web analytics

Turnbull out, Morrison In?

Written By: - Date published: 2:29 pm, August 23rd, 2018 - 100 comments
Categories: australian politics, class war, International, leadership - Tags:

It’s all turned to custard for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Despite winning a leadership ballot earlier in the week, the vultures of the hard right kept circling and this morning several Cabinet Ministers announced that they had changed their minds and now believed Turnbull has to go.

It now looks as if Turnbull has accepted that he no longer has the numbers and ally, Treasurer Scott Morrison, is being primed to replace him. Morrison will likely face off against Australia’s nastiest politician, Peter Dutton, who will be looking to pick up the 8 further caucus votes he needs to take the reigns.

Whoever wins, Australia will probably end the day with a PM who has not been given a mandate to lead by Aussie voters. Weirdly, this is the eleventh time this has happened in 60 years and the third time in a decade.

In the last hour Parliament has been closed early, just before Question Time was due to be held.  Labor leader Bill Shorten was quick to point out what this means:

“Australia no longer has a functioning government. This is the ultimate admission of surrender, of a bankrupt government, of a failed government”.

 

UPDATE: Malcolm Turnbull calls press conference at 1PM AEST (3PM in NZ).

UPDATE: Turnbull expects a ballot tomorrow, will not stand.

UPDATE: Julie Bishop is doing the numbers, expected to run.

UPDATE (Friday arvo) Scott Morrison is PM.

 

 

100 comments on “Turnbull out, Morrison In?”

  1. Ad 1

    Why Morrison not Bishop?
    She’s staunch and electable.

    • ScottGN 1.1

      Maybe she noted what they did to Gillard?
      At any rate she’s been staunch in saying that she won’t stand for the leaders job.

    • Exkiwiforces 1.2

      Old Julie doesn’t want the job, she is more of moderate Liberal than her female peers on the right.

      • Ad 1.2.1

        It’s the smart play for Bishop.

        Wait out the next election when they get done like a dinner by Labor, then go for leadership then.

        • Exkiwiforces 1.2.1.1

          I really don’t think she well make move the Libs top job now or after the next election as they have a few wee issues with the WA Libs atm.

    • One Two 1.3

      Perpetual #2’s like to retain the ability to knife whats head of them in the back…

      Bishop is a coward…not staunch or electable…

      If being a coward and lacking integrity are requirements for PM in the modern era….Bishops credentials are as solid as any other…

      Politics has failed in the anglo nations…those who vote for its continuation are are the problem…

  2. Morrissey 2

    Julie Bishop is one of the most disgraceful and reprehensible politicians in Australia. And that’s about as low and disgusting as anyone could be.

    In Canberra last week I met some Australian members of parliament. It gave me hope, because until I heard them speak I had always thought that Israel’s right wing politicians were the worst. —-(LAUGHTER)— I’ve never heard any Israeli politician speak about the Palestinian people the way that those Australian politicians did. But they are Australia’s problem, not mine. (LAUGHTER) I spoke with the Australian foreign minister; she talked and she was very nice but we could not agree on anything. (LAUGHTER)”

    —-Gideon Levy, speaking in Auckland, Dec. 3, 2017

    https://morrisseybreen.blogspot.com/2017/12/unbelievable-brutality-day-after-day.html

  3. thechangeling 3

    What are the ramifications for us?

    • Morrison is pretty pro-kiwi. He even worked here as director of Tourism NZ under the Clark government. He’s very matey with Murray McCully, though that doesn’t count for much these days.

      • WILD KATIPO 3.1.1

        Pretty pro Kiwi, eh?

        Hmmm….

        • greywarshark 3.1.1.1

          He’ll probably have to come down rwice as hard on us then, to show he is a lreal Ozzie.

          I have said they despise us as they have been able to pull a lot of wool over our eyes. But then I was forgetting that Key led the way to antipathy when he said he was going to drop our wages and encourage Oz business to come over here because of the lower costs. Australians didn’t appreciate that idea of competition; after all they have been staunch and kept their unions and wouldn’t want to limit their prosperity. So businesses would cop flak if they gave up on Oz workers to come here. And they all turn and give us the thumbs down.

      • Morrissey 3.1.2

        Morrison is pretty pro-kiwi.

