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Cameron Slater’s shame: his latest moneymaker

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, January 19th, 2010 - 99 comments
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Cameron ‘Whaleoil’ Slater has launched ‘SHAME’. It’s supposedly a lobby group to get suppression laws changed. Really, it looks like a money making scheme for the workshy Slater.

SHAME seems to have no members apart from Slater. He says “We are fortunate to be supported by Michael Laws and John Banks, plus many others.” Note: Banks and Laws are not members. They’re “supporters”. I’ll bet you now there are no ‘members’ other than Slater. Certainly, the SHAME site offers no way for you to join. Doesn’t even raise the possibility.

What you can do on the site is donate. It’s all you can do. Apart from read the ‘about’. There are four links to the donation page on the front page alone.

Who are you donating to? SHAME won’t say. It doesn’t look like SHAME has any legal status. It is not a company. Not a society. Not a trust. It is a scam. It is Slater. “If you give money to SHAME, it looks like the money will go straight to Slater. What is to stop him spending it on himself?”

Slater lived on income insurance for many years until the insurance company stopped his payments. Now he is on the sickness benefit. To maintain his lifestyle he needs another source of income. Hence, SHAME.

There’s no point engaging in Slater’s ‘arguments’ since this entire campaign is just another money-making/attention-getting venture for him, but here I go.

SHAME stands for Suppression Helps Abusers Make Excuses. No, suppression doesn’t. It protects the identities of sexual abuse victims. Also, in some cases, people have been a accused of a particularly damning crime but have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Because those people would unfairly bear the stain of the offence if they are later found not guilty. These suppression orders are made by trained, experienced judges in light of the facts. Not dickhead bloggers.

In his about page for SHAME, Slater writes:

“We belive [sic] that the ONLY solution to our suppression laws [is] a simplification removing name suppression for all except for victims and to add the suppression of the nature of the relationship between the offender and the victim.” Slater misses the point that the suppressed names are of ‘accused’ not ‘offenders’. I expect he doesn’t understand the difference. He also ignores the fact that he has revealed the identities of accused whose names were suppressed to protect the identity of the victims.

“People are n’t [sic] interested in the lurid details of the victim they are interested in the names of offenders. If something becomes a secret then people want to know that secret.” So, what? People are fascinated by crime porn. We know that. That fascination doesn’t outweigh the right of the victims to privacy.

“Slater (who has strangely taken to referring to himself in the third person) doesn’t really give a damn about suppression laws. He is exploiting victims of sexual crime for no higher purpose than money and the attention he craves.

99 comments on “Cameron Slater’s shame: his latest moneymaker”

  1. gitmo 1

    This just appears to be another rant and borderline slanderous… why do you hate Slater so much that you’d continue to post about him in such a way ?

    This site is loosing whatever mojo it had and descending into a teenage bitching fest.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    “…SHAME seems to have no members apart from Slater…. …Certainly, the SHAME site offers no way for you to join. Doesn’t even raise the possibility…

    …What you can do on the site is donate. ..”

    Clearly modelled on Family First then.

  3. sweetd 3

    Agree with Gitmo, this is less about SHAME and more about your hatred of Whale. I suspect if anybody else had started a group like this you wouldn’t care less.

    • felix 3.1

      I suspect if anybody else had started a group like this you wouldn’t care less.

      The main thrust of the post is that its not a group. Slater has pretended to start a group.

  4. snoozer 4

    this guy really is a con-artist eh?

    First he is ripping off an insurance comapny for income insurance that he wasn’t entitled to. Now, he’s trying to get Kiwis concerned about sex crime to fund his lifestyle.

  5. Seti 5

    So beneficairy bashing is okay providing its on the opposite hue?

    • felix 5.1

      Explain what you mean by “beneficairy bashing”. Show your working and any relevant examples. Your answer should be more than “beneficiary bashing means using the word beneficiary”.

  6. felix 6

    The second comment on his site reads The whale rocks! posted by admin

  7. big bruv 7

    It needs to be pointed out that not all of us on the right support Slater or SHAME.

    I favour blanket name and detail suppression in all instances until the accused has had his/her day in court.

    Where I do agree with Slater is in the area of name suppression once the accused has been found guilty, this should never be allowed to happen.

    • Richard 7.1

      Even if naming convicted people identifies victims, or punishes the offender out of proportion to their crime?

      • big bruv 7.1.1

        Richard

        Naming the criminal need not identify the victims as per the Caphill case.

