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Duck Futton

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, July 19th, 2018 - 40 comments

The Australians are upset with Andrew Little expressing concern about their inhumane treatment of some Kiwis living in Australia and are throwing Donald Trump type tantrums to show their displeasure.

Free Speech Coalition’s litigation strikes a major snag

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, July 17th, 2018 - 135 comments

The free speech coalition’s desire to get the High Court to enforce the rights of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux has struck a potential snag. A rather major snag.

Cake makers and fascists

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, July 10th, 2018 - 412 comments

A Warkworth cake maker has refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.  The situation raises the question should she be allowed to discriminate against others on the grounds that she is exercising her rights of religious belief.

Dotcom loses in the Court of Appeal

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, July 9th, 2018 - 60 comments

The Court of Appeal has released its decision in the Kim Dotcom extradition case. The case has had a lot of resources thrown at it by both sides and I hope my brief description does the arguments and the judgment justice. The decision can be read here. As befits the resources that have been poured […]

The extent of the right to free speech

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, July 8th, 2018 - 353 comments

Lauren Southern’s cancelled lecture has caused some debate about what freedom of speech is, is it absolute, and if not where is the line to be drawn?

Far right Canadian activist wants to come to New Zealand to insult local communities

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, July 6th, 2018 - 292 comments

Far right journalist Lauren Southern wants to come to New Zealand to give a speech which will no doubt insult various communities. Should we let her in?

Russell McVeagh

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, July 6th, 2018 - 31 comments

Dame Margaret Beazley has concluded in her report into Russell McVeagh, New Zealand’s Goldman Sachs, that it has serious problems including instances of excessive drinking and in some instances crude, drunken, and sexually inappropriate behaviour, a failure of governance and pockets of bullying.

Blogs and the Political Establishment

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, July 4th, 2018 - 43 comments

Being in the thick of student politics in the mid 2000s, I was around just at the very beginning of social media.

And then there was….

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, June 29th, 2018 - 38 comments

The aftermath of Douma chemical attacks and Skripal poisonings…

Givealittle legal fund set up for Renae Maihi for defence against Bob Jones’ claim

Written By: - Date published: 3:50 pm, June 19th, 2018 - 58 comments

Bob Jones has threatened Renae Maihi with a defamation lawsuit for seeking to have his knighthood taken off him.  Laura O’Connell Rapira of Action Station has responded by starting a givealittle page to cover Renae’s legal costs.

Police agree to apologise to Nicky Hager and pay substantial damages

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, June 12th, 2018 - 55 comments

Text of a statement issued by Nicky Hager indicating that police have settled his claim for a breach of his rights by payment of costs and significant damages and the issuing of an apology.

Collins keeps Housing Corp P debacle in news cycle

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, June 7th, 2018 - 122 comments

Judith Collins has managed to keep the Housing Corp methamphetamine story alive for another news cycle by attacking poor people who take drugs.

Were Etu union delegates threatened at a select committee?

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, June 4th, 2018 - 133 comments

National MP Parmjeet Parmar has been accused of threatening to tell the employers of submitters to a Select Committee what they had said in evidence if they did not withdraw their statements.

 

National’s strategy on the Housing Corp P fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 31st, 2018 - 83 comments

National is all over the place in its response to Peter Gluckman’s Housing Corp methamphetamine report with three different justifications being provided by three different senior MPs.

Strange Democracy.

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 30th, 2018 - 30 comments

Quietly mulling on the difference between foreign interference (malign) and influence (benign).

Deep Trawling.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, May 24th, 2018 - 21 comments

Is NZ’s fishing industry just a domestic version of the tobacco companies? And how much would that really matter?

Should MPs also be subject to sanctions when they don’t do their job?

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, May 8th, 2018 - 59 comments

National MPs have without notice refused to turn up to the House Committee of Parliament.  Should they have their pay docked?

Then and Now.

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, April 30th, 2018 - 13 comments

Claims that “Russian bots” helped Labour during the 2017 UK General Election…

 

Workers’ Rights. Our Rights. And a Government Breaking Bad.

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, April 24th, 2018 - 17 comments

Time for the government to pull its head in.

Catriona MacLennan takes on the Law Society

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 pm, April 19th, 2018 - 49 comments

Catriona MacLennan is being sent to a disciplinary committee for criticising a judge, in a case where he made an appalling judgement.  Where are the freedom-of-speech advocates?

Compassion?

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 70 comments

May claimed she couldn’t wait until Monday before unleashing compassion on Syria on Friday night. Which brought a line from this to mind….

 

Is New Zealand really as ‘racist as fuck’?

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, April 12th, 2018 - 85 comments

I am inclined to believe that there are at least some New Zealanders who are as “racist as fuck”.

The hidden infrastructure fiscal crisis gets real

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, April 10th, 2018 - 245 comments

Steven Joyce’s $11.7 billion fiscal hole is becoming more and more of a reality although it is in hidden infrastructure costs that National had suppressed in search of the elusive surplus.

Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, April 6th, 2018 - 69 comments

Is it the new by-word for silence?

Still in Denial.

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, April 4th, 2018 - 46 comments

General Tim Keating’s resignation.

This is extremely dangerous to our democracy

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 3rd, 2018 - 29 comments

Make of this what you will.

Love war, fear and hate.

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, March 31st, 2018 - 28 comments

Political power doesn’t respond well when those who are meant to be invisible decide to be visible.

Finlayson found to have breached Dotcom’s rights

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, March 27th, 2018 - 59 comments

The Human Rights Tribunal has found that the last Government and Chris Finlayson breached Kim Dotcom’s rights in not providing him with information requested by him.  And awarded him $90,000 for the breach.

Facebook is in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, March 21st, 2018 - 80 comments

A whistleblower, Christopher Wyllie, has explained how Cambridge Analytica managed to secure the data of 50 million Americans and how it was used in the last US Presidential election.

Sanctions. Weapons of War.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 18th, 2018 - 53 comments

When elite’s tussle, shouldn’t we look after us and ours?

#MeToo

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 13 comments

It’s been awesome to see feminist activists in New Zealand enable a new and fast liberation occur.  It’s worth reflecting on the success of #MeToo  and all its new forms.

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