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Labour proposes asset sales law

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Labour proposes a new law to stop asset sales. More like this please!

Labour proposes a new law to stop asset sales

Monday, 20 June 2011, 10:32 am
Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is introducing a new private members bill to prevent the sale of key strategic assets unless there is a clear public mandate.

“Assets like our power companies were built through the blood, sweat and tears of New Zealanders and paid for by Kiwis over generations. They are not National’s to sell.

“John Key is arrogantly ignoring the fact that at least two-thirds of New Zealanders strongly oppose the sale of our community-owned assets. He should have to seek a specific mandate before flogging off those assets to corporate and foreign buyers,” said Phil Goff.

The private members bill, in the name of State-Owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove, will require any future proposal to partly or wholly privatise an SOE or Crown entity to gain support from 75 per cent of Parliament or from a majority of voters in a referendum.

The State-Owned Enterprises and Crown Entities (Protecting New Zealand’s Strategic Assets) Amendment bill will entrench enterprises listed in Schedules 1 and 2 of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986.

Those assets include our state electricity generation and transmission companies, NZ Post (including KiwiBank), Landcorp (including its extensive holding of farmland) and Solid Energy. It also includes other strategic assets like Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand and the Crown research institutes.

“These assets belong to New Zealanders. National does not have the right to sell them without the support of Kiwis. Once they are sold they are lost forever.

“Labour will fight tooth and nail to keep our Kiwi-owned assets in Kiwi hands.”

57 comments on “Labour proposes asset sales law ”

  1. queenstfarmer 1

    A good idea. In the meantime it’s just as well the Govt is seeking a mandate at the next election.

    But why stop at asset sales? Expanding this to to full binding citizens referenda would be better.

    • Tigger 1.1

      I’m no fan of tyranny of the majority. Just because a majority of people think it’s okay doesn’t mean it really is okay.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    How does this impact on Labour’s/Cunliffe’s stance on PPPs?

  3. Policy Parrot 3

    “Expanding this to to full binding citizens referenda would be better.”

    The idea that citizens initiated referenda are the be-all end-all solution is what is ridiculous. For example the whole California budget crisis is a direct result of the much earlier citizen’s initiated referendum on property taxes.

    Also, Oregon (I think), had two referenda, one to impose a ban on tax increases, and another to ban spending cuts. Because these were binding, the state was locked in a permanent structural deficit.

    And, direct democracy remains as susceptible to big money as representative democracy, even more so. Just wait until the “Campaign for Better Government Mark II” opens it’s wallet.

    The whole Direct Democracy meme rides on politicians and political actors acting for what is considered to be in the best interests of the country, and not be a front for interest groups trying to get their various proposals across the line. How naive is that?

    • Jeremy Harris 3.1

      There are ways you can protect voter’s rights to referendums without having crazy structural deficits, such as an MoF veto which most legislation is already subject to. AG veto for BoR breaches.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Crazy structural deficits?

        Selling off more high earning state assets will do nothing except exacerbate our crazy structural deficits.

        • Jeremy Harris 3.1.1.1

          CV, I know you see my name and your brain immeaditely goes into leftie smear mode, but read Policy Parrot’s post, in particular the part where he talks about California’s and Oregon’s deficits. To anyone with half a brain they’d be able to figure out that I was referring to said deficits.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1

            Hi Jeremy, you know I appreciate it when your name appears at The Standard.

            Anyhows, I took another read at P.P.’s comment and this is one of those rare occasions where I believe has has the wrong facts (or perhaps out of date facts) when he says:

            Also, Oregon (I think), had two referenda, one to impose a ban on tax increases, and another to ban spending cuts. Because these were binding, the state was locked in a permanent structural deficit.

            In fact, when the Oregon Governor signed tax increases last year targetting the wealthy and businesses into law, Republicans and big business did form a bloc using direct referenda to strike down the tax increases. They failed. In 2010 Oregonians voted strongly in favour of taxing the rich and businesses.

