly ruthless “whatever it takes” wrestler. Winning on the night is all that matters, and the mob bays with glee as the referees are ignored and mocked. This article is his simpering [r0b: deleted - much as I understand the sentiment I think that was a bit over the top] lisping that the knife got there by mistake. Just another sickening day Bully State.

  3. geoff 3

    Wow.

    So let me get this straight, we have to trust John Key’s judgement!?

    Even though he clearly doesn’t even understand his own legislation.

    Fark.

    • blue leopard 3.1

      @ Geoff

      +1
      Yes, although the word used was ‘discretion’.

      John Key and any future leader can now use their ‘discretion’ whether to abuse these powers or not.

      They might use their ‘discretion’ to support their mates interests. This, to them might be a fair use of their ‘discretion’ and it wouldn’t be illegal.

      Is there anywhere in our laws that requires personal responsibility from politicians to act in the interests of New Zealanders?

      I don’t think so.

      As I understand it, they are personally protected from this requirement because the law deems that it wouldn’t be fair for them to be held personally accountable due to the amount of decisions they are having to make in many different areas and that mistakes are bound to be made and therefore a great deal of forgiveness, in fact total forgiveness, is included for them in the laws.

      Because of this legal ‘forgiveness’ the rules that politicians work by must be formulated in a way where these people, who are making decisions for us, should not be given the opportunity to use much of their non-accountable ‘discretion’.

      If they want that type of ‘freedom’ of ‘discretion’, then at least change the laws so that they will be held personally responsible for the effects of their ‘discretion’ when it turns out to be damaging to our democratic principles and rights.

    • Dr Terry 3.2

      geoff – you rightly raise the question of trust. Key is in effect inviting us all to trust him implicitly. It might be helpful to look up certain statements that prominent persons have made about “trust”:

      Shakespeare” “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” (is there someone who fails on all three counts?)
      From others: “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” “Trust not too much to appearance.” “Trust, but verify.” “You can’t trust anybody with power.” “How dishonorable some people can be, how dangerous to trust them.” “It is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.”

  4. mickysavage 4

    This is pure and utter BS. The reason why laws are drawn to restrict the executive’s powers is to make sure that the powers are not abused in the future. Relying on the PM to insert requirements into warrant applications shows that the law is drawn too widely.

    Otherwise you can bet that one day one PM will “forget” or “neglect” to put the protection in.

    This is clear evidence that the process has been rushed and the changes should be rethought.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Quite right. NZ has had some damn nasty PMs in the past and no doubt we will have again. Imagine Muldoon with email, facebook and IM spying powers during the springbok tour.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.2

      +1

    • wtl 4.3

      Otherwise you can bet that one day one PM will “forget” or “neglect” to put the protection in.

      It is very weird how the supporters of this bill seem to complete ignore this point. Every time somehow criticising it says that it gives too much power to the Prime Minister, their response seems to be that Key would never do that. I appreciate that they may strongly support and trust Key, but even so, this says nothing about a future Prime Minister.

    • Saarbo 4.4

      I would have thought that this was a MAJOR cock up on Key’s part because this is the thing that scares people the most in this bill…”content”. When Key unequivocally said to Campbell “the GCSB would not be allowed to look at the content of communications when conducting their cyber-security functions” , well he effectively disarmed Campbell.

      I would have imagined that National shit themselves when they discovered this cock up, the media should have had a field day on this, imagine if Campbell picked this up while interviewing…this was potentially Campbell’s “show me the money” moment.

      But you have to admire National’s damage control, they have incredibly powerful allies in the media, which is scarey. Labour need to raise their game enormously. This brings me back to the this weeks Listener article on the Labour Party where Mike William’s says “for a party to be strong and credible, six key figures in the party need to be working in unison. They are the leader, the deputy leader, the chief of staff, the party president, the party general secretary and the campaign director.” Well I reckon he left two out. He needs to add in the caucus and members. Labour are going to have to make sure everything is aligned and heading in the same direction to beat this National Party. This National Party is a powerful party on top of their game, as Chris Trotter pointed out in a recent article, the Left is taking them too lightly. The way they have recovered from this cock up is case in point.

      • mickysavage 4.4.1

        Right you are Saarbo. The response is really impressive. Key’s interview was superficially stunning then they discovered this deep dark problem with it.

        The limited release of the story needs further attention. Using the Herald to announce changes in Government policy is bad at so many levels.

      • Skinny 4.4.2

        Sadly many in caucus and within the party fail to grasp the concept that the Greens are here to stay, & power concessions need to be made in order to win next years election. Or else its another 3 years of misery in opposition, and even worst for all but the bottom feeders of this Country. 

         And the Greens continued erosion of Labour’s party vote will only grow. So you would think a lesson was learnt, that treating the Greens like dirt just doesn’t work? Wrong nothing has changed amongst the old guard. Take the scraps and don’t go getting above your station is still alive and dead-ending the NZLP. So to whoever within the party the unanswered question still  remains… Who the fuck can broker a deal between Labour & the Greens so a coalition Government can be formed in 2014?  

      • felix 4.4.3

        “for a party to be strong and credible, six key figures in the party need to be working in unison. They are the leader, the deputy leader, the chief of staff, the party president, the party general secretary and the campaign director.”

        Perhaps they just forgot to watch the interview. If so, that’s ok. There’ll be other issues. Plenty of time.

        Give them six months and I’m sure they’ll be ready and waiting.

  5. Ed 5

    The media have been remarkably silent on the requirement for the Attorney General to state whether legislation offends against Privacy and Human Rights laws – I presume that would have been issued for the second reading. Is it available on-line? Does anyone have a list of bills which the Attorney-General admitted did not meet privacy and human rights requirements?

  6. Blue 7

    Between this and Audrey Young’s piece pointing out another Key mistake yesterday:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10912495

    I think it’s safe to assume that John Key doesn’t actually know what’s in the legislation, and from his attitude to turning up during the committee stages, he doesn’t really care.

    Anything he says about the bill is suspect.

  7. Craig Glen viper 8

    The thing hear is the show is over Key/National have hit the target audience. He goes on Cambell live lies, but is reasuring and smiling, behaves like he is acting in NZers security interest protecting them from the nasty terrorists, job done. Two days latter he retracts apologies and only a few poeple see this certainly not the most of the folk in the street they hear/see from media John Key was commanding on the GCSB issue, therefore experts are wrong.

    The problem in all of this is Labour need someone who is quick enough to see the lies when on TV/debates during an election call him on it and present the facts logically simply and in a way that is commanding.
    Shearer cant do this if Labour sticks with Shearer, NZ is screwed and so is the current Labour Caucus. No matter how much media training you give Shearer he will never beat Key in the media war, not a shit show in hell!

    • yeshe 8.1

      +100% Come in David Cunliffe, your time is up ! And quickly, please.

      • keith rosss 8.1.1

        for gods sake! the old guard in the caucus need to do the right thing, come on you have plenty of money and the gold plated perks and retirement goldmine to look forward to. Some of us have young families and need a labour greens govt. now not in four years. I am rushing to buy my first house before the new kiwisaver rules come in on the first of October as to save 10% before getting access to my own money keeps my family out of their own home for years. Shearer is not going to cut it and neither are you. The country needs Cunliffe now, not in four years.Please think of the children and do the right thing.

        • Akldnut 8.1.1.1

          God no more of these clowns…. Pleeeease! Come in Dvaid Cunliffe this is your signal to start showing Shearer up for the timid little lamb he is. Right Now!

    • emergency mike 8.2

      “Two days latter he retracts apologies and only a few poeple see this certainly not the most of the folk in the street they hear/see from media John Key was commanding on the GCSB issue, therefore experts are wrong.”

      Yesterday I said this:

      “Plus they have another big advantage, they can always just lie or make something up. There is usually not time in an argument to go and check ‘facts’ that are thrown up. By the time someone subsequently does, the argument is long finished, and the observer is left with the impression that the psychopath made a point that the other couldn’t answer.”

      John Key said all Campbell’s experts were wrong, but he either doesn’t understand the legislation or lied for the Campbell live interview.