        He is? Could you direct us to an instance of him speaking out against the rogue Australian regime’s brutal crackdown on “Kiwis”, i.e. Maori domiciled in Australia?

    • Exkiwiforces 3.2

      I think NZ will do rather well if SCO MO does become PM, but I’m really unsure of Buttons/ Cone Head atm, but my gut feeling is it maybe a frosty relationship as the right wing Liberals don’t really understand MMP and the effects of the Neo-Con/ Lib economic theory has had on little old NZ.

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    “Malcolm Turnbull says his intention is to call a Liberal party room meeting at midday tomorrow, if he sees the letter with a majority of MPs supporting Peter Dutton. The PM says it’s important to get the solicitor-general’s advice on his rival’s eligibility to sit in Parliament.” (ABC News)

    • Dennis Frank 4.1

      “Sydney University constitutional law professor Anne Twomey had earlier told Fairfax the case was “borderline”. “I do think there is a danger for him,” Professor Twomey said. “I think there is a reasonable case for his disqualification but he also has a reasonable defence.”” [from Stuff]

      So, in a battle between Dutton & Morrison, centrists have a choice between a rightist and a moderate? And the rightist has a 50-50 chance of being ineligible? Why would any centrist go for Dutton on that basis? Unless Morrison has alienated some centrists in the past, he should beat Dutton easily.

      “With Mr Dutton appearing set to become Prime Minister, Labor unsuccessfully tried to refer him to the High Court over his eligibility to sit in Parliament. The vote to send Mr Dutton to the High Court failed by the narrowest possible margin, 68 for and 69 against. Mr Turnbull voted with the rest of the Coalition against sending Mr Dutton to the High Court.”

      So when Turnbull resigns as PM, Labour ought to try that ploy again on the basis that Turnbull could switch his vote to secure that High Court verdict. [2nd quote from ABC]

      • dukeofurl 4.1.1

        Turnbull has referred Duttons eligibility to the Commonwealth Solicitor general, for ‘an opinion’

        I think thats seen as a way to run out the clock, but Duttons case in not exactly clear cut, as they said that Joyce was safe too ( and dint need to stand down) until Court said he was out.

      • Exkiwiforces 4.1.2

        I was listening to the ABC News Radio this afternoon around lunchtime and they did a piece on Buttons Child care centre with the reporter from the ABC who was working in co-junction with CH10.

        That the information they have gather of the last couple of weeks and Buttons reply which is dated back to around Apr of this yr saying he is in the clear, is fact wrong as child care subsidies came in force in Jul and are directly paided into the child care centres therefore Buttons is receiving income from the Commonwealth and in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution which was further backed up legal advice from a independent SC which then backed up from CH10’s SC as they were to run the story early this week before all this shenanigans started.

        So it’s looks like old Buttons might be on the long walk home back to Bis Vegas.

        • dukeofurl 4.1.2.1

          yes. Some 20 yrs ago a secondary school teacher who won a by election as an independent was rules as invalidly election as he as a school teacher at the time of nominations closed was considered to have a financial relationship with the Commonwealth. The weird bit was he was actually employed by the State of Victoria. Up till then ,it was thought only commonwealth employees had to resign before contesting.
          The Court seems to take a long bow on the financial connection, looking beyond who is actually getting the payment.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_44_of_the_Constitution_of_Australia#Sykes_v_Cleary_(1992)

          • Exkiwiforces 4.1.2.1.1

            The courts here are very strict IRT to the constitution, as there is some stories coming out from WA IRT to the current leader of the WA Liberal leader a chap named Nahan who was born in the US and has a unpaid US tax bill I believe, hence why I didn’t think Julie will run the top job atm.

            • dukeofurl 4.1.2.1.1.1

              State parliament’s are not affected by the federal constitution rules for federal parliament only

              • Exkiwiforces

                Might be why that story has gone quite then and thank you for that wee bit of the constitution which I didn’t know about.

    • dukeofurl 4.2

      Interesting that he wants ‘the signed letter’ in his hand.
      In one of the Rudd -Gillard scraps there was supposed to be a similar ‘letter’ but it never turned up.

