The view from Australia

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, April 17th, 2013 - 67 comments
Categories: economy, im/migration, International, john key - Tags: , ,

Sometimes a certain distance gives the clearest view. A piece on PM John Key from Australian newspaper The Telegraph (ht Blue in comments).

All Blacks only light as Kiwis search for hope

MORE than 600,000 New Zealanders – almost 15 per cent of the Long White Cloud – are living in Australia on temporary visas.

What is the NZ government doing about this mass exodus? To date, seemingly nothing.

Just two months ago New Zealand Prime Minister John Key sidled up to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Queenstown during bilateral talks and delighted in their announcement his country would take 150 asylum seekers from Australia. At the same time, Key tried his hardest to avoid answering questions on why his fellow countrymen and women were fleeing across the ditch in record numbers. Key was eager to explain, rather poorly, why taking asylum seekers was a great deal for New Zealand. He was not so keen to discuss his nation’s own departing masses.

When questioned back in February about the ever-increasing number of New Zealanders emigrating here each year, Key gave the distinct impression he didn’t care.

But he should. Make no mistake: Kiwis are coming here in droves. Figures show the number of New Zealand citizens in Australia on special category visas jumped 5.4 per cent in the past year, with 54,000 moving here in 2012. That’s an average of 1000 each and every week.

Of course, this flight of the Kiwis is nothing new. But the fact numbers are continuing to grow at such a rapid rate with no sign of abatement surely must be cause for concern for a government in a country with a population of just 4.4 million.

Key at first pretty much fobbed off a question in Queenstown about the astonishing numbers of people emigrating, before being pushed again by journalists to respond as to what his government plans to do about it.

The answer: Nothing. …

The piece continues in a similar vein, noting the wage gap, superannuation gap, living costs, and other factors. A depressing read from an independent voice.

67 comments on “The view from Australia”

  1. karol 1

    Key at first pretty much fobbed off a question in Queenstown about the astonishing numbers of people emigrating, before being pushed again by journalists to respond as to what his government plans to do about it.

    The answer: Nothing. …

    Another “I genuinely have no clue” moment.

  2. Tim 2

    The primary driver for Key is finding any and every tune-tee to ego-trip. The malignant narcissist – not unlike the one promoting the increasingly totalitarian junta to the north.
    IMHO (and many seem to disagree), he actually isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. Clueless, unintelligent in the sense of possessing powers of logic and critical thought, preferring animal cunning-like behaviour based on habit, ideology and dogma learned parrot fashion.
    It’s evident even in the cliched language he uses, the repetitious bullshit, the “if this, then that” actions-based on what is ‘supposed to happen’, and so on.
    Meanwhile the hole gets deeper.

    • karol 2.1

      Mental “sharpness” is hard to identify as a general IQ-type of quality.

      Key has some significant skills, that include cunning, linked to ruthlessness and ambition.

      He is into networking, is successful in socialising with those of value to him, but has poor skills in verbally articulating his ideas. He may be have better number than verbal skills.

      He may not be that intellectual, or very good at verbal reasoning, but his ruthless ambition, desire for status and to be the dominant leader in the pack are not to be underestimated.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Yep and those same traits, ambition and self interest, are ones he can both see and use in other people very well, in order to lead and motivate them.

      • Tim 2.1.2

        Well I can’t disagree with any of that. I’m just hoping he keeps up with the lying. He’ll start to need ever increasing numbers of minders to remind him of the bullshit he’s already told so that one piece of bullshit doesn’t keep conflicting with others

    • prism 2.2

      Tim
      If Jokeyhen is making “if this, then that” statements surely this implies that he has had some thought as to process and outcomes. Is this actually happening, as I didn’t think it was? He does seem the puppet of ideology and sharp practice, his thinking enhanced by the knowledge that what he knows and achieved has left him rich.

      I see him as more like that light jumping spider that can run across water, so well-designed for its purpose that it never sinks into the meniscus. He keeps himself above and uncontaminated by the unpleasant facts arising from those below him such as just normal people in the citizenry.

      • Tim 2.2.1

        notice I qualified that (had to use the edit facility to clarify) – i.e. based on what he thinks is supposed to happen. When something occurs that is out of the ordinary to him – he doesn’t seem to be able to cope.
        Actually, the sharpest knife in the drawer was a bad analogy too. You could say that’s exactly what he is

    • Mary 2.3

      We need a new strategy to help make everyone understand this. At the moment we don’t have one. That’s obvious in the fact Key’s still so popular. We need a new way of showing people the truth.