      But don’t worry says he, it doesn’t matter anyway because he’ll use his discretion about who gets spied on.

      Ah goodo then.

    • Hanswurst 8.3

      I’m not sure whether this is true. The interview was on Campbell Live and watched largely by Campbell Live’s audience. The rest of NZ will pick it up peripherally through articles like Young’s. Key may have made a blustering, war-dancing show in that single interview, but his problem now is that everything he has said in that interview is there in the archives and able to be attacked. Campbell can now use any errors or misjudgments by Key to expose further issues with Key’s handling of the bill, and will continue to reach his own audience and peripherally, through articles like Young’s, the rest of NZ as well. People are overestimating the direct influence of this televised showing by the PM, NZ’s favourite performing monkey.

    • Hami Shearlie 8.4

      +1000 – David Cunliffe is the only one in Labour who could really beat John Key – “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man”!

  8. ghostwhowalksnz 9

    The whole interview was a sham- obviously Key was well prepped for days, probably making a few mock inteview runs with his spin doctors. Then they spring a last minute acceptance on Campbell so he doesnt have time to prepare

    And now he runs away again , just giving out a prepared statement, and then slamming the door shut, no more questions unless its about snapper

    • Wayne 9.1

      Ghostwhowalksnz,

      You are seriously wrong on this. John Key probably spent less than 2 hours on the prep (and I know more about this process than you).

      He needs no prep to be clam and considered. He does that every day. He also knows JC’s style, so therefore the importance of making sure he gets his point across.

      And what were the main points about the Bill he wanted to make:
      1. That all GCSB assistance in NZ needs a warrant – and referenced to s8 and 14
      2. That the process has checks and balances – retired Court of Appeal Judges etc
      3. That meta data surveillance needs warrants as well
      4. That it is pretty much the same process as Helen Clark, except with more checks and balances
      5. That there are real threats
      6. That cybersecurity is sensible – like Norton
      7. That he knows not to tell NZers the entire operating system of GCSB. A lot of NZers do actually want to be reassured that the PM can keep secret stuff secret.

      Now I know the PM will have worked out the main points he had to make pretty quickly when he decided to go on Campbell Live.

      The point I am making – the Left consistently underestimates the PM’s skill to work out a strategy and get his points across.

      And this business of calling the PM a psychopath is now out in the mainstream, but it is not going to go well for the Left, since middle NZ is going to see that as preposterous and desperate.

      • gobsmacked 9.1.1

        I don’t underestimate his skill to work out a strategy. Not at all.

        The strategy was to lie. So he did.

        • miravox 9.1.1.1

          Exactly

          – and obfuscate.

        • Wayne 9.1.1.2

          Well, you and much of the Left blogosphere will say that. I guess it avoids you actually having to debate the issue.

          I recall that is what the Right blogosphere said the same about Helen Clark right through 2002 to 2008.

          It was unattractive from them, and it is unattractive from you.

          And it is the sort of thing that damages politics. If the partisans (or at least a large fraction of them) routinely call the other side liars and psycopaths, you can hardly be surprised if middle NZ is turned off politics.

          Even partisans have a duty to debate things civilly without immediate recourse to name calling. There are wider issues about the health of politics that requires that.

          Actually, I might note that Karol does not usually call the PM a liar. She might say he spins, gives half the story, etc, but that is OK in reasonable discourse.

          • gobsmacked 9.1.1.2.1

            it avoids you actually having to debate the issue.

            Eh? The “left” (actually the wide-ranging opposition to the bill, well beyond the “left”) has been trying to debate the issue. Where have you been?

            Do you think the issue suddenly appeared on Wednesday?

            OK, so the “issue” now is what the Prime Minister said. Let’s debate it. I say he was wrong. You say …?

          • blue leopard 9.1.1.2.2

            @ Wayne,

            Gobsmacked’s response really addresses the issue that you raise, however, your comments raises some pressing questions.

            Is calling people dishonest causing the ‘damage to politics’ or is it the dishonesty?

            If I shout out ‘thief’ when someone is trying to steal my car, is the problem that is occurring my calling out ‘thief or is it the theft itself?

            Can I have a rational and reasoned debate with someone whose arguments lacks a grasp on reality and is entirely illogical?

          • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.2.3

            The biggest advantage that liars have in positions of trust and authority is that very few are prepared to call them on their lies. Police prosecutors rely on this all the time, with the results we see with Arthur Thomas and Teina Pora. Key is the first PM I can recall who has relied on it so heavily. The health of politics depends on politicians being honest, not on people ignoring their lies. Saying that it is unattractive from us is a way to avoid debating the issue. We have been debating it ever since it reared its ugly head.

            I will not take my political tactics from someone who spins so much on behalf of Key, excessive state power, and welfare cuts, thank you very much.

          • North 9.1.1.2.4

            Wayne@9.1.1.2 – thank you for the headmaster-like ticking off there……..care to publish, honestly and without edit, your own “unattractive” mouthings re Helen Clark during the period 2002-08 ?

            A case of poacher turned gamekeeper methinks.

            • Wayne 9.1.1.2.4.1

              North,

              I can assure I never indulged in any personal abuse of Helen Clark, or any other MP’s for that matter. I had known her since University days and knew how focussed she could be. And that she was and is a person of integrity.

              If you don’t believe me, ask Labour or Green MP’s about my style as an MP.

              I might note I had been a member of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1982, so I knew many of the Labour MP’s from that time.

              • Anne

                Yes. I can vouch for Wayne. He was the MP in my electorate for umpteen years and at no time did I hear anything adverse about him. He was courteous and respectful at all times. The same cannot be said about his successor.

      • Puddleglum 9.1.2

        Hi Wayne,

        I certainly wouldn’t underestimate John Key’s discursive and social skills.

        But I do think that many of those ‘points’ are simply incorrect, so it is a shame that he has used those skills to advance them.

        For example, there is little evidence that there are real threats (to New Zealand and New Zealand’s population). He did not provide such extensive evidence; nor has anyone else to my knowledge. The lack of such justification was a major concern expressed in the Law Society submission.

        Further, the revised Section 14 has expanded rather than reduced the operational remit of the GCSB, so the claim that there are “more checks and balances” than there were under the previous legislation seems incorrect. Once again, this also appears to be a concern of the Law Society.

        Again, the ‘point’ that ‘cybersecurity is sensible’ is suitably vague given the broad definition given for it in Section 8A – so, I suppose with this one I’d simply say it’s hard to know whether or not the point is ‘correct’. That could only be determined by knowing what ‘cybersecurity’ means when it comes to the ‘facts on the ground’ of the GCSB’s operations. Sadly – or conveniently – that is not possible, given the last ‘point’ you believe he was trying to make.

        Finally, the points about assuring New Zealanders that there are ‘checks and balances’ is trivial since the substantive issue is the question of whether or not there are sufficient checks and balances given the traditional, exceptionally light, oversight of the intelligence services as compared with other government agencies.

        John Key did not present an argument for why these checks and balances were sufficient in the context of the increased operational remit of the GCSB. In fact, the released statement to the Herald seems to highlight the fragile nature of one of the (now) claimed checks and balances – that it is down to a discretionary behaviour of the warrant signers as to whether or not content of New Zealanders’ communications is accessed, with or without their knowledge.

        I realise that you are simply arguing that John Key is clever at presenting his rhetorical position in an interview, but my concern is the end to which that cleverness is directed.

        • Wayne 9.1.2.1

          I am sure that both Helen Clark and John Key think it is prudent to keep track of the people who got training in Yemen (and their communications).

          Now you may not care, but any PM who simply ignored such people would be considered reckless by their colleagues. That is one of the main reasons for SIS and GCSB warrants. You need to know who such a person is in contact with.

          And “no”, I do not think Dr Rodney Harrison QC is the best person to judge these risks.

          Hi skills lie in evaluating appropriate checks and balances and the grounds for warrants. For instance I think a warrant should be required wherever it is known that a NZer is involved, even if the person that is the target of the surveillance is an overseas person.

