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Strike breaking Bill in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 3:24 pm, June 18th, 2013 - 28 comments

The Nats’ strike breaking Bill is in trouble, with the Employers & Manufacturers Association and Peter Dunne both stating their opposition. Let’s hope it’s another win for workers and for MMP.

From a sinking ship

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, June 12th, 2013 - 61 comments

Ongoing problems for Peter Dunne and United Future.

Whistleblowers and services to journalism

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 10th, 2013 - 57 comments

Two leakers (one a true whistleblower), are in the news right now, both focused on the US-led surveillance society, operating in the interests of corporate power.  And today, in relation to this, 2 journalists show the importance of the fourth estate to democracy. Kim Hill & Glenn Greenwald take a bow.

The hairdo takes a haircut from the smiling assassin?

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, June 10th, 2013 - 31 comments

In politics, one week is a long time.

And for this year, the week on either side of Queen’s birthday weekend was especially interesting. And particularly hectic for some key people!

Gone

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, June 7th, 2013 - 241 comments

Having resigned as Minister, how long before we see a by-election in Ohariu as Peter Dunne’s credibility keeps dripping away? And will we see an early election?

You can be a leader of nothing!

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, June 6th, 2013 - 67 comments

Well it turns out I was wrong – you can be a leader of nothing! Chaos in Parliament at the Speaker’s ruling.

You can’t be a leader of nothing

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, June 6th, 2013 - 19 comments

Peter Dunne’s status as a party leader in Parliament (i.e. funding and perks) is under threat. Seems pretty cut and dried – you can’t be a leader of nothing. Being a sensible type, I’m sure that Peter will agree.

Dunne and dusted?

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, May 31st, 2013 - 133 comments

As of this afternoon United Future is no more.

That’s because the party can’t reach the 500 member threshold required to maintain its status as a political party.

Nats’ drones in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, May 30th, 2013 - 18 comments

Peter Dunne’s already been caught out being inconsistent around the leak of the GCSB report. He said all ministers were interviewed; but only he was. He said the leak happened while he was overseas (note: not a direct denial); but it happened the day he got back. Meanwhile, Banks is back in the dock over his ‘anonymous’ donation. It’s not looking good for either of them.

Dunne abandons charter schools

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 19th, 2013 - 33 comments

Peter Dunne is concerned about the use of unqualified teachers in charter schools. As well he should be – the Ministry of Education has issued a detailed warning against this daft policy.

Security: social, financial, personal, digital

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 10th, 2013 - 18 comments

Yesterday more planks in the NAct raft amounting to major changes, were before the House.  These undermine democracy, fairness, the security and rights of individuals, and increase hardship for those on low incomes.  Ardern on Social Security. Cunliffe on child support, privacy breaches & trust.

Dumping on Dunne’s taxes

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, March 20th, 2013 - 13 comments

The Nats are in trouble with their budget deficits and looking to raise money via increased taxes. But they are tinkering at the edges of the problem, and were quick to chuck Peter Dunne under the bus when the latest proposals didn’t fly.

Dunne in

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, March 15th, 2013 - 43 comments

National are trying to blame their petty carpark  tax on Peter Dunne, while he’s out of the country. Apparently his 1-vote is getting it through parliament by itself… (much like Charter Schools?). I doubt Dunne wants to die in a ditch for a petty carpark tax, so it’ll be good to see his response when he gets back.

Popularity doesn’t make it OK

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 7th, 2013 - 21 comments

Even Peter Dunne is getting disgusted with Key’s arrogance. Trouble is, Dunne assumes that being popular makes it OK. It doesn’t.

“Minister for Small Things”

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, March 1st, 2013 - 51 comments

Yesterday, David Cunliffe,on Peter Dunne’s Student Loan Amendment Bill, & the related inter-generational swindle, labelled Dunne as “Minister for Small Changes” & “for Small Things”. Dunne further showed his support of the “neoliberal” swindle, with a couple of tweets on non-residents buying NZ property, smearing the Greens as racist.

