Budget details “leak”

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Date published: 11:03 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 48 comments

Richard Harman at Politik: A “Families’ Income Package” is likely to be at the core of this week’s Budget. Sources close to the Government have “leaked” details of the Budget to POLITIK.

Stuff – online survey on NZ direction

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Date published: 10:28 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 9 comments

Stuff is running an online survey – Is New Zealand on the right track?

Geddis on TPP11

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Date published: 9:46 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 10 comments

Geddis: “So either Bill English was lying to Susie Ferguson on the radio, or his advisors lied to him about what TPP11 will require, or the Crown’s lawyers are lying to the Waitangi Tribunal.”

Strong and Stable – guess National’s campaign slogan!

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Date published: 8:34 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 36 comments

We’ve had the Brighter Future (it sucks). We’ve had The Cusp of Something Special (it wasn’t). What will National’s soundbite slogan be this time?

$14 billion to meet Paris Agreement targets

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Date published: 7:01 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 15 comments

Why isn’t National taking active steps to curb our emissions? We committed to reduce to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, instead we are expected to increase. This is a massive failure of vision, commitment, and competence.

Open Mike 23/05/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 185 comments

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Daily Review 22/05/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Caption contest

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Date published: 3:45 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 32 comments

Pre budget positioning for a government that says it is “doing all it can”

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Date published: 1:37 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 10 comments

National does the bare minimum that it thinks it can get away with for those in need. This positioning is just preparing the ground for a budget that does more the same not enough.

No one owns water, apart from corporations who sell it …

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Date published: 12:43 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 27 comments

The Herald has reported that ordinary New Zealanders are paying 500 times as much for water as corporations who export it.

Voter transitions 2011 2014

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Date published: 10:25 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 31 comments


Peter Ellis from Peter’s Stats Stuff

Let’s green the red zone

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Date published: 8:00 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 91 comments

A Christchurch community group has come out with an outstanding solution for what to do with red zone land that is currently unusable.

The Greens – Budget for All Mothers

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Date published: 7:02 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 33 comments

Some great ideas in The Greens “Budget for All Mothers”. Surely no “data driven” “social investment” party could be opposed?

Open Mike 22/05/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 45 comments

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President Pence

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Date published: 6:21 pm, May 21st, 2017 - 47 comments

Mensch and Taylor report that: “Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States.”

The UK elections – Has Labour got the big mo?

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Date published: 10:58 am, May 21st, 2017 - 66 comments

And in the United Kingdom the election that was meant to be a foregone conclusion suddenly is suddenly tightening.

Book review: Here on Earth – An Argument for Hope

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Date published: 10:01 am, May 21st, 2017 - 11 comments

A brief review of Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope, by Tim Flannery. An argument for hope is exactly what we need, but does Flannery make the case?

Slater v Craig – battle of the has beens

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Date published: 8:55 am, May 21st, 2017 - 22 comments

The High Court this week has been asked to dissect the decline of the Conservative Party and of the 2014 form of dirty politics.

Open Mike 21/05/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 21st, 2017 - 38 comments

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New Zealand’s Neoliberal Drift

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Date published: 2:23 pm, May 20th, 2017 - 85 comments

In New Zealand, neoliberal reforms have widened inequality and undermined the country’s self-image as an egalitarian paradise.

Sitemeter is broken – no Open Parachute stats.

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Date published: 1:35 pm, May 20th, 2017 - 6 comments

Over months, the readings from Statcounter had gotten increasingly inaccurate. Since the other public site stats packages have significiant other flaws on highish volume sites, we stopped running any. That means that the blog rankings for this site at Open Parachute stopped. Bomber can claim a empty position because he can’t check his statistics.

Campbell on the TPP cargo cult

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Date published: 9:22 am, May 20th, 2017 - 17 comments

Gordon Campbell: “The TPP has literally become a cargo cult ritual that’s being performed in the hope that someday, one day, the Americans will return, bearing gifts.”

Assange and Manning

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Date published: 8:15 am, May 20th, 2017 - 36 comments

Swedish prosecutors are dropping their seven year old preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange. Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Open Mike 20/05/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 20th, 2017 - 52 comments

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Daily Review 19/05/2017

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Date published: 5:28 pm, May 19th, 2017 - 16 comments

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Little replies to property specualtors

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Date published: 1:21 pm, May 19th, 2017 - 60 comments

Good piece by Andrew Little where he addresses the arguments of the property speculators. “It’s common sense. Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidising speculators and helping them outbid home buyers.”

The possible privatisation of Ports of Auckland

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Date published: 8:59 am, May 19th, 2017 - 134 comments

The Government is attempting through coercion and cajoling to get Auckland Council to privatise Ports of Auckland.

Suicide, Mike King, and mental health services

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Date published: 7:59 am, May 19th, 2017 - 38 comments

On the issues of suicide and mental health, the choice is pretty clear. Bungling and abuse from National, a positive plan for action from Labour.

Hey Kids: Voting’s Fun!

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Date published: 7:05 am, May 19th, 2017 - 30 comments

The Jonathan Pie guide to voter engagement.

Open Mike 19/05/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 19th, 2017 - 46 comments

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Daily Review 18/05/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 18th, 2017 - 60 comments

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