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Rudd ousts Gillard

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 pm, June 26th, 2013 - 76 comments
Categories: australian politics - Tags: ,

Kevin Rudd is PM of Australia again after defeating Julia Gillard 57 votes to 45 in the Australian Labor Party leadership vote.

76 comments on “Rudd ousts Gillard”

  1. Jimmie 1

    Me me – I wanna be captn of the Titanic. Wah wah wah

  2. Yes 2

    Shearer Cunniliffe Roberston three way vote in nz

    • Tangled up in blue 2.1

      Yes

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      Why you righties so keen for another Labour leadership fight? I thought you all voted for Shearer?

      • infused 2.2.1

        Because it’s better than watching the crap on tv.

      • Yes 2.2.2

        I seriously like Shearer – wish there was great policies he could campaign on and not tagging onto NZ First and Green policies.

        For a government to be strong you need a good opposition – the public are split between labour Greens and NZF.

        I have said and I will say it again – really looking forward to labour dropping those two parties and standing on its own two feet.

        You know guys – that is all I have ever really said on here – I want labour to be strong. It will give all NZ a lift with two very strong operators.

        Ignore the hard left and hard right calls – centre NZ is where it is at

  3. Lanthanide 3

    I don’t honestly know why Gillard hung on this long. She should have stepped aside at the start of last week. Clearly her position was untenable and I don’t know why anyone would want to be leader of such a riven party – easier just to stand back and let the other guy take the fall.

    • QoT 3.1

      I’m sure when Labor under Rudd does implode they’ll still find a way to make it the woman’s fault.

      • infused 3.1.1

        I like how you put that.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.2

        Likely will be, don’t you think :twisted:

      • Lanthanide 3.1.3

        Yes, probably.

        Ultimately Gillard’s failure was due to Rudd. Gillard only took the job because it looked like Rudd was going to lose, and they just barely scraped over the line, and had to swallow political rats left and right to stay in power.

        This is an example of why Labour + Greens want to come out of this upcoming election with 65+ seats, a bare majority like National currently have just won’t cut it.

        • Chris 3.1.3.1

          That is never going to happen whilst Shearer is leader. About time the Shearer camp swallowed their pride and moved on. Shearer = Rowling lovely blokes lousy leaders

          • Rhinocrates 3.1.3.1.1

            Rowling=A good PM and decent fellow.

            Shearer=shallow dick – never a leader.

            Goff, King, Mallard etc= Brides of Our Blessed Lord Roger – boils that need to be lanced.

            Just look at the bullshit: “Bare majority” “scraping through”. Oh FFS. Are the Shearer bearers so desperate?

            • Alanz 3.1.3.1.1.1

              “Shearer bearers” has a ring of pallbearers.
              Just an observation.

            • Sable 3.1.3.1.1.2

              Agree with what you say about Rowling, he was a good man but in ineffectual leader.
              Shearer is a sad case but then look at the abomination we have as an alternative, Keys? A petty dictator and dishonest leader.

              I have to say the Australians are lucky to have Kevin Rudd, we have no politician of his calibre in this country and as such we are lost.

      • Ennui 3.1.4

        Yawn.

  4. jaymam 4

    I see Rudd has been wearing his lucky blue tie for days. Thank goodness that dreadful woman has gone.

  5. yeshe 5

    Methinks Rudd is indeed leader of the Labour Party but not yet PM .. there are formalities to go through with assumptions but no built-in guarantee … Abbott’s shadow looms large.

    And come in David Cunliffe, your time is up, please.

    • Alanz 5.1

      Grant would want a go at the leadership himself first.

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      A leadership spill is of no point until Labour remembers who it is representing. Clue: not people earning $75K pa complaining about Auckland first home prices.

    • karol 5.3

      And come in David Cunliffe, your time is up, please.

      Following the Gillard-Rudd model, shouldn’t it be, “Come in Goff, your time is up, please”?

