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Canada

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, April 14th, 2017 - 20 comments

Every once in a while, an administration that doesn’t check it’s collective brain out at the door assumes office. That may be the case with Canada’s current government.

Good on you Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, April 13th, 2017 - 62 comments

Andrew Little questioned the actions of this government, as he should, and has fronted up and taken personal responsibility for offense taken by other parties, as he should. He has endured a costly and draining leagal process with a result widely hailed as a victory for democracy. But apparently that isn’t enough, so here we go again.

MSD and our privacy

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, April 7th, 2017 - 16 comments

National’s plans for our privacy and access to social services are a perfect cocktail of over-reach and incompetence.

What are we America now?

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, March 20th, 2017 - 58 comments

Last night ONE News had an important exclusive on Syrian-born Kiwis who say they are being subjected to “intrusive and unnecessary searches” at our border, including demands to pass over social media passwords. This needs an investigation, and if some officers are crossing the line, it needs to be dealt with quickly.

Fix our tax law!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 20th, 2017 - 128 comments

Multinationals exploit our tax laws to pay no tax in NZ. Matt Nippert has been doing great work on this, and his latest this weekend on Apple is a powerful example. Planned changes to our laws don’t go far enough. We need to fix this. What’s the downside? What’s the delay?

Win for sanity in Hager vs Westpac

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The Privacy Commission issues a ruling that should not have been unnecessary.

Greg O’Connor responds

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 86 comments

In a guest post, Labour’s Ōhāriu candidate Greg O’Connor responds to some of the topics of comments in the post “Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu” and elsewhere on the blogs.

Dodgy foreign trusts – will English take action?

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, January 19th, 2017 - 24 comments

Matt Nippert continued his excellent work on foreign trusts yesterday in The Herald. Will Bill English clean up the mess that John Key was determined to ignore?

Obama orders early release of Chelsea Manning

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, January 18th, 2017 - 81 comments

In breaking news: Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence.

Three strikes – seven years – for bottom pinching

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, November 25th, 2016 - 88 comments

The first application of “three strikes” is an example of exactly one of the main problems that opponents of the law raised. Remove discretion and you can get perverse outcomes.

Be afraid!

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 4th, 2016 - 19 comments

Reports of an unconvincing “domestic terrorism” plot, and of further illegal GCSB spying.

Trump physically slams WWE billionaire McMahon to the ground, mercilessly mutilates him

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, October 8th, 2016 - 49 comments

Definitive documentary evidence of Trump the violent, volatile, unpredictable sociopath revealed.

Arrest Blair’s Mate

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, September 29th, 2016 - 303 comments

The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 was a Russian sponsored war crime. When will Vladimir Putin be arrested?

UPDATE: Animation and actual photos and video of the BUK launcher added.

NRT: A death-knell for Ruataniwha?

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 31st, 2016 - 54 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: If the ruling stands, it won’t just kill the dam, but also National’s policy of trying to crack open reserves for development through an ideology of “net conservation gain”.

NRT: Against anti-whistleblower laws

Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, August 17th, 2016 - 11 comments

I/S at No Right Turn does great analysis of legislation. His coverage of the new spying laws has been excellent. Here he is on National’s clumsy and misguided attempt to re-impose official secrets. Criminalised for reading The Guardian?

Fewer police, more crime

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, August 5th, 2016 - 39 comments

The number of police (per head of population) is falling, and crime figures are rising. But no doubt National will play the “tough on crime” card again next year.

Dallas

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 pm, July 8th, 2016 - 105 comments

5 law enforcement officers shot dead in Dallas. The city’s worst day in 5 decades.

National to seize privately owned land

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 4th, 2016 - 57 comments

National is now proposing to extinguish private property rights and seize land. Cue political and media outrage? Yeah right.

Petition against the veto of the paid parental leave bill

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, June 18th, 2016 - 19 comments

“We request that you withdraw the financial veto certificate against the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill.” You can sign the petition here.

Police undermined by their own minister

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, June 11th, 2016 - 100 comments

Good piece by Jo Moir on Stuff this morning, about National’s train-wreck week. Follow it up with Andrew Geddis on the legality of the Collins blurt.

Indigenous Perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, May 29th, 2016 - 30 comments

“It is possible to live in a society with a world view that does not include empire”

– Winona LaDuke

Paid parental leave bill progress towards anti-democratic veto

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 26th, 2016 - 48 comments

Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave passed its second reading last night – bravo to all those who supported it! The Nats’ threat to veto is profoundly anti-democratic, overriding the will of Parliament.

Structural injustice

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, May 22nd, 2016 - 54 comments

Structural injustice alive and well in NZ.

Random impertinent question: Why did Cameron get diversion?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 11th, 2016 - 32 comments

Why did the police offer Cameron Slater the soft option of diversion when he doesn’t qualify?

Obama calls for international tax reform – what will Key do now?

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, April 7th, 2016 - 122 comments

Key has made it clear that he doesn’t care that NZ is operating as an international tax haven. When The Greens called for action he called them “barking mad”. But last night President Obama called for international action on tax reform. What will Key do now?

Nicky Hager opens new case against police

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 6th, 2016 - 30 comments

It sounds like the Police have a lot of questions to answer.

Time for progress on drug law

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 31st, 2016 - 81 comments

Welcome signs of new realism on drugs. Sadly, it’s the sort of progress only a right-wing government can propose.

A measure of justice for Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, March 19th, 2016 - 21 comments

The Police’s return yesterday of Nicky Hager’s data, equipment and belongings is – too little and too late – a measure of justice for Hager. But the process doesn’t end there, and open questions remain.

Local democracy just got screwed

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments

If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.

Nats think “pretty legal” is good enough…

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, March 10th, 2016 - 24 comments

… but the courts may beg to differ.

New report on GCSB spying powers

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, March 9th, 2016 - 26 comments

A Government-ordered review of NZ’s spy agencies has just been released. Key wants Labour’s support for increased power to spy on Kiwis.

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