          • Puddleglum 9.1.2.1.1

            Hi Wayne,

            Thanks for the response.

            I’m not sure why you mentioned Helen Clark’s and John Key’s prudential preferences here. Some people are worriers, some are fatalists. The characteristics and predispositions of individuals (even those who are Prime Ministers) are irrelevant. These issues have nothing to do with ‘personality’ or ‘personal judgment’. They are about impacts of legislation on the twin concerns of security and civil rights.

            Do I care about tracking people who had training in Yemen? Yes, although I wasn’t aware that 88 such people were in New Zealand and that the risk of Yemeni training had increased recently.

            Surely it does not represent a national security risk to explain fully the basis of the threat? What kinds of training were involved? Has there been a spike in such training? Are the police unable, using their own normal powers, to track and monitor the comings and goings of such people (with appropriate warrants)? Is the problem that their communications are with people inside New Zealand or beyond? How specific is the threat?

            None of these types of questions have been addressed and very little information on the risks we apparently face has been provided. Yes, I wish to avoid terrorist incidents that harm people in New Zealand, but there are many ‘risks’ in our society and I would like some sense of just how great this particular risk is. I don’t see how this represents some neglectful or ‘risky’ approach on my part. Quite prudent I would have thought.

            Relatedly, so far as I’m aware, John Key had no intention of updating the GCSB Act prior to Dotcom and the Kitteridge report, despite presumably being aware of any presumed escalation in risks. Was he being negligent during that period, in your reckoning?

            As well as Rodney Harrison QC, I assume that you also don’t think that the Law Society’s Rule of Law Committee and its chair Austin Forbes QC are well placed to realise that their concerns are over-ruled by these (increased but unspecified) security threats given that they confirmed on 6 August that:

            The concerns the Law Society expressed in its submission on the bill have not been significantly mitigated by the proposed changes.

            Who do you think is best placed to judge these risks? John Key? The head of the GCSB? A retired judge? And, why?

            Also, you don’t seem to realise that the Law Society submission was not claiming to judge the security risks. Its point was that very little explanation of those risks, and therefore justification for the legal changes, had been made. Are you saying that they are not in a position to judge whether or not justifications had been presented?

            More to the point, don’t you think that, in a democracy, it is up to the people – operating through institutions such as the unhurried processes for passing appropriate legislation – to make the value judgment of when risks justify particular measures such as the widening of the operational remit of an intelligence agency so that it can operate in relation to New Zealanders in New Zealand?

            Or do you believe that the general population of ordinary New Zealanders, like the Law Society, are similarly not well placed to make such judgments collectively? (please don’t say they voted in the government hence that’s the end of their right to make judgments).

            Perhaps you only champion ordinary New Zealanders’ rights to make judgments about shower-heads and lightbulbs?

            • Wayne 9.1.2.1.1.1

              Well, unlike you I do believe PM’s should be trusted to make these decisions. Invariably those who get there will have thought through what it means to be PM and the national security questions that go with the role. They will have already been on the Intelligence Committee, and will have been briefed by the Directors of SIS and GCSB over the years. When I look at Parliament today I would trust any likely person on both sides of the House in Labour and National to do the job responsibly.

              As a general point, one of the fundamental differences between a Police warrant and a SIS warrant is that the police warrant has to relate to the commission of an actual crime, whereas a SIS warrant does not.

              So to take the case of people who got training in Yemen as an example (and it will not be made up as some here believe), they are almost certainly not committing a crime under NZ law. For that to be the case there would have to be evidence that they were actually planning an attack either here or elsewhere. Only then could the Police get a warrant.

              But SIS powers are wider in the sense the commission of a crime is not required. But there must be some issue of national or international security – I would suggest training in the Yemen triggers that threshold. The SIS will have an interest in their network of contacts, especially contact overseas. That is why SIS will seek a warrant from the PM, and apparently (Kitteridge Report) the GCSB were also involved in the surveillance of the persons of SIS interest 88 times.

              Most of these occurred when Helen Clark was PM, so she clearly thought the persons should be surveilled.

              As has been publically reported, the Director of SIS brings her a file about the relevant person, with enough supporting material, to justify the grant of a warrant. I imagine she went through the material pretty carefully before approving the warrant. It is worth noting the file would be based on open source material, or informants, or surveillance that does not need a warrant.

              A warrant is necessary to enter premises, tap phones, install microphones, install trackers, download emails, etc.

              Iprent, the QA programme will be the review by the retired Judges, the Inspector, and the annual reporting of numbers of warrants to the Intelligence Committee. It is somewhat beefed up from current requirements, which lets be honest have been rather limited with the Inspector having virtually no resources.

              • geoff

                If we can trust the PM to make the correct decisions in these circumstances then how is it possible that the Prime Minister himself had to apologise to Kim DotCom for failing to provide the correct oversight to the GCSB?

                It does seem very strange indeed that you believe it is a good idea to give additional responsibilities and trust to a minister who has already been caught asleep at the wheel.

                • blue leopard

                  @ Geoff,

                  Some people go weak at the knees and will believe anything if it smells of money or power.

                  They will convince themselves that they are being told the truth and spend much time trying to convince others the same.

                  This is what both Wayne and our Pm are doing.

                  One would hope people learned from history not to be so impressionable and gullible. They must have no self respect.

                  • geoff

                    So dotcom is our only hope?? ;P

                    • Actually Geoff, you’ve got a point there.
                      ….Smells of money and has a bone to pick with the PM and his dodgy mate. Pretty good circumstances to send the money-power-sniffers into a big confusion. “Heck, which one shall I choose, which one shall I choose??” and divide them.

                  • North

                    It’s called snobbery BL. There remains a class of people who’ll borrow a pair of boots to walk 20 miles to vote Tory. It’s uplifting for them.

                • Wayne

                  The Dotcom case did involve any decision by the PM. It is a Police matter, and they have full operational independence from politicians. They get their warrants from Judges. Which is what happened in the Dotcom case. The Dotcom raid took place under a judicial warrant.

                  Now on big issues, especially with an international dimension, the Police do brief Ministers so they won’t be caught off guard by media. That is why the Police briefed the PM the day before the raid, but the Police had already made the decision to go. And that decision would have been made independent of any politician.

                  In contrast, SIS warrants are the domain of the PM because they involve questions of national security (broadly defined in the SIS legislation). Which I might note is not directly part of the current GCSB issues. However it is to the extent that the assistance that GCSB will provide to SIS is under the general SIS powers.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    The Dotcom case did involve any decision by the PM.

                    Did it involve forewarning the PM? Yes, I think that very likely, given the international interest (read US Government and Entertainment Industry) in the enforcement action against Dotcom.

                    The Dotcom raid took place under a judicial warrant.

                    Luckily the specifics of the warrant were correct and the police and the prosecutors acted on the details of that warrant correctly.

                    NOT.

                    Here’s some fun new input:

                    US FISA Court ability to hold NSA/US Government to account effectively minimal

                    Looks like the fig leaves are dropping away fast.

                    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/court-ability-to-police-us-spying-program-limited/2013/08/15/4a8c8c44-05cd-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html?hpid=z1

                  • geoff

                    The Dotcom case did involve any decision by the PM

                    Freudian slip there, Wayne? I presume you intended to say it did NOT involve the PM?

                    How can you be so sure that it did not involve the PM? Because he said so? John Key has had to revise a number of his statements on a number of issues, including of course statements related to the DotCom case which suggests either a memory problem or a willing deceitfulness. In either case this is not a person whose word can be trusted.

                    At the same time, there is substantial circumstantial evidence that suggests John Key did know about the impending raid and that he knew who DotCom was, as has been documented by Campbell Live.

                    And then of course there is the perspective that, if John Key didn’t know about the raid then he was negligent in his duties and that if he was doing the job properly he should have known about it and stepped in before the illegality occurred.

                    So, at best, he has been negligent, asleep at the wheel and completely unworthy of the trust of New Zealanders.

              • emergency mike

                “Well, unlike you I do believe PM’s should be trusted to make these decisions”

                You lost me there Wayne.