            Oregon voters since 1990 have limited property taxes, rejected sales taxes and vetoed across-the-board income taxes. But with 87% of the ballots counted, the measure to raise income taxes on households earning more than $250,000 a year, and individuals earning more than $125,000, was winning with 54.1%. A second measure to raise the state’s corporate income tax was ahead with 53.6%.

            http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/27/nation/la-na-oregon-tax27-2010jan27

            Also covered in The Economist

            http://www.economist.com/node/15393573

            • Jeremy Harris 3.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s good to see my comment has prompted you to go and do some research, if you knew that before you posted you wouldn’t have referred to NZ deficits.

              While steps have been taken to reform those deficits in the last few years, the problem – particularly in California – is well known and has been for 20 years.

      • Rich 3.1.2

        Well that’s completely useless. There have been dozens (it may be three figures) of laws passed over a report from the Attorney General that they conflict with the BORA. Parliament just passes them anyway.

        • queenstfarmer 3.1.2.1

          True. The BORA is a joke.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1.1

            That could be:-

            a) Because it’s not entrenched as superior law which would allow the courts to overturn unconstitutional laws or
            b) Because it’s set up in such a way as to allow the government to bypass it if it considers the new law in the interests of New Zealand even if it does break the BORA.

            Personally, I’m not a fan of entrenched written constitutions as they have a nasty habit of preventing change that needs to happen but I do think that the BORA needs more teeth.

        • Jeremy Harris 3.1.2.2

          Although it makes me feel physically ill, I have to agree with DTB. Although not that the BORA should potentially be entrenched (that’s a different argument) but some function where the AG’s objection or legal opinion could not be overridden, an open appeal to the Supreme Court perhaps.

          BCIR can work, the Swiss make it work work, not only on a National level but at lower levels of government, and MoF and AG clauses would be a great way to strengthen this.

    • KJT 3.2

      BS. It works perfectly fine in Switzerland and several other US states.

      Why use one example from California.

      The NZ Government is proving to be pretty good at having an excessive budget deficit to benefit a few rich people and corporates.

      How could we do worse than at present.

      Opponents of direct democracy are really just worried that the majority will not follow their views.

      It is never very popular with any stripe of politician, because they want power at all costs.

      And, “even if it is the wrong decision it is ours to make”.

    • Frank Macskasy 3.3

      On top of that is the very real threat of Tyranny of the Majority.

      California’s infamous Proposition 8 – which resulted in a small “majority”, taking away the right of a minority to the institution of marriage, which was simply apalling. (That result is now going to be contested in California’s Supreme Court as unconstitutional.)

      Transfer that scenario to NZ and I wonder if the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (1986) would have been passed had it gone to referenda?

      Or the Prostitution Law Reform Bill of 2003?

      Heck, women didn’t get the vote in Switzerland until 1971!! Until then, numerous referenda on the issue had been voted down.

      I have a very real fear of lawmaking-by-referenda – especially law that is complex. For example, who can forget Norm Withers’ referendum held in 1999, which asked, “Should there be a reform of our Justice system placing greater emphasis on the needs of victims, providing restitution and compensation for them and imposing minimum sentences and hard labour for all serious violent offences?”?

      Lawmaking by referenda, to me, is a lazy way to make law. It involves little thinking; very little participation by the public; and only superficual knowledge of issues – usually by media. Complex issues devolved to a simple “Yes” or “No” tick.

      It would be like handing over the justice system to internet messageboards/Fora, for a verdict. It would be the ultimate ‘McDonaldisation’ of our political system.

      “Would you like fries with that “No” vote to adequately fund criminal rehabilitation programmes?”

      May the Flying Spaghetti Monster help us all.

      • Jum 3.3.1

        Frank Macskasy

        Binding referenda are far too dangerous in the hands of the New Zealanders who are proven to be greedy and selfish, misogynist and red-necked.

        We can’t handle our drink and we still think women take time off for their periods – rest assured there are many more cretins like Alasdair Thompson galumphing about.

