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Archive for October, 2009

Examples of rest break exploitation

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, October 28th, 2009 - 19 comments

Over at Kiwiblog, David Farrar is doing his usual apologetics for National by trying to spin its removal of guaranteed rest and meal breaks. It’s the usual mix of falsehoods and recycled spin, but one comment stuck out in particular: And you know, despite no statutory requirement, I don’t know of any great plethora of […]

What’s so urgent?

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, October 28th, 2009 - 12 comments

As we endure the 6th consecutive week of National putting Parliament into urgency, new stats show that this government is abusing urgency to an unprecedented extent. Here’s the % of sitting time under urgency in recent Parliaments (the current one is the 49th): In it’s three terms in office, Labour took between 7.3 (first term) […]

Double-talk from Dipton

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, October 28th, 2009 - 10 comments

Here’s what Double-Dipper Bill English had to say about taxpayer-funded advertising before the last election. National has raised fresh concerns about Labour cashing in on government departments pushing key policies in the run-up to the election, after a $2 million jump in public sector advertising. Mr English said that Labour was piggy-backing on departmental spending […]

Get back to work!

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, October 28th, 2009 - 3 comments

The reprieve from the rain may have been the only thing worth celebrating this Labour Day. Probably pissed that there isn’t a holiday celebrating big business, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson chose to shift the focus away from celebrating workers’ rights to removing them. While previously signalled,yesterday’s introduction of legislation striping workers of minimum entitlements to […]

National wants to take a break – yours

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, October 28th, 2009 - 3 comments

You’ll have seen in the paper that National is going to legislate, most likely under urgency, to let employers deny workers the right to take smoko and lunch breaks. It’s a pretty basic work right, and a Kiwi tradition going right back to Blackball. To remove it just strikes me as petty and mean. There’s […]

An apt description of John Key PM

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 28th, 2009 - 28 comments

I haven’t seen a better description of John Key after a year in office than Pete Hodgson’s latest post. When he does one day stop being a prime minister he will talk, not of what he strived for, but of what he saw and how he felt. Just like a kid coming out of Disneyland. […]

Remember who they’re fighting for

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 28th, 2009 - Comments Off on Remember who they’re fighting for

This memo was sent by the Insurance Council to its members in 2005 but it may as well have been sent this week. Because as sure as National was keeping its agenda secret and having clandestine talks with the insurers about privatising ACC in 2005 they will be having the same talks under wraps while […]

Banks threatens your council services

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2009 - 2 comments

John ‘in your guts you know he’s nuts’ Banks has isolated himself out to the right of Rodney Hide when it comes to the activities of local government. Yesterday Rodney Hide started to backtrack on his promise to restrict local government to providing ‘core services’ (although I’ll reserve judgement until I see his final policy), which […]

Open mike 28/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 am, October 28th, 2009 - 19 comments

We’re trying a daily “Open mike”. This is a place for anyone to post comments on topics that might be of interest, and for any discussion following up on the comments. Over to you…

National’s polling hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 pm, October 27th, 2009 - 45 comments

Having previously led the charge on the Labour polling story, John Key has gone very quiet on the issue now that a former National supporter has blown the whistle on National doing the exact same thing. Thanks to this former supporter we know that under Bill English’s leadership National told volunteers to say they were from […]

MMP strengthening our democracy

Written By: - Date published: 2:39 pm, October 27th, 2009 - 25 comments

As the assorted rich, white old men behind Peter Shirtcliffe start their campaign to dump MMP, it’s worth remembering that the diversity we see in Parliament today hasn’t always been the case. The graph above, which comes via No Right Turn, was released today in the Social Report 2009. It shows a major increase in […]

Fed Farmers -stunning specificity to bring dollar down

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, October 27th, 2009 - 36 comments

Have a listen to Sean Plunket’s interview this morning with Fed Farmer’s economic spokesperson Philip York. Fed Farmers is calling on the government to cut spending to rein in the rising NZ dollar. FF: Well there’s going to have to be some tough decisions made. They’re going to have to look seriously at everything they […]

350 Day of Action – A media lament

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, October 27th, 2009 - 42 comments

Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. We’re above that limit and we’re climbing fast. 350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of 350.org, an international campaign dedicated to creating an equitable global climate treaty that lowers carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million. Last […]

Taxpayer foots bill for Hide’s fundraising

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, October 27th, 2009 - 12 comments

Norightturn reports that taxpayers are footing the bill for Rodney Hide’s fundraising trip to Christchurch: Thanks to some clever scheduling, we’re effectively footing the bill for Hide’s attendance at his little fundraiser. And we simply shouldn’t be. The Ministerial travel budget is to pay for travel as part of Ministerial duties – not for Ministers […]

State Services to fold into DPMC?