  6. xtasy 6

    Do not accuse me of sexism, please, but Gillard was just not able to deliver the leadership in difficult times for Australian Labour.

    I am not enthusiastic about Rudd, but facing an election in a few months, or even weeks, with Gillard trying stunts like holding a knitting session in front of cameras, open to ridicule, having been too defensive too often, doing too many u-turns, and about to lead Aus Labour to their worst defeat in at least recent history, there is now only Rudd who can turn the ship around.

    Surely, with the Nats running this country down further, we do not want a large, powerful neighbour and ally across the Tasman being taken over by a similar kind of government.

    As for Shearer, I hope that the vote in the by-election this weekend will send a final message to the Labour caucus, that it is time to get rid of him. Please, avoid a scenario like Aus Labour faced until yesterday, and another embarrassing defeat: Roll the hopeless man!

    • infused 6.1

      ironic much? They are rejecting labour over there, which is having a pretty similar time here. Have you ever thought people are just sick of labour?

      “we do not want a large, powerful neighbour and ally across the Tasman being taken over by a similar kind of government.”

      Who is we? It’s certainly not the majority of NZ.

  7. Murray Olsen 7

    Rudd is a self-serving, dishonest megalomaniac whose ego has allowed him to be used by Murdoch and the miners to get rid of Gillard. Gillard was a socially conservative and determined atheist who managed to hold a minority government together against an hourly litany of orchestrated character assassination and lies, and had been used by the miners to get rid of Rudd. Rudd would never have been able to become PM given the numbers after the last election. Gillard not only did that, but she kept the government together for a full term.

    Her politics disgusted me. Her refusal to treat refugees as human beings, her denial of marriage equality, and her continuation of the racist intervention in the Northern Territory would inspire John Banks. As a political animal, you knew what she would do and could trust her to try to do it.

    I don’t know what Rudd’s politics are, because apparently they’ve changed significantly since he was PM the first time, especially on refugees and global warming. As a political animal, I have no idea what he will do except to lose an election. He will then blame Gillard.

    Many of the same Queenslanders who voted Bjelke-Newman in and are now complaining are exactly the same ones who are rejoicing that Gillard has gone. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the previous state premier was also a woman. Soon enough, they’ll be crying about Abbott.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Seems like Labor has its share of big leadership problems. Remembering that only half the problem are the leaders themselves. The other half are their powerful backroom and factional supporters.

    • halfcrown 7.2

      “Her politics disgusted me. Her refusal to treat refugees as human beings,”

      They disgusted me. Her refusal to treat TAX PAYING New Zealanders
      as human beings. Lets hope Rudd addresses that issue like right now.

      • Murray Olsen 7.2.1

        I include Kiwis in Aussie in the economic refugee category. You’re right though – she just continued Howard’s policies. Key went over to sort it out and gave them access to New Zealand government information, with nothing in return.

    • burt 7.3

      Rudd is a self-serving, dishonest megalomaniac…

      Just say he’s a senior Labor/Labour party member – we all know that equates to your description.

      • Murray Olsen 7.3.1

        I don’t know that at all, burt. I do know that a disproportionate number of self-serving, narcissistic, dishonest megalomaniacs are found in all sorts of political parties. Nact doesn’t seem to have much else, in fact, whereas Labour Parties tend to have a few decent human beings who follow what I consider an invalid political and economic model.

    • Ennui 7.4

      Thanks Murray, been waiting for somebody to enlighten me on what Gillard stands for, what Rudd stands for. I dont give a flying f**k about their genders. Anybody else who can state what their politics are?

    • xtasy 7.5

      Murray – with all that, as you comment, why do so many Kiwis go to Australia?

      Maybe then, it is doing us a favour, they must all be selfish and fall for the system that they have over there?

      I am no fan of the Australian system, and I am horrified generally, how things move globally, but we live in horrific times, really, we have only choices between cholera and the plague, that is politically, socially and economically.

