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Disestablish the establishment.

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 pm, November 9th, 2018 - 29 comments
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Some good stuff came out of those midterm elections in the US. There was positive electoral reform across a number of states and the re-enfranchisement for ex prisoners in Florida. Some states made moves on the minimum wage front. Some good people got voted into Congress, while some arsewipes got booted out.

Some people have sought to latch onto the fact that women (black women, Muslim women, Latino women, indigenous women) were elected for the first time or in greater numbers than ever before. To my mind, the fact that it’s a “really existing” thing serves an indictment of representative democracy and is no cause for celebration.

People with solidly progressive politics got elected, and progressive policy platforms were fairly widespread in spite of the DNC having earlier opposed candidates with progressive policies in the Democratic Party primaries.

And finally, the Democratic Party is now in a position to block the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives. Whether it will or not is another question. We’ll see.

But imagine what would have transpired if the DNC, instead of encouraging the msm to wank on about Russia for the past two years, had used that time to focus on policies and even (God forbid!) to suggest and promulgate new ones that weren’t merely repackaged versions of all the stale stuff that has been roundly rejected by electorates. What then?

Well, of course, we’ll never know.

And as November rolls around into December and on to Christmas, we can expect the Mueller investigative findings. The problem for the DNC and their fellow travelers is that there’s nothing there. Yes, there are corrupt politicians and their dodgy business dealings. And yes, there are politicians who were dishonest. But there is nothing by the way of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia. So all that stuff will be dumped during the “festive season” when no-one’s paying too much attention. And the usual suspects will likely insist that whatever the investigation happens to withhold from the public sphere is the “really big proof” that Russia and Trump and blah.

And so the interminable nonsense of an establishment with rapidly diminishing levels of credibility will grind on that bit longer. God help us if they don’t go for some measure of damage control during the holiday season and try to keep this stuff rolling up to the 2020 Presidential elections.

If they do that, then every news segment and every piece of commentary given over to it, will be taking directly from news and commentary that ought to be focused on US politics and the budding promise evident in those midterms. Things are changing. But some individuals, and certainly the institutions they are tied to, don’t want that change to be manifest.

For those that want to talk of influence, then consider the number of think tanks in Washington funded by Saudi Arabia and stack them against those funded by Russia. Or look at the number of Zionist lobby groups and their direct political influence and stack them against the number of Russian lobby groups and their political influence. Or look at the corporate dollars swilling around the lobbies of Washington and stack them against the Russian rubles swilling around those same lobbies.

And when you come back from doing that, and it should be done, then there’s the likes of this awaiting your attention. The future…

Here’s as best as I can capture the text of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “out of the ballpark” speech.

I almost cannot believe that it is the honour and the privilege of my life to be able to say and to thank you and to thank all of our supporters and organisers and the people and the residents of the Bronx and Queens for electing me as your next Congresswoman.

We have made history tonight. We have made history on multiple levels. We have elected the first campaign and the first member of Congress from this district to not accept any lobbyist corporate funds in a generation.

In addition at over 70% of people of colour, half immigrant and overwhelmingly working class, we have elected the first person of colour to ever represent the people of New Yorks fourteenth congressional district. And lastly, it’s a privilege and an honour to say that we have also elected the youngest woman in American history to serve in Congress.

This is what is possible when every day people come together in the collective realisation that all our actions, no matter how small or how large, are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change.

Words cannot express my gratitude to every organiser, every small dollar donor, every working parent and dreamer who helped make this movement happen. And that’s exactly what this is – not a campaign or an election day, but a movement; a larger movement for social and economic and racial justice in the United States of America.

When I started this campaign a year ago, I was working in a restaurant in downtown Manhattan. And it wasn’t because—and we didn’t launch this campaign because I thought I was special or unique or better than anyone else. We launched this campaign because in the absence of anyone giving a clear voice on the moral issues of our time, then it is up to us to voice them. We launched this campaign because no one was clearly and authentically talking about issues like the corrupting role of money in politics, like the disturbing human rights violations being committed by ICE, by the fact that no one was giving voice to the idea and the notion that an entire generation is graduating with crippling loads of student loan debt, a ticking time bomb for our economy. No one was talking about these issues. And when no one talks about them, we have the duty to stand up for what is right.