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, October 27th, 2009 - 10 comments

I’ve heard the State Services Commission are investigating their own demise, by looking into whether its functions should fold into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Has anyone heard anything similar? If true, it would be an incredible power shift in favour of the office of the Prime Minister. And you have to wonder, […]

RBNZ chickens out on vital new rules

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 27th, 2009 - 2 comments

What a shame that the Reserve Bank has backed down on new the prudential liquidity rules that require the banks to raise a higher percentage of their money from longer term deposits. The rules were to come in at the start of next year, but the banks complained and in this country business always get its way so […]

Do as I say – not as I do!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, October 27th, 2009 - 4 comments

Bill English knows a thing or two about screwing every possible cent out of the system. He gets his generous $276,000 salary. For years he received his unjustified Wellington accommodation allowance. The rules were changed so he could get an even bigger Wellington allowance as a Minister, but he got caught out and grudgingly paid […]

Open mike 27/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 27th, 2009 - 9 comments

We’re trying a daily “Open mike”. This is a place for anyone to post comments on topics that might be of interest, and for any discussion following up on the comments. Over to you…

Guest post: polling hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, October 26th, 2009 - 43 comments

I read John Key’s criticism of Labour’s polling methods with a smiling interest. It’s not a good look is it, for a political party to phone up our good citizens of the blue and ask them a series of personal questions; especially when they maintain the guise of boni fide research company. Rewind to 2002. […]

Rich Germans demand higher taxes

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, October 26th, 2009 - 17 comments

From the BBC: A group of rich Germans has launched a petition calling for the government to make wealthy people pay higher taxes. The group say they have more money than they need, and the extra revenue could fund economic and social programmes to aid Sometimes the cultural dimensions of NZ’s rogernomic “greed is good” […]

A thousand words

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, October 26th, 2009 - 19 comments

On Midway Atoll thousands of albatross chicks die from ingesting plastic mistaken by their parents for food. More photos here.

Send Nats to Scandinavia

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, October 26th, 2009 - 13 comments

Want to send some Nats to Scandinavia? Me too! The one above should be self explanatory. Support Sign On and send John on his way. But while we’re at it let’s send Steven Joyce to Finland! He’s making such a mess of National’s broadband plans. He clearly needs to learn a thing or two about […]

Open mike 26/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 26th, 2009 - 18 comments

We’re trying a daily “Open mike”. This is a place for anyone to post comments on topics that might be of interest, and for any discussion following up on the comments. Over to you…

Just ‘cos it’s Labour day

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 am, October 26th, 2009 - 3 comments

Credit where it’s due.

Aussie Minister shows guts, foresight and concern; ours… not so much

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, October 25th, 2009 - 31 comments

Australia’s Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr has criticized Bridgestone’s closure of its Australian and New Zealand operations and the 1000 redundancies it’ll bring. Carr is looking at ways to alleviate some of the unemployment problems for the laid-off aussie workers but criticizes Bridgestone for pulling out (and no doubt relocating to countries where workers get […]

Wee gripes: spineless business

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, October 25th, 2009 - 6 comments

New World has dropped the 5 cent levy on plastic bags in its South Island stores. Plastic bag use was down 65%. Many shoppers support the levy but the CEO says: “the objections were too noisy” Guess we’d better oil the squeakiest wheel then. Even if it means continuing to bugger up our environment. Kind of […]

The farmer and his bloody cock

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, October 25th, 2009 - Comments Off on The farmer and his bloody cock

From the NZ Sound Archives‘ weekly feature comes a story involving a farmer, a lack of clothes, a barrel of molasses (treacle-like substance), and a rooster named henny-penny. It’s a bloody classic Kiwi story. Worthy of taking ten minutes out to listen to this Labour weekend.

Nanny wins

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, October 25th, 2009 - 21 comments

Remember when the world was going to end because Nanny State was going to make us get compact fluorescent bulbs? It all seems so long ago. Those ignorant, reactionary days of 2008. Now, we’re crazy for the wee blighters. According to the Building Research Association of New Zealand: “84 percent of homes had at least […]

Open mike 25/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 25th, 2009 - 26 comments

We’re trying a daily “Open mike”. This is a place for anyone to post comments on topics that might be of interest, and for any discussion following up on the comments. Over to you…

Big business demands to pillage state

Written By: - Date published: 5:49 pm, October 24th, 2009 - 18 comments

Fran O’Sullivan runs up some more big business proposals today unsubtly reminding Key that big business, which put up the cash to get him into power, expects pay back by being allowed to pillage the State: Behind the scenes the two task-forces investigating capital markets and tax reforms are taking a look at whether a […]

Everyone else is doing it so why can’t we?

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, October 24th, 2009 - 5 comments

Turns out our media aren’t the only ones who, rather than providing analysis and information, act as little more than amplifiers for the best spin.

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