      But it is all neatly packaged, in hygienic, plastic wrapping these days, go to the supermarket and get a thrill, all so clean, neat, nice, fake smiling and bullshit, love it, really!?

      Got your message on Rudd by the way! Cholera or plague, I say or ask?

      • Murray Olsen 7.5.1

        I can answer for myself, xtasy. In Australia I get paid for doing what I spent years learning to do, and in some small areas am an international authority. That option isn’t available to me in Aotearoa.

        I think others go for economic reasons. There are jobs here. In the past many went to get away from Mowrees and Eyelanders, and built lovely little racist colonies in places like the Gold Coast. That’s changed, as many Maori and Pasifika are here to work. I’m not going to call them selfish for that.

        Rudd – probably bubonic plague. Smelly and unpleasant to be around when it happens. I’m not sure he stands for much at all except himself – sort of like Winston without the charm or the economic nationalism, in my view.

        On Kim Beazley, Karol – I remember seeing him on a tv debate in about 2000 when I was over here for a conference. I remember wondering who the Labor candidate was, because he would have slotted straight into National at home. I was appalled when I found out it was him.
        You are of course, 100% correct that most of the attacks Gillard faced was because she is a woman. We can’t ignore gender.

        • xtasy 7.5.1.1

          My impression has been that Aus Labour is pretty much there, where Shearer or even more right wing Labourites want to take us. It dismays me, and it leaves open the question, what can be done to deal with the wider “middle class” actually voting for this. That is the issue, really, and we get it here too, en force, the middle class do NOT want to be seen next to the poor and underclass, the beneficiaries, and that is what got Key voted in, really, to be honest.

          It is the result of decades of division, to make the ones a bit better off, a bit better skilled, a bit better “inherited” and otherwise privileged, even moderately, to frown on some “low life”, so they can think, we really “work hard’, we “deserve” what we get, others do not, and they better “shape up”.

          I see this as the major issue in societies, from the North American scene, to increasingly also Europe, and certainly well engrained in Latin America. Asia is a bit different, but we see, apart from some Yankee entrepreneur being locked up in his factory, for considering shifting to India, and lower paid work, there is even in China increased division and a new bourgeoisie.

          This cannot be fought and stopped by force or violence, it cannot be stopped by competing with them for work or privileges, what do you suggest?

          Mass protests need masses, we will never get this with the entitlement thinking middle and upper classes, shitting on us, the rest, and I am a hated beneficiary, by the way, facing day in and out how neighbours and others frown on me for that!

          I sometimes feel like doing a 9/11, really!

        • Colonial Viper 7.5.1.2

          Thing is, I think that Australian attitudes are going to harden considerably as the fall out from thousands of people being made redundant (or not having contracts renewed) in the mining/resources sector, takes hold.

          You are of course, 100% correct that most of the attacks Gillard faced was because she is a woman. We can’t ignore gender.

          How do you explain Gillard’s position that gender explained only part of the rough journey she had experienced?

          And you cannot say that her gender was the primary factor in her bad political judgement, self inflicted wounds and hypocrisy around multiple issues – including the fact that she originally crucified Rudd on his bad poll numbers and low popularity, replaced him as PM, and then went on to hang on even longer when her numbers were worse.

          We can’t ignore gender, but we can’t make the world orbit around it either.

          • Murray Olsen 7.5.1.2.1

            Ditch the witch? Bob Brown’s bitch? Barren harpy? Childless lesbian? Fat thighs and a big red box? The attacks were made in a way that wouldn’t make sense at all if directed at a male. Directed at a female, they showed that Whalespew and his rabid army would be true gentlemen among the Australian Liberals.

            I think that’s basically what Karol said, and what I agreed with. Otherwise, thank you for correcting the position I didn’t take.

        • karol 7.5.1.3

          Ah. I must have mis-remembered Beazley’s position. I saw him speak in Sydney in the mid-late 90s, in Howard’s time. Beazley seemed a breath of fresh air at the time.

