Open Mike 09/04/2018

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  1. Ed 1

    Here we go again. Goebbels would have been proud of the propaganda effort.

    Chemical attack witnessed by the ‘heroic’ White Helmets, whose word is accepted unequivocally by the lapdog western media, prompting Trump to say there is going to be a big price to pay.

    More rushing to judgement over Russia.

    The western public has already been softened up with lies about spies. They’ve been primed to blame Russia and its dastardly leader Putin.

    Looks like the western establishment including its propaganda arm of the media is gunning for war.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      That’s one way of looking at it: don’t criticise Pauli Walnuts or he’ll give you the bash.

      • Ed 1.1.1

        Francesca was bullied off this site by your aggressive treatment of her.
        I know you do not share my opinion on this and other matters.
        I do not think this gives you the right to stalk every post I write with insults and aggression.
        I am wearying of your constant bully boy approach.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          False accusations Ed.

          I don’t accept your logic:

          1: The Kremlin does something.
          2: People criticise them.
          3. Nuclear war!

          I think appeasing them will embolden them which is a far riskier approach.

        • Bill

          I’ve no doubt OABs commenting behaviour ‘helped’ Francesca decide to take to the garden and what not for a time. And there was Lynn’s unnecessarily rude moderating comment to her.

          Lynn does that.
          But OAB is hanging by the tenderest of threads. He knows this, but oddly just carries on with the same derailing, snarking and bullying – which I find interesting to observe.

          Maybe today’s the day the boredom sets in and the 1 month ban lands. Could be tomorrow or the next day. Might be one comment away.

          Or then again, OAB might just cut the crap. Who knows?

        • cleangreen

          I agree Ed,

          OAB is not my idea of a “bloke” as an ordinary bloke is depicted as in Sir Robert Muldoon’s often used “the average bloke” terms.

          OAB is a product of the right wingers argument most times.

        • reason

          OAB has been shredding his own credibility in an obnoxious way for a while now.

          I to used to be a real aggressive arsehole on the internet …. before I wised up a bit.

          Going back and reading old arguments I’d had …. made me realise I came across as much the same prick as those pricks I was arguing with.

          So I started making changes ….. and I’m still evolving my techniques against trolls and others.

          Now when I make a post / point of view, I log out, and perhaps write the next piece of information I want to put up.

          This stops me getting involved with the ‘snarks’., …. which is a derail from the point of view I’m trying to put across. They are ego baiting. I try to leave my ego off the table .

          I write for the people I’m not arguing with.

          I also find it helps to view trolls as Dick Picks …. which allows me to treat them with the seriousness which they deserve,… as even a pack attack by a bunch of penises is laughable to me …. bunt away boys.

          I’m not saying OAB is a troll ….. but he’s starting to display a few to many of their symptoms and he’s letting himself down.

          He’s obviously quite intelligent …. but imparts so little information … and is obsessed over some things ….. Ed being one of them.

          • One Two

            Evaluating your ownself…breaking it down…making adjustments….

            That’s beautiful…

    • Wairua 1.2

      Yo Assad, you just secured 90% of E. Ghouta. You’ve surrounded the last town, you have overwhelming military force and are negotiating surrender. What’s next ? Assad: launch a chemical attack of no tactical significance to provoke international outrage & military intervention against me.

      • Ad 1.2.1

        I think this latest attack holds to a pretty consistent pattern from that tyrant Assad. It goes: warn everyone on the ground that the rebels will raise a false flag operation about a chemical warfare attack. Do the attack. Then before enough good evidence has been raised by the incoherent international community, strike somewhere else.

        The outrage economy moves on to another town.

        Makes perfect sense in the calculus of Assad, Vladimir Putin, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They want first and foremost to subdue the remaining rebels in Syria, specifically several million people remaining in rebel-held Idlib province. Give them all fear enough to dissuade any later opposition once the war is over. And second, outflank Trump and the outrage machine, just as they did with Obama.

        Obama was humiliated in August 2013 when he changed his mind about his “red line”. Box America and you neutralise Saudi Arabia, and then the entire floor is yours to lay waste with.

        Bold tactic – then and now – from the leading three countries, and its still working.

        • Bill

          So the chemical weapons factories in Ghouta (replete with instructions for manufacturing various compounds and delivery mechanisms) are just for show?Or the first hand reports are lies, and the accompanying photographs false? Or (perhaps) the entire set up is a hastily cobbled together stage set that the SAA constructed for the benefit of gullible journalists?

          I’ll have to go with that (or similar).

          Because the only sensible explanation is that an army on the cusp of victory, and that has tasked itself with evacuating civilians to safety while giving terrorists the option of surrender or free passage would deploy chemical weapons on civilians, and thus prevent themselves from making any kind of rapid advance on the ground.

          Oh. And obviously they are feeling six foot tall and bulletproof and positively relishing the prospect of being treated as monstrous pariahs down through the coming years – what with all the additional sanctions that will no doubt be landed (such fun!) and the continued illegal presence by armed forces of the countries they are guaranteed to piss off should they deploy chemical weapons….

          Yup. Them’s is just belligerent and mad. No accounting for that ME mind set. No siree.

          • Ad

            Far be it from me to discern the motivations of those three tyrants from Iran, Russia, and Syria. It’s not an easy mental space for me to get into.