        As for punishing the offender out of proportion, yes, tough luck for the criminal.

        • Richard 7.1.1.1

          Yes, you are right in some cases identifying the offender does not identify the victim (such as apparently the Caphill). But in some cases identifying the offender does identify the victim. That’s why in those cases suppression could still be valid after conviction. I think that’s why a blanket rule that suppression ceases after conviction is unworkable.

          Punishing offenders out of proportion to their offense is not just and undermines the rule of law.

    • lprent 7.2

      bb: I agree with most of that (and that is a surprise), and it was the case until somewhere in the 70’s (from memory).

      However I disagree with
      <…area of name suppression once the accused has been found guilty, this should never be allowed to happen.

      Imagine that someone was convicted of kiddie fiddling his daughters in a high profile case. Releasing the name and details of the offender then re-victimizes the victim. Absolute rules like that a real problem. I’d prefer to leave that decision up to the judge, ideally with a review period (family may change name etc…)

      • Rex Widerstrom 7.2.1

        Releasing the name and details of the offender then re-victimizes the victim.

        I don’t for one moment disagree with the need to respect the wishes of the victim in this matter.

        However, it also annoys me intensely that society’s response to anything with “sex” in it is still a Puritanical mixture of disapproval and titllation such that a victim of a sex offence is left feeling they have something shameful to hide.

        We really, really need to grow TF up.

  8. Mako 8

    It’s interesting that Slater has previously insisted that his reason for publishing identifying information was his belief that the law was wrong. Yet on Breakfast this morning, he claimed to have taken this stance only once charged by the police. This would seem to confirm that his original motives were not as principled as he now claims them to have been.

    BTW, I wonder if he’s had a spot of media training recently? If so, I can probably guess from whom.

      • Rex Widerstrom 8.1.1

        Well according to Mako he was caught in a blatant and stupid lie in the midst of a scheme aimed at personal enrichment, so yes.

        I expect any moment now the secretary / treasurer will be revealed to be one Antoinette Beck, Australian university student, and oddly uncontactable.

  9. toad 9

    The “How to donate” page says:

    Through our Bank Account (coming soon)

    Thank you in advance for your kind donation, through The Whale’s court cases and through our lobbying we WILL change this law.

    That’s interesting on 2 counts.

    1) The “organisation” obviously doesn’t have a bank account yet. The paypal payment facility is presumably sendiong credit card payments directly to Slater rather than to the “organisation”.

    2) It appears to be funding Slater’s legal defence as well as his lobbying.

  10. Pete 10

    It really irritates me that he’s called a “high-profile” blogger on Stuff et al too.

    I guess in the village that is New Zealand that this is so, but still, it does many decent bloggers a dis-service…

  11. torydog 11

    wow as if the group wasnt cool enough he has to get Laws and Banks…geez sounds like a well reasoned group of intelligent thinkers…….!

    Spose John will be donating a significant amount to save buddy from what he deserves.

    AND what ever happend to innocent until proven guilty???? Why the need to have private info released about a person before they go through due process……god we sure are under tory rule now!

  12. Scott 12

    I don’t particularly like Slater, but Z that’s one mean post. Calling someone a “welfare queen” does you a disservice.

    Why stoop to his level? He’s clearly got to you.

    • Bright Red 12.1

      Slater hasn’t worked for the last ten years. He rants on about ‘bludgers’ but he’s one himself.

      I think it’s fair that it gets pointed out.

      • Scott 12.1.1

        I understand the hypocrisy issue, but maybe there’s a good reason for him to be on on a sickness benefit. None of us know the full details of his medical condition. Calling him a “welfare queen” merely demeans others on welfare.

        • lprent 12.1.1.1

          I’d agree with that. Using it as a phrase of opprobrium isn’t particularly useful, although it is usually used from the right that way.

          However Z wrote the post. He is always a bit extreme in wording for my personal taste. But not enough for me to start censoring. Also it is Cameron. After years of being denigrated by the guy, I really have little sympathy.

          • Scott 12.1.1.1.1

            Fair enough. I’m not suggesting you censor the post. And it’s not Slater I was worried about, but others who might be on welfare.

            • lprent 12.1.1.1.1.1

              That is why I wasn’t happy with that wording. Z will probably get some stick for it.

              But I think that I might also send him some pointed comment about using wingnut terminologies. Bad enough looking at them when I read the incoming links.