              • Skinny

                There is that saying “you can trust a thief but you can’t trust a lair.”
                In John Keys case that saying rings oh so true. I trusted he would steal our assets and flog them off to oversea interests in Nationals 2nd term of office, and he did.

                And I knew he was lying after over 40,000 kiwi’s hit the streets in Auckland protesting over intentions to mine our national parks. He got rattled & said that he had ‘listened to the people’ and would not mine our parks. I guess it was a half lie because he allowed an Australian mining company do it down south on the Dennison.

                Your courteous stance is admirable, however your backing the wrong pony, as John Key is a rouge.

              • Wayne, I neither trust nor distrust ‘PMs’ to make these decisions. My first point was that their personality (or character) are irrelevant to having a robust process (and legislation). Robustness in these processes should not depend on the personality or character of individuals.

                I’m not sure how I can put that point more clearly. I have no idea where, in my comments above, you got the sense that my concern was based on a lack of trust in Helen Clark and John Key. You were the only one expressing a lack of trust in someone to make a judgment correctly – Rodney Harrison QC.

                Once again, I don’t know why you keep talking about individuals and their capacities or trustworthiness. This is a discussion about characteristics of proposed legislation and the reasons for introducing it. Isn’t it?

                Nevertheless, thank you very much for your clarification about the differences between Police and SIS warrants. Unfortunately, this is not at all reassuring. Let me explain why.

                You suggest that those people training in the Yemen “are almost certainly not committing a crime under NZ law” and that’s because “there would have to be evidence that they were actually planning an attack either here or elsewhere“. That means that the Police cannot get a warrant. The SIS can because they believe there’s an issue of national security or international security.

                Now, I won’t argue with your suggestion that training in the Yemen is a sufficient trigger for the SIS to be interested. It does, however, raise the broader issue of what might trigger the SIS’s concerns under the heading of national or international security. But I’ll leave that.

                The main problem is the next step, which you glossed. So far, the SIS approach Helen Clark or John Key with a request for a warrant. They do or don’t sign off on that request. Now, for some reason the GCSB become involved, on the back of the SIS warrant. Why?

                Everyone knows that the SIS spies on New Zealanders. That’s not at issue. The point is that the GCSB became involved in that process.

                The only defence I have ever heard for that is that the GCSB have a capacity that the Police and the SIS do not have for tracking communications. Presumably, that ability comes from their involvement with overseas intelligence agencies. Perhaps you can clarify further?

                Given that the ‘In case of doubt’ subsection (2) in Section 8C limits the advice and assistance to both the purpose of the entities to which the GCSB is giving advice and assistance and the various existing limitations on those entities, just what is the GCSB adding that makes it so desirable that they be involved?

                My only guess is that they have, and presumably have always had, the ability to track New Zealanders’ communications in quite a comprehensive way. An ability that can now be called upon. I realise you may not have the technical background to answer this, but how come they have the technical ‘infrastructure’ that can do this in New Zealand given that they were always meant to be an ‘outward looking’ agency? Was this just a lucky bonus of the technology they were given?

                To put it another way, are New Zealanders’ communications already being caught in a ‘sweep’ but – because of the lack of specific warrants – are not being looked at (even in terms of metadata)? Or, does the GCSB have the technical ability, currently, only to ‘look outwards’ and could not, even if it wanted to, look inwards? If the latter, how on earth could it add to the SIS’s capabilities?

                Thank you once again for your reply – I’m learning things.

                • Wayne

                  Briefly, as you note the GCSB has a whole range of technology that the SIS does not have. And the technology has to cover communications that are not just international, in the sense it has to be able to intercept communications to and from NZ, of international persons (persons who are not citizens or permanent representatives).

                  • Thanks Wayne – pretty much what I assumed.

                    There’s still the question of the mode of that technology – which is where the wall of secrecy descends. If the technology is only such that it operates through specific targeting on a case-by-case basis then it would be possible to regulate its use. Data would only be generated on the basis of a warrant.

                    If, alternatively, it involves a ‘broad sweep’ technology that can then be mined for individual cases, then that is more worrying and harder to regulate.

                    The concerns over Section 8A capabilities (cybersecurity) are no doubt linked to the question of whether this cybersecurity technology is the basis for the case-by-case ‘advice and assistance’ function in Section 8C of the Bill. If so, that would mean that ‘case-by-case’ data are already available, in some form, on all New Zealanders.

                    It’s the technological difference between having to fit a tracking device to a car on a case-by-case basis and using, for example, the GPS data already available via the cellphone network.

            • MrSmith 9.1.2.1.1.2

              “Perhaps you only champion ordinary New Zealanders’ rights to make judgments about shower-heads and lightbulbs?”
              Perfect Puddleglum.

              And here we have the issue to polarize the National voters, don’t think for a moment they have less to hide than anyone else. Once this bill is passed into law National will be hoping it will drop off the radar, but with the looming Kim@com extradition and with a little help from Peters, Norman and god help up Shearer this could be the issue that starts the doubt amongst the swing voters.

          • lprent 9.1.2.1.2

            The applications for search warrants could do with a good quality assurance program. The grounds appear to be “we, the police, are suspicious” rather than having any grounds.

            • McFlock 9.1.2.1.2.1

              I suspect that they have focussed on a quality assurance program that ensures the most effective wording is used to describe the thinnest suspicions while falling short (at least in legal practicality) of “fabrication”.

              And in a Kafkaesque twist, even if the warrant is bunk, if they find evidence of anything else then it still results in a successful prosecution. I seem to recall that when that cop several years back faked his own assault and tied himself up (eventually charged and convicted for the traffic accident he’d turned his life into), the investigation executed search warrants on a grab-bag of “usual suspects” (and, because the case seemed weird, weirdos like BDSM or pagans), and got convictions because of it. I would have thought that any warrant based on reasonable assumptions would fall down if the crime didn’t actually exist, but go figure.

              “Results based policing” rather than actual “policing”.

        • Christine 9.1.2.2

          One of the arguments against the changes to GCSB Act is ‘why do it, NZ isn’t likely to be the centre of an international crime such as a terrorist attack or have a NZer being a contributor to an attack’ so why should we all be subject to the risk of surveillance. How about instead, think about the likelihood of such a scenario as well as its impact to put it into perspective. Remember that the measure of the severity of any risk is its impact multiplied by its likelihood.
          Look at the Fonterra botulism issue, the likelihood of that occurring is very low because of the volume of milk processed every day, the impact has been huge. Likewise the impact of NZ being a contributor or the centre of a terrorism event is massive.
          Contrast that with the behaviour that parents dont let their children walk to school because they may be picked up and molested. In that situation, people have voted to avoid the impact and ignored the low likelihood.

          • Pascal's bookie 9.1.2.2.1

            Even accepting this for the sake of argument, there is a gap in your balancing of the trade offs.

            There is also a risk that powers given to the government will be abused at some point in the future. This risk is increased when the powers are used in secret of course, and it doesn’t take long to find multiple examples of intelligence agencies abusing their powers.

            So we have a high chance that the powers will be abused, balanced by an unspecified reduction in the risk of an already unlikely event. At least, that’s how I see the calculation.

          • Puddleglum 9.1.2.2.2

            Hi Christine,

            As well as Pascal’s Bookie’s points, I’d add that there’s a problem of how risk calculations and resulting policy and law changes, impact differently upon, and are perceived (in terms of risk) differently by, different groups of citizens.

            What I mean is that many New Zealanders may well think to themselves ‘I’d never be involved in anything like that so, yeah, go ahead with those changes’. Others, by contrast, may think that if any abuse of such powers were to happen they are likely to be one of the first types of person affected (not because they are doing anything illegal). The risk of the consequences of an abuse of power is, for them, higher than for others.

            The whole point of civil rights is to protect, in the first instance, just such (groups of) people, or people in particular situations. The right of free speech is, for example, only manifest when someone wants to speak out. People who don’t see themselves speaking out strongly in public anytime soon will not be so fussed about limitations put on free speech. Similarly, the rights related to search and seizure are not perceived as salient by many people who cannot imagine that they may need such rights.