            From their last five years of evidence , I don’t think they give a flying fig about their international reputation or their historical Wikipedia profiles. Trump, not they, are subject to the power of a free media, so once they have neutralised him into his own whirlpool of rage-media cycle, and show that the United States has everything to gain by retreating and withdrawing, the ground is theirs again, unimpeded.

            That is now what they have done.

            Trump has signalled full withdrawal.

            Ghouta’s ceasefire and rebel withdrawal is confirmed.

            And the signal that US withdrawal gives Assad, Putin, and Khamenei is that they and Turkey can now go after the entire Kurdish territory and people unimpeded.

            The result will be as big as the Armenian genocide of a century ago, and it will occur within this year. Now there is no level of international outrage to stop them.

            So those three tyrants care about nothing except eradicating Syrian opposition, and inciting terror without measure is the fastest way they have of ensuring submission.

            With Saudi Arabia and the United States retreating fully to the Gulf, Syria is now in the control of Russia and Iran, and they don’t care if it is rubble and choking on chlorine gas.

        • Muttonbird

          A false false flag attack. That’s a new one. You have quite an imagination!

        • Poission

          Can’t believe Bolton’s first day as National Security Advisor will be to objectively assess whether Assad used chemical weapons in Douma as alleged and to recommend an appropriate response

          He came to my office and said: ‘You have to resign and I give you 24 hours, this is what we want. You have to leave, you have to resign from your organization, director-general.'”

          Bustani said he “owed nothing” to the US, pointing out that he was appointed by all OPCW member states. Striking a more sinister tone, Bolton said: “OK, so there will be retaliation. Prepare to accept the consequences. We know where your kids are.”

        • reason

          Ad the hammer man by proxy … holds to a pretty consistent pattern

    • One Two 1.3

      Yes, Ed

      Obama was given a nobel peace prize moments after taking office, before expanding ‘peace efforts’ globally..

      The White Helmets received an oscar nomination…

      The cries of chemical weapons use serve only to highlight further the depth ‘the west’ with their Saudi/Israeli partners, will plumb…

      What are ‘they’ covering up for this time…is the question…

      • Cinny 1.3.1

        Yup I’m hearing you there One Two. And while news networks are arguing the politics of the matter, the public doesn’t even know what or who to believe anymore and on the ground, people are dying, who is helping them?

        Where’s the truth and where’s the freaking teleporter? I’d be there in a heartbeat.

        • Brigid

          I’d suggest believing the people who report from Syria, those who have reported from Syria from the beginning of the war. Those who talk to citizens, army officers and politicians and those who actually live in Syria.
          People such as Vanessa Beeley, Eva Bartlett, Tim Hayward, Fares Shehabi, Janice Kortkamp, Ahmad Al-Issa, Tom Duggan there are many others
          In Ahmad Al-Issa ‘s twitter feed he reports on the recent evacuation of Ghouta.
          ‏Tom Duggan has been in Ghouta recently and reports via facebook.

        • One Two

          Hi Cinny,

          Agree with you it’s a complete mess…

          The only way to get a clearer view would be for the foreign invaders to pull out…

          So long as they’re inside boarders where they don’t belong it becomes increasingly murky…

          I can’t see the war machine pulling back or out…

          Begs the question…whose driving and to what end…

      • Stunned Mullet 1.3.2

        Assuming there was use of chemical weapons as detailed by the reports out of the hospitals in the area where do you believe they came from and what do you believe is being covered up ?

        None of which will be of any interest to the Syrian citizens who are being slaughtered of course.

        • cleangreen

          Assumption is the mother of all wars ‘Stunned mullet’;

          Remember the assumptions we all made after those allegations against Saddam were made by these same media ‘reports we heard over and over that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction?

          All made clear according to President Bush and UK PM Tony Blair duo, so don’t assume anything sunshine if you don’t want World War three as some appear to be begging for.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            Threatening people with World War 3 because they criticise the Kremlin sounds like the sort of thing bullies do if you ask me.

            And I’m not the only one:

            …apocalyptic rhetoric, evocative of the 1980s anti-nuclear movement … inculcates the idea that confronting Russia is dangerous.

            h/t to Chris Trotter for piquing my interest in “Russlandversteher”.

            • Bill

              Nowhere in that article is there any mention of anyone threatening WWIII for criticising “the Kremlin”. In fact, the fear expressed in the article is that with Trump’s election “Germans advocating strategic neutrality will gain credibility”.

              And I love the kicker you swiped from your quote. In full, it reads –

              Similarly apocalyptic rhetoric, evocative of the 1980s anti-nuclear movement (itself heavily influenced by the KGB and East German secret police) inculcates the idea that confronting Russia is dangerous.

              I mean, I dunno. Have you ever thought of sending a wee CV off to the NSA or some such to see if you can get paid for this warping of discussion and pushing of thinly veiled propaganda that seems to be your “thing” these days?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                It’s the sort of thing bullies do:

                this notion of “peace” permits Russia to act as it likes in its “near abroad” without consequence.

                I’m not convinced that the KGB and Stasi had that much of an influence on the anti-war movement of the 1980s. The argument outside the parentheses stands on its own.

                Is character assassination your best rebuttal?

                • Bill

                  Again, you rip away context in your partial quoting and present a bullshit statement.

                  The full quote.