          The Aussie Labor party died with Whitlam’s demise.

          there has always been a quite strong labour movement and socialist & communist groups. One of my bosses in Sydney had been a communist party member in her youth and still was strongly left as well as being well respected by more MOR people at work.

  8. vto 8

    .
    Rudd said twice that he would not challenge for leader again.

    Bare-faced lying seems to have now become completely acceptable for politicians on both sides of the ditch.

    liars
    liars
    liars

    • infused 8.1

      I bet you’ve said things you’d never do and done them as well. Get over it.

      • vto 8.1.1

        Not in that manner or scale, no.

        It just goes to show that you cannot trust that a politician will honour what they say. They cannot be believed.

        Don’t like how politicians are seen by joe public? Get over it.

        • infused 8.1.1.1

          I think it’s accepted actually. People knew this was coming for along time.

          • vto 8.1.1.1.1

            Well I guess that’s what I was trying to say – that the public has come to accept that politicians cannot be trusted, or that they have any honour, or that what they say has any truth to it. They are today known liars and deceptors extraordinaire. How else does Winston Peters continue……

            It seems a genuine shame as this is either indicative of wider society or it leads wider society down the same path.

            it has probably always been so……

            (might try it myself today on a similar scale. wonder how far I’ll get)

  9. Blue 9

    To me, Rudd is a gutless man without honour. Sitting there white-anting his own party for years because of a bruised ego, refusing to step up and prolonging the agony, lying about challenging for the leadership and now being a total hypocrite by doing to Gillard what he complained loudly about when it was done to him.

    How Labor will endure this asshat again I don’t know. Personally I think they would have been better off holding the line under Gillard and losing.

  10. Santi 10

    Meanwhile in New Zealand, I predict the charismatic, eloquent and well-spoken David Shearer will lead Labour to a crushing victory defeat in the next election.

    David for PM in 2017, but which one?

    • Wairua 10.1

      QED.

    • xtasy 10.2

      I suppose you watched TV3 News tonight, revealing that Shearer does (according to internal caucus source/s) only have 2 months to improve, or they will ditch him!

      Finally, I say, finally, get rid of him, he is a liability to NZ Labour. Gillard may have stuffed up somehow, but she at least could talk, face interviews and to a moderate degree “lead” a party and government, although she did not convince the wider electorate.

      So imagine a f***head with stumbles, no words and worse, trying to convince the electorate in NZ. If Gillard has to move, Shearer should have been made to be removed months ago!

      It is a very “humane” caucus, I think, unless they are mostly clingers on, all desperate, as they put their bets on Shearer. What a bloody mess, really!

  11. Jokerman 11

    NZLP could call a ballot on the Leadership…

    • xtasy 11.1

      NZLP SHOULD call a ballot on the leadership – a.s.a.p.!

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        It could call a membership ballot on the Leadership but I think it would be essentially pointless. A new head on a struggling directionless ideologically conflicted body.

        For true renewal, half a dozen of the current worst oxygen thieving MPs need to be gone. And some real socialists including people who have a solid grasp of heterodox economic principles need to be put in. Preferably MPs who want to gut the BS medical/work capacity assessment hoops done by WINZ, and also return the super age to a more sensible 60.

        • xtasy 11.1.1.1

          Shruggedy, shruggedy, that is the problem, lower ranks, members, old members, new members (them less so), the lemmings heading desperately for joy at the cliff, the brainwashing by mass media, commercial madness, indifference and also cowardice, distraction into little consumerist escapism, and not wanting to be seen with the wrong crowd, that is exactly the main issue.

          Who dares to protest these days, oh, it endangers my “career prospects’, ‘oh, I would not want to be seen with those radicals and no-hopers” and “oh, no, I may ge some dirty stains on my shirt, if I do that”, sadly thought messages I have detected.

