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Open mike 20/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 20th, 2015 - 29 comments

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Tolleyisms

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Date published: 10:30 pm, May 19th, 2015 - 18 comments

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We haven’t cut their funding, there’s just been a change in their contract = We’ve cut their funding $4.8 million

Daily review 19/05/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

john banks cabbage cartoon

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John Banks; Conviction Quashed

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Date published: 12:14 pm, May 19th, 2015 - 196 comments

John Banks in dock

John Banks has been acquitted of electoral fraud and his re-trial has been abandoned. Kim Dotcom has once again failed to follow through. Banks vs Goff in next year’s mayoralty race?

Curiouser and curiouser

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Date published: 10:13 am, May 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

John Key touching hair 002

Creepy Key has dodged a question from the Green Party about any contact he may have had with the New Zealand Fox News Herald in the lead-up to Rachel Glucina’s hit job on the cafe worker who’s ponytail he pulled.

Herald praises Cunliffe for CGT policy

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Date published: 9:30 am, May 19th, 2015 - 28 comments

Cunliffe vote positive-1

The Herald has praised David Cunliffe with changing public opinion about the introduction of a capital gains tax. And rubbished John Key’s suggestion that the announced limited tax on increasing housing values is not a capital gains tax.

Climate “consultation” – Fix Our Future

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Date published: 8:16 am, May 19th, 2015 - 12 comments

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The government is “consulting” we the people on New Zealand’s climate change target. You can use Generation Zero’s Fix Our Future site to make a submission. Do it!

Rushed policy is bad policy

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Date published: 7:10 am, May 19th, 2015 - 24 comments

headless chickens

National’s policy opens the door to more effective capital gains tax, thus irritating investors and their base, while probably not achieving anything in practice. The worst of both worlds. Bonus question – does this policy effectively underwrite losses when the property bubble bursts? Plus another bonus John Key lie!

Open mike 19/05/2015

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Date published: 7:02 am, May 19th, 2015 - 100 comments

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Daily Review 18/05/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 18th, 2015 - 20 comments

Osborne Sabin

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Mapital Mains Max

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Date published: 5:26 pm, May 18th, 2015 - 14 comments

Zombie Key

John Key is now arguing that black is white – that a Tax on Capital Gains isn’t a Capital Gains Tax.

“Typical politician” many will say – and that shows how far John Key’s skills have fallen.

Burning issues of the day

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Date published: 12:32 pm, May 18th, 2015 - 9 comments

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Poverty and the budget

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Date published: 10:37 am, May 18th, 2015 - 13 comments

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The levels of poverty and inequality in NZ are a disgrace. Apparently the budget is to “arrest the decline”, but we have heard such promises again and again from Key.

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

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

Deborah Russell

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

CGT: the focus groups made Key do it

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Date published: 8:42 am, May 18th, 2015 - 37 comments

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According to John Key the proposed tax on capital gains if a property is sold within two years of purchase is not a capital gains tax, there is no housing bubble in Auckland, and the proposed new tax does not represent a complete about face by the Government.

“The poor have a better life than King Henry VIII did” – Matthew Hooton

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Date published: 7:08 am, May 18th, 2015 - 261 comments

the modern poor are written off as trash

Just two years ago, leading lights in the neo-liberal cult were denying the existence of poverty in New Zealand. In the semi-public havens of the rich, it was the messengers who were being abused for rattling the neo-liberal cognitive dissonance with pesky facts and sympathetic portrayals of actual poor people.

Open mike 18/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 18th, 2015 - 46 comments

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Capital gains tax to be introduced

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Date published: 11:45 am, May 17th, 2015 - 195 comments

john-key1

National appears to be doing an about face on a Capital Gains Tax for housing.

Are the left really angry?

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Date published: 10:14 am, May 17th, 2015 - 51 comments

still protesting this shit

The latest attacks on the left involves the right claiming that left activists are too angry and hurting labour’s chances in the UK as well as New Zealand.

Human Synergistics, Richard Prebble, and the end of government

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Date published: 6:08 am, May 17th, 2015 - 63 comments

david lange

Back in March 1988 David Lange had a clear idea about what lay ahead for New Zealanders as the long-term consequences of Roger Douglas’ psychopathic worshipping of the metaphysical Invisible Hand gradually materialised.

Open mike 17/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 17th, 2015 - 76 comments

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Robbie would be turning in his grave

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Date published: 11:47 am, May 16th, 2015 - 46 comments

Dove Myer Robinson Statute

Simon Bridges wants to ease Auckland’s congestion by investing more into local roads and less in rail. And by the looks of things he wants to politicise transport funding in a way that has not occurred for decades.

Auditor General rules on Dirty Politics allegation

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Date published: 8:33 am, May 16th, 2015 - 45 comments

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The Auditor General has decided that Katherine Rich, head of the Food and Grocery Council which includes Coca Cola as well as Alcohol and Tobacco interests has no conflict in being a member of the Health Promotion Agency, a quango with the role of supporting healthy lifestyles.

Jon Stewart on Fox News on the poor

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Date published: 8:06 am, May 16th, 2015 - 18 comments

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Unbelievable.

Your pre-budget speech

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Date published: 7:43 am, May 16th, 2015 - 38 comments

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What would be in your budget speech if you were leader of the opposition?

Open mike 16/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 16th, 2015 - 44 comments

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Daily Review 15/05/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 15th, 2015 - 9 comments

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Grant Robertson’s pre-budget speech

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Date published: 2:59 pm, May 15th, 2015 - 58 comments

Grant Robertson

Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson gave his pre-budget speech this morning. “So, what would a responsible government be doing in the Budget next week?”…

Farrar’s STD

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Date published: 10:56 am, May 15th, 2015 - 142 comments

farrardirt

David Farrar has a bad case of STD (Standard Titillation Disorder).

McCready back again on Key’s harassment

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Date published: 9:23 am, May 15th, 2015 - 22 comments

no ponytail  pulling

I’m all in favour of holding Key accountable for his actions in general, but not when the victim herself has asked McCready to desist. McCready should respect her wishes.

Finlayson calls Key wild eyed on National Radio

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Date published: 8:28 am, May 15th, 2015 - 23 comments

John Key and Chris Finlayson

Chris Finlayson has described a comment made by John Key as “wild eyed stuff” on National Radio,

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