        The Norm Withers referendum question was not actually one question; it was 4. Apparently, the clerk that okays these questions allowed it through just to shut Withers up, the clerk being safe in the knowledge it would be ignored by government. It should not have been allowed as one question and the clerk should have been sacked.

        I remember putting a giant cross on the question paper and shoving it angrily into the voting box, thinking New Zealand hasn’t progressed very far at all in its evolution.

        The S59 Bill was a ridiculous exercise in misleading and manipulating the public, which is incredibly easy given Key, in spite of his lies and betrayals, is still so popular. The question should never have been allowed.

        Binding referenda should never be allowed in this country; the foreign media and corporates that control our communications and everything else, just about, don’t deserve our trust that they would observe objective rules.

        • KJT 3.3.1.1

          “On top of that is the very real threat of Tyranny of the Majority.”

          That is a joke! At the moment we have a tyranny of a very small, wealthy minority.

          What is worse is Government by minority in the USA, UK and NZ keeps voting for less taxes for the wealthy putting the economy in deficit and shutting our society down.

          Looking at two BCIR decisions in California is cherry picking unless you look at how it has worked fine elsewhere.

          “Transfer that scenario to NZ and I wonder if the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (1986) would have been passed had it gone to referenda?”

          Judging by the polling at the time the majority in NZ supported the bill. It was parliament who held it up. I suspect a majority are also happy about gay marriage.

          It is a minority of religious people, supported by Government who are too scared of them to revisit the issue, who are holding up a sensible abortion reform law.

          “Or the Prostitution Law Reform Bill of 2003?”

          Maybe, maybe not. I suspect the majority could have been persuaded by sensible argument. But it is not a consideration against democracy that some people do not like the decisions. Many more do not like most of the decisions of our present Government.

          “Heck, women didn’t get the vote in Switzerland until 1971!! Until then, numerous referenda on the issue had been voted down.”

          Again in NZ it was Parliament that held this up. Indications were that the majority view was women should have equal rights. The decision in Switzerland reflected their society not their political system. The same thing would have happened no matter what form of Government they had.

          “I have a very real fear of lawmaking-by-referenda – especially law that is complex. For example, who can forget Norm Withers’ referendum held in 1999, which asked, “Should there be a reform of our Justice system placing greater emphasis on the needs of victims, providing restitution and compensation for them and imposing minimum sentences and hard labour for all serious violent offences?”?”

          The Government censored the senior judge who argued against more severe sentencing.

          Again this needed a more informed level of public discussion, instead of point scoring politicians.

          You mean the majority may not agree with you! If you think you have a better way it is up to you to prove it will work.

          Who are you to say you can understand complex issues but the public cannot.

          The majority did oppose section 59. Not I suspect because they wanted to go out and beat their kids, but as I did, because the police already have more powers than the level of maturity and skills of the average police-person can handle.

          Given more discussion and less of the disgusting name calling and BS from both extremes we may have got a better law.

          Similarly with the FS and SB law a lot more discussion and time was required to make a durable solution which was OK for the majority of both ethnicity.

          “Lawmaking by referenda, to me, is a lazy way to make law. It involves little thinking; very little participation by the public; and only superficual knowledge of issues – usually by media. Complex issues devolved to a simple “Yes” or “No” tick.”

          Doesn’t work that way in Switzerland. Politicians have to work hard at getting views across, making legislation work or it will be voted out.

          Research shows that on the whole BCIR makes better decisions than politicians.

          New Zealanders have shown over time that, contrary to your belief, the majority believe in fairness and equality for minorities. How many really oppose fair treaty settlements for example.

          “It would be like handing over the justice system to internet messageboards/Fora, for a verdict. It would be the ultimate ‘McDonaldisation’ of our political system.”

          And handing it over to the prettiest politician on TV is not!

          ““Would you like fries with that “No” vote to adequately fund criminal rehabilitation programmes?””

          I suspect given the evidence of increased crime figures, if they are abandoned, the public would quickly vote them back.

          When people know that they will actually make a difference they will take more interest and demand they are properly informed.