                  As was the case during the Cold War, when Western “peace” movements urged unilateral disarmament, this notion of “peace” permits Russia to act as it likes in its “near abroad” without consequence.

                  Apart from Afghanistan I’m struggling to think of any invasion by the USSR during the Cold War.

                  It’s pretty rabid liberal interventionism that would position peace as the enemy and suggest peace has a track record on that front – as that article does.

                  But if that’s your bag…..

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Apart from Afghanistan I’m struggling to think of any invasion by the USSR during the Cold War.

                    The statement (about the Kremlin acting as it likes) could just as easily refer to the consequences for countries or citizens who disagreed with the status quo in the USSR. Prague Spring, gulags and so-forth. All that Orwellian stuff.

                    “Liberal interventionism” is a good comparison. I don’t recall anyone ever suggesting that if I criticised the USA’s nuclear missile proliferation, their dirty wars in Central or South America, their wars of aggression in Asia, or any of the other things I’ve observed about their foreign policy, that doing so made me a warmonger.

                    Amnesty International also stands up to bullies, including the ones in the Kremlin, sometimes at great personal cost to its employees. That doesn’t make them warmongers either.

                    • Bill

                      That piece isn’t standing up to a damned thing, bar the possible ghastly prospect of people embracing notions of peace.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Embrace notions of peace and you’ll soon find yourself exposed to subversive ideas such as “no justice, no peace”, and then the idea that “confronting [the Kremlin] is dangerous” might not seem quite so palatable.

                    • Bill


                      So lets all tool up, be fearful and suspicious, and knock seven shades of shit out anyone and everyone who just might knock seven shades of shit out of us…which by that mind set is absolutely every one.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    lets all tool up, be fearful and suspicious

                    Where do you get these ideas from? Certainly not me.

                    [And gone. One month. I warned you many, many times between your last ban and now. But I’ve indulged your various varieties of bullshit for long enough now – it just got too tedious.] – Bill

            • cleangreen

              “Threatening people with World War 3 because they criticise the Kremlin sounds like the sort of thing bullies do”

              Well who criticised Bush and Blair for their lies about saddam having weapons of mass destruction OAB and were they not advocating war too when lying?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Are you asking whether I criticised them? Have a bleedin’ guess.

                When I called them war criminals, I don’t recall you saying that meant I wanted WWII, but now I criticise the Kremlin and that’s exactly the accusation you’re levelling.

                Was it really your intention to portray Putin et al as so thin-skinned?

          • Stunned Mullet

            Um what …?

            I asked a simple question – if there has been yet another instance of the use of chemicals as weapons which certainly appears to be the case with now multiple reports, where did the weapons come from and what is being covered up as alluded to by OneTwo.

            • Stuart Munro

              It’s a stretch to assign sarin manufacturing capacity to ISIS (or any of the other ragtag semi-islamist groups). Not everyone could make it in their basement even if they had the precursors. And the US would have become a target – it wasn’t Assad that moved them out of Mosul.

              Assad’s forces did possess substantial stocks however – and didn’t acquire them by accident. The irregular forces have not been proven to possess them at all. A decent rule of thumb might be to look at the victims – if it were Syrian armed forces the irregulars would be plausible assailants. The convenience of claiming multiple labs wherever Syrian forces kill ‘rebels’ however, is stretching plausibility to breaking point. Only uncritical swallowers of Russian and Syrian propaganda will continue to swallow such self-serving nonsense.

              • Andrea

                Chlorine is still available. It’s used to make water potable. It was also used in WWI in trench warfare. Creates respiratory problems. I’m sure the necessary inventiveness to produce such a bane would easily be in the repertoire of urban fighters with much to avenge. And a career to develop.

                Civilian population is not in prime health after months of restricted diet, prolonged fear, and aerial attacks.

                It doesn’t have to have been Assad. There are enough crazies in the area to create a large list of possible villains for the deed.

                • Stuart Munro

                  And Assad would never do anything like that – the tonnes of nerve gas he had acquired by 2014 in no way indicate a willingness to use them. He must’ve been a collector eh.

                  I wonder at what point Assad supporters will repent their increasingly desperate rationalizations.

                  • One Two

                    I wonder at what point western propaganda enthusiasts will stop believing the increasingly desperate rationalizations

                    How many times will you fall for the same line, Stuart….


                    • Stuart Munro

                      Of course you’d never ask yourself that question – being so “clever” that you’ve made like a gannet and swallowed the version from the other side.

                    • One Two []

                      Thing is Stuart, I’ve explained it to you more than once now, and you continue to ignore what I’ve said…

                      You’ve taken a side based on whatever twisted variables contruct the narratives in your own mind….and can’t seem to comtemplate making adjustments despite decade after decade of naked propganda…

                      I’ve not taken a side, and because I don’t take sides, I can evaluate extended periods of time lapsed propaganda exposures aligned against events and outcomes without prejudice…

                      Meanwhile you keep repeating ad nauseum your bias, while convincing yourself that I’ve on-boarded a view counter to yours…

                      Come on man…you need a long hard look in the mirror…it’s not good enough in this day and age to be at such a low level..
                      I assume you’re an adult…

                      I’ll leave you to it for good from now on, as I strongly suspect you have some other issues going on…

                      Be well…

                    • Stuart Munro

                      “I’ve not taken a side, and because I don’t take sides,”


                      You’ve been a constant member of the RT cheer team. You’re a Putin troll – Own it.