      I thought this part was interesting:
      ‘”[If a spill motion] is carried and there is a new leader of the Liberal Party, that person will have to obviously satisfy the Governor-General that they can command a majority on the floor of the House of Representatives,”

      So its counted as a new government not just a quick change of the name of the PM.

      I think Turnbull is threatening that in a coalition that has a 1 seat majority they might
      be a teensy – weensy bit short. That the GG might not accept say Dutton as PM and maybe , in delicious irony, offer the job to Shorten as caretaker while a new election is called toute suite.
      Maybe the Shorten part is unlikely, but a snap election is looking more likely

      • RedLogix 4.2.1

        Agreed. Turnbull is playing this as well as he can with the crap cards he’s been dealt. Almost feel a bit sorry for him.

        I think it’s clear that Turnbull is not going to sit on the backbench and he will likely resign Parliament as a matter of personal principle. He’s got no stomach to even loosely associate himself with the path Abbott has taken.

        But yes, demanding to see the letter is a smart move, while at the same time putting some pressure on via the Section 44c question. He may survive yet, or at least last long enough to see a more orderly transition to Morrison take place.

        In the end I suspect a lot of Australians will be sorry to see Turnbull pushed out like this, and the Liberal Party is in for a huge spanking come an election. Which given the Liberals seem fatally split and dysfunctional, looks increasingly necessary. If for no other reason that to avoid proroguing Parliament until sometime next year.

        Next crux looks like a caucus meeting tomorrow midday.

      • Exkiwiforces 4.2.2

        This is classic old Mal the inner lawyer coming out of him, which made him famous during the Spy Catcher Court case where he took on Brits and won.

        Yes it will be sad to see him go, but he is going out swinging as a good Aussie battler does when the chips are down. Some say Mal is toosmart for the Liberal Party when you look at some of the knuckle daggers in the Libs and he even a lot smarter than Shiffy Shorten if it wasn’t for the white anting by right wing of the Libs.

  5. dukeofurl 6

    Doesnt look like they are confident with a new leader that they can win a vote of confidence, so going to proroge parliament to avoid that happening.

    Do they even realise the hiding they are going to get at an election now, which ‘must’ be held by mid may next year. Doesnt sound like they can last till Xmas

  6. McFlock 7

    Please can we honour Dutton with a special and unrenouncable citizenship of NZ for one year?

    • dukeofurl 7.1

      That wont work.
      However his family company may be at risk for in receipt of money from the Commonwealth for childcare.
      A year or so back one Senator was removed because he owned an office building but then sold it to a business associate ,but loaned the money for that deal and that same building was leasing electorate office space for the Senator. It wasnt a direct ownership but you can see they did a deal to try and get around the rules but the court found the loan still meant a financial relationship existed.

      • McFlock 7.1.1

        lol why not?

        Worked on Joyce.

        • dukeofurl 7.1.1.1

          he had citizenship by descent from natural means. That sort of instant citizenship gambit was raised back then and was rubbished then.

          • McFlock 7.1.1.1.1

            Mostly on the grounds that it would be quite obvious interference in the Aussie electoral system – not that it wouldn’t work.

            And if Dutton takes command, I’m not sure our ANZAC relationship would be any worse.

            • dukeofurl 7.1.1.1.1.1

              No the high court rulings have excluded such artificial methods of being a citizen of a a foreign power. It has to be a ‘normal’ mthod of gaining citizenship. What you have described is abnormal

    • mickysavage 7.2

      Please can we honour Dutton with a special and unrenouncable citizenship of NZ for one year?

      How about refugee status 😀

  7. SPC 8

    There appears to be a curse on those in the office of PM of Australia, and as they bear responsibility for the treatment of New Zealanders in Oz there is a form of natural justice in play.

    It speaks to how Australians treat other people and following on from this, how they treat each other.

    The lack of civility and decency becomes a downward spiral. Or is that upward spiral, leading to the very top of their government.

    • RedLogix 8.1

      Yeah the karma is kinda appealing.

      But the cause is plain enough, extremists on both sides playing hyper-partisanship games over both illegal immigration and climate change. That’s the real lesson we should all take-away from this.