  3. ianmac 3

    In these hard times of unemployment, it is possible that Mr Key might just welcome the exodus as it reduces the pressure on the unemployment numbers. Maybe 1 in 4 of 600,000 might be otherwise unemployed. About 150,000 added to the current figures?

    • freedom 3.1

      i don’t like it when i am petty but it is always fun to watch Paula Benehit squirm in her seat anytime that particular scenario is raised in the House.

    • Matt 3.2

      That almost surely must be it. If from Key’s perspective this is just a bunch of unemployed malcontents removing themselves from NZ, what’s not to love?

  4. prism 4

    karol
    I genuinely don’t care. FIFY

  5. BM 5

    OZ is a shit place if you want to do business.
    Arces of red tape and every thing takes for ever, it’s like stepping back in time 30 years.

    The internet and computers seem to still be a thing of mystery to a lot of ocker businesses, bunch of backward hill billies.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      The more complex environment teaches skills and discipline. Its one reason that Aussie retailers do great in NZ, but not vice versa.

      • Alanz 5.1.1

        yeah, and among many things to do with money and economy, they don’t run such a stupid absolutist, purist GST system like we do.

      • BM 5.1.2

        The Ozzie companies love it in NZ, the workers actually work, the unions aren’t poking their nose in every 5 minutes, you don’t have to fill out a mountain of forms every time you need to take a shit.
        NZ is a business paradise compared to Australia.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.2.1

          …profits are lower, per capita GDP is lower…your informant sounds as ill-informed and innumerate as you are.

        • prism 5.1.2.2

          BM
          And the Pike River Miners are dead…dead…dead…dead…. Yep its good (for the employers) having no unions. The Oz ones have that particular aggression that has enabled them to remain on top and in certain circumstances to be right crims. But we threw ours out with the bathwater. And Joe Public is the poorer for it. The unions helped by fighting in our corner. Now we just get a bloody nose.

      • infused 5.1.3

        Their red-tape is stupid. We have a partner company in aussie and were looking to setup shop there as well. No way, unless you have thousands to throw at it.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2

      Yes, you must be right because Kiwis never do business there, making Australia our largest trading partner.

      • prism 5.2.1

        One Anon Knucklehead
        Some facts to your interesting comment at 5.2? Give us a breakdown of chief items in which sectors?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2.1.1

          Knock yourself out.

          • prism 5.2.1.1.1

            Thanx One A Knucklehad
            Wow good stats from your link. I’ve come over all Johnny 5 (Short Circuit) famous for wanting more information.
            Some applicable Johnny 5 quotes after looking at the info.:
            Malfunction. Need input.
            Stupid – foolish, gullible, doltish, dumbell…

            Interesting things I noticed –
            1 Our total export to Australia receipts for commodities have not increased in real terms from 2006 to 2011 if a 5% inflation figure on 2006 was multiplied by the next five years.
            (In NZ$millions)
            2006 32,430
            2011 46,072

            2 Our dairy export receipts have doubled in that time.

            3 There has been some increase in receipts for Logs, wood etc. approx 50%,
            Meat and edible offal approx 20% and
            Fish approx 20%.

            4 Crude oil exports are up nearly 300%

            5 Decrease or flatline in Mechanical machinery and equipment, Fruit, Aluminium.

            So Australia is mainly buying stuff from us that they would have bought in the 1800’s. And dairy is our main product. Oil is a resource that we are depleting so that’s not advantageous as an export. And we aren’t showing improvements in overall receipts, a main concern.

            Looks like Oz is getting more advantage than we are. Manufactured articles, like from our fashion industry, aren’t in this list of Commodities only (though includes machinery) but receipts for that sector will be low in comparison to Commodities, though hopefully will have a higher margin of profit and higher growth trends.

            Where are the jobs for city dwellers? In an article in the Listener the writer said that cities are a great place for innovation and quote Steve Jobs as believing in the value of interchange for creativity and new ideas. It seems that too many of our pollies are boys from isolated farms! We are ignoring our population mass in government thinking. No wonder we are leaving NZ like lemmings.

      • BM 5.2.2

        It’s really hard slog getting established.
        I don’t think people quite realize how slow things move in Australia,it takes weeks and weeks to get anything thing done.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2.2.1

          People make more money. I expect the extra paperwork is making it harder for innumerate wingnuts to run the economy into the ground.

        • Rodel 5.2.2.2

          BM’s business relations difficulties in Aus may have something to do with the need for pleasant, positive courtesy and a little respect for business associates in Australia and Australians in general.