          One Che Guevara must have been “mad” to do what he did, no “sensible” person would bother risking their life and health for silly ideals now. There is plenty of ice cream in the fridge, lots of treats at the supermarket, and if I am nice to Mr Nice Guy, or Ms Nice Guyess, I may turn out to be famous, famously wealthy and have a great life. Fuck the rest, solidarity is not what I want, that is what I get every day, in little messages, and that is where we are at, sadly.

          So a total global collapse of economic and social systems may turn out to be a game changer. But the snake oil salesmen like Key keep up the hopes and fals e promises. Brighter future and light at the end of the tunnel, yeah right, Tui board out again.

  12. Anne 12

    Very good commentary by Kerri-Anne Walsh (Canberra journalist) re- the Gillard/ Rudd stoush on The Panel (yep Morrissey for once it was worth listening to) – just after the 4pm news. Her sympathies clearly lay with Julia Gillard, and it seems Rudd and his supporters have waged an intensive destabilising campaign against her for the past three years.

    I can’t figure out how to link since RNZ changed their format. Could someone do it? It’s well worth a listen.

    You think our MSM political journalists are appalling? Wait til you hear what Kerri-Anne has to say about the Aussie equivalents…

    • Morrissey 12.2

      Yes I heard that, Anne. Kerri-Anne Walsh is an Australian journalist that I rate highly. In her humanity and decency, and also her erudition, she provided a stark contrast to the poisonous and shallow commentary by another Australian pundit this morning on Kathryn Ryan’s show.

      • karol 12.2.1

        I think you just need to copy and paste the url for the MP3 version of the audio.

        Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

        • Anne 12.2.1.1

          copy and paste the url for the MP3 version of the audio.

          Yeah karol it looks simple but I’m an ignoramus when it comes to computer speak.

          Once I know what steps… and the order I take them I’m ok. :???:

          • lprent 12.2.1.1.1

            Find the link. Right click it to get the context menu. Select the menu item like “Copy URL” (different in different browsers). Go t OK editing a comment at TS. Right click to get context menu. Select “Paste”

            On a tablet, you can’t right click. Usually you get a similar effect by holding down your finger and watching for a menu popping up somewhere….

            • karol 12.2.1.1.1.1

              I just left clocked on the MP3 option, then copied and pasted the url from the top of the browser.

  13. Anne 13

    Thanks Iprent and karol.

    Not doing something right but no matter. Linking direct to programme sched. is almost as good.

