Govt is not there to make your life better – Bennett

Written By: - Date published: 12:14 pm, February 11th, 2011 - 54 comments
Categories: national/act government, unemployment - Tags: ,

The nice thing about David Bennett is he says what other Nats are smart enough to keep quiet. Remember his rant against the minimum wage? But he out did himself with his speech defending the appalling record of the National government. It turns out the brighter future Key promised was a lie – the National government is not there to make your life better.

So, there you have it.

  • Are you one of the quarter of a million jobless Kiwis thanks to the bankers’ recession and the lazy economic management of Key and English? Well, you clearly made life choices and if life isn’t good for you it must be your fault. You should have got a safer job like being a perpetual backbench MP.
  • Got no tax cut because, like 60% of households, it was all eaten up by the GST hike while the PM gets $23,000 (despite needing it so little he doesn’t really know how much it is)? That’s your fault too. If you were rich like John Key and David Bennett you would have gotten big tax cuts when John Key and David Bennett passed them. But you made your choice.
  • Suffering wage cuts, even though the government’s trumped up stats say your wages are going up? That’s your fault too… actually, it is partially your fault if you haven’t bothered to join your union and fight for better. Union members get bigger payrises.
  • Long-term unemployment breeding crime in your neighbourhood? That’s your fault for not living in a nice gated community with the likes of David Bennett.

If government isn’t there to make our lives better, one rather wonders what it is for. Maybe so our betters, like David Bennett, can rule us and enjoy the fruits of privilege?

54 comments on “Govt is not there to make your life better – Bennett”

  1. Bill 1

    Government isn’t there to make our lives better. As George Monbiot points out Our ministers are not public servants. They work for the people who fund their parties, run the banks and own the newspapers, shielding them from their obligations to society, insulating them from democratic challenge.
    Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically-wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, effectively stolen from poorer countries and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the Lord Mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in government. Politically irrelevant, economically invisible, the rest of us inhabit the margins of the system. Governments ensure that we are thrown enough scraps to keep us quiet, while the ultra-rich get on with the serious business of looting the global economy and crushing attempts to hold them to account.

    http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2011/02/07/a-corporate-coup-detat/#more-1329

    • Bright Red 1.1

      it doesn’t have to be that way

      • Hear, hear. It’s too easy to feel that corruption (and that’s what it is, a corruption of our democratic processes and traditions, whether or not there’s actual bribery going on) is so entrenched that things will be that way forever more.

        But there’s another saying that’s apt here too: wishing doesn’t make it so. It’s the old parties who have become citadels of preference and privilege. We’ll only change things by backing new parties (of whatever stripe) where the corruption has not had time to set in or has not become endemic. Or better yet, independents.

        • Jim Nald 1.1.1.1

          “Wishing doesn’t make it so” – good point.
          People have been taken in by Key and his mates who have been spinning out fake aspirational politics. More can now see through Key’s machinations.
          I’ve got a few more comments to come when I make my way back to the country next week.

    • marsman 1.2

      Monbiot’s words certainly describe the arrogant smug slugs pretending to run but but wrecking New Zealand at the moment.

  2. tc 2

    ‘If government isn’t there to make our lives better, one rather wonders what it is for..’

    To enrich it’s own and it’s backers pockets, ECAN removal benefits farmers (and Dairy interest holding MP’s like carter and Sideshow John), ACC privatisation benefits insurers, PPP benefit big business, Privatisation benefits big business, EFA tweaking benefits the Nat’s, Joyce broadband benefits the incumbent crap service providers without any new technology etc etc

    IMO they’ve spent 9 yrs in opposition planning how to make as much dosh for their backers and themselves ASAP and were handed an economy lauded internationally as being in great shape (even Bliglish admitted it) so had to set about wrecking it pronto with tax cuts for the rich etc

    On top of this you’ve got Worth/Wong/PEDA/Double Dipton/hobbit/no end of crap urgency legislation and ACT so they certainly aren’t about improving anything outside of their own narrow interests with whatever means they can find…..cue basher/crusher/ayaTolley etc

  3. toad 3

    Yep, still very much at the back of the National class, Eddie.

  4. clandestino 4

    This guy comes across as barely literate, he certainly doesn’t understand his own ideology fully.

    I’ve seen him in the House too, there’s a few of them at the back tasked with the shouting-down and the bullying.

  5. ianmac 5

    What an appalling delivery! Bennett is being paid a salary? He seems to talk in sort of cliches but doesn’t support his own words with argument. Weird!
    As for its “not the Governments job to make your life better!” Marks 1 out of 10. (The worst I’ve heard.)

  6. Monty 6

    Hey Lefties – can you please confirm what Prime Minister John Key did get in tax cuts. We have Labour MPs in the House talking about $1000 or $52,000 per annum for the Prime Minister. That is clearly a lie as above you are saying it is $23,000 per annum. Reality is that the PM Salary is about $400,000 per annum. The tax cuts were 5% less for over $70,000. so 5% x $330,000 is $16,500 per annum. Then the rumour is that he gives away most if not all of his salary – so the reality is John Key probably got no tax cut at all.