        • infused 5.2.2.3

          I wouldn’t even bother mate. These guys have no idea. It shows time and time again.

        • Murray Olsen 5.2.2.4

          BM is dead right. Australia is very slow, inefficient, and one of the most bureaucratic countries on Earth. They get away with it because they can dig so much stuff out of really big holes and sell it to China.

  6. dewithiel 6

    Amazing commentary when you consider that the Telegraph is Murdoch’s Sydney version of the Sun, best known for genuflecting at any image of a right wing politician.

  7. JonL 7

    Key’s a psychopath. – as are many in the top echelons of government, business and the corporates. Once you understand that, their behaviour becomes a little clearer. Psychopaths have no moral sense, no ability to process emotional experience, incl love and caring, except when such experience can be calculated as a coldly intellectual task. They have no conscience. Often charming, when it suits their purpose, prone to crocodile tears, bullying, and if in danger of being thwarted or exposed, viscous and unforgiving! Also impulsive, irresponsible and having a total lack of remorse. I know a couple of total sociopaths, and unless you know what to look for, you’d think them charming and engaging – until push comes to shove and you can read their true colours. Most of you probably have a psychopath in your ring of family & friends, but odds on, you wouldn’t realise it!

    • RedLogix 7.1

      Yes. Personality is something that glitters in the good times; character shines when adversity visits.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Most of you probably have a psychopath in your ring of family & friends, but odds on, you wouldn’t realise it!

      QFT

      and, yeah, they’re quite good at camouflaging themselves.

  8. vto 8

    It would be very pleasant in NZ if our population dropped back to previous centuries levels.

    Keep ’em going to Oz I say.

    What is the advantage in keeping them here, or having them return?

    • BM 8.1

      I agree, I see no issue with people going to Oz looking for work.
      Australia’s a great labour sponge, not so good for them, great for us.

      Creates new opportunities for those that stay.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Losing young motivated talent to Australia creates opportunities for NZ?

        Sure if you like your pie small and cold.

        • BM 8.1.1.1

          The question needs to be asked, Why is the NZ education system only producing such a small amount of talent.?
          I though we had one of the best education systems in the world, NZ should be bursting at the seams with new young motivated talent.

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1

            600,000 of them left

            • Lanthanide 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Not really. The ‘brain drain’ of the early 2000’s under the Labour was definitely the more skilled and educated leaving.

              Now that we have interest free student loans if you stay in NZ, the flight offshore has shifted to the less educated and less skilled, who can’t find any jobs due to the global recession.

              • Colonial Viper

                Interest free student loans are nice, but not of somewhat limited help if there is still a shortage of graduate level jobs in the $50K to $60K range.

                Also certain specialty areas of banking, law, finance, engineering, medicine etc, NZ just does not do; you have to go overseas to enter those specific career paths.

      • felix 8.1.2

        Ambushuss fur Noo Ziln.

        • King Kong 8.1.2.1

          Making the, um, ah, um country, kind of thing, um, if you will, kind of more attractive, um, for,ah the people whom um, generally on the whole, um, inhabit this place.

          • felix 8.1.2.1.1

            Eh? Oh, I see you’re doing a funny Shearer voice. Yes, he is a doofus.

            I was referring to one of Key and National’s big election mantras from when they were in opposition and contrasting it with their actual level of ambition now that they’re in govt.

            BM’s comment exemplified one side of the contrast so I expressed the other. I chose Key’s voice because he’s the one who used to say it a lot, but it could just as easily be the voice of any inbred wealthy slurring South Island born-to-rule shithead.

            • prism 8.1.2.1.1.1

              felix
              Good string of adjective invective.

            • vto 8.1.2.1.1.2

              ha ha, well said felix. What do people like that say to the fact the brawn drain has powered up under these losers?

              Also, I am curious as to your seemingly random selection of the southern region to highlight your point. Not that it doesn’t paint a picture of a reality, but why south island?

              • felix

                lolz, only because the inbred wealthy slurring North Island born-to-rule shitheads have a different twang to their accent.

              • pollywog

                Yarp….we got 5th generation dickheads down here who are proud of it.

    • MrSmith 8.2

      “New Zealand’s net loss of migrants in the March 2012 year was due to a highest-ever net loss of 39,500 people to Australia.  Annual outflows to Australia have been at record levels since the November 2011 year. The previous high of 35,400 was reached in the December 2008 year. The latest annual figure resulted from 53,200 departures to Australia (also a record), offset by 13,800 arrivals from Australia. In both directions, most migrants were New Zealand citizens.”