            As I mentioned in my response to Wayne, above, one of my concerns is that the public has not been given the chance (or information) to come to any sensible estimation of risks or impacts from possible terrorism events in New Zealand.

            Nobody wants a tragedy to happen, so we can rely on people to come to a robust arrangement here if we put effort into doing this properly rather than by the seat of our pants, as seems to be happening.

            Your example of parents is a good one. What it shows, above all else, is that fear is the enemy of freedom. It’s a perennial dilemma, which is why I’m so interested in this GCSB being fully discussed and debated.

      • Anne 9.1.3

        And this business of calling the PM a psychopath is now out in the mainstream, but it is not going to go well for the Left, since middle NZ is going to see that as preposterous and desperate.

        You are correct Wayne he’s not a psychopath. However he does exhibit a few psychopathic tendencies – quite a common occurrence. Recognise the following?

        Superficial Charm
        Psychopaths can be highly charming and persuasive, and smooth talkers. Many come across as confident, dominant personalities, even leaders (history is littered with psychopathic dictators).

        Their charm can be very effective in attracting people initially, and this includes romantic and sexual attraction. Most psychopaths are men, and those who become romantically involved with them, primarily women, frequently become their victims.

        Grandiose sense of self-worth
        Psychopaths tend to have very high opinions of themselves, and think themselves better than others. This further allows them to feel justified in using and manipulating people. Their inflated self-worth is coupled with a strong sense of entitlement to money, status symbols, or whatever they feel is owing to them.

        http://www.health24.com/Mental-Health/Disorders/How-to-recognise-a-psychopath-20120721

        NB. At the end of the article the author points out that true psychopaths are rare but many people have some psychopathic tendencies. John Key is, in my view, one of them.

        • geoff 9.1.3.1

          I personally think that people often say things like ‘psychopath’ when perhaps what they more accurately mean is that John Key is a loathsome, self-serving, untrustworthy bully.

        • emergency mike 9.1.3.2

          I have a degree in psychology and I spent two years reviewing the literature on psychopaths.

          Some people have antisocal personality disorder, some are sociopaths, and some are psychopaths, (some people even talk about a 4th class of ‘pure psychopaths’). In my own speculative opinion, John is is at least an antisocial, probably a sociopath, and probably not a psychopath. But where (if at all) one draws the line between these types is murky to put it kindly.

          Btw Anne, Dr Robert Hare who is probably the world’s foremost expert on psychopaths estimates that they make up 1% of the general population. Not so rare as you might think. He also believes tham to be over-represented in prisons, commerce, and politics.

          The modern concept and understanding of psychopaths in society is changing rapidly right now.

          • Anne 9.1.3.2.1

            Interesting. Thanks for that emergency mike.

          • blue leopard 9.1.3.2.2

            @Emergency Mike,

            This is similar to what I ‘conversed’ with you on another thread, (This is/is not Democracy) however this time I wish to pose a direct question rather than a statement:

            Is there any acknowledgement that psychopathic qualities can be developed?

            I am of the opinion that the culture we have today, is encouraging psychopathic qualities. I target the neo-liberalist economic theory as being one of the prime causes; where self-interest being seen as the pivot by which a society can organize itself is leading to the increased rewarding of acts of self-interest; the greater and narrower this self interest, the more financial reward our system appears to be endowing on people. I acknowledge that this is a warping of the basic theory of self-interest; which was never meant to be ‘narrow’ self interest, however this is the way I see things occurring.

            I suspect this is leading to more psychopathic/sociopathic qualities being displayed than perhaps that 1% estimate accounts for.

            I am interested to know whether this culturally “nurturing” aspect was acknowledged in the psychology literature you studied.

            • Anne 9.1.3.2.2.1

              What you say makes a lot of sense blue leopard and goes back to my contention that many people exhibit certain psychopathic tendencies without being regarded as clinical psychopaths. This is the category John Key falls into – in my humble opinion.

              I remember reading years ago that the professions where people with psychopathic tendencies are most prevalent are those where there is a high degree of control over what can often be described as vulnerable citizens. The examples given were the education and health sectors and the police were also mentioned. I would certainly add politicians – both local and national – as another area where they can exist in higher than normal numbers.

            • Colonial Viper 9.1.3.2.2.2

              Just watch “The Century of The Self”.

              Humans have different aspects to their character and nature. The ones you feed will grow stronger and the ones you don’t will not. The work of Freud and of the early Madison Avenue crowd helped to begin rewriting American psychology and mass culture over several generations.

              They have basically succeeded, at this point.

              • And read Stuart Ewen’s classic book “All Consuming Images” (Ewen was interviewed in Century of the Self).

                Edward Bernays – Freud’s cousin, author of the book “Propaganda”, founder of PR: A life devoted to the reconstitution of people as separate, fractured pieces of flotsam bobbing along unsupported by the vessel of a stable social world, all ready to be washed up on the shores of capitalism.

                It’s surprising how deliberate it all was.

              • RedLogix

                The ones you feed will grow stronger and the ones you don’t will not.

                With age you get to realise how absolutely true this is.

                Sometime in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War and the opening up of the Soviet Union a very highly placed figure in the Soviet regime was quoted as saying something along the lines, “the reason why the USA won and we did not, was that the Americans had Madison Avenue … and your propaganda was believed, while no-one believed ours”.

              • emergency mike

                What CV said.

            • blue leopard 9.1.3.2.2.3

              Ah! Clearly that comment struck a chord.

              Thanks very interesting responses Anne, Leftbutnotdeluded, CV, Puddleglum & RedLogix

              I guess we’ve all read The Independent’s Beware of Corportate Psychopaths article.

              I sincerely hope that Wayne does too. Things have changed since his time in parliament and it is starting to get past ‘gullible’ to continue to ignore the cultural change in values that have occurred amongst our ‘superiors’.

              CV, I have been wanting to watch that “The Century of the Self” since watching “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” and looking up the director, Adam Curtis. Must get onto it!

              Leftbutnotdeluded, that was funny!

              Puddleglum, will look up that book, thanks, the recommendation is most appreciated.

            • emergency mike 9.1.3.2.2.4

              Sorry for the late reply.

              “I am of the opinion that the culture we have today, is encouraging psychopathic qualities.”

              I think so too. The relentless focus on materialism, commercialism, celebrity worship, ‘greed is good’, win at all costs, the end always justifies the means, and the US style division of people into ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ doesn’t exactly encourage community spirit.

              “I suspect this is leading to more psychopathic/sociopathic qualities being displayed than perhaps that 1% estimate accounts for.”

              People display such qualities regularly. There are few saints about who’ve never done anything deceitful, spiteful, hateful, hurtful or devious. Just because someone does doesn’t make them a psychopath, so be careful throwing that dangerous and loaded word about. But yes broadly I agree. When the world becomes more dog-eat-dog, you get yourself a knife and fork.

              “I am interested to know whether this culturally “nurturing” aspect was acknowledged in the psychology literature you studied.”

              No, but only because it’s outside the scope of scientific psychology. That’s more down the sociology, anthropology, cultural studies road. But personally, I think that a fish rots from the head down. The leader sets the example that the next layer of leadership follows. Once the true nutters get in power, Hitler, Stalin etc, it’s like they refashion the entire society in their own image.

              • blue leopard

                Thanks Emergency Mike, it is helpful to know the ‘technical’ aspects of the definitions for a psychopath. Based on what you say I shall adjust my terminology/thinking to say, we appear to have a lot of pretend psychopaths, or wannabe-psychopaths, on display, rather than saying we have more psychopaths around!

                There is something of a debate going on in my mind re your last paragraph; there has to be a case considered for ‘us’ choosing our leaders. (Or perhaps there is a interdependent mechanism; its a bit that the leaders take control, yet also that we choose our leaders.)

                There has to be some accuracy to the view that if we have shit values then it is likely people with shit values get acclaimed and rise to the top of the shit-heap. The leaders then progress us further along the road of even worse values.

                Please excuse bad language, yet these words provide the most accurate reflection of the way I am starting to view current events (and values).