                  • Bill

                    Unpleasant as it is, Syria in line with many other non-nuclear states, manufactured and stockpiled the “poor man’s” nuclear deterrent – chemical and/or biological agents.

                    So yes. A “collector” in much the same way as nuclear nations “collect” nuclear weapons.

                    Israel’s next door, y’know?

                    As for why (I’ll use the term beloved by western media outlets) rebels would have chemical weapons factories in Ghouta (as reported by fairly reliable non-mainstream media), well….

                    And why would terrorists who are getting huge amounts of support from the west, target the west with chemicals designed to aid in the overthrow of the Syrian government? (By encouraging military intervention to stop the country’s army that’s on the cusp of victory deploying chemicals in order to delay and possibly jeapordise its own imminent victory over terrorists in the country)

                    • Stuart Munro

                      You’ve still got a problem explaining why Syria, which is known to have them, and which UN bodies at least are persuaded have used them, aren’t using them, while irregular forces who don’t have them are supposed to have so many labs that the ‘poor’ Russians can’t seem to drop a bomb without supposedly hitting one.

                    • Bill

                      Syria destroyed its chemical weapons stockpile during Obama’s presidency.

                      And I’m only aware of one occasion when Russia claimed it had hit a chemical weapons factory operated by the terrorists.

                      Meanwhile, in Ghouta, Beeley claims CNN reporters were with her on the ground at the site of a chemical factory formerly operated by terrorists, but that they didn’t report on it.

                      (I linked her article somewhere on the thread and someone else did too)

                    • Bill


                      You do have to wonder at all those allegations being leveled at the Syrian government by governments with no presence in the area, aye?

                      I mean, even if there were chemical attacks, how would the US, UK, France and the other complainants, who funnily enough all want the Syrian government overthrown and replaced, know about them?

                      Maybe the rebels tell them, except, as is becoming ever more clear, there are no rebels – just terrorists.

                      So the terrorists tell them. And that opens its own can of worms for “our” governments irrespective of who launched what chemical attack (assuming they all actually took place).

                    • Stuart Munro

                      There seem to be several claims:
                      Russia, which has carried out air strikes in support of President Assad since 2015, said the Syrian air force had struck Khan Sheikhoun “between 11:30am and 12:30pm local time” on 4 April, but that the target had been “a large terrorist ammunition depot” on its eastern outskirts.
                      Terrorist Chemical Weapon Capability in Eastern Ghouta.
                      Journalist and geopolitical analyst, Sharmine Narwani, was in liberated Eastern Ghouta a few weeks ago when a Chemical Weapons laboratory was discovered in the farmlands between between Shifouniyeh and Douma. Narwani comments on the western media “disinterest” in this discovery:
                      Terrorist capabilities laid bare in an Eastern Ghouta chemical lab

                    • Bill

                      Assuming that was a response to my comment to Joe90…

                      I think you misunderstand my comment. I’m not for a second suggesting there have been no chemical weapons deployed in Syria.

                    • Stuart Munro

                      In fact it was a reply to

                      “I’m only aware of one occasion when Russia claimed it had hit a chemical weapons factory operated by the terrorists.”

                    • joe90

                      I’m not for a second suggesting there have been no chemical weapons deployed in Syria


                      Strange how the opposition terrorists only ever seem to gas themselves with their super secret stockpiles of chemical weapons, yet never use them against the regime or Russian and Iranian forces.

                    • Bill

                      Well, no. That’s not correct. There have been allegations of chemicals being used against SAA soldiers.

                      And no terrorist uses chemicals against themselves. But they do have large captive civilian populations, many of who don’t or wont “convert” and willingly acquiesce to Sharia Law.

                    • joe90

                      And no terrorist uses chemicals against themselves


                      Apparently this mob spent weeks negotiating terms acceptable to them and their families, softened themselves up with an alleged gas attack and then threw in the towel and accepted the opposition’s terms.


                      AMMAN: Fighters in the last opposition-controlled city in East Ghouta reached a deal with Russian negotiators on Sunday to evacuate with their families, one rebel official told Syria Direct, after intense bombardment and a reported chemical attack killed at least 225 civilians over the weekend.

                      Under the reported agreement, all rebel fighters with the Jaish al-Islam faction in Douma city and any civilians wishing to leave are to evacuate the eastern Damascus suburbs for opposition-held northwestern Syria in coming days, a member of the faction’s media office told Syria Direct on Sunday.

                      The media official requested that his name not be published, as he spoke to Syria Direct without authorization from Jaish al-Islam, which has not officially announced an evacuation deal.

                      Syrian and Russian state media both reported that a deal was reached on Sunday for rebels to evacuate Douma. Russia is a longtime backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and was a party to recent negotiations with rebel factions in East Ghouta.

                      For weeks, Jaish al-Islam has maintained that it would not accept any agreement with Russia or the Syrian government that included the evacuation of fighters from Douma.


                    • Bill


                      According to a site called “Syria Direct” from Yale University. That’s slightly unfair perhaps – it’s coming out of Jordan. But the Managing Director, Justin Schuster, is from Yale.

                      I don;t know the site Joe. But a very quick look and I see headlines about “rebels” and mention of government reprisals for anyone moving to government areas.

                      And for now, I’m just going to say that flies in the face of what on the ground independent journalists are saying.

