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Nat Vote: And the Loser Is ….

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, May 22nd, 2020 - 197 comments

The Nation holds its breath as the dullest political leadership race in a generation snores to a close. Who will win by losing? Who will lose by winning? Who cares?

UPDATE: It’s Mullertime!

UPDATE: Bennett dumped!

Two Referendums Too Many

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, November 16th, 2019 - 50 comments

The referendums on two contentious issues could cloud and crowd out the General Election.

End of Life Bill passes

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, November 14th, 2019 - 98 comments

David Seymour’s End of Life Bill passed through Parliament last night by 69 votes to 51.  We are now facing a referendum at the next election.

Parliament votes to give disabled people the right to a good life

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, October 24th, 2019 - 23 comments

Before we get to talking about the right to die, can we please have a conversation about the right to live?

Dunne reckons next election will be close

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, July 26th, 2019 - 48 comments

Peter Dunne has come up with some 2020 election reckons that ignores current polling as well as National’s leadership problems.

Life and Death in Aotearoa – Debating Euthanasia

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, April 3rd, 2019 - 210 comments

David Seymour’s Private Member’s Bill on euthanasia is back for debate in Parliament. Maggie looks at one of the great social issues of our time.

Can Sexism Save Simon’s Bacon?

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, February 13th, 2019 - 115 comments

National Party in dick pick SHOCKER!!!

Yes, Simple Simon reveals his saucy side as he SHOWS US HIS SAUSAGE.

But is anyone biting?

 

National is jamming cannabis law reform

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, July 27th, 2018 - 82 comments

So National be getting pretty liberal with the Marijuana stuff.

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.”

Police launch moral crusade against old people

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 27th, 2016 - 65 comments

Police subjected a group of elderly people attending a meeting on assisted dying to random breath tests so that they could collect the identities of each person who attended.

Medical cannabis review

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, March 6th, 2016 - 31 comments

With Martin Crowe’s sad death we now learn that he too was self-medicating with liquid cannabis. The time for political timidity is past – make cannabis legally available for medical purposes.

Petition Peter Dunne to show some sense and some compassion

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 30 comments

Helen Kelly is getting the run around from Peter Dunne with her request for permission to use cannabis oil.  The talented Foxy is running a petition.

Life and Death and Cannabis

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, January 8th, 2016 - 124 comments

I am taking Cannabis Oil to manage my pain as my lung cancer takes over my body. It’s sort of as simple as that really. For some people talking about dying is confronting but actually talking about it allows us to think about how it happens – it is actually as much a social event as a physical one and knowing someone is comfortable, getting good treatment and pain relief is very much part of the social dimension as the physical one.

Treachery and silly season political snippets

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 23rd, 2015 - 61 comments

There’s still a few MPs “on duty”. Their function is to maintain the semblance of active government and to roll out a bunch of announcements they hope will escape full scrutiny.

Terry Pratchett has gone to meet Death

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, March 13th, 2015 - 48 comments

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

This is how it’s done

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, October 15th, 2013 - 37 comments

This morning Cunliffe shows how to front the media on current issues, and respond to journalists questions clearly and decisively while being informed on the issues.  Questions about Kōhanga Reo National Trust, US government debt crisis, affordable housing, need better skills training, Euthanasia Bill.

NRT: A surfeit of caution

Written By: - Date published: 6:26 pm, July 18th, 2013 - 28 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on Street’s End of Life Choice Bill.

Parata to change careers?

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, June 2nd, 2012 - 15 comments

Hekia Parata this week became the fourth minister in three months to see her career reduced to tatters. Looks like she’s planning a change.

Euthanasia bill

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, May 1st, 2012 - 136 comments

Maryan Street’s “End of Life Choice Bill” has triggered another round of debate. A recent poll shows public support for legalising voluntary euthanasia at an all time high. It’s a question of “when” not “if”.

When I’m 64

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 5th, 2010 - 13 comments

There seems to have been a reasonable breakthrough in research to reverse ageing.  Is it a good thing?  If you think the world has resource and environmental problems now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  If you think we have social injustice and insane inequities in wealth now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The euthanasia debate

Written By: - Date published: 3:15 pm, July 21st, 2010 - 20 comments

A terminally-ill Auckland doctor writes to New Zealand Doctor magazine arguing for the legalisation of euthanasia in New Zealand.

Time to allow death with dignity

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, March 25th, 2010 - 38 comments

Why do we force someone to live who wants to die? Why is Margaret Page being forced to starve herself to death? It is time to change the law so that people are permitted the right to choose to end their lives when they choose by a humane method and with dignity.

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