                I guess I am addressing the question of how responsible are we (collectively) for this state of affairs or is it that we are victims of it all?

                • Anne

                  … if we have shit values then it is likely people with shit values get acclaimed and rise to the top of the shit-heap.

                  Succinct and correct blue leopard – earthy language n’all. :)

                  I take emergency mike’s point that not all people who, at some point in their life, behave in a devious, hateful or spiteful way are psychopaths. However, I have known a few people who, after long term observation and knowledge of their behaviour, fulfill the criteria as having at least some psychopathic tendencies. In one case definitely more than just tendencies… I might add that person is a woman too which is quite unusual.

                • Anne

                  I guess I am addressing the question of how responsible are we (collectively) for this state of affairs or is it that we are victims of it all?

                  Many of us are victims – either directly or indirectly due to the “shit values” of so many people these days. On the other hand there are many very good people and they cover all walks of life. The problem is, every now and then the balance gets out of kilter and I believe we are seeing precisely this happening today.

                  • @ Anne,

                    Ah! earthy language! Yes, thats a nice way to put it!

                    Appreciate your reflections, it sometimes really is a great relief to have someone understand and agree with one’s comments, thank you.

                    Your point re viewing current ‘phenomenon’ with regard to balance, balanced/out of balance, is a helpful way to see things.

                • emergency mike

                  Yes I also recommend Century of the Self, it covers a lot of what your are talking about BL.

                  How responsible are we? That’s a tough one, we like to think we make our own objective choices in life, but we are born into a world where myths govern our world view, and manipulation (advertisers, politicians, journalists, Simon Lusk) is a daily reality. You might also want to talk to Draco T Bastard about representative vs direct democracy, though I’m not convinced that direct d is a simple answer to psychopaths in power.

                  When a psychopath fools someone, they are called a ‘victim’. But the psychopath would say they deserved it because of their stupidity. I do wonder how different human history would be look if we stopped following and electing psychopaths, and how different our society and concept of ‘human nature’ and ‘human failings’ would be without them.

                  Awareness is key, and it’s happening. But how to tweek or replace the system to get rid of them I do not know.

                  • @ E. Mike

                    I also, am not convinced re direct democracy. Perhaps its becoming more possible with computers and the internet, (security would still be a massive problem), however I think it is hard to avoid someone, or a group of people somewhere, having some sort of pivotal role in organizing a system, including one of direct democracy, and with such a pivotal role, comes the opportunity to corrupt and take over the system. Therefore it may not actually address the issue.

                    I also really don’t think everyone ‘has the head for’ or wants to be actively involved in politics and don’t know whether it is a great thing to force such people into active engagement (actually this is a real debatable point!).

                    I do think some requirement for more active involvement from citizens would create more interest in politics, and would most likely lead to a more thoughtful society, however, direct democracy seems possibly a tad too much involvement for many and certainly extremely hard to achieve when there are millions of people in each country and (as mentioned in my first paragraph); potentially doesn’t address the issue of corruption anyway.

                    Re objective choices: I tend to think choices are not always as self-propelled as people like to think they are. Where I do think we can actively choice is in the realms of values: We can actively consider ways of behaving; see where a certain behaviour leads and after thinking about this, choose which type of behaviour we value. I don’t think many are doing this type of thinking these days and believe this is being reflected in the values ‘our societies’ are rewarding.

                    As sacrilegious as it is to suggest that people ‘think about things’ ; such contemplation might be the best, if not only, inoculation to corruption in society/leadership that we have.

                  • Anne

                    When a psychopath fools someone, they are called a ‘victim’. But the psychopath would say they deserved it because of their stupidity.

                    That is exactly what the woman I was referring to earlier used to do (perhaps still does) emergency mike. She got her kicks out of life conducting (or organising others on her behalf) hoaxes on individuals and years later would boast about her crimes and laugh and jeer because they had fallen for it. It was way too late to do anything about it which I found distressing and frustrating. Some of her victims were high profile people too and included at least one prime minister.

  9. BM 10

    Key can easily spin this to his advantage.

    Had a quick read and basically what I got out of the article was that Key had concerns that some people were still concerned about certain data gathering aspects so is adding another layer of protection for peoples privacy.

    This may be completely incorrect but that’s what I took away from the article.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.1

      Yes, you are completely incorrect. He’s not proposing to change the wording of the legislation at all, and his assurances (which cannot be believed) will not apply to future Prime Ministers even if Key keeps his word.

      Glad I could clear that up for you.

    • emergency mike 10.2

      Yep incorrect. Key is saying he will use his discretion about who gets spied on. Which is the opposite of another layer of protection for peoples privacy.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 11.1

      Other than the fact that Key has admitted today that his forceful winning assertions were all bullshit, that is.

    • emergency mike 11.2

      So you agree that the snapper issue is just a bullshit distraction from the GCSB bill?

      • Winston Smith 11.2.1

        I agree that John Key administered a well-deserved spanking to John Campbell

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 11.2.1.1

          That analysis relies far more on style than substance (not to mention obscene power-worship). On the substantive issue, Key has now been forced to admit that Campbell was right and he was wrong.

          Do you suppose the matter will just lie there now?

    • bad12 11.3

      Ha ha ha, i have to admit that that cartoon is amusing, doubly so when you consider Slippery the Prime Ministers ‘fit’ of panic after He watched Campbell Live last night,

      Removed from the disguise of Mr cool, calm and collected we have now been shown ‘The shyster’ absolutely dumping in His pants over the Campbell Live program showing that New Zealand is Definitely Not singularly concerned over one simple issue of catch limits for fish,

      Surprise surprise for Slippery, Captain Panic pants and the other flotsom and jetsom that occupy the 9th floor of the Beehive, us Kiwis can be concerned about complex multiple issues especially when those issues impinge upon what little freedoms we as citizens possess,

      An act of abject panic for the unconcerned Prime Minister sending nighttime statements to it’s main organ of Stassi misinformation, panicking to the maximum over one simple TV program…

  10. tracey 12

    Campbell needs to highlight it big time on his show

  11. BLiP 13

    John Key’s statement that content cannot be examined is just another lie to go with the other lies he has told about the whole affair . . .

    Iain Rennie came to me and recommended Fletcher for the GCSB job

    I told Cabinet that I knew Ian Fletcher

    I forgot that after I scrapped the shortlist for GCSB job I phoned a life-long friend to tell him to apply for the position

    I told Iain Rennie I would contact Fletcher

    I haven’t seen Ian Fletcher in a long time.

    I did not mislead the House (14)

    I have no reason to doubt at this stage that Peter Dunne did not leak the GCSB report

    I called directory service to get Ian Fletcher’s number

    the new legislation narrows the scope of the GCSB

    the GCSB has been prevented from carrying out its functions because of the law governing its functions

    because the opposition is opposed the GCSB law ammendments, parliamentary urgency is required

    the increasing number of cyber intrusions which I can’t detail or discuss prove that the GCSB laws need to be extended to protect prive enterprise

    it was always the intent of the GCSB Act to be able to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of the SIS and police

    National Ltd™ is not explanding the activities of the GCSB with this new law

    cyber terrorists have attempted to gain access to information about weapons of mass destruction held on New Zealand computers

    the law which says the GCSB cannot spy on New Zealanders is not clear

    the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was an isolated incident

    The advice I have had in 4 years as a Minister is that in no way ever has there been an indication of unlawful spying

    first I heard I heard about Kim Dotcom was on 19 January 2012

    first I heard about the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was in September

    I did not mislead the House (6)

    I won’t be discussing Kim Dotcom during my Hollywood visit.

    The Human Rights Commission couldn’t get its submission on the GCSB legislation in on time.

    it would cost too much to for the police and SIS to carry out the spying on New Zealanders that this new legislation will permit

    critics of the GCSB legislation, including the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commission, are all uninformed

    no, I did not mislead the House (?)