  8. Carolyn_Nth 9

    All NZ news media are now headlining that Bishop is going to run:

    Also being headlined in Aus media:

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-leadership-crisis-dutton-forces-intensify-push-for-second-challenge-20180823-p4zz66.html

    • Ad 10.1

      I’d replace Mal Turnbull with Mal Meninga

      • AB 10.1.1

        Yep- but OTOH, unlike Goldman Sachs, the Canberra Raiders are not a criminal organisation. (Well probably not, maybe, er…)
        Certainly however, Peter (creep me out) Dutton wouldn’t mess with Mal M.

  9. Anne 11

    Hold on to your hat:

    Aussie may be about to have their second female Prime Minister?

    Bet she won’t have to cope with the crap the first female PM was forced to endure.

    I wonder if Jacinda and Julie will get along? They ain’t peas in a pod that’s for sure. 🙂

  10. Muttonbird 12

    What the fudge is wrong with Australians? Whinging racist backstabbers to a man. Hard to believe they are our mates. I don’t want anything to do with them myself.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      I don’t want anything to do with them myself.

      They continually prove that they don’t want anything to do with us so why do we as a nation hold on to the idea that they’re our mates.

      • RedLogix 12.1.1

        So much for caring and inclusive then.

        The crazy making circus we are witnessing (and trust me most Australians find it equally batshit nuts) is the consequence of knuckledragging extremists at both ends of the political spectrum blocking any sane compromises on both immigration and climate change for over a decade.

        Ultimately a lot of blame has to be levelled at the Australian Greens who obdurately blocked Kevin Rudds first carbon pricing/taxation scheme over a decade ago. It’s been pretty much downhill ever since.

        • Anne 12.1.1.1

          It has always been my belief that the extremists at both ends of the political spectrum play an important role in a democratic society. They have the tendency to eventually isolate themselves far from the main body of opinion and we inevitably end up with what most people want… a moderate and relatively sane government be they a tad to the left or the right. It plays out at national and international levels.

          Look at Trump. There’s a way to go yet, but he is becoming increasingly isolated from the main body of voter opinion.

          • RedLogix 12.1.1.1.1

            Yeah I get that. Extreme views are not always wrong, but it can take time to sort out the good ideas from the mass of bad ones.

            There is also a more pragmatic reason in favour of a moderate position. If say Labour want to find another 10 -15% more votes; are there more potential voters to the radically to left of them, or moderately just to the right?

            I know that doesn’t give a satisfying answer to most of the politically engaged activists here. Don’t shoot me because normal distribution.

            • KJT 12.1.1.1.1.1

              80% are known to prefer more socialist solutions than Labours.

              Which is why both Labour and National pretend to be more socialist and caring, in election year.

              The problem is Labour echos the right wing framing. Instead of showing it for the rubbish it is.

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.2

          The crazy making circus we are witnessing (and trust me most Australians find it equally batshit nuts) is the consequence of knuckledragging extremists at both ends of the political spectrum blocking any sane compromises on both immigration and climate change for over a decade.

          Is it the extremists or the hierarchy?

          Ultimately a lot of blame has to be levelled at the Australian Greens who obdurately blocked Kevin Rudds first carbon pricing/taxation scheme over a decade ago.

          Citation needed for cause and effect.

          And, finally, WTF has this got to do with Australian policies that fuck over NZers and NZ?

          • RedLogix 12.1.1.2.1

            If MP’s from all sides of the House and Senate were free to vote as they wished, passing sane and moderate legislation on contentious issues would be easily passed by a majority of members.

            The problem is that hyper-partisan politics has derailed the old conventions, the idea of agreeing to disagree, setting aside differences and working towards the common national interest has been killed off.

            And now we are seeing a relatively small minority on extremist members, aided and abetted by an activist media, holding centrist policies and Prime Ministers to ransom. Repeatedly.

            As for policies that fuck over kiwis. Well yes, the political dysfunction has enabled execrable pollies like Button brain to do their worst, but ultimately NZ only has itself to blame for taking the relationship with Australia for granted. If we really wanted to retain freedom of movement and equal rights on both sides of the Tasman we should have been a lot more proactive in getting the terms written down long before Howard took a knife to them … and we should have not have pretended we could run an independent immigration policy while retaining an open border with Australia. The two ideas were never compatible.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.2.1.1

              If MP’s from all sides of the House and Senate were free to vote as they wished, passing sane and moderate legislation on contentious issues would be easily passed by a majority of members.