        • dontsurf 12.1.1.2

          His insurance company certainly thinks he’s fit to work.

          And from his quite prolific output, it certainly doesn’t sound like he spends all day in bed.

          What depressed person willingly invites this kind of attention on them? He’s not depressed. He’s a bludging motherfucker. He thinks the world owes him a favour, when what the world really owes him is a good kick in the balls.

  13. sweetd 13

    Pete

    he is high profile in NZ. He uses his real identity, and like David Farrar, Russel Brown and Bernard Hicky to name a few, is being used as a go to guy for comments and thus appears on TV and radio. Something that can never happen with the standard with its grouping of hidden ID’s, Lprent being the exception.

    • Bright Red 13.1

      Lynn and Rochelle. But you’re right, the standard does need a public face.

      • Tigger 13.1.1

        So the fact that the poster at the Standard aren’t media whores is a bad thing?

        • felix 13.1.1.1

          I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all, however Red has a point. It would be good if someone were available to the media in the way Clinton Smith used to be.

          • Tigger 13.1.1.1.1

            It’s a co-op site isn’t it? How can one person speak for a community unless employed/elected to do so? I agree, great to see more left wing pundits being interviewed so perhaps if it was made clear they were a writer on the Standard and not speaking for the Standard…

          • lprent 13.1.1.1.2

            Don’t look at me. I’m more likely to rip reporters heads off.

            However rocky is pretty good on the media

            • rocky 13.1.1.1.2.1

              LOL yes I think keeping lprent away from the tv cameras is a smart move! He didn’t do too bad in that SST Anthony Hubbard story about a year ago though.

              It’s entirely possible to have someone anonymously commenting to the media (no tv of course though)… perhaps putting up a cellphone number for media to call that one of the main writers can use wouldn’t be a bad idea. It does frequently annoy me how the media always write about The Standard without comment from our side.

              • felix

                It does frequently annoy me how the media always write about The Standard without comment from our side.

                Me too. Just need one person available for comment.

                As for your uncle, he’s not too bad on the radio.

    • Richard 13.2

      Don’t be ridiculous, the media is perfectly able to interview people operating under pseudonyms if they want to.

      Madonna, Bono, Marilyn Munroe, Marilyn Manson.

  14. tc 14

    Ignore him, like badly behaved children are, the fact he gets cover/copy by banks/laws/TVNZ just shows what tub thumping morons we have in our extremely mediocre media….no critical analysis just provide a soapbox for the loons.

    I have the rule “IF Laws THEN Ignore”……he’s a Howard stern wannabee without the big bucks and intellect……just the way Radio Live like ’em.

  15. Juana 15

    You are a lying piece of trash.
    You act as though you have the moral high ground yet lie through your teeth throwing unfounded accusation after unfounded accusation at my husband.
    Everything you have stated in this post about WO is a lie.
    Bet you won’t publish this because this is about your jealousy and hate not reasoned debate or fairness.

    [lprent: What you think is your problem. Just attacking the writer without addressing the points raised is normally a bannable offense. But since you have an interest I’ll let it through.

    But as a suggestion, you should really provide some details about what you found objectionable rather than just doing blanket statements. Then you might get some discussion on those points rather than simply being ignored. This isn’t gotcha – act according to the policy. ]

  16. toad 16

    Juana, it might help if you point out what the “lies” are and why they are lies – ie what the correct information is. Just accusing someone of lying doesn’t really add anything to the debate.

    If Z has stated things as fact that are not, tell us what they are and what the real facts are.

    • lprent 16.1

      Ditto – I made exactly that point when moderating the comment. I always find it irritating when people make blanket statements without bothering to get to the essential detail.

  17. Tigger 17

    The black/white approach to suppression that Slater espouses (it’s never black and white), the confusion between being accused of a crime and being convicted are truly alarming. It’s more of the mob rule that National is encouraging…I expect torches and pitchforks and an angry mob descending on Parliament any time soon.

    Any truth to the rumour that Slater’s next website will be Burn Witch, Burn – devoted to burning suspected witches at the stake?

  18. rocky 18

    Because those people would unfairly bear the stain of the offence if they are later found innocent.

    Just to be pedantic – people aren’t found innocent in court, they are found not guilty. It is an important distinction.

    I don’t want to see everyone get name supression if found not guilty, but in some cases it is warranted. I supported those who were charged after breaching the name supression in the Louise Nicholas trial.