I think about oftentimes that incredible day on June 26th, when, despite no attention, despite no media fanfare, despite the fact that no one wanted for us to get the word out on what was going on, we were able to organize everyday people, knocking on our neighbors’ door. And despite being outspent $4 million, 18 or 13 to one. Despite the fact that we were running against a 10-term incumbent. Despite the fact that it was our first time running for office. Despite the fact that we didn’t have the money. Despite the fact that I’m working-class; despite all those things, we won.

And I think about the excitement that was unleashed on that day, not just in our community; not just the sense of hope; not just the sense of realisation that we can organise to change; not that it just got unleashed here – but that it got unleashed across the nation and to our down ballot candidates this September.

I think about that excitement because what was so interesting to me was that was not a partisan fight that led to that. It was not a partisan victory that led to the unleashing of that excitement, because I think we all know deep down, here and across the country, that our deepest challenges are not left and right; they are not red and blue – they are top and bottom; they are right and wrong.

And if we’re going to turn this ship around as a country, it is not good enough to throw a rock at our neighbour’s yard, we need to clean up our own house. That’s what we have to do.

There is nothing inherently noble about protecting a status quo that does not serve the needs of working class Americans.

And when we talk about the restless pursuit of a more perfect union, that in and of itself is a big day commandment to evolve as a nation, to grow better and to be better. And right now we are, as a nation, have a crooked path and it’s time to make that crooked path straight.

Right now it is not good enough and we cannot tolerate the fact that we’re a nation that grows our jails faster than we grow our schools; that we are a nation that builds more empty homes than the people it houses; that we are a nation that fears others more than we welcome them; that we destruct more in conflict than we construct in peace; that we neglect more then we heal – we can do better, and we can be better because a better world is possible.

If we continue to believe that we are a threatened, scarce and limited nation, then is exactly what we will become. Right now in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, our greatest scarcity is not the lack of resources. [booing, disruption “because Texas”]

Oh. Sorry guys, I was like whoa, the room turned fast. I’m sorry. And I think this is what, you know what? But what we need to do as well is realise that these short term losses do not mean that we have lost the long run. Does not. It’s 2018. In 2018 we turned the state of Texas purple. That’s what we did this year. That’s what we did this year. And that is what Beto O’Rourke accomplished this year and that is a great position to be in going into 2020. We are going to flip that state in our generation. I’ll tell you that much right now. We will flip Texas. It’s just a matter of time. We should never be scared. There is never a fight that is too big for us to pick. We proved that this year. We proved that this year.When we advocate and champion the causes of our neighbours and our economic dignity and come with innovative and ambitious plans for our future, there is no …beyond our grasp and no community beyond our victory. We just need to keep at it.

Because the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, the greatest scarcity is not a lack of resources, but the absence of political courage and moral imagination. It is a hollow goal to simply be a rich country that seeks to concentrate wealth. We must also be a good nation too. We must be a good nation that seeks to invest in, and expand the potential of all human beings that live in our border. We can be that. We can be that country.

And in order for us to do that, what we need to do – it is not enough to reject the notions of this administration. It is not enough to reject that which we disagree with. We must advance our values and create the world that we seek to live in. That is why we say healthcare is a right to all people. That is why we seek and chart our north star to tuition free public colleges and universities for all Americans. That is we say in our lifetime we will dismantle a system of mass incarceration that targets the black and brown. And that is we will say, unequivocally, that an agency that systematically and repeatedly violates human rights cannot be reformed, it must be abolished.

We believe, have confidence that what we are standing up for is what is right. And we never be ashamed for fighting for what is right. We will never be ashamed for losing in the short term, or having a short term loss, in order to have a life long gain. We will never be ashamed of that.

These struggles that we are taking on are generational. These struggles that we are taking on are long. These struggles will not be solved in two years or four years – it will take our whole lives. But this is the fight for our lives. This is the fight of our lives. And we need to put everything on the line. We need to make sure we get to 100% renewable energy within 15 – within 10 to 15 years. There is no question about that. And we don’t ever, ever want to have to look our grandchildren in the eye and say we did not fulfill our potential as a nation and our obligation to future generations because we were too scared. We cannot do that. Or because we couldn’t figure out how to pay for it on day one. We will get there. When we chart our course, we will figure it out. That’s how we got to the moon. That’s how we electrified this nation. That’s how we established social security. That’s how we [..] medicare.

We have done these things.