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    The Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is probably the easiest glacier in the world to access by car. It's just a few hundred metres' stroll from the nearest parking lot on the magnificent Icefields Parkway in Alberta. The problem...
    Skeptical Science | 26-08
  • US/NZ host international workshop on ocean acidification
    Press Release – United States Embassy An International Workshop on Ocean Acidification: State-of-the-Science Considerations for Small Island Developing StatesAn International Workshop on Ocean Acidification: State-of-the-Science Considerations for Small Island Developing States August 28-29, 2014 Apia, Samoa Jointly hosted by New...
    Its our future | 26-08
  • Bernard Hickey: Income fairness improves economies
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    Closing the Gap | 26-08
  • Free trade will lift Kiwi incomes: National
    Press Release – New Zealand National Party National today released a set of policies that reinforces the Partys commitment to openness with the world as the path to lift New Zealanders incomes, in contrast with opposition parties that want to...
    Its our future | 26-08
  • Letter to the Ediror – the PM? Or PM’s Office?
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . With regards to the hip-hop group that recently put out a song...
    Frankly Speaking | 26-08
  • Letter to the Ediror – the PM? Or PM’s Office?
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . With regards to the hip-hop group that recently put out a song...
    Frankly Speaking | 26-08
  • Reproductive Justice: More Than ‘Pro-Choice’
    By Dr. Morgan Healey, ALRANZ President I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at ‘That’s What She Said: Intersectional Feminist Day Conference’ hosted by the University of Canterbury Feminist Society in collaboration with NZ Tertiary Women’s Focus Group...
    ALRANZ | 26-08
  • Vote Choice: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Aid
    by Kes, ALRANZ Member An NZPPD Report on the Open Hearing on Adolescent SRHR in the Pacific – political will can make a difference for our Pacific neighbours New Zealand currently spends about $550 million a year in official development...
    ALRANZ | 26-08
  • Stuart’s 100 #14: Better Paint Jobs
    14: Better Paint Jobs What if heritage buildings had better colour schemes that enhanced their rich detail? There seems to be a thing at the moment where every time an older building is refurbished or just repainted, the modernising thing...
    Transport Blog | 26-08
  • Party Lists – Election 2014
    . . ACT Party 1. Dr Jamie Whyte 2. Kenneth Wang 3. Robin Grieve 4. Beth Houlbrooke 5. Don Nicolson 6. Stephen Berry 7. Dasha Kovalenko 8. Gareth Veale 9. Ian Cummings 10. Sara Muti 11. Toni Severin 12. Max...
    Frankly Speaking | 26-08
  • Party Lists – Election 2014
    . . ACT Party 1. Dr Jamie Whyte 2. Kenneth Wang 3. Robin Grieve 4. Beth Houlbrooke 5. Don Nicolson 6. Stephen Berry 7. Dasha Kovalenko 8. Gareth Veale 9. Ian Cummings 10. Sara Muti 11. Toni Severin 12. Max...
    Frankly Speaking | 26-08
  • Voting National Out This Election – Is a Matter of Survival For Many Kiwi...
    Electricity prices have risen by over 19% since the National Gov’t were elected in – so what do they plan on doing about it?  Nothing! House Prices have increased by over $225,000 in Auckland since National were voted in (based...
    An average kiwi | 26-08
  • On canapés and canopies
    On August 7, the Prime Minister was in town to announce the convention centre plans. This was done in a special marquee that was erected on the site, and to a very select group of delegates. I used an OIA...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 26-08
  • The spycloud
    The Intercept has a major expose today on the NSA's ICREACH program, a front-end for searching their massive databases of communications metadata. In other words, their spycloud. ICREACH has been accessible to more than 1,000 analysts at 23 U.S. government...
    No Right Turn | 26-08
  • World News Brief, Tuesday August 26
    Top of the AgendaFrance Dissolves Government...
    Pundit | 26-08
  • It’s alive!
    A disturbing story about a song that woke up, started threatening people, and then had sex....
    Imperator Fish | 26-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • The boldest, most creative and dynamic policy on employment for two generat...
    If you watched TV news last night you could be forgiven for thinking that a circus was on when Internet MANA launched its election campaign today. The reporting was abysmal but I won’t rehash it here because it’s been described...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Internet MANA announce free tertiary education & full employment – me...
    Internet MANA launch their campaign after an extraordinary road tour and after gaining 4% in the Colmar Brunton Poll, today should have been the start point for a momentous occasion  in progressive political history. It was, but sadly most won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Privilege denies true representation of disability rights
    The human right of people with disabilities in New Zealand has come back into the spotlight by the Human Rights Commission. The report named ‘Making Disability Rights Real’ highlights some of the main issues as being adequate data collection, accessibility,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Election TV campaign ads – Opening Night
    . .The infamous National Party ‘Dancing Cossacks’ Attack advert  NZ, 23 August -  The election campaign “kicked off” on Saturday evening, with a one hour “televisual feast”. Party advertisements were broadcast for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, United Future/Peter Dunne,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Blogging vs Journalism vs Politics – The 7 latest revolting revelations
    So we now enter the most dangerous phase for National, the phase where the minutia of detail is so great now, the media have all the ammunition to keep asking questions that clearly show Key isn’t being honest in his...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A positive story of political co-operation!
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 23 August - The following is a true story and shows how the natural inclination of the rank-and-file of our main left-wing parties is to work together… I’ve been in contact with both the Green...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • “Dirty Politics” – the fall-out continues…