    Judges aren’t always right. Slater’s problem is he doesn’t seem to have any concrete values behind his stance.

  19. Juana 19

    ‘Cameron ‘Whaleoil’ Slater has launched ‘SHAME’. It’s supposedly a lobby group to get suppression laws changed. Really, it’s a money making scam for Slater ‘

    A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation.

    ” It doesn’t look like SHAME has any legal status. It is not a company. Not a society. Not a trust. It is a scam. It is Slater. If you give money to SHAME, you are giving money straight into Slater’s wallet to do what he chooses with it.’

    A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation

    Slater used to rip off an insurance company but they stopped his payments.

    A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation.

    ‘Now he is on the sickness benefit.’

    ( the only correct thing stated in your tirade thus far.)

    To maintain his lifestyle he needs another source of income. Hence, SHAME.

    A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation

    ‘Slater (who has taken to referring to himself in the third person as his grip on reality loosens further) doesn’t really give a damn about suppression laws. He is exploiting victims of sexual crime for no higher purpose than money and the attention he craves.’

    A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation

    Well, I hope that clears it up for you Toad. Though most intelligent readers would have been quite clear on the slanderous, malicious lies I was referring to.

    • Marty G 19.1

      Juana/Slater.

      It’s obvious that it’s you.

      You made nearly identical points in your threatening email and we’ve given you our response.

      (don’t worry, viewers, we might publish the emails later)

      • Juana 19.1.1

        Yet another slanderous and totally unfounded statement from you!
        I have NEVER e-mailed you. I have only ever commented on your website.
        Where is the soap? Someone needs to wash your mouth out with it.
        Can you even lie straight in bed?

        • Rob 19.1.1.1

          @juana perhaps stick to you husbands blog and comment and rave on that…… he needs the comments # based on todays post..

          It will be interesting how Cameron keeps up the momentum until he next appears in court…

    • No sorry your response does not do it for me Juana, you have proved nothing.

      Just responding to a so called slanderous comment with a repeated sentence
      “A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation” does nothing. Surely you understand that or don’t you?

      • Tigger 19.2.1

        Juana seems very concerned about slander. I wish Slater had an inkling of such concern.

        • Juana 19.2.1.1

          Slater, as you refer to Wo takes the consequences of his actions.
          I sincerely hope this Z coward is ready to do the same.

        • Juana 19.2.1.2

          No, I am quite satisfied now that they have heavily edited the original post to make it clear that their viewpoint is not based on facts but their biased opinion only. They reconsidered when faced with the reality of the consequences of their actions.

          [lprent: Bullshit. There were a number of comments including mine that were a bit peeved about some of the language in the post for reasons that had bugger all to do with wee johnnie. They denigrated other people on welfare and with other issues. I suspect that Z got a few e-mails apart from Camerons futile blustering. I got a txt about some changes.

          If you are so ignorant as to want to try and sue, then do so using a cached version. I suspect a lawyer will have a lot of fun laughing. There was nothing actionable about either version.

          Basically claiming a ‘victory’ just makes you look like a ridiculous and rather pathetic fool. ]

      • Lukas 19.2.2

        And you will of course be demanding the same level of proof from Z?

    • lprent 19.3

      Based on what I know, and my undoubted biases about Cameron. I’d think those are reasonable suppositions from the facts.

      You’d have to actually show some kind of reason why those things are incorrect, ideally with proof, rather than simply stating it as your opinion. After all this is the standard that Whale demands of himself.

      Of course I view anything that Cameron says as probably being bullshit. I’ve seen what he has written about me, this site, and the writers here. Not to mention the same things about many of my friends. It is 95% speculation/innuendo and 5% fact.

      • ben 19.3.1

        So the poster must prove a negative, Lynn? That their goal is not to maintain a lifestyle? I am looking forward to seeing the Standard held to account.

        • lprent 19.3.1.1

          ben: In the case of Cameron, my view is that before I believe his story he should prove it.

          After all he has never believed what I’ve said (just search his site), why should I treat him any differently than he’d treat me. It is obviously the standard of behaviour that he prefers.

          On the other hand, if you ever look back through the stuff I’ve written here. You’ll generally find that I tend to take people at their word unless they have done something that proves otherwise. I’ll often poke the borax at their ideas, beliefs, opinions, and ‘facts’ – but that is normal debate. Of course I’m not perfect – who in hell is. But that is my normal mode of operation. The exception is of course when it comes to issues that relate to the operation of this site – ie part of the duty.