Late night Twitter

Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, December 14th, 2012 - 27 comments

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NRT: Reported back

Written By: - Date published: 3:23 pm, December 12th, 2012 - 4 comments

The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has reported back on David Clark’s Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Bill, with the National majority recommending it not be passed. The bill will now go back before the House, where its fate will be in the hands of Peter Dunne. Will he vote for it or not?

ImperatorFish: New Testing Regime For Party Pills

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, December 3rd, 2012 - 4 comments

A political party pill testing regime was originally announced after concerns were raised about the safety of some pills.
The highly popular National party pill range has been the subject of particular concern. The product has proven commercially successful because users of the pill report feelings of euphoria even as their personal lives come crashing down around them.

NRT: Taking on our local tax cheats

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, November 30th, 2012 - 26 comments

I/S at No Right Turn asks why the government is letting rich multinational companies get away with exploiting tax loopholes.  Here’s an idea – close the loopholes and spend the revenue on schools.

Hypocrisy and bad spin

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, November 8th, 2012 - 44 comments

NActUF use a lot of finely-honed, diversionary and distorting spin.  However, when debating 2 Private Members’ Bills yesterday, government MPs couldn’t even be bothered trying too hard; the hypocrisy was glaring and the spin clumsy – showing clearly the differences between left & right wing principles.

Maori Party too little too late

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, October 25th, 2012 - 9 comments

The Maori Party has pulled its support for the latest weakening of the ETS. As usual Peter Dunne will be personally responsible for propping up the worst of the Nats’ agenda.

Banks and Dunne vote down minimum wage

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, September 20th, 2012 - 51 comments

David Clark’s private member’s Bill to increase the minimum wage was voted down 61 to 59 last night. Shame on John Banks and Peter Dunne.

NRT: Dunne on alcohol pricing

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, August 7th, 2012 - 48 comments

Last month, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne told us “I don’t support a minimum pricing regime … a lot of the material that I’ve seen from other jurisdictions raises more doubts than support for the issue of minimum alcohol pricing“. Now, an OIA reveals the actual advice to Dunne was that the international evidence shows minimum alcohol pricing works.

The worst man on Earth

Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, July 28th, 2012 - 85 comments

I’m really looking forward to Peter Dunne retiring next election. Not as much as I would like to see him defeated but getting rid of him by any means is a godsend. This week, he has been blackmailing Labour: demanding they doff their caps to him or he would vote down their bills. So much for principle. His twitter account is a stream in invective unworthy of a minister of the Crown.

Dunne clears the competition for his backers

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, July 17th, 2012 - 54 comments

A cynic might ask if Peter Dunne is out to eliminate the competition of his mates and (it is widely thought) donors in the alcohol and cigarette industries by setting ever higher barriers for other legal highs. And I’m that cynic. I’m not against anyone selling something for human consumption having to prove its safety. […]

Privatisation bill passed

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, June 26th, 2012 - 239 comments

They’re quite literally selling our country down the river.

51% swindle averted

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, June 21st, 2012 - 31 comments

It looks like the Nats’ attempt to pull a swindle on the meaning of “51% ownership” has been averted.

Dunne angry

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, May 18th, 2012 - 106 comments

Underneath the ‘common-sense’ exterior, and all that hair, Peter Dunne is an angry man. He lashed out that those who pointed out he’s voting for asset sales he never told his electorate he would support. He screamed at losing TVNZ7 – Backbenches is his one chance to get on the telly. And he’s going feral on the Conservatives because they could usurp him.

Seriously extreme and nutty

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, May 10th, 2012 - 82 comments

Amongst all the topical chatter about the Conservative Party there was one comment that I think we should get on record for future reference.

Will Dunne heed his own poll on asset sales?

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, April 30th, 2012 - 46 comments

United Future are polling the public about their support for partial privatisation. Will Peter Dunne heed his own poll?

Another asset sale lie

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, April 14th, 2012 - 99 comments

The Nats promised to sell no more than 49% of any given state owned assert.  Now they’re trying to get cute with semantics and effectively remove all limits.  

Unfortunately for them their previous promises are on record and very clear.   Hey Peter Dunne – are you going to vote for this latest lie?

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