    . . As the shock-wave from Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics” continues to engulf everything in it’s path, it’s worthwhile looking at the damage caused by the ever-expanding fallout… Fallout Dispersal Zone: 1oom Farrar wrote on 19 August  (and later...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • #TeamKey’s sinking boat
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    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Cat vs Key – I know nuffin
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    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas
    Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible
    Headline: A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible Analysis by Selwyn Manning. Prime Minister, John Key.WITHIN NATIONAL’S STRATEGY TEAM there is an acceptance that the facts revealed in the book, Dirty Politics, is chewing away at the party’s popular...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Toke the Vote 2014: NORML’s guide to NZ cannabis policies
    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference , is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Internet Mana List Embodies Modern Aotearoa
    An impressive mix of personal and professional skills, cultural backgrounds and ages marks the release of Internet MANA’s combined party list. “Our list highlights the calibre of talent woven throughout Internet MANA,” said leader Hone Harawira....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • The Dirty Politics Fallout
    Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National. The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te reo Māori trending at New Zealand Fashion Week
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    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Party And Candidate Lists for 2014 Election Released
    The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Take Steps Against Child Poverty with Us!
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    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Leading politicians to debate NZ’s role in the world
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    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Livestream
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence is happy to announce the upcoming political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invite representatives...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Politicians ignore 20% of New Zealanders
    Despite 20% of New Zealanders supporting it, none of the parties currently represented in Parliament endorse the legalisation of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Company tax rates
    The Op Ed pages of the left-leaning New York Times are full of articles by economists supporting proposals to dramatically lower Company Taxes. These economists are urging the United States to lower company taxes and point to Canada where the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Stephen Dudley Case: No appeal or review of discharge
    On 8 August 2014 Crown Law received a request from the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor to consider a Crown appeal against the discharge without conviction entered in respect of M in the High Court at Auckland on 7...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Dudley Family Statement
    “We are utterly devastated at the news regarding the law not allowing for this unjustified discharge without conviction to be appealed....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Chief Judge: Chief Sized Offender Bias
    “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Confusion over BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Results
    A survey has revealed widespread confusion – even amongst professionals in the justice sector – about what the government’s reducing crime and reoffending progress reports actually mean....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Commission condemns violent attack on Gay Wellingtonians
    The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • One down, 12 to go says Community Housing Aotearoa
    The Waimahia Inlet is a step in the right direction for community housing to deliver 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, says Community Housing Aotearoa. CHA Director Scott Figenshow says the sector has been set a...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Research considering changes to pedestrian crossing laws
    A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest of the world....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • NZ on Air Refuse to Condemn “Kill the PM” Song
    New Zealand On Air has refused to condemn @peace’s 'Kill the PM' song, and will not provide any assurance that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate. Earlier today the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #32
    The combined wisdom of iPredict’s 8000 registered traders suggests National has begun a recovery after its prospects crashed last week following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics . The governing party’s forecast party vote is back...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Juicy carrot for prisoners alarming suggestion – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar says the public will be alarmed to learn that the only tool the Corrections Department has available to get prisoners to behave is to offer them a juicy carrot....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Panel: Fiji’s Return to Democracy
    Fiji’s post-coup elections and their impact in the Pacific o What is the role of the media in the Elections? o How might New Zealand help Fiji on its return to democracy?...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Cross-party consensus on climate change critical
    Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow
    Organisers of tomorrow night's transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Society Applauds Proposed NZ-Wide Risk Assessment
    The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment. The Green Party has also formally acknowledged support for the Wise...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Iwi Leaders welcome Labour policy on climate change
    Labour’s policy to stamp out price – gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low – income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Auckland Broadcasting Debate this Sunday
    Auckland Broadcasting Debate 6.30pm, August 31st 2014 (doors open 6.15pm) Pioneer Women's Hall High Street, Auckland City...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • New Zealand First Party List 2014