                  • Ed

                    Do you believe every word the western propaganda machine tells you Stuart ?

                    • Stuart Munro


                      But I do like to see sources – which your ‘heroes’ don’t seem to like to use. And I’m quite familiar with disinformatsia, which you either don’t know about, or don’t care about.

                      Uncritically embracing sites like MOOA, RT, Globalresearch, and folk like Murray or Beeley, won’t get you much closer to the truth – it just gives you a different set of lies.

                      Which you seem to swallow like an eight year old. Which leaves you some way short of being convincing.

        • Draco T Bastard

          where do you believe they came from and what do you believe is being covered up ?

          Belief isn’t good enough to make a decision upon. We need evidence and that is almost always missing from these discussions.

          The problem is that so many make vital decisions based upon belief and ideology rather than the facts.

          • cleangreen


            Both Stunned mullet and QAB always wildly ‘assume’ or use “belief” as they are right wing terms to widen the focus that it has been proven already.

            We now live in a deep state world of propandana activities and not the true factual world any more.

            • Stunned Mullet

              ‘Propanda’ …sounds cuddly.

              • Bill

                Nah mate. You’re getting it all confused with Poppa Panda.

                Propanda is the “Save the Bamboo” crowd.

                And propandana that cleangreen was referring to is just this years, vaguely militantly themed fashionable panda headwear.

                • Stunned mullet

                  Ah good oh, thanks for the clarification.

                  For I second I thought he was riffing like good old Randal and his Hardly Davisons.

            • Keepcalmcarryon

              It’s not fair to call OAB right wing. An intelligent poster with sometimes differing views to whoever. Hope the month goes quick.

        • Bill

          There are reports of chemical weapons manufacturing ‘factories’ being found in Ghouta. Apparently one journalist present worked for CNN, (Frederick Pleitgen, his camerawoman and a translator) but well, they omitted that detail from the live report for the network.

          In tandem with that Vanessa Beeley (whose first hand reports from Syria have been pretty well on the mark even if her overarching political philosophy is questionable) reports that an estimated 3 500 civilians have been incarcerated by Jaish Al Islam in Ghouta.

          Here’s the link to her piece that includes the reference to CNN.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            Makes sense to me that ISIS remnants would perpetrate this atrocity as a last-ditch propaganda attack on Damascus. The problem is I can also see Assad doing it again, too.

            Anyone who would do it once, or even plan for it in the first place (cf: the “Syrian Center of Environmental Protection Problems”) is already beyond the bounds of sense or decency, so expecting them to start behaving reasonably is a stretch.

            ISIS are no better. Either party could be responsible for an attack like this.

            • Bill

              Not according to “our” governments and the howls (more muted than on previous occasions) from the liberal/corporate media.

              Their take seems very much to be that if chemicals were used it was Assad; it was Russia….and Iran will also pay, because “Iran”.

            • Brigid

              What you can ‘see’ counts for nothing when the OPCW, in every investigation, has not proved Assad’s government gassed Syrians.

              • Ed

                And we know the white helmets have tried to frame the government before.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                People who stockpile 1,300 tonnes of the stuff (not including the chlorine) don’t do so by accident. Nor do they do so with good intentions.

                As you can see, I have a low opinion of Bashar Al-Assad. You’re going to have to find a way to accept that.

                • Brigid

                  I don’t write stuff on here for your eyes only.
                  You’re going to have to find a way to accept that.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    However, when you’re merchandising your doubt at me, you can expect a response.

      • alwyn 1.3.3

        “Obama was given a nobel peace prize moments after taking office”

        A slight exaggeration One Two. It was actually about eight and a half months. It certainly felt like the way you describe it though. I can only think of one reason they gave him the award.
        He wasn’t George W Bush and the Norwegian Nobel Committee really hated George. Obama certainly hadn’t done anything, at least at that stage, to deserve it.

        • One Two

          POTUS for 8 years, peace prize after 8 months…

          11% of the total time of the presidency…

          It was announced sometime prior to the award…


  2. Ffloyd 2

    Trevvy reporting”new fuel tax” as an apocalypse. Can’t bring myself to read the article yet. Can’t wait for her to write a real news column. New revelations on Pike River Mine for one. Middlebrow Hospital for another. Camp Burnham as well. Umm, EQC debacle. Shame on you Brownies. Should go and read it now, it might be a truly unbiased revelation.

  3. Ed 3

    Poor old Mike is going to have to pay more for his coffee so workers on minimum wages have a better chance of feeding themselves and their kids.
    Poor Mike.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        Hosking doesn’t understand that the government is one of the market forces he purports to worship.

        • cleangreen

          Ha ha ha.
          Yes you may be correct there as it stands presently OAB.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            The government is a huge market force. The ability to make laws and regulations is very influential. In NZ (iirc) they’re also the largest employer in the country.

            Hosking’s saying “you can’t dip your toe in the water” to someone who’s already in the bath.

    • indiana 3.2

      Minimum wage nor a living wage will save workers. Mike will find a cheaper alternative.

      Robot baristas, here they come!

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1

        You’re probably right. So, we have to get rid of the failed experiment called capitalism as it obviously can’t support society at all as an economic system is supposed to do.

        • Ed

          Spot on, Draco.
          Economic systems are philosophical ideas designed to serve us all.