          Why would anyone fully consider how they vote in a referendum when they know it will ignored.

          Like most people your objections are really. “We cannot have democracy because the decisions may not reflect the ones I would make”.

          Well. I am happy to test my ideas against the collective intelligence of the public. Are you?

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Go Labour 😀

    More gutsy stuff like this please.

    • SHG 4.1

      This isn’t gutsy, it’s a token gesture. This bill will never see Parliament because Labour is filibustering the VSM bill. Labour has only proposed this bill because they know it will never be read.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        Presumably they intend to follow this up at the general election though, right?
         
        If they don’t, then I agree, this is a waste of time and an own-goal for Labour – only willing to propose legislation when they know it will never be read or passed, but don’t want to propose legislation when they’re actually in power and can pass it.

  5. Peter Rabbit 5

    Hopefully the requirement for a mandate will be extended to Governments wanting to make purchases of new “assets” too, so we can avoid a repeat of the Kiwirail experience.

    • The Voice of Reason 5.1

      And Ministerial Beemers?

      • queenstfarmer 5.1.1

        Yes, or at least removing the BS that such deals are (and remain) “commercially sensitive”, which was the excuse that the previous Govt used when it signed that deal.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          Forget the previous Govt (man you righties are really hung up about them), NATs are cutting corporate deals left right and centre these days.

          Which we know nothing about.

          Secret mining corporate meetings notwithstanding.

          • queenstfarmer 5.1.1.1.1

            Only mentioned the previous Govt as it was they who signed the Beemers deal.

            I think all deals should be transparent, except in well-defined special circumstances (with ombudsman oversight).

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.1.1

              As you know LAB signed the Beamer deal, Key and English then chose to exercise the contract’s options to get new Beamers.

  6. Portion Control 6

    Why stop at asset sales? Why not make every parliamentary proposal require a 75% majority of Parliament?

    What a stupid move. When Key gets reelected in November he will have a mandate. Quaoting polls isn’t a good idea for a prospective Labour leader especially when on current polling he will lose his seat.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      There’s nothing stopping any future government from repealing this specific law, if it was passed. Except public sentiment, of course.
       
      To clarify: Parliament has the power to do anything, except curtail it’s own power. If a law is passed that requires 75% approval before some action is taken, that law can be repealed with a simple majority vote, and then the action also undertaken with a simple majority vote.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Wrong, an entrenched law, and this would be one, requires 75% voting to repeal it.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.1

          From wikipedia:

          “Certain aspects of the constitution are entrenched, after a fashion. Section 268 of the Electoral Act declares that the law governing the maximum term of Parliament (itself part of the Constitution Act), along with certain provisions of the Electoral Act relating to the redistribution of electoral boundaries, the voting age, and the secret ballot, may only be altered either by three-quarters of the entire membership of the House of Representatives, or by a majority of valid votes in a popular referendum. Section 268 itself is not protected by this provision, so a government could legally repeal Section 268 and go on to alter the entrenched portions of law, both with a mere simple majority in Parliament. However, the entrenchment provision has enjoyed longstanding bipartisan support, and the electoral consequences of using a legal loophole to alter an entrenched provision would likely be severe.”

          You can stack as many entrenched laws on top of each other as you like, but ultimately the bottommost one can be repealed by simple majority. To get around this, we would need to dissolve parliament and set up a special constitutional parliament which in turn would create new system under which future governments would be formed. We haven’t done this, so parliament at the moment is completely sovereign and all powerful.

      • mickysavage 6.1.2

        Interesting proposition Lanth and one that has taxed law students for many years.
         
        PC’s proposal is not so interesting in that it would pretty well stymie most if not all action by the state.
         

  7. Peter Rabbit 7

    Unless keeping the current cars was going to end up costs us more through contract penalties etc (An argument I’ve not seen clearly answered anywhere) no I don’t believe they shouldn’t have been purchased.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      The BMWs did not need to be replaced. It was a 5 or 6 year deal (In other words we would have got the same good deal a couple of years later) and the government could drop out of it at any time (It didn’t have to buy the new vehicles at all).

