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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, December 2nd, 2015 - 103 comments
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 24th, 2015 - 131 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.
Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, November 10th, 2015 - 214 comments
Serial fondler of young persons’ hair and celebrity PM impersonator John Key lost it in Parliament today.
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…
Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, October 18th, 2015 - 76 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.
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”
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.
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!
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, January 21st, 2013 - 76 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…
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.
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.
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…
Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, August 23rd, 2012 - 50 comments
The exodus to Australia is at record levels. Falling wages have seen social inequality rise to record levels. Good job National.
Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, August 22nd, 2012 - 74 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.