    I do not know how Mr Henry is conducting the Enquiry

    no, I did not mislead the House (??)

    we do not spy on journalists

    the passing of phone records to the Henry Enquiry was an error on the part of a contractor

    I wasn’t aware that my own Chief of Staff was instructing Parliamentary Services to hand over information concerning journalist Andrea Vance

    National Ltd™ has never tried to impinge on the role of the media

    I had nothing to do with information on a journalist being handed over to the inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report

    I was not opposed to the NZ Defence Force, Police and SIS making a presentation at the public submissions on the GCSB legislation

    the terms of the enquiry made it clear to everyone that it was only the phone records of parliamentary staff and ministers that were to be provided

    I have the utmost respect for the media and the role it plays in New Zealand’s democracy

    the Henry Enquiry did not access a journalist’s building-access records

    the Henry Enquiry did not ask for phone and email records

    no, I did not mislead the House (??)

    the Greens are opposed to the GCSB and the SIS even existing

    the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because there are al-Qaeda terrorists in New Zealand

    John Minto is in the Green Party

    the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because of the terrorist threat, even though official reports released over my signature say there is no risk and the SIS has the matter in hand

    the GCSB Bill does not give the GCSB the power to look at the content of communications as part of its cyber-security functions

    . . . thanks John, I’m lovin’ it.

    • bad12 13.1

      Yes, the lies of the Slippery little Shyster become more glaringly apparent by the day, add fool to the epithets as well as on a level of lowered intellectual dissection the Prime Minister could have been said to have ‘got away with’ the blathering bulls**t He fed to New Zealand via His appearance on Campbell Live,

      However, the abject panic involved in the Prime Minister sending after-hours statements to it’s main organ of friendly disinformation, the Herald, after having His cover blown by that same TV program the night after His appearance the previous night came down to a simple matter of who blinked first,

      He did, Fool, issuing such a statement claiming to be changing the rules is simply an admission that everything He said previously about such spying being as harmless as a ‘Norton anti-virus’ was total bulls**t…

    • Poem 13.2

      Thanks BliP, brilliant post !! And if anyone is a terrorist, its john key.

  12. Tom 14

    In comparing GCSB to Norton AntiVirus Key is raising a lot of red flags …

    Developed and distributed by Symantec, it *only* runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.
    It has involved FBI cooperation in developing a keylogger [Magic Lantern], an update disabling legitimate software, slow and indifferent service on bugs, a faulty update for Norton AntiVirus 2006 users, criticisms for refusing to uninstall completely – leaving unnecessary files behind, incompatibilities with ZoneAlarm, a firewall warning stating that a Norton-associated file – “PIFTS.exe” – was trying to connect to the net, and consumers complaints for perceived ethical violations .. and that is just what is the public domain.

    • bad12 14.1

      Slippery’s advisers, obviously having not researched the particular anti-virus have obviously primed Him to ‘dumb down’ the issue of GCSB spying upon Kiwis email accounts by having Him connect the actions of the GCSB as no different than an antivirus software in action,

      It was all conspired to show a picture of the GCSB legislation being for the protection of the average Kiwi and the dullards on the 9th floor of the Beehive went so far as to insult the intelligence of the average Kiwi by linking spying upon them and antivirus software in the same vein,

      That’s twice in a week the Slippery little Shyster has insulted our intelligence, the first being the ludicrous ”Kiwis are more concerned over snapper quota” red herring dragged across the GCSB issue to try and form a distraction as if we cannot comprehend more than one complex issue at once, both of which impinge upon the freedom of the average Kiwi,

      More FOOL the Prime Minister, busily digging the hole in which His election hopes will be buried…

    • Sable 14.2

      Yep its ugly bloatware and a pain in the ass to expunge from a system. Annoyingly every new laptop comes with a sample load of this shitty thing. Give me Avast anyday…

      • Hami Shearlie 14.2.1

        Or Sophos for Mac – it’s great, it works, it’s free, and most importantly in comparison with John Key’s “Nortons” it’s OPTIONAL!!!

        • blue leopard 14.2.1.1

          @ Hami Shearlie

          Yes, its optional, interesting, and just like Sophos for mac being optional because it is not actually needed, neither should overarching spying on citizens be needed either.

          Historically Microsoft has been targeted due to Microsoft’s underhand business behaviours. If we are ‘requiring’ extra security perhaps it is more important to look at the reasons for this and move toward a system that is more secure from the outset.

          I know there is a weakness in this analogy; mac haven’t been perfect, yet am drawing a parallel here as to the causes for system insecurity and the best way of proceeding. Insecurity doesn’t ‘magically’ appear from nowhere.

          • infused 14.2.1.1.1

            Most stupid thing I have ever read.

            Microsoft are targeted because of their overall market share. It’s that simple. Way target mac with such a small market share.

            Macs are no more secure than Windows. The effort / reward for targeting mac just isn’t there.

            No system is secure because it’s programmed by Humans.

            • blue leopard 14.2.1.1.1.1

              @ Infused,

              Yes perhaps not the best analogy, yet you miss the point I am making, so much so that you provide examples that support it.

              Monopolies are notoriously for their negative effects and to achieve them usually requires aggressive and underhand behaviour.

              This behaviour can create enemies and also, as you say, once the monopoly is achieved, creates vulnerability. Microsoft is a desirable target for both these reasons.

              Monopolies go against many of our basic economic principles for [many] good reasons; not that anyone would believe it the way monopolistic behaviour is being quietly condoned these days.

              Monopolies are unhealthy and need to be avoided, yet the advantages are so great for some that they spend a lot of time and money in order to perpetuate them, pursuing activities such as influencing laws or even invading other countries under dubious reasoning and against international agreements.

              Anyone objecting to, or uncovering this dubious behaviour are called names such as Terrorist or Traitor for example.

              Microsoft platform does have weaknesses (note the word diversity in the quote.)

              “The vast majority of viruses target systems running Microsoft Windows. This is due both to Microsoft’s large market share of desktop users (over 95%), and to design choices in Windows that make it much easier for viruses to infect hosts running Windows. Also, the diversity of software systems on a network limits the destructive potential of viruses and malware…..
              ……Theoretically, other operating systems are also susceptible to viruses, but in practice these are extremely rare or non-existent, due to much more robust security architectures in Unix-like systems (including Linux and Mac OS X) and to the diversity of the applications running on them. There are no known viruses that have spread “in the wild” for Mac OS X

              Wikipedia – Computer Viruses

              However, why bother addressing the cause of vulnerability when you can get the general public to ‘pay’ for the protection.

              Any of this sound familiar to you?

            • Descendant Of Sssmith 14.2.1.1.1.2

              I’ve never had a virus on my C64 – ever.

              • karol

                I’ve always used microsoft computers and, in 18 years, I’m not aware of ever having had a virus.

      • risildowgtn 14.2.2

        Revo Pro Uninstaller is what I had to use on my new Laptop to get rid of Nortons. (It came with it)

        Then had to do Registry leftovers by hand,,, Revo didnt get ALL of them…………

        I did a search on them all…….

        SPYING

  13. Poem 15

    Unless John key backs up that assurance with action and puts it in the legislation, it means absolutely nothing. John key is a liar and a contemptuous fool to treat NZers like they are mindless hicks. John key is an insult to one’s intelligence.

  14. Sable 16

    This is not stupidity, its actually quite clever. Claim the original message was made with integrity and then amend it when informed “otherwise”. It makes Keys look conscientious in the eyes of the public. He really “cares” about getting this right as its soooooo important.

    This is the kind if A grade spin lots of money can buy you.

  15. tracey 17

    Tv3 running it on midday news

  16. Ennui 18

    The next person who says to me, “If you have got nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear”, is going to find out that I don’t hide my metaphorical fists. That wont prevent the damage that said metaphorical fists do.

  17. tsmithfield 19

    The phrase “would not be” is forward looking. It appears that Key was foreshadowing the change he intended to make.

    • felix 19.1

      Lolwut??

      You mean he contradicted himself on purpose?