              Bollocks.

              The US actually has that system you know. Their party’s are not whipped to vote the same way.

              The problem is that hyper-partisan politics has derailed the old conventions, the idea of agreeing to disagree, setting aside differences and working towards the common national interest has been killed off.

              Although true that’s not, strictly speaking, the problem.

              The problem is that the policies that the parties and their members put forward and support are based upon ideology and often ignore facts.

              And now we are seeing a relatively small minority on extremist members, aided and abetted by an activist media, holding centrist policies and Prime Ministers to ransom.

              This assumes that centrist policies are viable and simply should go through.

              Yeah, no.

              If we really wanted to retain freedom of movement and equal rights on both sides of the Tasman we should have been a lot more proactive in getting the terms written down long before Howard took a knife to them … and we should have not have pretended we could run an independent immigration policy while retaining an open border with Australia. The two ideas were never compatible.

              Now that I can agree with.

              Of course, I don’t believe in open borders anyway.

          • Ad 12.1.1.2.2

            Plenty of literature on how the Greens fucked over Labor on the carbon tax in 2009. Naturally, the Greens argued that it didn’t go far enough. To kill the bill they sided with Tony Abbott and the Opposition.

            In that 2009 Senate vote, two Liberals crossed the floor and voted with Labor. Meaning the scheme could have narrowly passed if the Greens were on board.

            So if the Greens want to look like they can responsibily be in a government and enact actual policy, this is it right now.

            Now would be a great time for the Greens to unite with Labor toward the policy area that is right now wrecking yet another Australian Federal government: climate change.

            Because of course, it’s Australian climate policy that really fucks New Zealand over big time.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.2.2.1

              Thanks.

            • Exkiwiforces 12.1.1.2.2.2

              It was the dumbest move the Greens have ever made in a long time and I agree Australia won’t be in this mess atm and it has put Australia back by 10yrs in terms green power investment, technology, industry and manufacturing. When you consider all the rare earths, base metals in the ground here in Oz and they could’ve been world leader in this.

        • Muttonbird 12.1.1.3

          This is Greens’ fault? What planet are you living on?

          • RedLogix 12.1.1.3.1

            The same one Ad describes above, the one where in 2009 refused to support Rudds carbon tax (now widely regarded as a huge missed opportunity) because ‘it wasn’t good enough’.

            Well of course it wasn’t good enough, but it was achievable and would have been an initial step in the correct direction. Once accepted and entrenched it could have been improved on latter. But nope … Rudd’s signature policy was scuttled and this triggered the succession of leadership instability ever since. It hugely damaged the ALP and they still languish with that stigma, and most certainly it would not have handed Abbott all the ammunition he used to win the 2013 election.

            It could have been all so different.

            • RedLogix 12.1.1.3.1.1

              Just to correct the obvious omission:

              … “the one where in 2009 the Greens refused ” …

    • Exkiwiforces 12.2

      It’s the inner Australian Royalty (convict) in them coming out atm which I have convict from my Australia Grandmother side which is Irish which explains my Spanish looks along few other traits and we Red Coat on the other side.

      • RedLogix 12.2.1

        Only the toughest survived those very early days. We easily forget just what a brute and difficult life it was in Australia until almost the 60’s. The harsh climate, dangerous wildlife, poor transport, huge distances and small isolated communities could be pretty rough places to live. Especially for many women.

        And the cities were no better, an entrenched drinking culture, ready resort to fists, a fairly corrupt and brutal police force, combined with deeply conservative religious divisions and class snobbery was not pretty at all.

        And not forgetting the appalling position of the Aboriginal people.

        Yet the remarkable thing is that since roughly the time of Goff Whitlam (increasingly recognised as a transformative figure) the nation has changed very much for the better. There is still plenty to criticise if you look, and that tough convict legacy still shows its ugly head from time to time, but overall progress in the past 40 – 50 years has been extraordinary. I rate Australia as one of the two best countries in the world to live in. (The other being Canada.)

