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Open Mike 15/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 15th, 2017 - 70 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 14/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 14th, 2017 - 111 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 …

Nick Smith is a disgrace

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Date published: 1:00 pm, March 14th, 2017 - 32 comments

In a functioning democracy Nick Smith’s handling of the Resource Management Bill should result in him losing his ministerial warrant.

Cat Among the Pigeons

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Date published: 9:56 am, March 14th, 2017 - 94 comments

Nicolas Sturgeon to seek the authority of the Scottish Parliament to agree the details of a Section 30 Order that will allow the Scottish Parliament to legislate for an independence referendum.

There are no surpluses

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Date published: 9:48 am, March 14th, 2017 - 38 comments

There are no surpluses in NZ right now, not in any real sense. There is only debt, negative externalities and deferred costs.

Anthony Rimell – why I am standing for Parliament

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Date published: 9:00 am, March 14th, 2017 - 30 comments

Anthony Rimell is Labour’s candidate for the Ilam seat.  In this post he sets out the reasons why he is standing for Parliament.

Call to teach consent in schools

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Date published: 7:02 am, March 14th, 2017 - 126 comments

Yesterday evening saw a well attended rally at Parliament to protest rape culture in NZ, and call for the teaching of consent in schools.

Open Mike 14/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 14th, 2017 - 70 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 13/03/2017

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Date published: 5:39 pm, March 13th, 2017 - 25 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 …

Marwick on dirty politics, leaks and the OIA

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Date published: 2:01 pm, March 13th, 2017 - 31 comments

Marwick: “The other thing you can deduce from a three year battle over access to correspondence is that the most senior politician in the land probably had something to hide.”

Welcome newsroom!

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Date published: 12:53 pm, March 13th, 2017 - 4 comments

The shiny new newsroom website is now up and running. They have a strong team, and a great first scoop on the sale of falsely labelled “free range” eggs.

English flogging National’s one-trick pony

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Date published: 9:50 am, March 13th, 2017 - 73 comments

Never mind the record debt, the dropped contributions to the Cullen fund, the housing crisis, rising poverty, the deteriorating health system, the costs of quake rebuilds, the filthy water, the need to prepare for climate change – never mind all that, have an election bribe!

RIP Murray Ball

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Date published: 8:09 am, March 13th, 2017 - 10 comments

Open Mike 13/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 13th, 2017 - 89 comments

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Justin Lester: Why Wellington, why Labour, and how did he make conference cry?

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Date published: 4:49 pm, March 12th, 2017 - 9 comments

Via Noted, the Mayor of Wellington talks about his city, his mayoralty, and why he’s Labour.

Climate change, weather bombs, and the infrastructure that we need

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Date published: 10:23 am, March 12th, 2017 - 62 comments

The effects of climate change are here, now, playing out in the flooded north. We should be preparing, we should be hardening critical infrastructure like Auckland’s fresh water supply. Instead of building – you know – more roads.

A tenant’s tale

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Date published: 8:11 am, March 12th, 2017 - 197 comments

“And when I saw that article in the NZ Herald this morning , in light of whats been happening to so many New Zealander family’s having to sleep in cars and the like over the past few years – I thought ”FUCK IT !!”… Im going to say something.”

Open Mike 12/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 12th, 2017 - 38 comments

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Andrew Little on The Nation

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Date published: 1:16 pm, March 11th, 2017 - 84 comments

A good interview with Andrew Little on The Nation. Among the many topics covered, Little stated that all pledges can be funded without raising taxes.

What should Labour and the Greens do in Ilam?

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Date published: 9:32 am, March 11th, 2017 - 48 comments

Christchurch Councillor Raf Manji has announced that he will be standing as an independent against Gerry Brownlee for the Ilam seat in Christchurch.

Community groups abandon Smith’s water forum

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Date published: 8:37 am, March 11th, 2017 - 14 comments

Will Nick Smith get the message and set in place a realistic consultation process and safe standards, or will he persist with a plan so bad that no one wants to be associated with it?

Open Mike 11/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 11th, 2017 - 150 comments

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No Mana, Māori Party

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Date published: 5:45 pm, March 10th, 2017 - 52 comments

The Māori King’s comments reveal a much bigger crisis within Māori politics.

Daily Review 10/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 10th, 2017 - 44 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 …

Nick legged it

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Date published: 1:18 pm, March 10th, 2017 - 19 comments

Remember how the move of Nick Leggett to National was supposed to be some big disaster for Labour?

TOP climate change policy

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Date published: 9:32 am, March 10th, 2017 - 21 comments

Morgan’s TOP climate change policy is out, and it commits to “net zero carbon emissions by 2050”. There’s lots to like…

Racist campaigns and attack ads

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Date published: 7:03 am, March 10th, 2017 - 32 comments

A couple of racist groups seem to be hawking their wares recently. Unfortunately this may herald the start of a dirty election, dragged down by well funded and unaccountable pressure groups.

Open Mike 10/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 10th, 2017 - 108 comments

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For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 09/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 9th, 2017 - 72 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 …

Roads not health

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Date published: 9:38 am, March 9th, 2017 - 98 comments

A new coalition protests health under-funding, while the cost of the holiday highway blows out. Our government has its priorities all screwed up.

Who will Bill English attack next?

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Date published: 8:22 am, March 9th, 2017 - 38 comments

Fresh from insulting voters, English has now taken to insulting political parties. Perhaps he doesn’t want to be in government any more? Or is he just losing it completely?

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