National’s Bennett problem

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Date published: 8:17 am, July 27th, 2017 - 87 comments
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Graham Adams at Noted on Paula Bennett: “Nevertheless, these questions are not going to go away and what is certain is that Bill English can not afford to have Bennett share billboard space with him until they are answered satisfactorily”.

Daily Review 27/07/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, July 27th, 2017 - 43 comments

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Paula Bennett gets owned by Phil Twyford in question time

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Date published: 4:35 pm, July 27th, 2017 - 11 comments

This afternoon in Parliament during question time Paula Bennett showed clearly that this Government has no idea what to do about the housing crisis.

ETS – That’s our coffin they’re talking about

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Date published: 12:29 pm, July 27th, 2017 - 4 comments

Professor Euan Mason of the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry in response to the proposed changes: “This is the nail in the coffin of our ETS.”

Raging at Metiria is not about the fraud – it’s that she sided with the lepers

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Date published: 7:01 am, July 27th, 2017 - 257 comments

Graham Cameron cuts through the obsession over fraud to the cultural values of the last 30 years and the fear beneath.

Open Mike 27/07/2017

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Daily Review 26/07/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, July 26th, 2017 - 76 comments

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Lies. Damned Lies. And Diesel.

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Date published: 2:12 pm, July 26th, 2017 - 48 comments

Britain follows France in banning the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040. Good news?

National will distort MMP for its own benefit, again

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Date published: 12:02 pm, July 26th, 2017 - 80 comments

Without a cup of tea in sight National has announced that it will asking supporters to vote for Act leader David Seymour in Epsom and United Future leader Peter Dunne in Ohariu.

Did English break the law during Dotcom debacle?

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Date published: 11:15 am, July 26th, 2017 - 44 comments

David Fisher on the Dotcom spying debacle: “But the legal action which disclosed the extended spying also targets English specifically, saying he acted “unlawfully” when he signed a ministerial certificate intended to bury the spying operation forever.”

The Democrats and Russia

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Date published: 7:30 am, July 26th, 2017 - 66 comments

The Trump presidency appears to be in a death spiral because of the Russia issue.  But the Democrats are not taking advantage.  Why?

Beneficiary reduction targets, homelessness and suicide

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Date published: 7:01 am, July 26th, 2017 - 39 comments

Most people would be shocked to learn that each WINZ case manager is assigned the target of getting a certain number of people off the benefit every month. This is one of the reasons why we have such a punitive and aggressive welfare system. Fewer than half of those removed from the benefit go to jobs. The Nats neither know nor care what happens to the rest, but links to the rising number of homeless and our shocking suicide statistics should be investigated.

Open Mike 26/07/2017

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Daily Review 25/07/2017

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How much is Mike Hosking paid by TVNZ?

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Date published: 9:29 am, July 25th, 2017 - 106 comments

Mike Hosking does not want there to be a debate on how much he earns from TVNZ and thinks that there would be an adverse irrational response from the public if the information was released. This is the best reason yet why disclosure should occur.

Let’s get rid of these clowns

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Date published: 7:30 am, July 25th, 2017 - 46 comments

The Government’s failure to do anything about the housing crisis or about zombie cannabis is evidence they should be removed from office.

Greens: Grandparents and children deserve better than National’s ‘penal welfare’

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Date published: 7:13 am, July 25th, 2017 - 34 comments

National’s ‘penal welfare’ approach is failing kids, failing caregivers and failing New Zealand.

The truth behind job numbers

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Date published: 7:04 am, July 25th, 2017 - 25 comments

Bruce Munro’s excellent piece in the ODT, looks in to the truth behind the Nats’ job numbers: “It does not take much digging in Statistics New Zealand’s latest Household Labour Force Survey to uncover a growing world of low-paid work, insufficient working hours, financial struggles and unfulfilled lives”.

Transport in Auckland and National’s deliberate incompetence

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Date published: 6:58 am, July 25th, 2017 - 35 comments

National appear to be completely uninterested in spending Aucklander’s transport taxes on Auckland. Instead they want to put in roads that have no economic measurable benefits for Auckland except to increase the road congesting trucks on our roads. Why do National hate Auckland?

 

Open Mike 25/07/2017

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Daily Review 24/07/2017

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The MoU and social intelligence

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Date published: 12:23 pm, July 24th, 2017 - 122 comments

The deputy leader of the Labour Party wants to be the Minister for Children and to put a progressive government ahead of her own career. This is the kind of politician we need in government.

Willie Jackson: The Orewa Speech

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Date published: 10:30 am, July 24th, 2017 - 2 comments

Details of a fundraiser for Rodney Labour and Willie Jackson will give his take on Don Brash’s infamous Orewa speech.

National again subsidises their land banking contributors from taxpayer funds.

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Date published: 8:41 am, July 24th, 2017 - 25 comments

The announcement that National were granting infrastructure funds to develop housing projects in the far north and south of Auckland caused me some amusement.  Wisely Auckland council resisted this boondongle that only benefits land bankers, speculators and their political party (National) for some time. To the point where National used taxpayer funds instead.

The Nuk Korako Cover Up

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Date published: 7:56 am, July 24th, 2017 - 46 comments

Will Nuk Korako blame his children this time?

Delivering pizza for NZ

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Date published: 7:19 am, July 24th, 2017 - 16 comments

Full marks to Nathaniel Watson for what Newshub called “an incredible work of graphic design satire”:

Nat U-turn on immigration must include protection from exploitation

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Date published: 7:02 am, July 24th, 2017 - 24 comments

The Nats have U-turned on their immigration restrictions. It must come with better protection for migrant workers. The way we exploit them in NZ is shameful.

Open Mike 24/07/2017

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Rain doesn’t cause most floods, humans do

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Date published: 12:11 pm, July 23rd, 2017 - 50 comments

What to do with all the water falling from the sky? Some choices are smarter than others.

Imagine the world without America

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Date published: 10:00 am, July 23rd, 2017 - 63 comments

America used to be the most powerful nation in the world.  But things are changing.

Nats won’t follow Australia and UK in crackdown on multinational tax avoidance

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Date published: 9:30 am, July 23rd, 2017 - 14 comments

Collins’ excuse is just waffle. Why won’t the Nats follow Australia and UK in a crackdown on multinational tax avoidance?

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