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the Party list for the 2014 election. We believe the list is a balance of experience, youth, skill and ability. These candidates, many of whom will be in Parliament after the election, will...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Refugee Policy in Election Year
    Leading politicians representing major political parties will be highlighting their policies, answering questions and ebating the issues in the lead-up to the coming election in an event organised by RCNZ this coming Saturday in Auckland. The present...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Intueri shareholders celebrate corporate welfare
    New Zealand's largest tertiary education company Intueri, which announced a $1.6 million profit yesterday, has received an increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Response to “Kill The PM” Song Coverage
    I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let's not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything. Last I seen famine was still going pretty...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment resource consent approved
    Mayor Annette Main has welcomed the granting of resource consent for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui redevelopment project....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • How much tax does PM pay compared to a minimum wage worker?
    John Minto, MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson Tuesday 26 August, 2014 MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Aucklanders to March in Solidarity with Iraqi Christians
    Hundreds of people are expected at a march this weekend in Auckland's Queen St, calling for solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Why not let Robin Hood help our children thrive?
    Why have we been so willing to accept the fact that a quarter of our children live in poverty? And why are we so unwilling to do anything about it when some simple measures would give all New Zealand’s kids...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Te Mana o Te Wai – the quality and vitality of water
    The Māori Party intends introducing legislation that gives the status of taonga to freshwater and will prioritise the improvement of its quality and vitality making it safer for drinking, swimming and gathering food....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • “Kill the PM” Band @Peace with Taxpayers’ Money
    Responding to the Fairfax article that hip-hop group @peace have released a track that threatens to kill the Prime Minister and have sex with his daughter, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • New Zealanders are right to be afraid of burglars
    “A poll in a major morning newspaper shows New Zealanders are afraid they will be burgled. They are definitely right about that,” said Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT Leader. “Official Police statistics report less than half of the burglaries that actually...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • National and Labour to outline economic visions
    The deputy leaders of National and Labour will outline their visions for the New Zealand economy in two upcoming public lectures hosted by Victoria University of Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Objectionable Hip-Hop Song Offensive to All NZ’ers
    Family First is slamming Auckland hip-hop crew @peace for their new release containing lyrics that threaten to kill Prime Minister John Key and have sex with his daughter....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Maori party Candidates Announced
    Maori Party Candidates Announced The Māori Party has today announced its list of 24 candidates to contest the 2014 General Election. "The list is headed by our co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and followed by two brilliant young candidates, number...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Commercial Industry Opposes Recreational Fishing Policy
    Press release from Alan Simmons. United Future Outdoors spokesperson and Candidate for Taupo. United Future Party President....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Statement on William Yan
    The Internet Party has noted published comments from Mega Ltd. about a shareholding in the company being subject to a Restraining Order by police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act in relation to Mr William Yan....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Conservatives will abolish Parole – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman says that one of his first tasks when he gets to Parliament will be to overhaul the Parole system. On current polling and the fact he is ranked No 3 on the Conservative Party list...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • ONE News & Facebook – Election Coverage Collaboration
    Auckland - ONE News and Facebook are collaborating to offer an interactive and social experience for the 2014 General Election utilising data insights and trends. This collaboration provides a new way for the electorate and candidates to share their...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Vote Compass Reaches 200,000+ Respondents
    On Friday 22 August the total number of respondents to Vote Compass reached an impressive 200,000 - and that number continues to grow rapidly (the total was more than 204,500 as of 5.00pm Sunday 24th)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Climate Policies Commit to Single Most Important Reform
    Labour’s response to climate change includes the single most important reform required - a Carbon Budgeting process and a Climate Commission to drive it....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Foodies come out for a CAN DO government
    Wellington culinary celebrities will be joining the call for a “can-do government” and supporting “can-do people getting out to vote” as they help build the beehive out of cans tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Nicky Hagar – Auckland Public Meeting
    A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hagar will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Remote Pacific atoll challenge lures Christchurch planner
    How do you come up with an urban development plan for a city which consists of tiny islets connected by causeways located in a remote Pacific atoll and subject to flooding on the next king tide?...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
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