They will always call the ambitious naive. They will always call the ambitious uninformed and radical, and marginalise, because we are engaging in a change of the balance of power in this country. And there are no if, and or buts about it. We are fighting to put more power in the hands of everyday working Americans where it belongs. And I am so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you all in that fight, because today is a milestone, but it is really a beginning – it is truly a beginning.

And in order for us to get there, and I believe we can always get there faster than we think, we have to keep organising. We cannot stop. Electoral politics is just a tool in a larger tool box. When we’ll have something beautiful and great tonight, but we have to keep engaged in our activism, in our organising, in our educating, because that is what it is going to take. But I believe we will come out of this a better nation, because I know, when we look our grandchildren in the eye, we will say we established a single payer health care system, we created tuition free public colleges, and we did save this planet in order for them to live.

29 comments on “Disestablish the establishment.”

  1. Adrian Thornton 1

    Thanks for that post Bill, spot on.

    There is little doubt that Cortez is going to be real force into the future….a super solid platform, a good back story, one of best orators in US politics today and none to shabby in a one on one debate, she must be scaring the shit out of the establishment Democrats…great stuff.

    Nice little uppercut from Cortez here…

    “They will always call the ambitious naive. They will always call the ambitious uninformed and radical, and marginalise, because we are engaging in a change of the balance of power in this country.”

    We are in for a very very interesting run up to 2020.

  2. RedLogix 2

    Interesting. America is more divided and polarised than ever before; you could ask the question did the Democrats improve their position and control of the House just because Trump is such a god-awful lout, or does no-one really want to vote for either of two deeply uninspiring establishment parties and the Democrats have yet again fallen well short of their potential?

    Bernie Sanders makes the case that progressives can win:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/07/bernie-sanders-midterms-progressive-2020-president

    Whatever interpretation you want to put on these mid-terms; it seems that both parties have a very short window of opportunity to re-define themselves in order to avoid meltdown in a post-Trumpian wasteland.

    • Adrian Thornton 2.1

      That is funny coming from those liberal guard dogs at the Guardian, they were outright hostile to the Sanders campaign right through out the 2016 election cycle…until he conceded, then all of a sudden when he wasn’t a threat, they became his best friend.

      Have to say though, that the comment section on The Guardian was quite something through the time of the 2016 election, fierce debate from all sides, some times 2000+ comments, it was great stuff.
      Unfortunately The Guardian have pretty much shut that platform down now, and on the very few stories that you can comment on, if you critique any thing that they say, they take you comment straight down, most especially on Israel.

      Funnily enough, a couple of months ago, I was having a lively but polite discussion on this very subject on one of the The Guardian’s comment sections, with a couple of staunch Guardian supporters, who where telling that I was completely wrong about The Guardian taking comments down from people who critique it , this went back and forth for about two hours, and about 8-10 comments between us all, then…BANG! The Guardian took down all my comments..I thought that was fucking hilarious.

      I have always wondered what those two Guardian supporters made of that?, hopefully it gave them pause for thought.

      • RedLogix 2.1.1

        Good story; I’m no great fan of the Gran either, but not all sources are wrong all the time.

        (I’d go one step further; it’s a bad mistake to only listen to sources you agree with. Go instead to the places you’d normally avoid, confront their arguments, their lines and see what holds and what folds. Over time this will force you to refine and consolidate how you think.)

        • Adrian Thornton 2.1.1.1

          @RedLogix
          Can’t argue with you there, I read The Guardian pretty regularly, but with my bullshit detector turned on high.

    • Bill 2.2

      I think the Democratic Party have two years to get their shit together (they won’t) or there’s another four years of Trump. The caveat to that is if Nikki Haley takes a tilt at being the Republican nominee.

      • Adrian Thornton 2.2.1

        Yeh, I have been following Nikki Haley’s apparent political maneuverings pretty closely lately, she is one very scary and horrible human that is for sure, I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I think I might even prefer Trump to Haley, and she (at this early stage anyway) looks like she could be a very real contender to go all the way.

        From The Real News…

        ‘Inside Nikki Haley’s Shocking Speech to Secretive Far-Right Group’

  3. Pat 3

    not a bad speech at all.

    Great to see that there appears to be a genuine attempt by the plebs to seize back democracy from the elites….lets hope others around the world are inspired as this is the form of populism thats needed…and quick.

  4. mickysavage 4

    Thanks Bill. I will (respectfully) disagree with you about Russia. I think this is a huge issue for the US although it may involve payback rather than one way interference.