  8. Green Tea 8

    Labour’s SOE ‘policy’, as per usual, is disingenuous. Why won’t Labour legislate against corporatization of State-owned Assests?

    Power companies are still forcing people to go cold in winter despite being state owned. And don’t expect kiwibank to start offering 2% home loans anytime soon.

    There’s really no difference between a State-owned coporation and a private one.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      There’s really no difference between a State-owned coporation and a private one.

      The fact that profits go into services for the people, instead of into the pockets of a few wealthy private shareholders, seems to be a big difference.

      • Policy Parrot 8.1.1

        I think what Green Tea means is that with the corporatisation of former government departments into State Owned Enterprises under New Public Management, state owned companies are instructed to act as if they were indeed private companies. Of course, the original reason for corporatisation was rationalisation and privatisation.

        Now there is this weird marriage of the state owning what are effective private companies, rather than running them as a service provision – arm of the state if you will. It is exactly because of this NPM directive that SOEs operate in the manner described above – that SOEs are designed to operate free of political interference, which is disingenous if you don’t really want to sell off the services.

        The general public have a right to be annoyed if Meridian announces huge profits for the year, because it is government policy to charge a profit margin – effectively a user-pays tax, on top of generation, maintenance and future-proofing capacity.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      Massive power price rises over the last decade are indeed a failure. But better for the resulting profits to go to the government, than to go overseas or into a private company’s pocket.

    • Rich 8.3

      That’s a flaw with an SoE model that requires government to act as an arms-length shareholder (often being considerably less interventionist than a private business owner would be in similar circumstances).

      I’d suggest a more radical and at the same time practical move than Labour’s – convert most of the SOEs into worker- or worker/customer cooperatives. This is very different from a conventional stockholder corporation – the ownership and control is divided on a one person / one vote basis.

      This could be locked in by several methods (none of which fall foul of parliamentary standing orders like Labour’s scheme):

      – each coop would have articles of association that vest the company in its members and prevent privatisation without an unreachable hurdle (like 90% agreement).

      – coops would be prevented by statute from being privatised or restructured, again without consent of almost all the owners

      – coops would be given a company tax break, structured as a waiver of tax (which would have been substantially increased for traditional companies) that would become due to IRD in the event of a loss of coop status

      – coops would be lent working capital from the government on a low cost basis, with all funds becoming due in the event of a restructuring

      The effect of all this would be that for a right-wing government to privatise a coop, they’d not just have to pass a law: they’d have to confiscate the coop members assets *and* forgo a large amount of tax and loan money.

      • Colonial Viper 8.3.1

        +1 :mrgreen:

        Except I wouldn’t necessarily do this to already public enterprises, but just to private or new ones.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.3.2

        …convert most of the SOEs into worker- or worker/customer cooperatives.

        If they were working as an arm of the state rather than as profiteering businesses then they would inherently be worker/customer cooperatives.

        (none of which fall foul of parliamentary standing orders like Labour’s scheme):

        And how does Labours bill fall foul of parliamentary standing orders?

  9. Daveski 9

    Hard to know if this is a serious policy (ie they expect to get elected and then put this in place) or the type of policy you trumpet when you’re in opposition and expect you’ll be there a little longer. I would expect the later (given it’s not likely to become reality) but it puts pressure on the Nats which after all is the role of the opposition.

    As an aside, I’m a little bemused to see a LP press release posted as a post with nary a comment or indeed any attempt to analyse it (critically or otherwise). A few people have got offended in the past that this site is a stooge for the LP and this type of post hardly represents the Standard as an independent site. Perhaps the Standard’s email address and login got caught up in the database 😉

    • r0b 9.1

      My fault, I was in a hurry, and I think it’s an important announcement…

      Ahh – See Eddie has a post up.

  10. Red Rosa 10

    Great idea, except perhaps for Landcorp, which needs a fresh look.