      But:

      “There were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom (5,500), India (5,200), China (5,000), the Philippines (2,100), Germany (1,600), and Ireland (1,500).” 
      http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPMar12/Commentary.aspx

      So Kiwis are coming and going, more going and as you can see the void is being filled by migrants.

  9. johnm 9

    I think one of the reasons these mainly young people flee to OZ is the harassment to find jobs that don’t exist and the new punitive sanctions regime all of which is so depressing and demoralising, meaning any excuse we cut your benefit. 🙁 I.E. If you are unemployed it’s your fault! Plus houses are impossible to buy, young people have nothing to lose except to end up destitute on the streets of Sydney and other places, victims of another mean miserable government.

    • prism 9.1

      johnm
      You’re adjectives are lacking – along with mean miserable, add malfunctioning, incompetent, unprincipled, government.

  10. ghostrider888 10

    h/t to aerobubble fore-seeing these issues Men At Work

    be a good toy now johnny

    • prism 10.1

      ghost888
      Great clips. Men at Work Is that the song that had the kookaburra sits in the old gum tree music piece in it that they got hit over the knuckles for?

  11. karol 11

    Very good article today from Brian Rudman on the different treatment given (by Bennett) to beneficiaries, compared with the way wealthy tax cheats are treated in Key’s NZ.

    Victoria University tax lecturer Dr Lisa Marriott estimates that in 2011, tax evaders cheated the country of between $1 billion and $6 billion, while welfare fraud cost $39 million. She told 3 News: “The problem of tax evasion is at best-case scenario 25 to 50 times the financial amount of welfare fraud, and at worst-case scenario, potentially 100 to 150 times the amount.”

    She also found the courts’ treatment of the two groups is far from equal. The average offending of tax fraudsters is $270,000, with those found guilty having a 22 per cent chance of being jailed. The average welfare fraudster gets away with $70,000, but if convicted, has a 60 per cent chance of being jailed. Time to set Paula Bennett loose in Remuera?

    Not surprising then that so many Kiwis, looking for work, have taken their chances with no benefits in Aus.

  12. geoff 12

    Yeah so we haven’t got any jobs and yeah even the ones we have pay like shit and yeah basic human necessities like food and shelter are ridiculously expensive but……

    …what about THE VISTAS!!

    Ya don’t know how lucky you are, mate!

    • Tim 12.1

      plus we’re 100% pure maaaate. Key proved that when he ‘confronted’ Steven Sackur.
      Take it from the horse’s mouth, or the sour’s ear, or whatever it is you’ve made your purse from

  13. infused 13

    Aussie will turn to the shitter soon, and you will see a lot of these people coming back, or living under aussies bridges.

    It seems to me it’s not the high skilled workers leaving (if you class builders, gas fitters etc as high skilled).

    Uni is half the problem as well. They pump these guys out with useless degrees promising them the world.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Uni is half the problem as well. They pump these guys out with useless degrees promising them the world.

      We’e built an economy which doesn’t require workers. What do you expect.

      BTW there is no such thing as a useful degree when our economic set up does not require or value graduates.

    • BM 13.2

      I agree.
      Education is a business,bums on seats and getting people signed up is what it’s all about. For example,the amount of people out there with graphic design qualifications is staggering.
      Absolutely no jobs for them but it doesn’t stop the educators from pumping their young naive heads full of bull shit.

      • Colonial Viper 13.2.1

        You supported education becoming a business for business, you moron.

        • BM 13.2.1.1

          What are you on about?
          What did I support?

          • Colonial Viper 13.2.1.1.1

            And you supported the destruction of trade training, exporting of NZ jobs and closing down of NZ industry. What the fuck are young people supposed to study which will meet with your approval?

      • prism 13.2.2

        And some older heads are full of bull shit that has been pumped in over the years BM.

  14. BrucetheMoose 14

    1000 each week! No wonder Key isn’t concerned. That is 1000 less that won’t reflect badly on him in the polls. It’s not like they were going to vote for him and his lot, so Johnny is quite happy to wave bye bye, thanks for making me look better than I really am.

  15. kiwicommie 15

    I probably will never return to New Zealand, National ruined it for me; truth is that National has done the damage and hundreds of thousands having established themselves in other countries will never return. I have lived in Australia, only to return and see National destroy the progress made since 1999. Now that I am in America, I see no point to return even if it means thousands a year in student loan repayments (which I will have to pay next year regardless); most former students would just become more determined to never return with an icy call from the IRD. Though, it would be interesting to see how National plans to jail people living overseas who can’t afford to pay.

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  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    6 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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