          Cameron doesn’t perceive that as being his mode of operation. So I’ll follow his expected rule set with respect to him. That is I don’t believe anything that he says unless it is evidentially nailed down.

    • rob 19.4

      Juana

      please prove that you can join the organisation SHAME, and its not just Cameron and you..

      If you/WO want to get support, perhaps help clarify why many of the points are as you put it

      “A totally unfounded and slanderous accusation”

    • dontsurf 19.5

      Quick, Juana! Call the cops! Again… because you’re incapable of settling your own disputes, and you’re a massive fucking hypocrite and your support base is drying up like your insurance payments.

      That’s a completely founded and true statement, by the way. You know, just to counter your intended riposte.

      [lprent: That is heading over the bounds because it is a pointless flame starter. Calm down (or else). ]

      • dontsurf 19.5.1

        It was Lyn, yes. If it helps, I’m partially sorry.

        [lprent: No problem – just a warning.

        BTW Could you please call me Lynn with 2 n’s. My partners name is Lyn and it always seems a bit weird to be referred to as her. ]

  20. ben 20

    Who are you donating to? SHAME won’t say. It doesn’t look like SHAME has any legal status. It is not a company. Not a society. Not a trust. It is a scam. It is Slater. “If you give money to SHAME, it looks like the money will go straight to Slater. What is to stop him spending it on himself?’

    Slater lived on income insurance for many years until the insurance company stopped his payments. Now he is on the sickness benefit. To maintain his lifestyle he needs another source of income. Hence, SHAME.

    There’s no point engaging in Slater’s ‘arguments’ since this entire campaign is just another money-making/attention-getting venture for him, but here I go.

    High time The Standard got done for libel, methinks. I am no defender of Slater and I don’t care who you are writing about: but what you write here is probably libelous and certainly malicious, and therefore probably illegal. You’re free to be dishonest all you like in this country, thankfully, but you are not free to libel others. Would be nice to see the Standard held to account.

    • Bright Red 20.1

      being malicous is not illegal. Free speech and all that.

      And I can’t see how it is defamatory to state some facts, raise some questions, and come to logical conclusions from them. Yes, even if some damning language is used, as long as the conclusions are defendable interpretations of the facts.

      Considering what you turn a blind eye to all the time from Whale, I think it’s a bit rich to go crying ‘defamation’ now.

      • Juana 20.1.1

        Z has no facts.
        Logical conclusions? Yeah right!
        WO is on a sickness benefit THEREFORE he must be a thief out to con the system.
        What a poor liberal Z does make.

        • Pascal's bookie 20.1.1.1

          That’s not the argument Z makes though Juanna.

          Here are the premisses

          – Wo has money probs at the mo

          -Wo has set up a group seeking donations

          -the group seems to have no official status, or any members other than Wo

          This raises the question of where the money goes, if not to, Wo.

          One quick question, is it safe to assume that donations to SHAME will be helping with Wo’s legal fees?

          • Pascal's bookie 20.1.1.1.1

            Sorry about the typo’s, Juana. Particularly in your name. (Too slow to edit a correction).

          • Bright Red 20.1.1.1.2

            The SHAME website says that the money will be used to pay his legal fees and for ‘lobbying’, which I take to mean paying for Slater’s coffees with Nats and trips to wellington.

            Juana (who is Mrs Slater, I think) – ‘welfare queen’ is just an insulting term for beneficiary. One that is often used by the Right. I think Zet is taking the piss and exposing Whale’s hypocrisy.

            Actually, I see that sentence has changed.

      • ben 20.1.2

        Red, you are right, truth is a defence, and if Z is speaking truth then there is no libel. If it is made up, on the other hand, this is textbook libel and The Standard as publisher is liable.

        • Scott 20.1.2.1

          I would find it truly ironic if Cameron Slater, of all people, were to sue someone for defamation.

        • Bright Red 20.1.2.2

          It doesn’t look made up. Check out the companies and trusts websites for yourself. No registered organisation.

          From the fact that this isn’t an organisation with any legal personality, the obvious conclusion is that any money you give will be going to a bank accounted administered solely by Slater with no controls over what he spends the money on.

          And given Slater’s income has taken a dive recently, I think one can conclude where the money would go.

          I think it’s called honest opinion.

          • ben 20.1.2.2.1

            Given all the invective it looks plain malicious to me. Would be good to see this tested in court.

