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Labour Green fiscal framework

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Date published: 9:16 am, March 24th, 2017 - 58 comments
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As widely reported this morning, Labour and the Greens have set out an agreed fiscal framework. Smart politics.

Impossible to refuse an inquiry

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Date published: 12:55 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 10 comments

Bill English should stop being evasive and just get on with an inquiry into the fiasco outlined in Hit and Run. The latest developments make any other outcome ridiculous. The longer English delays the worse he looks.

What is the story?

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Date published: 9:20 am, March 24th, 2017 - 19 comments

I’m finding that the way that stories are reported rather interesting and full of hidden bias. Looking at the London attack and the “Hit and Run” stories, you have to ask about what editors and some journalists choose to focus on in stories. They often seem to miss the point about why things happen and what the consequences are.

This Government’s citizenship priorities

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Date published: 9:06 am, March 24th, 2017 - 42 comments

Environmental activist Michael Tavares request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship has been refused by this Government whereas right wing libertarian Peter Thiel’s request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship was granted. Why the difference?

A taxing question or two

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Date published: 8:35 am, March 24th, 2017 - 26 comments

Apple aren’t paying tax – are we doing all we can so multi-national’s do pay their share? And would the public actually prefer a tax rise (and decent housing/ health / education) rather than a tax cut?

Open Mike 24/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 24th, 2017 - 68 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 23/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 23rd, 2017 - 24 comments

Photo (c) Glenn Jeffrey  Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

NZ is number one – for domestic violence

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Date published: 9:47 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 86 comments

It’s great that the government is planning some action on this shameful situation. It’s a pity that they are treating the consequences, not the underlying social problems that contribute so much to the causes, and it’s a pity that it’s taken so long.

London attack

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Date published: 8:17 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 87 comments

A person has carried out an attack on Parliament in London. Guardian: “Four people have died, including a police officer and one man believed to be the attacker, police said.”

A tale of two valedictory speeches

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Date published: 7:28 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 31 comments

Compare and contrast Helen Clark’s and John Key’s valedictory speeches.

Open Mike 23/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 52 comments

Open mike is your post.

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Wayne Mapp does not deny civilian deaths in botched raid

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Date published: 5:33 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 83 comments

Good on you Wayne. Hit just got real.

Daily review 22/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 11 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Oil prospecting on the shores of Lake Te Anau?

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Date published: 3:10 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments

The Nats are buying another fight with NZ’s nature lovers. Last time they tried something like this 50,000 marched in Auckland and they were forced to back down.

Hit and Run – time for an inquiry

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Date published: 10:37 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit and Run makes a compelling case for the Government to conduct a full inquiry to see if New Zealand forces were complicit in the killing of innocent men and women and if there was a cover up.

Reid poll

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Date published: 10:26 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 66 comments

The latest Newshub / Reid poll shows nothing dramatic on the party preference, but has talking points for both left and right on the (largely nonsense) preferred PM question.

Greenpeace protesting oil conference in New Plymouth

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Date published: 9:55 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

Greenpeace protestors are blockading an oil conference in New Plymouth. “If we’re to have a future, oil can have no future.”

John Key’s legacy of lies

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Date published: 8:46 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 25 comments

Even then, local “journalists” were just parroting overseas reports despite having a major vanguard for the post-truth epoch playing out right before their very eyes

Hit and Run

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Date published: 7:00 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 56 comments

The book’s synopsis, background, and Q and A from Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson.

Open Mike 22/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 21/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 33 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Nicky Hager’s book launch

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Date published: 4:26 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 137 comments

A post to allow discussion on Nicky Hager’s book launch scheduled for 5 pm today.

Climate Change and Us

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Date published: 4:02 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 4 comments

3 major environmental reports today – the OECD says our economy is beyond environmental limits; a cross party group of MPs sponsor research into the way to net zero emissions; and the World Meteorological Organisation has a stark look at continued climate change.

People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media

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Date published: 3:00 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 5 comments

Is having a strong, independent media an essential part of a functioning democracy? What is the role of the ‘Fourth Estate’ in today’s world? Are the media doing a good job of keeping citizens informed?
People’s Commission has its final workshops in Auckland, and how to submit online

Nothing to fear, nothing to hide

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Date published: 2:55 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 14 comments

Todd Barclay has chosen to co-operate fully with the police investigation into his actions by getting a lawyer and refusing to say anything to them.

Unpopular PM

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Date published: 2:04 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 46 comments

Bill English has premiered at 25% in TV3’s preferred PM poll. Even incumbency can’t make Bill look popular.

Labour’s Māori electorate MPs will not be on the list

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Date published: 1:03 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 58 comments

In breaking news, Labour’s Māori electorate MPs to stand as electorate candidates only (not on the list).

OECD: NZ growth model reaching its environmental limits

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Date published: 12:08 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

New Zealand is about to reach the limits of growth.

Living Economies Expo

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Date published: 11:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 2 comments

“Imagine a country which respects the living planet; whose people enjoy fair land tenure, good housing, good health, wholesome food, a rewarding livelihood, free education, a compassionate justice system, and an adequate income: a country with an inclusive democracy grounded in vibrant communities.”

Classy

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Date published: 10:15 am, March 21st, 2017 - 24 comments

National’s ill advised attacks on Jacinda Ardern have shriveled in the sunlight, leaving only their reliably suggestible lunatic fringe / Mathew Hooton. The more they rant, the classier she looks.

National’s water problem

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Date published: 8:03 am, March 21st, 2017 - 48 comments

The Government’s timid backdown on water charging is placing it in a very uncomfortable position.

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