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He wasn’t here to help us, was he

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, January 4th, 2020 - 80 comments

The utter failure of the Australian Prime Minister to lead during the bushfire crisis reminds us that it’s care for our children and communities that drives climate action. When people mobilise politicians will follow.

Climate action: everything we do matters

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 22nd, 2019 - 52 comments

As the climate catastrophe gets to another level of intensity, building new systems can be an antidote to feeling powerless or afraid in the face of the crisis.

Slowing economy?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 14th, 2019 - 39 comments

In May this year the New Zealand Treasury was projecting growth accelerating from 2.4% to 3% in 2019-20 while the Reserve Bank has pessimistically cut interest rates to 1%. Both can’t be right.

We have an obligation to act on Manus Island

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, November 2nd, 2017 - 229 comments

Jacinda Ardern faces a test of her claim she can handle Australia better than the last two Prime Ministers. How will she react?

Australia’s war

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 5 comments

Surprising no one: “A newly declassified report obtained by Fairfax Media reveals Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken solely to enhance our alliance with the US.”

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Ouch Ouch Ouch!

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 3rd, 2017 - 70 comments

Diplomacy in the age of Trump is going to be a real blast. Just ask Australia.

NRT: Embarrassing

Written By: - Date published: 1:42 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 2 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes on a political refugee – from Australia.

The Nauru files

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, August 10th, 2016 - 20 comments

Once again a whistleblower / leaker has done the world a service. Shame on Australia.

C’mon Aussie C’mon!

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 pm, July 1st, 2016 - 13 comments

The Ocker Election is coming down to the wire. The polls are neck and neck and the senate looks set to be a mess. Labor need 19 seats and the Liberal party needs a miracle in the upper house. C’mon, Aussie, C’mon!

Update: Early results have the coalition down, but not down enough. Currently 57-56 to the coalition. 76 needed.

Update 2: Labor doing unexpectedly well in Queensland, Nick Xenephon wins in SA.

Update 3: Lib deputy Julie Bishop is reduced to calling Labor “liars” over Medicare. The fear is showing.

Update 4: Coalition 62. Labor 60. West Australia about to start reporting.

Update 5: Coalition 69, Labor 62, Greens 1, Others 4.

 

Happy Genocide Day Cobbers!

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 am, January 26th, 2016 - 20 comments

Today is Australia Day, the federal celebration of the invasion of the big island to the west of us. Journalist Stan Grant lays bare the Australian Dream in a stunning contribution to the recent IQ2Oz debate. Clearly, as the video shows, saying sorry isn’t enough.

Deportee

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, December 2nd, 2015 - 101 comments

Standard Exclusive:

Te Reo Putake interviews one of the first batch of deportees from Australia under the Liberal Government’s hardline approach to Kiwis who serve jail time in the lucky country.

Andrew Little in Australia

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, November 26th, 2015 - 62 comments

Contrary to Key’s scaremongering about “making things worse” Little’s, visit to Australia seems to have been positive and constructive.

Key doesn’t like being shown up by Little

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 24th, 2015 - 130 comments

Andrew Little is planning to speak up for the rights of Kiwi expats on his trip to Australia. Key clearly doesn’t like being shown up, so out come the desperate accusations.

Serial fondler accuses Labour of “backing rapists”

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, November 10th, 2015 - 212 comments

Serial fondler of young persons’ hair and celebrity PM impersonator John Key lost it in Parliament today.

Kelvin Davis on Christmas Island

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, October 19th, 2015 - 39 comments

Today Key is trying to dress up Aussie platitudes (on detained Kiwis) as scraps of progress. But Labour MP Kelvin Davis is taking action…

Our influence in Australia

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, October 18th, 2015 - 75 comments

Key has failed to budge Australia on the detention and deportation of Kiwis. Apart from the photo ops and the mutual admiration society, our actual influence is zero.

Anti TPP ad (Australian)

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, September 13th, 2015 - 17 comments

An Australian TV ad on the downsides of the TPP – “We just received word that Channel 9 banned our new TV ad from airing during the evening news”

Selling state houses to Australia

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, June 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

English needs to explain why the government can’t find NZ buyers for their “social housing” plans. The Nats to explain how selling state houses helps a single family in need.

Local Bodies: Let’s Bring Our Banking Home!

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, June 30th, 2014 - 76 comments

In the 1980s and early 90s the wisdom of the day dictated that our Kiwi banks were unsustainable. The buyout by Aussie banks saw huge profits and dividends head across the ditch. Russel Norman revealed an unhealthy relationship between our Reserve Bank and Westpac in an ongoing relationship that hadn’t been tendered for. This will now be tendered for and now there is a possibility for kiwi bank to win the tender. It’s about time we restored some real competition and brought more of our banking home!

The view from Australia

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, April 17th, 2013 - 67 comments

Sometimes a certain distance gives the clearest view. A piece on PM John Key from Australian newspaper The Telegraph.

Jobs(.govt.nz) to Australia

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, January 23rd, 2013 - 27 comments

Danyl at Dimpost has discovered that National is so serious about (enhancing) the drain of jobs and Kiwis to Australia that they’ve actually outsourced the Government Jobs website (http://jobs.govt.nz/) to… Australia. While I love irony, surely this says everything about National’s actually commitment to the people of our country.

Pushed off the safety net

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, January 21st, 2013 - 75 comments

News from Australia reports an increase in numbers turning to sex work following cuts to welfare benefits. Here in NZ as a similar cost-saving measure we have benefit purges underway – at a time of rising unemployment…

Yet another reason to move to Australia

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, November 14th, 2012 - 13 comments

Here’s an entry to add to the already very long list of why people move to Australia. Apparently, they have much better taste in media there.

Garner on the exodus to Oz

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, September 21st, 2012 - 51 comments

John Key is one kind of Wizard all right – a Wizard of Oz. He can make people disappear there. Duncan Garner rips in to him.

Jobs? In Oz…

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, September 19th, 2012 - 19 comments

I saw this story on Friday saying about how the number of jobs available on seek.co.nz is up. Paula Bennett and John Key regularly come up with stories about how many jobs there are out there – you only need to look at trademe or seek – but they don’t mention that…

National’s achievement: Highest ever inequality

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, August 23rd, 2012 - 49 comments

The exodus to Australia is at record levels. Falling wages have seen social inequality rise to record levels. Good job National.

Joint Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, August 22nd, 2012 - 73 comments

A press release that is well worth reprinting verbatim.  The Green parties of NZ, Australia and Canada speak out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Australia’s sweatshop

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, July 7th, 2012 - 69 comments

The Nats have given up on catching up with Australia, and are content for us to become their low wage sweatshop instead. Their cheerleaders think it’s a great idea.

I beg to differ.

ImperatorFish: More Futile and Cynical Policy

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, June 26th, 2012 - 6 comments

John Key must think the New Zealand public have the memory of a goldfish. He’s put forward bold plans before, but they usually end in failure. Closing the income gap with Australia, creating more jobs, reducing the number of people fleeing to a better life in Australia. And now the promise to get back into budget surplus, which he’s already backtracking on.

The only growth industry

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, May 15th, 2012 - 29 comments

I guess we should give credit to National, in this time of economic stagnation, for the one and only growth industry that they have accomplished.

The reverse Midas touch: the gap with Australia

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, April 27th, 2012 - 19 comments

Remember when we elected that guy with all the financial experience because he would be able to guide us through the tough time better and close the gap with Australia? Oops.

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