            [lprent: Bearing in mind the way that the defamation laws operate and who Cameron is, I suspect that he would have a hard time proving damage (apart from anything else). He does more of it to himself than anyone else could possibly hope to challenge – even Z. ]

            • Scott 20.1.2.2.1.1

              I wouldn’t hold my breath. I suspect (and hope) the courts have better things to do than settle disputes between angry bloggers.

            • Bright Red 20.1.2.2.1.2

              ben using malicious language isn’t illegal.

              Freedom of speech, heard of it?

              • ben

                Sigh.

                It is illegal if you publicly tarnish the reputation of another and what you say is untrue.

                Speech is limited in some ways in this country, this is one of them.

                • lprent

                  Sigh.

                  The test is damage, not tarnishing reputation. In this case, you’d have to argue that Cameron takes little if any damage to his reputation. He only has a bad rep.

              • Marty G

                Yeah, ben, and that’s different from being malicious. It has to be defamatory within the legal definitions.

        • Jewish Kiwi 20.1.2.3

          Another thing about libel cases, is that plaintiffs must establish that they have a reputation which has been harmed.

          Sir Edmund Hillary he aint.

      • ben 20.1.3

        It may well be rich, but it doesn’t matter what Slater does. The law does not consider two wrongs make a right.

        • Scott 20.1.3.1

          Maybe so, but on the other hand the chances of a blowhard pottymouth winning a substantial damages award when served with some of his own medicine are probably next to nil.

        • Marty G 20.1.3.2

          Actually, ben. Defamation is part of equity isn’t it? And what’s the phrase ‘you must come to equity with clean hands’?

          Or is defamation part of tort (does the distinction even matter anymore?). If so, I’m sure the same principle applies. If you’ve behaved like a dick to people, you can’t be surprised and run crying to the law if they’re rude back.

          • ben 20.1.3.2.1

            No court is going to consider the question of whether person A has been libelled is helpfully informed by whether person A has previously been rude to person B. The court will say that is a matter for person B to separately take up.

            capcha: liable

            • Marty G 20.1.3.2.1.1

              ben. you actually don’t know anything about this topic do you? The context in which comments take place does matter. Courts aren’t stupid and blind. If it’s an exchange of insults that has been going on for some time and one party suddenly cries ‘defamation’ the courts look at the context and say ‘well, you were an active part of this, you’re not a victim’

  21. Rob 21

    does this group make Cameron “the head of SHAME”? or the leader of SHAME?

    “oh, the irony” (I sound just like Cameron there!!!)

    On a serious note, given that his group doesnt seem to show really what they stand for, and that no one can join except for a facebook page, and that he isnt exactly charismatic when fronting the media….
    I hope people who do take the suppresion issues seriously perhaps approach there local MP, or an existing group rather than throwing money at the Cameron and Juana Crisco Club fund…

  22. Parnell Boy 22

    Does this mean Banks is trying to distance himself from Slater?

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=169475

    Or does Banks support making it easier for sexual abuse victims to be identified or not?

  23. Babar 23

    this post is far more illuminating of zetetic’s character than of cameron slater’s. ymmv

  24. Descendant Of Smith 24

    It does seem a little unusual that someone who is unfit to work puts himself about like this. If only that much energy went into getting better or working part time. Maybe his wife / partner could go to work instead.

    While I totally defend his right to a benefit if he is unwell with that does go a responsibility to try and get better where possible. Maybe in his case it’s not possible – I don’t know.

    If he does intend to use any of that donated money for personal use then one assumes he needs to tell on himself to WINZ and have his benefit reduced. At least it’ll save the tax payer some money.

  25. Snifternz 25

    [deleted]

    [lprent: You’re still banned. Adding another month for having to clean up the pending. Next time I’ll drop you into auto-spam. ]

  26. since when did master slater of we’llallbefooked become the whale jeesh

  27. randal 27

    this stuff is better than all the books in the library.
    keep it up.
    when can I get a bound copy?

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    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
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  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
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    PunditBy Liam Hehir
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
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  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • A new Ministry of Works
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
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    2 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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    2 days ago
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  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
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  • Saving lives
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
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    4 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
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    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
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    4 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
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  • A test of civil society.
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    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
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    6 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
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    6 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
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    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We are not America
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
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    7 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
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    7 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
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    7 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
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    7 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
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    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
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  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
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    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
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    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
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    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
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    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
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    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
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    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
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    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago

  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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