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Open Mike 22/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 101 comments

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Tumbleweeds from National on the Tax Working Group

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, December 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

[getty src=”602983205″ width=”511″ height=”339″] A month ago Labour announced that Sir Michael Cullen would chair the tax working group and the National Party was cock-a-hoop! Steven Joyce said: “Sir Michael is many things but a politically independent voice on taxation policy he is not,” Judith Collins had fun with it too, in her regular spot […]

Jian Yang wanted to help the SIS with recruitment

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 21st, 2017 - 24 comments

Matt Nippert has made further revelations about Jian Yang including that he lobbied on behalf of an unsuccessful applicant for a security sensitive job with the New Zealand Defence Force and that he disclosed to Auckland University but not to Immigration that he had worked for a PLA University.

The Medicinal Marijuana Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

Will the Medical Marijuana Bill just introduced into Parliament be as effective as proponents wish?

The End of Life Choice Bill

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 21st, 2017 - 155 comments

We recently got the first reading on the End of Life Choice Bill, which aims to create a controlled regime for euthanasia. What are the pros and cons of the Bill?

Open Mike 21/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 21st, 2017 - 216 comments

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National brings its B game to social media

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 20th, 2017 - 52 comments

A couple of recent examples suggests that National’s social media game is well below standard.  And Judith Collins is no longer the Parliamentary Queen of twitter.

Germany and New Zealand Redux

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 20th, 2017 - 10 comments

New Zealand and Germany are both successful societies, with proportional democracies, strong economies, underpinned by strong public institutions and legal frameworks, and consistently believe that we are going in the right direction.  But both countries rely on MMP and coalition governments.  What will happen to the support parties?

Gareth Hughes: Passing a motion and other Parliamentary jargon

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 am, December 20th, 2017 - 10 comments

Democracy misunderstood is democracy denied.

Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 20th, 2017 - 56 comments

“Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.”

Open Mike 20/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 20th, 2017 - 107 comments

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The new government’s approach to climate change

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, December 19th, 2017 - 119 comments

The Government has announced the phasing out of the granting of permits for oil gas and coal extraction.  Greenpeace thinks there should be a ban on new permits being granted.

The future of the USA

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 19th, 2017 - 78 comments

Left and right are used to predicting the accelerated decline of America,  but are we now seeing it before our eyes and in our lifetimes?

Open Mike 19/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 19th, 2017 - 342 comments

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Let’s stop kidding ourselves.

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, December 18th, 2017 - 131 comments

The “Adapting to Climate Change in NZ” report.

Open Mike 18/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 18th, 2017 - 101 comments

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The Herald is obsessed with the latest Colmar Brunton poll

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, December 17th, 2017 - 47 comments

The Herald’s weekend political comment includes detailed analysis of the Colmar Brunton poll, now a week old, but ignored the details of the mini budget.

Tory Translation Service

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, December 17th, 2017 - 211 comments

  I don’t often admit that there is anything that the right do better than the left, but, credit where it’s due, there are a few things. Chief amongst them are dog whistling and wedge politics. These are calculated political silencing tactics that use language to belittle the left and make us appear alienated from […]

Open Mike 17/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 17th, 2017 - 145 comments

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NRT on submitting on the End of Life Choice Bill

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, December 16th, 2017 - 259 comments

“If you care about the bill, I encourage you to speak up about it.”

Doofus of the week – Jami Lee-Ross

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 16th, 2017 - 69 comments

Jami Lee-Ross wins the award this week for trying to hold up the passage of a law designed to make sure kids get enough to eat just so he could eat his lunch and then throwing the most amazing of temper tantrums when he did not get his way.

Open Mike 16/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 16th, 2017 - 108 comments

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Daily Review 15/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, December 15th, 2017 - 53 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 …

James Shaw: a stocktake on climate change action in Aotearoa – livestream announcement 11am

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, December 15th, 2017 - 33 comments

Spoiler alert: We need to do better.

Media response to Labour’s budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, December 15th, 2017 - 115 comments

Media response to the new Government’s mini budget has been overwhelmingly positive.

Open Mike 15/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 15th, 2017 - 131 comments

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Daily Review 14/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 14th, 2017 - 115 comments

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The Minister of Finance’s Mini-Budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, December 14th, 2017 - 88 comments

Big day today as Labour’s mini budget is announced.

World Bank to stop funding oil and gas exploration

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 14th, 2017 - 29 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

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, December 14th, 2017 - 68 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

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 14th, 2017 - 120 comments

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