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Budget 2016 – F for Fail

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

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— Deborah Russell

John Key used to be ambitious about dealing with poverty in New Zealand

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Date published: 7:30 am, May 27th, 2016 - 23 comments

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  1. A read of John Key’s state of the nation speech from 2007 suggests that he was really ambitious to do something for the poor in New Zealand.  And something weird is happening to his speeches on his website.  They are disappearing.

Open mike 27/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 27th, 2016 - 90 comments

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The Mother Budget

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Date published: 6:21 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 86 comments

Hubble discovers Black Holes in unexpected places.

There are budgets and there are budgets. And for all the presence or absence of bright ideas, there’s a budget that threatens to subsume all others…

Daily Review 26/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 24 comments

Paula Bennett disgraceful

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Budget Live

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Date published: 1:45 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 83 comments

Michael Savage here to serve

Live coverage of the budget starts around 2pm.

Well that was boring.

Pre-budget reading

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

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

Paid parental leave bill progress towards anti-democratic veto

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

democracy under attack thumb

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

Open mike 26/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2016 - 86 comments

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Daily Review 25/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, May 25th, 2016 - 50 comments

Paula Bennett Anne Tolley

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

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

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

Newshub poll – Key’s government has failed on housing

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

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

The Government thinks that poverty is the fault of the poor, and some budget advisers

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Date published: 10:29 am, May 25th, 2016 - 121 comments

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The Government is planning to change funding for budgeting services and to require providers to become “financial mentors” rather than “budgeting advisers” as if this will improve things.

Bennett admits she was wrong

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Date published: 8:01 am, May 25th, 2016 - 18 comments

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Paula Bennett has basically apologised to Parliament for claiming that National would create 3,000 new social housing beds when all that it was doing is funding existing beds to make sure they did not disappear.

Budget choices – ignoring domestic violence refuges

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Date published: 7:12 am, May 25th, 2016 - 7 comments

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Green Party MP Jan Logie: “The Government has made it clear that more funding for refuges will not be in this week’s Budget.”

Open mike 25/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2016 - 82 comments

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Daily Review 24/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, May 24th, 2016 - 32 comments

Bill English budget 2016

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Newshub poll – Key falls to lowest popularity

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Date published: 3:13 pm, May 24th, 2016 - 144 comments

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Latest Newshub poll shows little change in the party standings and Winston still kingmaker. It also shows that Key “plummets” to his lowest level ever.

Caption competition

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Date published: 3:03 pm, May 24th, 2016 - 52 comments

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Apparently the housing crisis surge is a figment of our imagination

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Date published: 11:32 am, May 24th, 2016 - 51 comments

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Nick Smith thinks that the recently developing housing crisis is a figment of our imagination.

Another strong piece from Little

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Date published: 9:43 am, May 24th, 2016 - 36 comments

Andrew Little backing the dream-2

Andrew Little had an excellent piece in The Herald yesterday: “It’s always about choices, and National has made some terrible ones”.

William Gibson on Donald Trump

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Date published: 8:00 am, May 24th, 2016 - 30 comments

William Gibson

William Gibson of Neuromancer fame thinks that Donald Trump may be the real American fascist deal.

Nick Smith 0.75% successful on Auckland housing!

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Date published: 7:18 am, May 24th, 2016 - 26 comments

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One year later Nick Smith has delivered three quarters of 1% of his promised 430 ha of new Auckland housing land. The Brighter Future strikes again.

Open mike 24/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2016 - 86 comments

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Daily Review 23/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, May 23rd, 2016 - 7 comments

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Latest Roy Morgan Poll

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Date published: 1:10 pm, May 23rd, 2016 - 105 comments

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The Latest Roy Morgan poll result has been released with both National and Labour recording a significant improvement in support.  But Winston is still the king maker …

Trump overtakes Clinton on average of polls

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

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

Grant Robertson’s pre-budget speech

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Date published: 11:08 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 31 comments

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Grant Robertson has just delivered his pre-budget speech. One takeaway message: “Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson says Labour will set out a tax package before the 2017 election to set out how it will raise revenue to address issues in education, health and housing”.

Guest Post: Dancing to the Neo-Liberal Songbook

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Date published: 10:19 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 25 comments

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In a guest post, regular commenter Tony Veitch takes some learnings from Noam Chomsky’s latest documentary Requiem for the American Dream. The neo-liberal plan has been in place for over thirty years. How come we’re only just starting to understand it?

Little’s $50 a week message getting through

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

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

Open mike 23/05/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 138 comments

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