    Landcorp is now a weird distortion of its original purpose, which was to settle young farmers on semi-developed farms and let them build up some sweat equity. The old State Advances and Lands Departments ran this quite well in the 60s and 70s, as many still around can recall.

    There is no reason why this policy cannot be reinstated. It was strictly managed in the old days and ensured only the best suited young NZ’ers got this chance to farm, even if they were short of cash. Lands never saw itself in the long-term business of ‘farming’ – the department was a developer and subdivider for settlement.

    As it stands now, Landcorp is still the nation’s biggest farmer (shades of the Stalinist State Farms), and holds a raft of well-improved properties. These, like most farms, show only small cash profits in relation to the taxpayers’ capital employed.

    Landcorp needs to justify its existence again, though the arguments for its continuing will no doubt be as flimsy as ever. Both National and Labour have muttered about Landcorp at times in the last 20 years, but it seems to roll along regardless.

    • millsy 10.1

      IMO Landcorp should be folded into AgResearch (as well as possibly Plant and Food), and turned into a super-CRI or something like that. Use it as a testing ground for environmentally friendly farming methods.

      • freedom 10.1.1

        But that will piss off Monsanto, among others  who you may remember is set to walk in and destroy NZ’s Agriculture Industry. Genetically modified seeds, Soil destroying herbicides, all waiting in the wings for when TPP is law.  Of course as soon as it is law then they can sue us if we try to develop any product, service or system that threatens the income stream of a Corporate entity deemed by American Courts to be at risk by New Zealand’s attempts to develop a sustainable economy.

        • Jum 10.1.1.1

          Freedom

          Anything that would ‘piss off’ Monsanto should please independence-minded New Zealanders, fighting against the TPPA.

  11. freedom 11

    There is something (well lots of things of course) i don’t fully understand about Asset sales and it is this,
    Our credit rating is largely based on our ability to repay the loans taken out by our Government on behalf of New Zealand.
    When we sell assets, we lose income, so we must therefore be a higher risk and i would deduce then that our credit rating is affected.
    this loss of income naturally increases the costs of borrowing
    So how do we win?

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      We don’t but, then, we’re not supposed to. NActs rich foreign mates are.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    It’s a step in the right direction but I’d much rather a comprehensive definition of Natural Monopolies and a stated position that the state will own them. As I tried to convey the other day, definition of a natural monopoly is complex as it can come down to physical attributes, the nature of the business and sometimes simply that the state should be doing it rather than private providers.

    I/S makes a good point to in that a super-majority is needed to pass the actual entrenchment and so is, unfortunately, unlikely to pass. NAct will never agree to it as if such an act passes they’ll never be able to give away our wealth again.

