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Take abortion out of the Crimes Act

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, December 14th, 2017 - 47 comments

Abortion is still a crime in NZ. It’s time to change the law so that women don’t have to lie about their mental health to get the health care they need.

#WeAreBeneficiaries fundraiser

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, December 11th, 2017 - 5 comments

Artist activist group We are Beneficiaries are writing a report to share the stories they’ve been collecting from beneficiaires with the new Ministers to help make a case for change.

“Such inexcusable neglect”

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, December 8th, 2017 - 39 comments

The Auckland housing crisis in graph form.

The NZ Government passes Health Homes Guarantee Act

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 1st, 2017 - 119 comments

“Every New Zealander deserves a warm, healthy home to live in, and the Health Homes Guarantee Act will help ensure that”

Thank-you Golriz

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, November 28th, 2017 - 159 comments

ffs NZ, get a grip. Then have a think about fairness and what kind of society we want.

Australia supports same sex marriage

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, November 15th, 2017 - 21 comments

Australian electors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same sex marriages.

Beneficiary for life: the joys of permanent disability in present day NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, November 10th, 2017 - 111 comments

What happens to long term beneficiaries who can’t increase their income with paid work?

Justice for Teina Pora

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2017 - 13 comments

Andrew Little has announced that the Government will increase the payout to Teina Pora by adjusting for inflation and by paying costs on Pora’s successful judicial review of the previous Government’s decision.

Labour Day

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 19 comments

Extra sweet this year.

Industrial dairying and blue babies

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, October 11th, 2017 - 165 comments

When you run an economy that sees harm to babies as acceptable risks that can be mitigated, then you are approaching society’s end game.

If it’s not gay, it’s not gay

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, October 6th, 2017 - 10 comments

The Rainbow Youth video that went viral.

Today is the last day to enroll – and you should

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 34 comments

Today is the last day you can enroll to vote in the election. Historically far too many people in the 18-24 age group have not enrolled. The same again would suit the Nats very well indeed.

Update: Newsroom: “A record turnout of early voters suggests a youthquake in action – and the polls might be wrong.”

Update: If you are trying to enrol and the queues are long, here are the other ways you can do it, including online!

Update: you can enrol up until midnight Friday online, and then vote at a polling station on Saturday. Details here.

Race Relations Commissioner calls on UN to to support inquiry into the abuse of children in state care

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 16th, 2017 - 14 comments

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has called on the UN to tell the government to hold an independent inquiry into the abuse of children and people with disabilities in state care. (Some of us were wrong about Devoy!)

No Right Turn: Dealing with ghost homes

Written By: - Date published: 6:23 am, August 4th, 2017 - 11 comments

“we want houses to be homes for people to live in, not gold bars for the rich”

The Catholic Church is urging its parishoners to vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The catholic bishops of Aotearoa have released a pamphlet urging parishoners to vote. And apart from conservative positions on euthenasia and drug liberalisation the policies they support have a decidedly progressive bent.

#IamMetiria

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 20th, 2017 - 35 comments

If you know that feeling of dread when you get a WINZ letter, or if you’ve had roiling anxiety from being  ‘called in’ for a WINZ interview, or sighed with relief when the letter from WINZ turns out to be a replacement community services card, then follow #IamMetiria. And if you just don’t recognise those, then you might want to follow #IamMetiria to find out why others do…

Nat / ACT don’t think poor people should have kids

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 13th, 2017 - 128 comments

ACT’s David Seymour thinks that poor people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids. If that sounds familiar it should – the Nats have said more or less the same thing over the years.

Why no inquiry into abuse in state care?

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, July 7th, 2017 - 14 comments

As we celebrate Parliament’s apology for historical convictions for homosexuality, it surely raises the question of why the government is so hardheartedly against an inquiry into historical abuse.

Manus Island operator seeking to buy and manage Housing Corporation Homes

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, June 29th, 2017 - 27 comments

The Government is seeking to sell 2,500 Christchurch Housing Corporation homes. The shortlist of potential purchasers includes an Australian company recently successfully sued for human rights breaches of refugees on Manus Island.

The Nation on housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 18th, 2017 - 57 comments

The Nation did good work on the housing crisis yesterday. This is the Brighter Future that Bill English warned of in 2010.

Signals

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 16th, 2017 - 124 comments

The politics of the Grenfell Tower fire.

When immigration means exploitation

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 15th, 2017 - 37 comments

Those arguing for unrestricted immigration are – wittingly or unwittingly – fueling higher levels of exploitation in NZ.

Fabian seminar tonight: What would a people’s Budget look like?

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, June 14th, 2017 - 5 comments

Something to check out if you are in Auckland tonight, the CTU’s Bill Rosenberg discusses the budget. He will “examine the Government’s priorities and look at what needs to be done”.

UN calls for investigation into Operation Burnham

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, June 9th, 2017 - 22 comments

Well well. What will you do now Bill?

An appropriate apology and an issue that needs fixing

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 103 comments

The Ministry of Social Development illegally penalised a woman who refused to name the rapist father of her child. The case shines a spotlight on an issue that needs fixing.

NRT: A constitutional change

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 8 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: “The Court has ruled that the High Court was right to declare that National’s 2010 prisoner voting restrictions (the ones which were so shabby and shoddily passed that they brought Parliament into disrepute) were inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act

The other conference

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, May 18th, 2017 - 26 comments

Richard Harman on the Politik blog: “Overall, to use a favourite Government saying, it was an ‘untidy’ weekend capped by a flat speech from English which saw delegates ignore placards they’d been given to wave when he finished speaking.” The B-team is missing John Key.

Pencilsword on renting

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, April 29th, 2017 - 14 comments

Pencilsword does brilliant analysis and commentary in cartoon form. Go check out the latest on the invisible rental crisis…

Squatters’ rights

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, April 29th, 2017 - 87 comments

You know things are bad when MPs start thinking squatting is a viable option.

Helen Clark farewelled by UN

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, April 16th, 2017 - 17 comments


Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Motels are full of homeless so now what?

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 11th, 2017 - 83 comments

Ordinary people are priced out of home ownership and increasingly out of renting, the state-housing safety net has been deliberately run down, and now the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full. National leaps into action – by asking the Salvation Army for ideas…

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