    But I will agree with everything else.

    • Bill 4.1

      So, I don’t see any merit in getting into a big back and forth on this. But when you say Russia’s a “huge issue”, you’re talking in terms of electoral interference and collusion, yes?

      But I’m guessing you agree that Russia has nothing compared to corporations, Saudi Arabia or Israel on the fronts mentioned in the post, yes?

      Which, collusion aside, leaves us with one Russian company promulgating facebook memes just like many Greek individuals did .

      And at a stretch, you might argue that Podesta’s emails (one politicians emails!) were stolen by a Russian hacking operation , though on evidence around internet capabilities at the time, the emails seem likely to have been obtained by way of direct downloading onto a disc/drive.

      So, then we’re on to collusion. And arrests made by Mueller havn’t even hinted at anything on that front. All arrests have been for other stuff. (Lying and fraud – the normal fayre of politicians)

      I wonder if/when the report comes out during the holiday period, if you’re going to be of a persuasion to argue that the proof is there, but just couldn’t be put into the public domain “because national security”. We’ll see.

      • joe90 4.1.1

        I know how much you like long, drawn bows, Bill, so here’s another one.

        View at Medium.com

        • Andre 4.1.1.1

          Aww, c’mon Joe, that’s just more Dems shouting Russia! … uhh, wait, the author was Dubya’s ethics lawyer …

          For me, the big join-the-dots picture they’re creating kinda gets a bit hard to take too seriously when they just skip over the simplest and most obvious reason for the Repugs’ craven capitulation: the dayglo swamp-king’s proven ability to trash the political career of any Repug that isn’t sufficiently supine towards him.

          • Bill 4.1.1.1.1

            Two things.

            One. You think having been “Dubya’s ethics lawyer” lends the guy any kind of credibility of authority on anything?

            Two. This “proven” ability to trash the political career of any Republican…can you cite a couple of examples, or provide a couple of names of elected representatives that that “proof” might be based on?

            • Andre 4.1.1.1.1.1

              1: not particularly. It’s just worth noting that a Republican (not a Dem) sufficiently sleazy to stick around in Dubya’s cess-pit thinks current behaviours are sufficiently worse to make that kind of comment.

              2: Bob Corker. Jeff Flake. Jeff Sessions. And I fully expect Ben Sasse to cop it as he comes up for re-election in 2020.

              • Bill

                Well, apart from Jeff Sessions who had to resign to take up his position, the others are or were elected representatives – there’s that. But nothing outside the normal rough and tumble of politics seems to have afflicted them.

                Or is there some scandal I’m missing?

  5. NZJester 5

    Even when Republicans lose they try and keep power in any way they can. The current Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker failed to win re-election after narrowly losing to the Democratic candidate Tony Evers. So now apparently in his last few days in office, he is conspiring with other Republicans to strip the new Governor of his powers before he can officially be sworn into office.
    They are trying to make sure they keep the power even though they lost. This is not the first time Republican have done such a thing either.

  6. Adrian Thornton 6

    @joe90
    Here is Richard Painter who wrote that piece…it’s pretty epic..

  7. Jackel 7

    It’s a rousing speech indeed from a one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s headed in the right direction. Still it’s soft food for the delicate stomachs of the masses. Let those few with the weapons to do so fight the real fight when the time comes.

  8. Adrian Thornton 8

    If you want to torture yourself here is the opposite of the Cortez speech from Nancy Pelosi, but you have been warned it is painful to watch…she also happens to say pretty much nothing in those wasted seven minutes either.

    The establishment Democratic party is like all Western Liberal parties, completely out of ideas…as you will see.

    • Bill 8.1

      Aw c’mon Adrian, watching someone feebly punch’the air (at 2:49) to the rallying call of “Let’s hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions” is fucking comedy gold, no? 🙂

      • Adrian Thornton 8.1.1

        Yeh that is pretty funny, except I keep on sort of visualizing her as some sort of crazed half mummified zombie who can’t be stopped in her rampage of destructive terror….can nothing or nobody stop her seemingly unending and total destruction of the Democratic party from within?…

        • Bill 8.1.1.1

          I actually watched it again. And I’m not sure she didn’t know exactly what she was saying…(that glance over to the side suggestive of an “in joke” being shared)…which puts an entirely different and not so humorous angle on it.