      • AB 3.2.2

        Excellent – perhaps a rogue robot will remove Mike’s head and steam it for 20 seconds before dropping it in a latte bowl?

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 4

    Blame the cyclists. Blame the cattle.

    Personal responsibility? Missing in action.

    • weka 4.1

      Dude shunting the animal with his ute needs to have a think about what he did too.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1

        Have to say I’d think twice about getting in the way of “a half a ton of angry pot-roast”. Not saying he did the right thing, more like I might well make the same mistake. Mind you I haven’t got bull-bars.

        • weka

          Farmer should have had people there so ultimately it’s on them. But it does sound like a bunch of people who had no idea how to be in/around cattle, doing stupid shit*. We share the road with farmers. Would the cyclists have done that in a paddock of cattle? Then why do it on the road?

          I’ve seen a farmer come up behind me when I’ve slowed for cattle on the road, pass me, and then use his vehicle to push the cattle out of the way faster. I wasn’t in a hurry, he was an arsehole who thought he was doing his job. The cattle behaved exactly as you would expect and got agitated, jumping around.

          Not an issue with cars (although I can see the potential for damage to the vehicle or the animal there if someone driving didn’t know what to do), but a really bad idea when you have people in that situation who are smaller than the cattle.

          *also possible is the person who drove his vehicle into the actual animal was a farmer.

        • cleangreen

          Do you have a farm as I do, and we treat our animals as we would treat you, so are you up for this?

          We treat our animals humanly with respect so should everyone as they have no other voice of reason than us.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            I don’t even eat them: I reckon that’s pretty “humane”.

      • Keepcalmcarryon 4.1.2

        Not really, save the person whoever’s fault it was.

        • weka

          He drove into the steer and it then attacked another cyclist. Understandably (by the steer).

          We don’t know what happened, but on the face of it, in the story in the article, what I would have done is gotten out of my vehicle and told the cyclist to get off his bike, cross to the other side of the road and stop and wait for the steer to figure out what to do. It’s not going to attack people randomly, but it will if it’s stressed or scared. The person who drove into the steer aggravated the situation.

          • Keepcalmcarryon

            Missed that but, yes quite probably wound it up more- if true, the story has already changed from yesterday!

    • Keepcalmcarryon 4.2

      Dude in the comment section is adamant cones were in place and farmers at each end, cyclists bowled through, if that’s the case they only have themselves to blame.

      The other take home is how shit the reporting is – they have repeatedly confused a bull with a steer (obviously different temperament/handling) and didn’t establish the facts around the animal movement.

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    Only ten of us installed the Big Brother app.

    Can the other sixty-three thousand of us claim ACC or something? I feel a sense of paranoia coming on.

  6. halfcrown 6

    I am not a Green voter but I am impressed of what I saw of Marama Davidson on the AM show this morning.
    She was NOT going to let Garner talk over her and wasn’t he pissed off.
    So pissed off, he and that other odious character Ricardson along with the female on the show who does not impress me one bit, had a deep and meaningful discussion on Marama Davidson’s comment on benefit fraud. something like ” I am not going to discuss that” not sure of exact words.
    It is a pity they do not have a similarly deep and meaningful discussion on tax fraud and the state of Middlemore Hospital, that no bridges Bridges says it is nothing to do with the National party.
    We need more like Marama Davidson to start to put these arseoles in their place, and I think Garner was so desperate to get something on her, he had to scrape the bottom of the barrel so hard to find that snippet he must have put a hole it.

    • Whispering Kate 6.1

      She also owned the interview with Espiner on RNZ on Morning Report this morning, my partner said “way to go Marama” – she controlled the narrative and what a breath of fresh air that was. Interesting times ahead for her and her political career.

    • cleangreen 6.2

      half crown you hit the nail squarely on the head.

      Last time I was a supporter of the green party was in 2002 and we split off to start our own Environmental advocacy centre because the green party were not supporting our actions using the green party.

      But now we see a glimmer of hope that the greens may push Labour back left again to it’s ‘true left side’ (as Simon Bridges suggested would happen if Marama was elected co-leader),on this morning on The AM Show.

      So we live in hope that the labour party will turn left again as all expected it to do.

    • AB 6.3

      Good on her.
      Alternatively she might have said she was happy to discuss benefit fraud so long as Garner allocated 33x as much time to discussing tax avoidance as that ratio correctly reflects their relative economic impact according to Lisa Marriot’s research.
      Say, 3 seconds on benefit fraud and 1min 40 sec on tax avoidance?

    • Ed 6.4

      Great news.
      Catherine Delahunty of the Greens also found out that Amanda Gillies ( like Richardson and Garner) does not deserve our respect.

  7. Tony Veitch (not etc) 7

    Soimon is UNfuckingBELIEVABLE!

    On the news -” the Government should stop whining and get on with fixing the mess in the health system!” or words to that effect.

    • Cinny 7.1

      Well said Tony, after witnessing his attempts on both TV networks this morning I’m predicting that he will lead national to their biggest loss ever come 2020.

    • tc 7.2

      Wish Clark would start telling people about the clusterf#$k that Ryall/Key/Blinglish and Coleman created just in health.

      A Comprehensive year by year listing of all the services cut back or removed including a grim reaper to show where Mental Health keeled over because not having a reasonable mental health system is asking for trouble in this modern world.