    I know you are 20% behind in the polls – but that is no excuse to lie. r being lefties can you not help yourselves?

    • orange whip? 6.1

      Then the rumour is that he gives away most if not all of his salary

      Pure myth. Show me what you’re basing this on.

      And no, not the quote from before the election where Key speculated that he “might” give “a good part” to charity if he became PM.

      Believe me, if Key was giving anything to charity we would all know about it.

      • Oscar 6.1.1

        Perhaps the best thing to do with all government MPs is to publish, each year, their financial accounts including what they earned, tax paid, donations made etc.

        True accountability? Perhaps, but it’s public money they’re receiving so we have a right to know what they’re spending it on.

        Or we’ll have the likes of Maryan “I love camping… in hotels” Street continuing to pretend to be one of the workers.
        Lets see whether you shop at Gucci or Glassons, Prada or Portmans. Barkers or Boss.

        Don’t like the idea? Don’t be a public official.

        • orange whip? 6.1.1.1

          True accountability? Perhaps, but it’s public money they’re receiving so we have a right to know what they’re spending it on.

          Bollocks. It’s a salary they’re paid for the work they do. It’s no more “public money” than your salary is.

        • Bright Red 6.1.1.2

          you don’t need to go into their personal shopping receipt by receipt but publishing tax records should be done. It is in the US.

          http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns

        • logie97 6.1.1.3

          So all government employees should declare how they spend their money
          .doctors
          .nurses
          .teachers
          .councils
          .firemen
          .police

          WTF. No, but what is more to the point, elected representatives should have to declare all of their investment interests, close all of their trusts, and more importantly, have to put on record who they are visiting or being visited by during their working hours.

          Perhaps one of the best bits of television was the Francesca Mold / John Key interview when Lord Ashcroft visited him during the election. Key was mortified that he had been caught out and denied any knowledge of the visit twice before admitting it was Key himself who was the purpose of the visit.

    • Colonial Viper 6.2

      Hey Monty why help you understand the truth when you have no interest in the truth? You know small matters like adding in the tax cuts from the first round of NAT tax cuts, the affect of those cuts to boost Key’s investment income etc.

    • Nah Monty.

      Mr Key owns $50m. Lets presume $10m is in assets that do not produce an income. Let’s also presume the rest has a return of 4% and then let’s half this amount.

      The income would be a further $400,000 on top of his income and the tax cut would be another $40k.

      So let’s get this right, you do not know how much he earns or how much he gives away but you are convinced that the left is lying when one or more members of the left state something that you know nothing about is true??

    • Lanthanide 6.4

      Monty, there’s a whole post already explaining the numbers with the maths behind them right here: /key-out-of-touch-on-tax-cuts/

    • fraser 6.5

      “he gives away most if not all of his salary – so the reality is John Key probably got no tax cut at all.”

      by that logic if i spend all my $$ at the pub i didnt really get paid in the first place. 🙂

      How you spend money that youve received doesnt change the fact that you received it

      • Bright Red 6.5.1

        but the difference is, fraser, that you’re not John Key, so Monty doesn’t blindly love you and doesn’t get feelings that he’s slightly unsure about when he sees you swinging your arse on a catwalk.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.6

      Monty the tax cut is computed on Keys assumed total income , not just his ‘salary’ for his current job.

    • Akldnut 6.7

      Then the rumour is that he gives away most if not all of his salary – so the reality is John Key probably got no tax cut at all.

      hahahaha Monty you’re showing how out of touch with reality you RWNJs really are!

      How does your argument base a reality on rumor moron

      Reality is based on factual evidence.

  7. stever 7

    Ha! And the inner Dalek started coming through in his voice around 6 minutes in 🙂

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    David Bennett is an asshat.

    He talks about giving people choices to build for the future.

    While he sells out the country from under our children.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    I did like Lees-Galloway’s response.

  10. Craig Glen Eden 10

    Is it the name Bennett that means you get that thick as pig shit gene?

    Anti spam word “blow” oh yeah

  11. Bright Red 11

    “can you please confirm what Prime Minister John Key did get in tax cuts”

    It clearly depends what his income is. But if you just go from his PM salary of $400,500 –

    Tax in November 2008 = 330,500*0.39+30,000*0.33+26,000*0.21+14,000*.125 = $146,005

    Tax in February 2011 = 330,500*.33+22,000*0.30+34,000*.175+14,000*.105 = $123,085

    Therefore, income tax cuts on PM’s salary due to National’s tax cuts = $22,920 – basically, the $23K cited in the post.

    Every additional dollar of income above that has had a 6% tax decrease. Say his fortune makes a 2% taxable in New Zealand return, that’s $1 million, getting a $60,000 tax cut, which is the thousand a week Labour is talking about.

