The Minister of Finance’s Mini-Budget

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Date published: 8:59 am, December 14th, 2017 - 46 comments
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Big day today as Labour’s mini budget is announced.

World Bank to stop funding oil and gas exploration

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Date published: 6:15 am, December 14th, 2017 - 22 comments

It is time for all of the institutions, countries, investors and individuals who are still in the Paris Agreement to stop funding fossils – once and for all.

– Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International

Take abortion out of the Crimes Act

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Date published: 6:10 am, December 14th, 2017 - 16 comments

Abortion is still a crime in NZ. It’s time to change the law so that women don’t have to lie about their mental health to get the health care they need.

Open Mike 14/12/2017

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Daily Review 13/12/2017

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Date published: 5:38 pm, December 13th, 2017 - 46 comments

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National’s Standards

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Date published: 2:59 pm, December 13th, 2017 - 67 comments

It’s great to see Chris Hipkins abolishing ‘National Standards’ as a matter of priority. This policy was nothing but an unfortunate bit of populism from the previous government, and a Prime Minister in John Key who specialised in band-aid solutions to problems that required stitches. While it may have made some people feel better that it […]

The Alabama senate race

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Date published: 2:44 pm, December 13th, 2017 - 45 comments

The Alabama Senate election results are starting to feed through with Democrat Doug Jones slightly ahead of Republican Roy Moore in the Republican stronghold after very early results.

The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist

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Date published: 8:38 am, December 13th, 2017 - 186 comments

The Herald has equated Jacinda Ardern’s desire to temper the worst excesses of capitalism with the full embrace of marxist communism.

Open Mike 13/12/2017

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Daily Review 12/12/2017

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Moving on after FJK

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Date published: 12:53 pm, December 12th, 2017 - 64 comments

One year after resigning as Prime Minister and nine months since leaving parliament, a look at FJK’s fine legacy.

It was one year ago today

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Date published: 11:45 am, December 12th, 2017 - 72 comments

It was one year ago today that John Key formally resigned as Prime Minister.

Sea level rise: coming to a town near you

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Date published: 10:52 am, December 12th, 2017 - 39 comments

From Newsroom:

“We now see building new suburbs on land prone to liquefaction in much of the country as foolish … We should see allowing new subdivisions on vulnerable coastal land as equally foolish.”

– Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright

National needs a friend

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Date published: 8:30 am, December 12th, 2017 - 43 comments

National is pondering one of the realities of MMP.  Without friends its chances of becoming Government are very limited.

Why Malcolm Turnbull is nearly right

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Date published: 7:30 am, December 12th, 2017 - 26 comments

Malcolm Turnbull is proposing law changes in Australia to try and minimise the effect that China is having on Australia’s democratic system. He may not be wrong in doing so.

Open Mike 12/12/2017

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Daily Review 11/12/2017

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The failure of “right to buy” policies

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Date published: 3:03 pm, December 11th, 2017 - 19 comments

Not only did National’s policy to sell off state houses fail, but now we’ve found out a similar Thatcher policy in the UK just handed many social houses to private landlords. Should we consider making it harder to sell off state houses in New Zealand?

#WeAreBeneficiaries fundraiser

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Date published: 1:00 pm, December 11th, 2017 - 5 comments

Artist activist group We are Beneficiaries are writing a report to share the stories they’ve been collecting from beneficiaires with the new Ministers to help make a case for change.

Shaking the Tree

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Date published: 11:35 am, December 11th, 2017 - 69 comments

When an apple tree is shaken, pips can fall to the ground and germinate. And then things grow back more or less as before.

Nine years of National rule brought us …

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Date published: 11:01 am, December 11th, 2017 - 56 comments

One of the worst consequences of nine long years of National rule presented by that well known left wing periodical the Financial Times.

Open Mike 11/12/2017

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Latest Comar Brunton poll result

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Date published: 1:08 pm, December 10th, 2017 - 88 comments

The latest Colmar Brunton results just released suggests that support for the Government parties is stable and support for Jacinda Ardern is surging.

Open Mike 10/12/2017

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Brain Curdle.

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Date published: 4:37 pm, December 9th, 2017 - 75 comments

If ever anyone needed a reason to insist on secularism…

Doofus of the week

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Date published: 3:09 pm, December 9th, 2017 - 40 comments

Bill English claims the award for doofus of the week with his incredible statement that the country being 72,000 houses short is not a crisis and Labour should just deal with it anyway.

Economy 2018

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Date published: 8:00 am, December 9th, 2017 - 31 comments

It’s that time of year where we start making predictions for 2018. I see it looking not too hot, not too cold.

Voltairine de Cleyre

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Date published: 6:39 am, December 9th, 2017 - 15 comments

When history buries treasures, those treasures don’t have to remain buried.

Twyford reverses National’s flawed methamphetamine housing policy

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Date published: 6:29 am, December 9th, 2017 - 70 comments

Phil Twyford has shown this new Government has a brain as well as a heart by halting National’s ridiculous state house methamphetamine policy where the presence of minuscule traces would result in eviction even though there was no proof the tenant was responsible and he has apologised to Robert Erueti for the harm caused.

Open Mike 09/12/2017

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Daily Review 08/12/2017

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