      Then move on to Education, the environment, transport, housing etc in a format that’s easily understood so sheeple get the look and feel.

      Sheeple don’t think so with the nact msm giving these unchallenged soapboxes the Govt runs a risk by not countering the BS.

    • OnceWasTim 7.3

      Probably loik you, at toims I foind it difficult to unnastearn the bugger. Not unloik John Key going forwid.
      But then I’VE JUSS BEEN LUSSNING ta Jearssie Mullgin – lissning bearnt Kriss Lewisand the nurryda .
      I’l have to listen again because all I could hair was “ear ear ear” (going forward).
      En oim a mouldabull genrayshull Nu Zullna liviing, and deeply embedded amongst the Mount Victoria Urban Liberal – even to the extent I’ve sampled most of the lower Marjoribank Street’s eateries.
      Bugger me tho’…… I really will have to revisit and listen.

  8. Pat 8

    ‘World leaders urged to act as anger over inequality reaches a ‘tipping point’

    same clowns.

    • Pat 8.1

      In a similar vein….must be contagious

      “Though they’ll never admit it, the logical consequence of the Taxpayers’ Union’s policies is indistinguishable from that of every other “taxation is theft” outfit: expanding the domain of public pain by deliberately reducing the opportunities for its concerted public amelioration. Like the far-Right American lobbyist, Grover Norquist, they are determined to get the state down to “the size where we can drown it in the bathtub”

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      The rich are the problem – time to get rid of them.

      • Pat 8.2.1

        I wouldnt phrase it so simplistically but agree with the general direction….the problem however is that too many comparatively well off see it as a personal attack whether or not their personal circumstances would be adversely affected or not…a case of ‘better the devil you know’ rather than ‘nothing to lose’ all wrapped up with fear.

        There comes a tipping point.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Well, we can use legislation to get rid of them or that tipping point arrives and people in dire straights do dire things.

      • cleangreen 8.2.2

        100%, Draco;

        Vote for the only option left to us all now is socialism as capitalism is dead now because of human greed.

  9. savenz 9

    Clearly we are doing something wrong in NZ….

    “New Zealand’s prison population is skyrocketing, and our jails are at breaking point.

    The Netherlands has the opposite problem – they’re closing down prisons because inmate numbers have plummeted.”

    • cleangreen 9.1

      Yes savenz;

      Holland use discipline far more than we do but temper it with a much higher level of humanity towards incarcerated and use rehabilitation and training to give hope to those who have faulted.

  10. indiana 10

    Like these people?

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  11. Ed 11

    The most recent article from Craig Murray.
    Brilliant satire.

    “Despite this story being one of the most improbably wild conspiracy theories in human history, it is those who express any doubt at all as to its veracity who are smeared as “conspiracy theorists” or even “traitors”.”

  12. adam 12

    If you favour sanctions for Russia, then have a read of this. Working people inside Russia are suffering. The last election was a joke, as mass protest against Putin suggest. “What protest in Russia” I hear you say, Christian Anarchists have been helping organising them, 300,000 people at one protest alone. All is not well in the oligarchic regime, what with them bleeding working Russians dry.

    Do I need to mention a friend of mine is still in Prison, awaiting charges. Almost three years, now. Another guy I know has been given 5 years for Sedition, he was handing out fliers in support gay rights. His church is constantly being monitored, because they let LGBT members into the congregation.

  13. red-blooded 13

    Here’s a link to the article Simon Wilson wrote based on an interview with Johnathan Coleman. He claims to have known nothing about Middlemore (surprise, surprise!). Perhaps a bigger surprise – says he argued against tax cuts and for more funding for Health and Education” Wasn’t he the minister of health who presided over that?

    “I can tell you right now I had no knowledge of that at all,” he said. “Absolutely none. And,” he added, speaking each word carefully, “I don’t lie.”

    He said the Counties-Manukau district health board chair Lester Levy told a parliamentary select committee in February this year that they had two problems. “One was increased demand and the other was management of ageing infrastructure.” But he said Levy had not gone into any detail.

    “It was never raised with us,” Coleman said. “Look. If I had known, this would have gone to the top of my list.”

    Coleman cast himself as the champion of health. He told me that as health minister he battled inside Cabinet and caucus for more resources for his sector. “I asked for more money for health in each budget. It’s no secret that I advocated for more spending on health and education, instead of tax cuts.”

    No secret, eh, Johnathan? I sure don’t recall hearing this from you in the past. What about all the “Labour is the party of tax” and “tax is theft” bullshit your party has spouted in recent times?

    • OnceWasTim 13.1

      Probably one of the best kept National Party secrets (i.e. his advocacy in Cabinet for increased funding in the health sector).

    • Anne 13.2

      I read that article and reflected on his claims. He did have leadership ambitions up until recently which is probably the reason he kept silent about his opposition to tax cuts.

      It shows that in the Nat Party ambition trumps everything.

      • Muttonbird 13.2.1

        A bit harsh on Dr Death 🙂

        He would have been sacked or have had to quit if he’d publicly gone against Key’s and Bingles’ desire for tax cuts bribes the public didn’t even want.

        But then again he didn’t quit, did he.

        Can imagine ponytail boy and bingles being too happy reading that Wilson interview…lol.

    • Ad 13.3

      Just shows he was weak in Cabinet.
      Continually got rolled.