        • Muttonbird 12.2.1.1

          I rate Australia as one of the two best countries in the world to live in. (The other being Canada.)

          If you ignore the treatment of indigenous people in those two countries. Or perhaps that is a requirement on your rating system?

          • RedLogix 12.2.1.1.1

            If you want to make that your primary criterion then feel free to do so. The position and treatment of the indigenous peoples is certainly an important aspect of the story (and no I didn’t ignore it, my third para speaks directly to it) … but it would take a special kind of selectivity to make it the whole narrative.

            I spent a fair period of time working in the Canadian Arctic in 2016/7. Not many people, even Canadians get to visit Nunavut, the homeland of the Innuit peoples. Formed around 2000 its a state bigger than Western Europe with a population of around 34,000 across 17 settlements. I got to spend a week at Christmas in Cambridge Bay which is the administrative centre and the seat of their independent government.

            It was a challenging week. Absolutely in that short time I could only gather the most superficial of impressions and I’ve refrained from writing about it until now. There are a lot of obvious problems, the cultural dilution of television being one of the worst, closely followed by alcohol and the loss of talented young people to the south. But equally there is are plenty of optimistic signs and reasons to think these people will grasp and wrestle successfully their own destiny in years to come.

            As I type this I can look over at the inukshuk that was made for me, sitting rather spookily on my desk shelf. I’ve not a lot more to say, much of my time was spent resting, eating and listening to conversations in a very exotic location I never imagined in a million years I have the privilege to visit.

            • Muttonbird 12.2.1.1.1.1

              Thanks for your holiday journal but your third para about the plight of indigenous people in Australia 60 years ago was an afterthought rather than ‘speaking directly’.

              And has anything really changed for them the way you claim Australia has been transformed post Gough Whitlam?

              Relatively, I think not.

              I get a lot of stick for my position on the embedded racism indicated in centrist and mainstream Australia. The casual stuff they seem to produce and accept every single day.

              I don’t buy the claims that they are ‘working on it’. They’ve had enough time on this. I think they are quite happy ignoring it quite frankly, and to your suggestion that the extremes in Australia are the problem I’d also call bullshit. Because in the case of Aboriginal Australia, it has always been the centre doing the real damage.

              • RedLogix

                Well you accused me of ‘ignoring the plight of indigenous peoples’ even though that was not what I was addressing. Still I responded in good faith. Clearly you aren’t willing to reciprocate. Good night.

                • Muttonbird

                  Aussies (like yourself) never address the plight of indigenous people.

                  That’s the problem.

                  • RedLogix

                    Last I looked my passport still had New Zealand on the cover (so your snide dig in brackets is utterly wrong). And I’m not obliged to pretend I know anything more about how to solve the issue that you or pretty much anyone else does.

                    Ultimately it’s the Aboriginal people themselves who are the only people who can know what they want for themselves and I’m not inclined to try and speak for a people I barely know.

                    • Muttonbird

                      Fascinating. First you claim the current leadership crisis in the Aussie parliament is the fault of the Greens, and now you say the ball is the court of the Aboriginals.

                      Somehow they are in charge of their destiny?

                      I’d say you don’t have a clue but then you just display the same benighted position that mainstream Australia does. That the ‘Aboriginal problem’ is impossible to solve.

                      Australia seems so bewildered by this and paralysed by the guilt of the past.

                • Muttonbird

                  And if ‘responding in good faith’ means regaling the events from your last bus-tour in Canada then I’d hate to be a tenant of yours.

                  • RedLogix

                    You accused me of being unaware of the plight of indigenous peoples, and I responded with a small snapshot from an eight month period working in that area. If you knew anything at all about Cambridge Bay you would know that no-one gets there by bus trip. Its actually about a 4 hour flight north of Edmonton (itself well north) and you pretty much only get to stay there by invitation and arrangement with some locals.

                    But none of that is pertinent to what you are doing here, and I’m not participating any more.

        • Exkiwiforces 12.2.1.2

          Yeah, dad comes from Broken Hill and before that a little place called Condobolin when was he born in house with a dirt floor in the early 50’s. Broken Hill was a very tough and rough place in 50’ to 70’s to grow up in, let alone work and I’m only starting understand what dad went through. hell even my Australian grandfather because he an out of towner working in the Zinc Corporation Mine could be re-trench anytime as he carried a white or green card as he wasn’t from the Hill where as dad couldn’t be re- trench until the week- mth- yr he started at the Broken Hill Con Ltd Mine.

