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Double down – protect parliament – ban Bridges for a month

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, December 5th, 2018 - 104 comments

Simon Bridges appears to have deliberately maligned the position of the speaker of the house of representatives, and did it before he had any cause to do so. While he may think that it is in the public interest to do so, he isn’t special. He should expect what every other social activist knows will happen. You suffer the consequences..

An Ineffectual Opposition Is Bad News

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

An ineffectual Opposition creates a vacuum that will be filled by the Mainstream and Social Media as they will assume the role of unelected and non-representative opposition in effectuo.

Ross saga quiescent, but donations scandal needs addressing

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, October 25th, 2018 - 21 comments

The Jami-Lee Ross scandal may have quietened down but issues raised by his explosive tape recording of Simon Bridges still need addressing. Does the $100k Zhang Yikun donation suggest we are going down the US track and, if so, what needs to be done about that

The Government’s plan for a modern and prosperous New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, September 16th, 2018 - 130 comments

Text of Jacinda Ardern’s major speech delivered today.

Parliament and bullying

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, August 31st, 2018 - 41 comments

It should be a qualification of being a Labour Member of Parliament that they treat their worked in an exemplary manner.

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 loses the plot in Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 91 comments

National’s show down with Trevor Mallard today did not go as well as they hoped.

The Budget

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, May 17th, 2018 - 168 comments

An evolving post to cover budget announcements.

An Opportunity Missed? A Failure to Listen? And Whose Advice was Privileged?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, April 21st, 2018 - 26 comments

The conclusion that I am left with is the bureaucrats have once again gained control of the social work profession and want to manage social work and social workers under a neoliberal managerialist ideology.

Kieran O’Donoghue, Associate Professor in Social Work, Massey University

Green Party statements on giving their parliamentary Questions to the Opposition

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 19th, 2018 - 49 comments

“As Greens, we’ve always stood for modernising our democracy, making MPs more accountable and giving the public better access to the levers of power.”

Green Party announces new transparency measures

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, March 4th, 2018 - 27 comments

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has today announced two important new transparency measures, which will apply to Green Party Ministers, MPs and staff, to help counter the influence of money in politics.

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.

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.”

National spams the Beehive

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 27th, 2017 - 90 comments

National has been clogging Parliament’s written question system by asking questions that even David Farrar thinks seem silly and are over the top.

NRT: “Daddy leave” and the parental leave bill

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, November 15th, 2017 - 7 comments

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn looks at the Paid Parental Leave Bill and how National are trying to wreck it.

Labour maidens – Willow-Jean Prime

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 29 comments

“It means protecting and growing our rights as people, not just as economic units, health clients, “clients” of any kind.”

A strong start by Willow-Jean Prime.

The House’s Man

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, November 11th, 2017 - 60 comments

How is Trevor Mallard doing as speaker? Early signs are good.

Build a bridge and get over it

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, November 7th, 2017 - 227 comments

Finally conceding the government’s majority, Bridges is complaining that Labour has struck back on his boss’ plan to obstruct the government on select committees by following through on his own plans to reduce their size.

The days of National dick waving

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, November 7th, 2017 - 28 comments

The spin that National are running is that they are unhappy with the move to reduce the MPs in select committees. That their dick size opposition party is the largest make me see teenage boys being idiots. Because there is no substantive difference to parliament from when this was recommended and now.

The new Green Ministers and Undersecretary

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, October 28th, 2017 - 60 comments

An outline of the Green Party positions in the new government, and which Green MPs hold them.

Critiquing A Modest National Party Proposal

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, October 26th, 2017 - 69 comments

Some National supporters are proposing the Governor General direct coalition talks in the future. How would that actually work out?

The Labour lite budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, May 25th, 2017 - 25 comments

From pre announced budget initiatives it is clear that today’s budget will provide National the opportunity to announce watered down insipid versions of current Labour Party policies.

Climate change, political heroes, political culture

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 13th, 2017 - 117 comments

How ironic that Parliament is to debate climate change today, as the latest in a torrent of warming-fueled extreme weather events bears down on the country, and as the government charges Russel Norman and the other heroes trying to end oil exploration in NZ waters.

Some flaws of the Resource Amendment Legislation Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, March 15th, 2017 - 10 comments

The Resource Amendment Legislation Bill is being debated in Parliament this week. It is a total re-write of the Resource Management Act 1991. It has some good points in it, but it also includes a number of matters which will have a severe impact. This is a critique of those points.

Nick Smith is a disgrace

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, March 14th, 2017 - 32 comments

In a functioning democracy Nick Smith’s handling of the Resource Management Bill should result in him losing his ministerial warrant.

New Parliament buildings

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 29th, 2016 - 24 comments

A couple of reactions to the $100m Parliament building plans.

New Green MP Barry Coates on his first weeks in Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 25th, 2016 - 11 comments

Barry Coates is the new incoming Green Party MP following the resignation of Kevin Hague. Here is his report on his first weeks in parliament, along with his maiden speech.

Kevin Hague bids farewell to Parliament.

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 21st, 2016 - 24 comments

The Green MP delivered his valedictory yesterday, calling on MPs to “be brave – stand for something.”

A timely reminder

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, August 6th, 2016 - 12 comments

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Welsh Assembly.

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, May 12th, 2016 - 20 comments

A post to illustrate how fixed term parliaments work…off the back of some really woeful reportage.

Which National Party muppet appointed Peter Boshier to be Chief Ombudsman?

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, April 8th, 2016 - 15 comments

One of the few things the Nats normally excel at, is selecting a suitably unqualified flunkey to ensure an office they have no regard for is suitably undermined – witness the Race Relations Commissioner. Why then Boshier, whose only previous was an eight year stretch as a highly competent and effective Principal Family Court Judge? […]

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