Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, February 12th, 2019 - 44 comments
The final chapter of the Saudi Sheepgate saga has now been written with David Parker pulling the pin on the deal and saving the country $1 million.
Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 7th, 2018 - 11 comments
The Government is planning changes to the Reserve Bank Act to require it to seek full employment. Maybe it is time for a dramatic change to its powers so that it has the regulatory powers to properly deal with the Australian banks.
Written By: - Date published: 3:55 pm, August 15th, 2018 - 14 comments
It’s time we paid attention to RCEP, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 7 comments
On Thursday 31 May at the University of Auckland, the Fabians are hosting Max Harris on the topic “Is it time for an independent foreign policy?” What would be the costs of a really independent foreign policy, over the benefits of salving our conscience with greater national independence? And where does Trade fit in?
Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, March 16th, 2018 - 38 comments
This government has not yet developed an economic strategy.
Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 113 comments
David Parker has confirmed that the TPP11 negotiations have resulted in a considerable minimising of the ISDS provisions. But will this be enough?
Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, November 1st, 2017 - 192 comments
Labour has announced plans to prevent foreign residents from buying residential homes in New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 13th, 2017 - 162 comments
Ad reports on a recent meeting in Wanaka where David Parker addressed farmers face to face on Labour’s water policy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 9th, 2017 - 21 comments
The Government has responded to the Supreme Court decision which puts a halt on the Ruataniwha Dam by claiming wrongly that the protected land was of low quality and by stating that a law change, possibly retrospective, will occur.
Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, November 2nd, 2016 - 58 comments
The Auditor General’s report into Sheepgate has been released and there has to be questions about the accuracy of what Murray McCully has told Parliament and his ability to fullfil his role as a Minister.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, August 5th, 2015 - 97 comments
The sheepgate papers have been dumped and despite John Key’s claims to the contrary the only evidence of a change in position on live sheep exports is that of the National Government, not the previous Labour Government.
Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, June 25th, 2015 - 22 comments
Every day with the release of more information there are more and more questions arising over sheepgate. Update: and none of the questions were answered today in Parliament. At least not properly. Video is inserted.
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, June 24th, 2015 - 42 comments
It seems crazy but it appears that National may have asked the Saudi sheep farmer to sue New Zealand. And John Key seems to be relaxed about facilitation payments aka bribes.
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, May 29th, 2015 - 35 comments
The legal suit offered as part justification for the Government paying $11 million to a Saudi businessman was apparently “off the table” at the time that Cabinet agreed to the payment. So why was the payment made? And why didn’t Murray McCully tell this to Cabinet or to Parliament earlier?
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 25th, 2014 - 20 comments
John Key has apologised to Cameron Slater for releasing an email which details a campaign against a senior Public Servant.
Written By: - Date published: 7:08 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 46 comments
On October 4th Andrew Little was looking to see if he was even going to be in Parliament because he hadn’t achieved the near impossible task of winning New Plymouth. He was at the bottom of small list and only got back into parliament on special votes. But Andrew Little has a well deserved reputation is a organiser and a campaigner. It showed.
Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, November 17th, 2014 - 67 comments
The Labour leadership campaign is in the home straight. Various authors have declared their preference and why and I thought I should do the same.
Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, November 16th, 2014 - 54 comments
Here are my votes for the leadership contest. It was a hard choice, especially having to rank them. But my main criteria was to look for the people who I think had the most chance retaining and utilising the ever increasing membership and the other parts of the party together into a election winning system for the left.
Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, November 14th, 2014 - 59 comments
A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are David Parker’s answers.
Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 8th, 2014 - 30 comments
The Labour leadership race continues!
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 3rd, 2014 - 12 comments
In case you haven’t been able to make it to any of the leadership hustings, here’s the speeches from the Nelson meeting last week.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2014 - 74 comments
InsideOut has a look at the current state of the labour leadership campaigns. Predictably they plump down on the side of a particular candidate. But they do point to various issues with all of the campaigns.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 64 comments
For many decades Galbraiths has been a local watering hole for some of the unionists, academics, and commentariat on Friday night. I have been known to go along to
stir participate in the bemoaning lofty debate and to spend a few coppers. David Parker is going to be there on Friday evening. I suspect I may have to go along to observe. 🙂