          • RedLogix 12.2.1.2.1

            Heh … my first big project here in Aus was at Nymagee about 50k north of Condobolin. Exactly the kind of place I had in mind when I wrote above. Unless you’ve lived there a while most kiwis have no idea just how hostile and different that sort of country is.

            Our best night at the Nymagee pub was when one disgruntled patron ( rock monkey of course) came back into the bar revving a running chainsaw. The bar manager whips out a shotgun and unloaded it through the roof. The deafening silence is the main thing I remember.

            • Exkiwiforces 12.2.1.2.1.1

              There are still some rough towns/ pubs around especially in the far outback where the pub is a one stop place and the nearest cop or services is half day or days drive to.

              We once drove to the Hill from Sydney in the mid 80’s and most dangerous place we stop out was Wilcannia and even dad was a wee bit worried as it a Government payday.

  11. Ad 13

    If Bishop gets the PM job she will dismiss Ardern’s refugee immigration sop like a Soprano.

  12. Exkiwiforces 14

    Well I go off to walk the jack and come to find the cougar (couple of chicken stragglers I know from I job I did in MER with her give her that nickname) from the West is now in running. WTF

    Hope she wins and gives the general election the fair crack at the whip against old shifty.

  13. Exkiwiforces 15

    Watch the ABC’s 730 Report tonight and they had two former Lib Party members one Amanda Vanstone and Andrew Hewson and jez did they rip into the Right wing of the Lib Party. Amanda even said a few things about the mad monk while under the
    leadership of old rat eyes Howard and she didn’t how back on her views about the mad monk even poor old Hewson couldn’t get a word as she went of a run away .50 cal HMG or belt fed 40mm AGL.

    Both of them want Buttons to win the leadership spill if does happen (from the sounds of it they stuck on 40 names atm), so the public can kick the Liberal Party where it hurts and force the right of the party to wake up to itself this is not the 1950’s or the 60’s but the 21st century and the people want to see action CC.

  14. Jackel 16

    I believe it’s a case of Australians not knowing how to spell, especially the word politic(s), possibly due to their nasal twang.

  15. millsy 17

    A key takeaway from all this is that the government doesn’t control Australia. The bankers do. As well as the miners. And Murdoch.

  16. Exkiwiforces 18

    Old Buttons has got the ok from the Solicitor General and now we wait for the 43 names on the petition.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-24/dutton-legal-advice-clears-path-for-pm-bid/10159702

  17. CHCOff 19

    As long as the political elite are in a state of constant jockeying for ‘influence’ and deals over one another, the more does the expansionist dragon claim as it’s own?

    Rocket science to any neo-liberal rorter worth his or her salt no doubt.

    “Former Trade Minister Andrew Robb walked out of the Cabinet and Parliament after negotiating the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and into a $880,000-a-year job with a Chinese billionaire who has a 99-year-lease on the Port of Darwin. ”

    I don’t agree with the author’s association to lobbying by the way but what is described may have some relevance to the situation:

    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/jamming-the-revolving-door-we-need-to-curb-rent-seekers-and-lobbyists,10892

  18. Dennis Frank 20

    Liberals meeting in ten minutes, watch ABC live here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newschannel/

  19. Dennis Frank 21

    Julie Bishop eliminated in first ballot. Turnbull not yet resigned from parliament.

  20. Dennis Frank 22

    Scott Morrison elected Liberal Leader & Oz PM! 45-40, Dutton got the numbers wrong. Maybe set up by a few centrists…

  21. Timeforacupoftea 23

    Haaaa
    I heard on radio live tonight that Morrison is a Maori.

    Australia beats New Zealand to have a Maori Prime Minister to lead a country !

    Oh well we are very used to being beaten by Australia in every thing.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    10 hours ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    13 hours ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    14 hours ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    14 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    15 hours ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    15 hours ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 day ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    2 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    2 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    3 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    3 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    3 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    4 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    4 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    5 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    7 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago