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Archive for January, 2015

The Queensland State Election

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 pm, January 31st, 2015 - 74 comments

The Queensland State election is on today. At the last election Labor was reduced to 7 out of 89 seats as punishment for its privatisation program. But the current Government has been that bad that the Premier may lose his seat and a resurgence by Labor looks likely. Update remarkably a change of government is on the cards …

PM’s science award winners on the sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, January 31st, 2015 - 27 comments

“The Government’s continuing attempts to divest itself of state housing overlook the enormous benefits to society which these homes produce in alleviating severe housing shortages. They were built up by successive generations of New Zealanders, and to “sell them off” under the pretence of efficiency is a disservice to all of us, whether we’re homeowners or renters.”

Eleanor Catton responds

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 31st, 2015 - 293 comments

The final word in this week’s debate about freedom of expression should be left to Eleanor Catton.

Open mike 31/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 31st, 2015 - 172 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 …

The Northland by-election

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, January 30th, 2015 - 163 comments

A by-election is imminent – so how does Labour win in a safe National seat?

Weekend social 30/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, January 30th, 2015 - 30 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

National MP Mike Sabin resigns

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, January 30th, 2015 - 151 comments

UPDATED: Northland MP Mike Sabin has resigned.

Green Party announcement – Russel Norman to stand down as leader

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, January 30th, 2015 - 237 comments

Twitter has gone berserk about an announced Green Party press conference for 11 am today. Initial speculation is that a Green MP may be standing down. Update: One News has tweeted Russell Norman has resigned as leader. Update: Russel’s Norman’s statement added.

Questions on Key’s housing sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, January 30th, 2015 - 71 comments

Key’s state house asset sale policy doesn’t make sense at any level, and the questions are piling up…

Open mike 30/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, January 30th, 2015 - 230 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 …

NRT: An untenable position

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, January 29th, 2015 - 27 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the Mike Sabin situation. “For the sake of propriety and the integrity of our justice system, Sabin must be stood down”…

Forgetting what the game is for

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, January 29th, 2015 - 19 comments

The Herald’s coverage of yesterday’s speeches gives us the opposite extremes of journalism. But the headline slot goes to the superficialities of the game, and spinning for their man Key at all costs.

John Key’s housing announcement

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 29th, 2015 - 119 comments

John Key’s housing announcement contained very little new information. Work has been put in for the past couple of years in developing the policy. The net effect will be that the Government will have more money for other capital projects not related to emergency housing. It will keep its fingers crossed that charities can pick up the slack. And the risk is that not one new house will be constructed at a time of intense need.

Open mike 29/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, January 29th, 2015 - 163 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 …

Taxpayers Union Press Release on Eleanor Catton

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 277 comments

The Taxpayers Union has responded to Eleanor Catton’s comment that New Zealand is dominated by money hungry politicans who do not care about culture by demanding she pay back funding used on her six month residency.  Way to prove her point boys.

Imperator Fish: A clarification

Written By: - Date published: 3:50 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 31 comments

Sexist right-wingers are lining up to abuse Eleanor Catton for speaking her mind. The odious Sean Plunket is the worst, calling Catton a “hua” (sounds like and sometimes defined as “whore”). Imperator Fish responds

Labour’s plan vs National’s plan

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 43 comments

The choice is clear.

Polity: Key deluded on housing progress

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 28 comments

Rob Salmond at Polity on Key – “Is he deluded, or is he being deliberately misleading?”…

investing in social cohesion

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, January 28th, 2015 - 19 comments

experiences of solidarity and support can be found across the planet.  they aren’t particularly hard to find, these many instances of kindness and humanity.  so why does it feel like we live in a world that is incredibly hostile?

Andrew Little State of the Nation in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 28th, 2015 - 302 comments

The speech notes from Andrew Little’s State of the Nation speech delivered this morning

Open mike 28/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 28th, 2015 - 128 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 …

Eleanor Catton on NZ

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 212 comments

Award winning author Eleanor Catton has expressed her disappointment and anger with politics in general and the government in particular.

Polity: Crampton on online GST

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 33 comments

Rob Salmond has a bite at Eric Campton’s rather ideologically naive ideas about balancing up the GST playing ground between local and overseas retailers. Rather than not doing anything about it as Eric suggests and leaving local retailers flailing. Why not just make it simple as local collection of GST?

can we just ignore it?

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 11 comments

somebody says something stupid about muslims.  then it has to be picked up by every media organisation who rush around for comments.  of course they’ll find some muslims who will be angry and upset, given the serious stupidity of the comments.  then the media report how OUTRAGED those muslims are, as well as interviewing the original culprit to give more air to his views.

Greece to reclaim its future?

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, January 27th, 2015 - 250 comments

Greece has voted to reclaim its future from the banks.

Open mike 27/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, January 27th, 2015 - 216 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 …

Trump or Palin for the US Presidency?

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 pm, January 26th, 2015 - 37 comments

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are reported to be considering runs for the Republican nomination for the United States Presidency.

Solving the Housing Crisis – Facts or Ideology?

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, January 26th, 2015 - 63 comments

The scale of the housing affordability crisis, particularly in Auckland, is now unmistakable. Not only do individual families suffer as home ownership increasingly moves beyond their reach, but the impact on social cohesion and on the fair distribution of resources is becoming more and more damaging. The rising cost of buying a house is without […]

Monbiot on state media and the corporate elite

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, January 26th, 2015 - 43 comments

George Monbiot wrote recently on how Canadian and United Kingdom public media reporting on corporate news are hopelessly pro business and lacking in any sort of balance. And how the volume of articles concerning environmental issues is declining. Is it the same in New Zealand?

Happy birthday Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 26th, 2015 - 11 comments

Happy Birthday Auckland. Body in The Herald comments on “A splendid anniversary”

Open mike 26/01/2015

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 26th, 2015 - 319 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 …

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