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Archive for June, 2021

Communist Party of China turns 100

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 pm, June 30th, 2021 - 59 comments

July 1st this year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai in 1921. It is a date worth commemorating as while the Party is not well understood, its positive achievements have been outstanding.

Daily review 30/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 30th, 2021 - 19 comments

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Hate speech wide-eyed scaremongering

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, June 30th, 2021 - 111 comments

A guest post by Clint Smith who has actually analysed the effect of the proposed changes and makes comment on the detail of what is proposed.

Open mike 30/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 30th, 2021 - 110 comments

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Daily review 29/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 29th, 2021 - 3 comments

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No Right Turn: Spy cameras literally are

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 29th, 2021 - 21 comments

Its time for our local authorities (and other bodies such as NZTA) to come clean, and confess whether they allow the SIS to access their camera networks in this way. That would allow the people to judge whether it is acceptable, and hold them accountable if they feel it necessary. But I suspect that that prospect is precisely why the SIS has kept this secret for so long.

Open mike 29/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 29th, 2021 - 76 comments

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Daily review 28/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 28th, 2021 - 5 comments

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The Pausing of the Travel Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, June 28th, 2021 - 81 comments

So far there have been no discovered cases of community spread of the Covid delta variant in Wellington following the recent visit by an Australian tourist who was infected with the variant.  Meanwhile in Australia the authorities are trying to stamp out community flareups that are appearing in different parts of the country.

Denis Tegg: Regional Transport Plan Will Increase Emissions And Is Thus Unlawful

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 28th, 2021 - 26 comments

Waikato Regional Council (WRC) has approved a transport plan which assigns just 3% of its 10-year budget to walking and cycling, and only 5% to public transport. This must inevitably increase overall transport emission pollution in the region.  In my opinion the law requires the plan to reduce transport emissions to achieve consistency with central government transport policy.  If emissions will rise under the plan this makes the plan unlawful and places WRC at significant risk of a successful legal challenge.

Open mike 28/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 28th, 2021 - 141 comments

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Open mike 27/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 27th, 2021 - 64 comments

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Oppose this new hate speech bill

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, June 26th, 2021 - 206 comments

Hate speech is about to get a lot more criminalised with much stronger penalties. It’s worth going back to what the Royal Commission actually considered, since that’s the basis of proposing this law. The Royal Commission in fact found that trying to protect religion from very strong opinions is simply not a good idea: … we acknowledge that there […]

Open mike 26/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 26th, 2021 - 31 comments

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Daily review 25/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 25th, 2021 - 25 comments

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Stick a fork in them, they’re done

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, June 25th, 2021 - 84 comments

The details of a particularly brutal National Party caucus meeting that resulted in Todd Muller announced his pending retirement from Parliament have been leaked in detail to the Herald’s Claire Trevett.

Open mike 25/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 25th, 2021 - 67 comments

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Daily review 24/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 24th, 2021 - 7 comments

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Let the Mills die

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, June 24th, 2021 - 13 comments

From Kawerau to Nelson to Tiwai Point, our accelerated decline of heavy mass manufacturing factories continues.

Todd’s going … who is next?

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, June 24th, 2021 - 67 comments

Yesterday National suffered further damage to its ranks when Harete Hipango was outed as the MP with Parliamentary Services resources issues and Todd Muller announced that he will stand down as an MP at the end of this term nominally so that he can eventually spend more time with his family.  

Open mike 24/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 24th, 2021 - 134 comments

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Daily review 23/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 23rd, 2021 - 16 comments

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Will the last remaining National MP please turn all the lights off

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, June 23rd, 2021 - 38 comments

Oh dear.  There is yet another story about yet another National MP in trouble because of their born to rule impulses.  Update:  the Herald has reported that the MP is Harete Hipango.  These blue on blue attacks are getting out of hand.

Fisheries reform is under way

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, June 23rd, 2021 - 10 comments

David Parker has shown a deft handling of the Oceans and Fisheries portfolio and in the past week has announced the accelerated roll out of cameras on fishing boats and a suite of actions designed to address the failing health of the Waitemata Harbour.

Open mike 23/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 23rd, 2021 - 110 comments

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Daily review 22/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 22nd, 2021 - 6 comments

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The Rock is moving

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, June 22nd, 2021 - 5 comments

Since real estate is that machine that relentlessly powers our society and most of our economy, it’s already worth checking whether this governments’ recent policy changes are starting to have some of its intended effects.

Open mike 22/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 22nd, 2021 - 57 comments

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Daily review 21/06/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 21st, 2021 - 33 comments

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He’s baaack

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 21st, 2021 - 30 comments

For the first time since the election Winston Peters has reemerged.  But instead of talking about the country’s problems such as  climate change, child poverty and recovering from the global pandemic he chose to concentrate on the “over” use of Te Reo, cycleways and gangs.

Open mike 21/06/2021

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