    • bad12 19.2

      Aaah the muted squeaking of one of the few diehard defenders of the Slippery faith at the Standard today, dancing upon the head of a pin in an effort to ‘define’ what Slippery the Prime Minister ‘meant’ when the only thing He meant was to ‘sell’ the people a piece of Legislation they neither want nor find necessary,

      You just know that the Prime Minister has blown it big time when the ‘faithful’ are reduced to a whine,(perhaps you would like more cheese with your whine sir)…

    • BLiP 19.3

      It must soothe the cognitive dissonance to admit John Key is a fool rather than a liar by overlooking the fact that, at this stage, the GCSB legislation is a “Bill” not an “Act”, hence John Key’s use of the future tense.

    • Puddleglum 19.4

      Hi tsmithfield,

      So when Key was being interviewed about the GCSB Amendment Bill and was busily citing various sections of the Bill he slipped in a comment presaging an hitherto unmentioned proposed alteration?

      He then failed – or chose not – to mention that this suggestion would be a “change“, perhaps assuming that John Campbell and all viewers could understand that anything he might say that was not actually in the legislation as it stood would be included?

      There are a few problems with your interpretation of what Key’s comment ‘appear’ to have intended to convey to the viewers.

      First, no such alteration of the wording of the legislation will occur (so it seems from the Herald piece). There is to be no ‘change’.

      Second, Key’s comments make it clear that this is part of how John Campbell and Campbell Live had got wrong” its reporting on this issue. Yet, if they ‘got it wrong’ how on earth did he expect them to read his mind or the future or both?

      Third, remember that the discussion was over Section 8A as drafted in the Bill. Campbell claimed that this section was ‘meaningless’ and ‘so broad”. Key said it was clear to the lawyers – they “absolutely understand it”. This is the relevant section of the interview (thanks karol!):

      JK: OK, we’ll come back to the Law Society in a moment. So what happens [present tense] under that provision [Section 8A] is, if the GCSB wanted to provide cyber security support to an agency – let’s take IRD and its facility – OK? So that’s the provision again [i.e., Section 8A, again], they’d have to go through that process of getting a warrant by the inspector or by the Commission, by me, subject oversight of the commissioner – OK, the inspector – OK. Fine. So, that’s the first thing. You have to get a warrant. Do you know what happens under that? They cannot look at the content of

      JC: OK.

      JK: anything in there. All they can do, is protect you [This is incorrect; as the legislation is written they can do much more if any Prime Minister allows it.]. So it’s against malware, or against a vrus. So you have on your computer

      Notice that Key’s question to Campbell – “Do you know what happens under that?” – if your speculation is correct, is essentially John Key asking Campbell to do the impossible: Read Key’s mind. What he says next has no basis in the proposed legislation, as written.

      Fourth, even in the statement that Key released to the Herald it is stated that there are, indeed, circumstances in which Key would happily allow content to be accessed:

      If a serious cyber intrusion was detected against a New Zealander, the Prime Minister would require the GCSB to return and make the case to apply for a new warrant to access content, only where the content is relevant to a significant threat.

      “In that warrant application, the Prime Minister would also expect the GCSB to seek the consent of the New Zealander involved, unless there were very good reasons not to do so.”

      That released statement implicitly confirms that (a) no change to the Bill was being foreshadowed by Key’s comments on Campbell Live, and (b) Key’s comment that “They cannot look at the content of anything in there” was, at best, incomplete and at worst still incorrect (even given what was in his mind, presuming everything in the release to the Herald was part of what was ‘in his mind’) since they could access content under some circumstances.

      It stretches credibility to breaking point to assume that (a) Key realised that the Bill as currently written did not include a constraint over accessing content, but (b) knew that in the warranting process he intended to prevent such access and, so, (c) answered on that basis while, (d) failing to clarify that he was not answering on the basis of how the Bill was written but, rather, on the basis of how he intended to administer warrants (which means that his mission of clarifying the issues concerning the Bill as written was undermined by his own unclear comments).

      Far simpler – and reasonable – explanations for his comment include that he was either not familiar enough with the content of his own Bill, or that he was familiar enough with it but chose to obfuscate the point.

    • emergency mike 19.5

      What change is that exactly?

  18. tracey 20

    Puddlegum. Sadly the truth appears irrelevant… what matters is that key beat campbell. I mean thats good for the country right?

    • Puddleglum 20.1

      I know what you mean, tracey, but it happens to be impossible for the truth to be irrelevant; though it often bides its time.

      When I’m feeling a bit dispirited over how muddled and wrong everything can sometimes seem I console myself with the old saying: ‘Good’ has one enemy; ‘Evil’. ‘Evil’ has two enemies – ‘Good’ … and ‘Evil’.

      It’s an unfair contest, really – so best to be on the winning side :-)

  19. tracey 21

    Eventually the truth about this pm will become relevant. I fear for many aspects of nz society until then.

    r norman was pithy and pointed today.

    key misled and then said but trust me.

    well done greens.

  20. MrSmith 22

    Keys appearance on Campbell live may back fire on the Nats, apart from the embarrassment of him having to explain himself in public Keys spin machine have strategically keep him off the radio and off shows like this for the last 5 years for a reason.

    • Sable 22.1

      Very true, its the same tactic they used with Bolger due to his unfortunate tendency to come off as an arrogant ass. I think in this case there is an element of that quality in Keys but I think too its hard to justify many of this governments policies so the potential to fall into logical traps is more marked too so Keys has been kept under wraps.

  21. MrSmith 23

    Any idea why my comment at 3.53 went to moderation?

    [lprent: Nope. The auto-moderation has been a bit quirky today. I suspect it is busy at wordpress. ]

  22. BrucetheMoose 24

    Never trust anybody that says trust me. Especially where money is involved.
    But hey, who cares, because apparently we are only interested in fish, so –

    Baked Snapper Fillet

    Ingredients:
    •1snapper fillet
    •1/2 red onion thinly sliced
    •1 bay leaf
    •1 tsp olive oil
    •1/2 lemon
    •a little butter
    •Dash of dried oregano
    •Pinch sea salt, black pepper taste

    Directions:
    1. Place fillets (pat dry) on parchment paper. Rub salt and pepper on the fillets
    2. Rub some butter on the aluminum foil, and place some onions on the foil. Then place fish on top of the onions
    3. Cover with remaining onion, herbs and bay leaves
    4. Drizzle olive oil, lemon juice over the fish and add remaining butter. Fold and seal fish with aluminum foil
    5. Place on tray and bake in a preheated 375F(190C) oven for approximately 8-10mins (~8 minutes per pound). Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 3-4mins without opening the bag.
    Simple, but it’s delicious. Trust me.

  23. Paul 25

    TV3 news shows up Key’s lies. Norman very coherent.

  24. Murray Olsen 26

    The increased number of trolls and NActoids posting here and on TDB in defence of Key and this Bill says to me that they are worried. They know Kiwis don’t like it, despite what they say about snapper. Tellingly, they haven’t released the hounds to comment all over any posts about fishing.

    At a guess, I’d say Key is personally very worried about keeping a promise he’s made to Washington. That’s who this rubbish is for, and that is so obviously where his allegiances lie.

  25. pollywog 27

    How could the new proposed spying laws stop a Kiwi styled Anders Brievik?

    Chances are some nutjob terrorist like that would be so distrusting of cyber communication as to never even use it.

    Now If you wanted to catch a Kiwi styled cabal of high financiers capable of taking down a Building 7 type of terrorist act…that would be a much easier proposal.

    These new powers seem to be more about getting a heads up on the watchers watching the watchmen!

  26. Tanz 28

    that photo says it all. Smug, arrogant and self-satisfied. This merchant banker is selling us out, he cares not what kiwis think or want. Dangerous or just hollow?

  27. richard 29

    More fuel from Rodney Harrison:

    In a nutshell, the reason why Mr Key is wrong as a matter of law in claiming that New Zealanders have nothing to fear from the GCSB bill is that his limited analysis of the three new functions to be conferred on the GCSB totally overlooks the point that the statutory intelligence-gathering powers of the GCSB are also being considerably expanded, at the same time as its functions are. When the totality of the changes is considered, we have a major increase in the overall role and powers of the GCSB. That, in some instances, the Prime Minister’s authority is required for the GCSB to proceed cannot alter this.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10913479

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    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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