    • Grafton Gully 13.4

      Coleman, Levy and Mathias have show lack of commitment to our public health system while occupying positions of power within it.
      Mathias, the Birthcare and Labtests entrepreneur. Levy the seemingly conflicted director of Tonkin and Taylor and Coleman groomed to become CEO of Acurity Healthcare.
      Looks to me like they entered and left the public sector to suit their private sector agendas.

    • dukeofurl 13.5

      Lester Levy would have had his speech vetted by Colemans staff. Thats how these things work.

      They certainly ‘managed ‘the Waikato DHB CEO scandal to push it out till after the election.

  14. Anne 14

    You can bet your bottom dollar the foreign country in question was the United States.

    • OnceWasTim 14.1

      Perhaps we should defer to @Wayne’s expertise and impartial opinion on the matter.
      He should be along soon (when he gets time to indulge in a little conversation with a hard-left Labour Party blog site like TS.

      • Anne 14.1.1

        You will be in trouble with lprent. It’s not a Labour Party blog-site.

      • wayne 14.1.2

        From my recollection I am pretty sure the other country is Afghanistan. I recall various discussions with NZDF and MFAT officials on this particular point.

        When forces are deployed in another country which has a legally constituted government (which Afghanistan had from about 2002/2003) naturally that country has a say in the scope of the ROE.

        And as Exkiwiforces says there is also a status of forces agreement. Most of the legal jurisdiction over our forces remained with the New Zealand government.

    • Exkiwiforces 14.2

      Having read that post during my lunch and IMO it’s Afghanistan Government via what’s called a SOFA ( Status Of Forces Agreement) which covers everything from ROE, OFOF, LOAC, Size of the Military Force in the host nation, Religious stuff, respect of Local customs/ culture and use of locally employed contractors doing building, cleaning the dunnies etc etc as list is almost endless on the do’s and don’ts in the host nation.

      • Macro 14.2.1

        Yes I think that would be the case as well.

        • Exkiwiforces

          The Iraq SOFA is very strict and this largely due to some of the muppet PMC’s aka Blackwater and the shit that went on during the last shit fight post invasion.

          • Molly

            With the SOFA in place, and any information regarding how troops engaged or behaved under these agreements, and subject to classification – how would you see any unethical or out of scope behaviour by the NZ Army (most notably the decision makers) being able to be discovered, and verified?

            • Exkiwiforces

              I don’t know the full mechanics of how the SOFA works, but from what I do know that the host nation particularly those within the MER are very sensitive at gets released to the general public.

              Some of the confronting shit I’ve/ We’ve have seen in MER which went against my/ our values and morals we had to sand back or turn our back as I/ we couldn’t intervene due to the SOFA. BTW it’s not to do with Combat or the POWs as the they came under LOAC, but it was cultural and Religious stuff.

  15. Ad 15

    Anyone want to have a go at Northcote on June 9th?

    My personal pick would be Richard Hills the local Labour Councillor.

    He would have as good a shot as any against a fairly significant National majority.

    • Anne 15.1

      He would be the ideal candidate and – bless his cotton socks – he might even pull off a shock win.

      • AB 15.1.1

        Yes – but surely they’ll remain loyal to Shanan Halbert who did pretty well last year?
        Happy to see the contagion of Croaker Coleman lifted no matter what the result tbh

  16. Newshub congratulations to our sports stars for there win . Duncan New Zealand is as raciest as Taika Waititi is right with his statement .If I was brought up by my white father I would not be going through this Total harassment By the NEW ZEALAND POLICE they are using all the dirty tactics they can I read and see all the people whom the police have used to try and take me out . Can you justifie that . I am as proud as of my MAORI heritage and nothing is going to change that.
    Jacinda you handled Dancan well I treat everyone with respect I try my best not to be raciest because in my eyes we are all one race the humans race. Race should be banded to the history books we have to ALL COME together to mitigate against climate change to survive look at the other ancient cultures that have collapse around Papatuanuku .
    The Aucland Council should close that native forest track to save OUR ancient Kauri till they find a solution that stops the spread of that Kauri die back virus now.
    As for jonathan coleman watch him bend his neck while he lies his—— off Ana to kai. P.S shonky was a master at suppressing information and minuplating information
    Ka kite ano

    • eco maori 16.1

      The AM Show I agree with old Michele Barnett that OUR nurses deserve a pay rise they are just as important to OUR society as any the police . Paddy that’s the way ehoa tell it like you see it on Taika Waititi statement is correct P.S I am multi tasking on my computa .
      Ana to kai Ka kite ano

      • eco maori 16.1.1

        The AM Show I detest bullies as I was bullied since my Greatgrandmother died . The New Zealand police are bulling me now and bulling everyone that I associate with
        The thing is that I have a thick skin and it does not affect me as it does others Ana to kai Ka kite ano

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  • Spain is not a democracy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
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  • Woman: Deleted.
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Fighting Monsters.
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  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
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  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • October 2019 – Newsletter ...
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
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  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
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    2 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
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    5 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    8 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    9 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    1 day ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
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    4 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
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    4 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
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    4 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
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    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
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    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
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    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
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    5 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
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    5 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
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    5 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
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    5 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
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    5 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
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    5 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
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    6 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
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    6 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    6 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
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    6 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    6 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    6 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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    6 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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    6 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
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    1 week ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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