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  • Legal Beagle: Election '20: The Special Votes
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    2 days ago
  • National rejects tonight’s result as a ‘rogue poll’
    National are dismissing tonight’s election result as an “obvious outlier” Half an hour into counting, National Party leader Judith Collins and deputy leader Gerry Brownlee are already dismissing tonight’s election result as a “rogue poll”, saying it’s an incomplete survey with shoddy methodology. Brownlee called an emergency media stand-up just ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Jacinda Ardern ran down four National supporters with her car this morning but due to electoral law ...
    Dr. Ashley Bloomfield reported at today’s 1pm health briefing that the Coronavirus turns out not to exist, but that information was also withheld on the same grounds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her election morning by ruthlessly driving her car into a family of National supporters just blocks from her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Six weird animals that have nothing to do with the election
    Get a load of these things! Some of these animals are just crazy. You wouldn’t want a single one of these animals anywhere near your kids. It could ruin them for life. Last thing you’d want is your kid growing up around any of these, and thinking that’s what animals ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • 1pm Covid Health Update for 17th October, 2020
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    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • It's Election Day.
     This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • National caucus convening to elect new leader for final 2 hours of the campaign
    This is a breaking news event, and further updates and clarifications may be forthcoming. With less than three hours to go in the election campaign, The National Party is holding an emergency meeting to elect a new leader, one they hope can turn things around in the final one and ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • Judith Collins asking for two week extension on election due date
    Collins says she was “ever so close” to finishing everything up, but a family member died, her computer crashed, and she just needs “a little more time” to get things right. In a late move this evening, Judith Collins has written an urgent letter to the Electoral Commission requesting a ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • The Debunking Handbook 2020: Misinformation is damaging and sticky
    This blog post is part 1 of a series of excerpts from The Debunking Handbook 2020. The list of references is available here. Misinformation can do damage Misinformation is false information that is spread either by mistake or with intent to mislead. When there is intent to mislead, it is ...
    3 days ago
  • Not as a Christian, but as a New Zealander: Why I am voting against assisted suicide tomorrow.
    I am no stranger to lost causes. And, while there is always hope, it does appear that David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice” law will receive the necessary endorsement of voters to finally legalise assisted suicide in this country. A significant minority of voters will dissent, however.I will be one ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Ardern reassures voters that Greens’ negotiating table will be a tiny, humiliating one
    On the eve of the election, the Prime Minister wants New Zealanders to know the Greens will be given a very small seat at the table, quite literally. In the final hours of the campaign, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made a forceful appeal to the electorate not to be ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • A Waste of Time: The Hundred “Best” Fantasy Books
    Time Magazine has put out a list of the hundred best fantasy books of all time: https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/ It is bad. Very bad. I get that this is clickbait nonsense, but… really. Time Magazine ought to be ashamed of themselves. Ostensibly, the selection process was as follows: ...
    4 days ago
  • Big changes do stick
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Polls show regret for not voting Green
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Planning to fail
    Last year, the government passed the Zero Carbon Act, setting short-term and long-term goals for carbon reduction. And they're already saying that they will fail to meet them: Environment Minister David Parker​ appears to have already given up on the country’s ability to meet the 2030 methane goal set ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another issue Labour is ignoring its voters over
    Jacinda Ardern is trying to rule out even discussing a wealth tax if she gets re-elected. But if she gets re-elected, it will be by voters who support one. A Newshub poll shows that nearly half of all voters - and 60% of labour supporters - support a wealth tax: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Scholarship Physics
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • “Fitz” On Cannabis.
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    4 days ago
  • Crusher fails to resonate
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    5 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime II
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Entirely separate”
    When two people whose identities we all know but cannot say publicly due to name suppression were charged with "Obtaining by Deception" over routing donations to NZ First through the NZ First Foundation, Winston Peters claimed his party had been exonerated because "The Foundation is an entirely separate entity from ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Judith Collins' little green lies
    New Zealand is not the United States, thank goodness. We don't have the same level of political partisanship nor public media outlets that blatantly display political bias. However, during the closing weeks of this campaign I do feel an infection of trumpism is evident. Judith Collins and her National Party ...
    5 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: The Psychology of Ardernism
    Jacinda Ardern has made New Zealanders feel safe. Josh Van Veen looks at psychological understandings of leadership to help explain the ongoing success of Labour in this election campaign.   Simon Bridges could have been the Prime Minister. Opinion polls in February suggested a close election, with Colmar Brunton giving the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Let's Make Jacinda Break Her Promises.
    Make Her An Offer She Can't Refuse: Expecting Jacinda and her colleagues to break their promise not to introduce a Wealth Tax is not only unfair it is unwise. A consensus for change has never arisen out of a series of polite discussions - or base betrayals. A better New ...
    5 days ago
  • Two days to go, 12 questions still worth asking
    One last lap. One last crack. One last chance to boost your own policies or knock down your opponents. Tonight TVNZ hosts the final leaders’ debate and although over a million New Zealanders have voted and much of the policy debate seems to have stagnated around negative attacks, there are ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • Possible inter-satellite collision on Friday
    Two objects in low-Earth orbit may collide with each other on Friday, in a hyper-velocity impact which would lead to millions of fragments being left on-orbit, each potentially-lethal to functioning satellites. Fingers crossed (not that I am superstitious) that it is a miss, rather than a hit. One local ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Do Elections Deliver What We Want?
    MMP may deliver a parliament which reflects us, but frequently the government does not. At the heart of my recent history of New Zealand, Not in Narrow Seas, is the interaction between economic and social change. I could measure economic change via the – far from comprehensive – ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Flailing last grasps bring lasting gasps in the NZ General Election…
    The last week of the 2020 election here in New Zealand has been an increasingly torrid and venal affair has it not? Many expect the last week of any Election campaign to get considerably more tetchy, everyone is hurrying to nail the last voter down after all. But this ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #41, 2020
    Zika follows climate Sadie Ryan and coauthors combine what we know about the Zika virus and its preferred regime with modeling to show the pathogen will greatly expand its range during the next few decades. We do have some remaining control over the situation. From the abstract: "In the ...
    5 days ago
  • Does a delay in COP26 climate talks hit our efforts to reduce carbon emissions?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Where do the parties stand on open government?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Second Time As Farce: National's Election Campaign Falls Apart.
    The Mask Of Civility Is Removed: According to Politik’s editor, Richard Harman, Collins has become her own campaign manager. Now, as a lawyer, you might think that the Leader of the Opposition would be familiar with the old saying: “The lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client.” ...
    6 days ago
  • National's Little Helpers have A Cunning Plan.
    Keep Your hands Off Of My Stash: Viewed from the perspective of the 2020 General Election as a whole, the intervention of the Taxpayers’ Union against the Greens' Wealth Tax confirms the Right’s growing sense of desperation that the campaign is slipping away from them. With hundreds of thousands of ...
    6 days ago
  • Covid-19: A planetary disease
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: How to make your mind up
    If you’re still on the fence about how to vote, Liam Hehir says it’s probably more important for you to vote on the basis of your principles, and he offers a way to think about how these principles might align with the main party options.   Still undecided? Here’s how ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • What else apart from a Wealth Tax? The shape of a Labour-Greens coalition
    If you haven’t heard, the Green Party supports a Wealth Tax. Yeah, I thought you might have heard of it. Everyone’s been talking about it on the campaign trail these past few days. It would force the wealthiest six percent of New Zealanders to pay a one percent tax each ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Time is slipping by for the fruit industry to improve wages
    The covid-19 pandemic has meant a lot of changes for New Zealand. Lockdowns, social distancing, a massive shift to working from home and the death of tourism for a start. But the sensible and necessary border closure has also completely cut off the supply of cheap, migrant labour - and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new low in American “democracy”
    Every US election, we're used to seeing long lines of voters, and reading stories of widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression (including things like flyers falsely telling people their assigned polling place (!) has moved or that voting will be on a different day, and robocalls threatening that people will be ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A suggestion for Biden’s foreign policy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Bleak views of melting Antarctic ice, from above and below
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    7 days ago
  • Five reasons I am voting for National (and why you should too)
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    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Graeme Edgeler: How to vote, and how to think about voting
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • That School Debate: Tolkien, Shakespeare, and Anti-Stratfordianism
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    1 week ago
  • Marching to the ballot boxes
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The long road to “Yes”
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    1 week ago
  • A funny thing for Labour to die in a ditch over
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The comforting myth of the referendum ‘soft option’
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    PunditBy Colin Gavaghan
    1 week ago
  • Election: Equality Network’s Policy Matrix
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
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  • Equality Network: Party Policy Star Chart
    ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
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  • A Tale of Two Elections
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41
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  • Potential attack lines in the campaign's final week
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
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    1 week ago
  • Economic Resilience or Policy Brilliance?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • The SMC Video Competition: The Tītipounamu Project
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Interview with Nicky Lee
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    2 weeks ago
  • Capital Vol. 3 lectures: converting surplus-value into the rate of profit
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Another call for OIA reform
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The advice on moving the election date
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: Pre-election craziness in the US.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
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    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
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    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
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  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
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    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
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  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
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    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
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    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
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    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
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    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
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    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
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    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
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