  9. Ha!- whats the attraction with Jackson, though?

    Johnny Cash and June Carter – YouTube

  10. Carolyn_Nth 10

    Thanks for this post, Bill. It s an important outcome of the mid terms that diverse women stood as candidates, and any of them were elected.

    Politics of gender, sexuality and ethnicity and their intersection, conflicts and contradictions can be pretty complex.

    I have come to thoroughly dislike the term “identity politics” and the way it is used by many on the left and right as a smear. It does not differentiate the complexities of oppression and power inequalities that politics of gender, ‘race’/ethnicity and sexuality address.

    The smear of “identity politics” sweeps up all these differences in power into one unified mass. For instance, I would differentiate “liberal/bourgeois feminism” from socialist feminism, or the politics of women of colour. Nevertheless on some issues, as with the #metoo movement, people across the feminist spectrum support it, and it can’t be dismissed as “middle class feminism”

    2 articles I’ve read this morning point to these complexities.

    An opinion piece by Moira Donegan in The Guardian states that 50% of white women voted Republican in the midterms. However, that percentage is in a gradual decline from it’s high points in the Bush-Regan years. And in the Trump election of 2016 53% of white women voted for Trump.

    But the decline is way to slow, and this is also an issue that white feminists everywhere need to consider and address.

    I also read this interview with Sarah Smarsh (white woman from a working class mid-west US background), on the mid terms in Kansas.

    She talks about the inaccuracy and damage done by labelling all people in the mid west states as reactionary, Republican rednecks.

    The reductive way that we talk about politics in this country renders all sorts of people invisible. It often amounts to a whitewashing of entire regions that are actually quite diverse in racial makeup. It also leads to the stereotyping of millions of people as politically homogeneous. There are progressives in so called “red states” like Kansas who are often even more radical than those in liberal enclaves like New York.

    Sharice Davids’s win in the 3rd District, where I lived for a long time, and, of course, Laura Kelly’s win in the gubernatorial race, were so heartening.

    For people who have not seen themselves in their own governments, through race or gender or orientation, Davids represents a special validation and hope.

    We are called a deep red state but as of this past week, we are the only state to have elected three democratic female governors. This election tells me that ultimately, the country is yearning to get back to a sense of stability—and they’re electing Democratic women to do that.

    • Bill 10.1

      It s an important outcome of the mid terms that diverse women stood as candidates, and any of them were elected.

      I don’t disagree with you, and am obviously just viewing it from a different angle.

      And beyond their ethnicity, there’s their politics.

      If I had a daughter, would I be thinking that (throwaway example) Nancy Pelosi, with all her $100 odd million of wealth and immense power made for a good a role model? No. Likewise if an ethnic version of her or Thatcher, or a female version of Obama had won a Congressional seat.

      But whether I had a son or a daughter, I’d say the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Rashida Tlaib make for fantastic role models.

      edit – I should maybe say, that when writing the post I had Amy Goodman’s election night reaction in mind, when she was celebrating what she termed the first “scarf wearing” Muslim or woman to be elected. She talked about it and sought opinion on it, but made no mention of her politics. I haven’t yet quite managed to articulate the sense of unease that gave me.

      • Carolyn_Nth 10.1.1

        I agree. And, I don’t see the mid terms as showing a major shift to the left for the Democrat establishment, which has long been centre right in practice.

        However, there are those like Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Davids who did get elected, and many more quite radical candidates who didn’t get elected. So, it indicates an upsurge in politically active people with confidence in taking on the right-leaning political establishment (Republicans and Democrats).

        That is hopeful for the next election, but there’s still a lot of work to be done by the true left in the US. And the right wing establishment will not go down without throwing everything at it, no matter how undemocratic.

      • Adrian Thornton 10.1.2

        “I had Amy Goodman’s election night reaction in mind…”, although I have been a long time DN! listener, and (small time) financial supporter, I have noticed a few disturbing shifts I their positions over the past couple of years, her position around
        the Russia conspirisory is another that comes to mind, I assume this is why Aaron Mate’ is now at Real News?

  11. UncookedSelachimorpha 11

    Cortez is sounding bloody good! Might have what it takes to lead real progressive change, which the USA desperately needs before a much ghastlier alternative takes over.

    I really like Bernie Sanders – but whatever you think of him, he does not have a long career in politics left. Good to see there are some young and competent real progressives in the pipeline.

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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    6 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    2 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    8 hours ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    58 mins ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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