    If you give all your money to charity you still get a tax cut. And there’s no evidence Key does. Indeed, Key has never said he gives all his salary to charity.

  12. Tel 12

    David Bennett’s speech just made watching the first round of American Idol look totally un-cringe worthy. But he’s right I need to get off my behind, throw away architecture as a career, go to Victoria University and get an Honours degree (clearly the bar is set pretty low!) work for a corrupt group of accountants, take some bribes and then sink all my ill gotten gains into a highly polluting dairy farm in the Waikato and kill off what is left of the Waikato River eco-system.

    I feel better already.

  13. Adrian 13

    If Key says that he “only” got a 15k tax cut, when conservative estimates work out at 45 to 50k, has he inadvertantly (or stupidly, which is more believable) admitted to tax evasion. can we have an IRD audit immediatley please. How do you go about dobbing him in, how much info do you need or is this confession to scamming enough.

    • Lanthanide 13.1

      lol

      On a more serious note, this is why top US politicians publish their tax returns. Given how corrupt they are over there, that’s probably a true blessing for The People.

  14. ZeeBop 14

    F’ So if your not super silly rich then voting for National means Bennett thinls you are a moron!

    Or else its a cry for help so he doesn’t have to spend his political life with his head up someone rich blocks behind.

  15. prism 15

    Wikipedia facts –
    Member for Hamilton East
    Assumed office 17 September 2005
    Preceded by Dianne Yates
    Majority 8,820 (26.58%)

    Bennett was born on 28 October 1970 in Hamilton. He attended St. John’s College, Hamilton before gaining an LLB and a BCA from Victoria University of Wellington. Bennett owns two dairy farms near Te Awamutu, and has also worked as an accountant for KPMG, in Auckland.

    captcha – secret as in what is his?

  16. Irascible 16

    Is this person real?? The logic is on the level of the GOP advertisements from the USA. I note that the Nats don’t do anything just talk about it while the country is allowed to drift into social and economic bankruptcy.
    So the government isn’t there to help society according to Bennett — what is it there for? To sell the country to overseas businesses.
    I hear him say that the National govt is fundamentally unfair because it believes in putting the boot into the people.

  17. Derek 17

    Labour drove us into recession first? What has he been reading?

    Bald knob

  18. Darien Fenton 18

    Stop picking on David Benefit. He keeps us amused in the House and on the Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee. He was a source of on-going astonishment during the ERA and Holidays Act Bill submissions process – just ask the people who came before him.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      I’d love to know what his former KPMG colleagues thought of him.

    • pollywog 18.2

      Getting paid shitloads by the taxpayer to amuse the House is hardly an endearing trait worth nurturing.

      On a side note, I was thinking what with Kris Fa’afoi’s background in media, he could have set up a day by day blog account of a new MP’s life in the big house.

      Demystify the corridors of power and shed light on the workload for us lesser mortals. Justify the faith Mana put in him by being seen to be doing the job.

      • QoT 18.2.1

        Love this idea … in theory. 😛 While I’m sure Fa’afoi is a tireless worker on behalf of the good people of Mana, one is not too hopeful about a journo-turned-polly offering a completely unvarnished version of events.

    • tea 18.3

      Hi Darien,

      Are we (the nonNACTers) going to run a ‘catch up with Australia’ campaign for the election? On work rights, representation, and pay rises?

  19. Armchair Critic 19

    Recipe for a David Bennett speech. Take one bunch of cliches, add as much bullshit as you can find (he’s truly a cow farmer), mix together and serve. To be taken with a grain of salt.

  20. peterlepaysan 20

    Nothing much changes. I recall Maurice Williamson a decade or three back, he was a minister of health at the time, stating that a good health service was a privilege, not a right.

    No doubt one of his witty observations that JK has noted.

    No doubt this Bennet’s remarks will be passed off as “wit”, by “smile and wave”.

    About as clever as JK’s (unscripted) but oft repeated use of “bloated bureaucracy”.

    That was pure unscripted stand up comedy stuff.

    C’mon I am only joking.

  21. millsy 21

    David Bennett.

    Nasty piece of work. Stinks of upper class arrogance. What do you expect. He is in the blue team after all.

    • kriswgtn 21.1

      I was watching his speech on PT the other night and I thought *white trash*
      wtf is up with all these fukheads who think theyre better than us

      Hey listen up National fucktards

      YOU DO NOT come from a life of old money and societal privilege

      That is a true blue tory

      Youre just a bunch of selfish wankers

  22. Sookie 22

    What a douche. And he’s an electorate MP too, which means the ‘good’ people of Hamilton East actually picked him to represent them. Goes to show that the Nats could stand a mentally defective incontinent dairy cow in certain electorates and they’d still win. Depressing.

    • orange whip? 22.1

      Hamiltonians ain’t the brightest bunch, on aggregate.

      Consider if you will that there is a large university in Bennett’s electorate.

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  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    7 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three 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. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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