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Environment Commission: Time For Historic Step For Climate Change

Dr Wright has recommended a new Act that is similar to the UK Climate Change Act...

A similar law in New Zealand would put emissions targets into law, and require the setting of carbon budgets that would act as stepping stones towards the targets. It would also establish a high-powered independent expert group that would crunch the numbers and provide objective advice. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Act, The Centre-Right’s Perennial Ugly Duckling

Act endures, despite its thoroughly fossilized views: it is the only lighthouse still shining the beams of 1980s market fundamentalism out into the electoral darkness. More>>

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Immigration: Changes To Temporary Work Visas Confirmed

“The consultation process resulted in around 170 submissions and today’s announcement shows the Government has listened to the feedback raised by employers and industry, particularly in the regions,” Mr Woodhouse says. More>>

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Rental WOF Passes 2nd Reading: Little Bill Goes A Long Way

The strong call from the public for warm, dry, healthy rentals has helped the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill to pass its second reading, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More>>

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Incomes & Housing Costs: No Signs Of Real Improvement For Poorest Families

CPAG: The latest Household Incomes Survey report shows that not everyone is better off, despite that income poverty seems to have lessened since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. More>>

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Turei To Be Interviewed By MSD: Gordon Campbell On The Real Truth Deficit In Welfare

It has been astonishing to see the amount of time and energy being spent on what Greens co-leader Metiria Turei did or didn’t do properly as a beneficiary back in the early 1990s – as compared to how little time and energy is being put into the point of her personal example. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Bojo Visit
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision… Currently, Johnson is touring the former colonies, talking up the historical ties. More>>

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Tertiary Ed: Government Responds To Productivity Commission
The work programme will focus on four key areas. • Creating a more student-centred system • Meeting the needs of industry through relevant, responsive, and supportive teaching • Improving performance across the system • Enabling and encouraging innovative new models and providers More>>

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PM's Science Advisor: Youth Suicide In NZ Discussion Paper
The paper discusses the multiple factors involved in youth suicide and possible and evidence-based approaches to prevention. It points out the very different context in which young people now live their lives and the challenges of the transition from childhood to adulthood. More>>

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Drug Deaths: Accurate Information Is Vital
Drug Foundation: The spike in hospital admissions and reported deaths in Auckland as a result of people taking unknown substances is not being helped by an information vacuum. More>>

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Backing Dunne & Seymour: National Signals Election Intentions
“We are encouraging National supporters to give their electorate vote to ACT candidate, David Seymour, in Epsom, and United Future candidate, Peter Dunne, in Ohariu – and their party vote to National." More>>

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Climate Policy: Govt's New Proposals For ETS
“Last year, as a result of stage one of the review, we announced the phase out of the one-for-two measure in the ETS. I am now announcing further changes as a result of stage two of the review.” More>>

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PM's Press Conference: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs
Prime Minister Bill English opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting that day's announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners'... More>>

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration
MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD
Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

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Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit
Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism
The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax
It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

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Mateship: Turnbull Gives John Key Highest Aussie Honour
I warmly welcome the Governor-General’s approval of my recommendation that John Key be appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia. More>>

Universality: Opportunities Party's $200/Week For Youth
The Opportunities Party today launched its policy of an unconditional basic income (UBI) for all New Zealanders aged 18 to 23. More>>

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WFF, Loans, Child Support: Major Overhaul For IRD Social Policy Payments
The Government is planning major changes to how IRD pays social support so that people can know better what their entitlements are and be sure of receiving the right amount, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Judith Collins say. More>>

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Representation: Peters Wants Maori Seats, MP Numbers Referendum
I am therefore announcing today that the next government we belong to will offer a binding referendum mid-term to do two things:
Retain or Abolish the Maori seats.
And there will be second referendum on the same day and that will be to Maintain or Reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs. More>>

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Transport: Two Southbound Lanes In Ngauranga Gorge Reopened
In spite of the two lanes being reopened, by 7am there were reports of congestion, with southbound traffic backed up to Tawa. Best advice seemed to be: take public transport, or stay at home. The congestion had cleared by about 9.45. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The National v Labour Family Support Packages
Too bad that poverty can bring out the worst in people. Especially at times, among politicians well-fed, well-housed and amply rewarded by the same state that they’re prone to decry when it offers assistance to individuals and families who are less comfortably situated. More>>

Gatekeeper: Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters
At this rate, July, August and September might as well be officially designated as Be Nice To Winston months by the two major parties – since from here until election day, both will be diligently striving to ensure the New Zealand First leader will be feeling kindly towards them, come the morning of September 24. More>>

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Family Package: Labour Promises Family Payments And Heating Funds
Labour’s Families Package delivers a bigger income boost to more than 70 per cent of families with children than Budget 2017. By not spending $1.5 billion a year on tax cuts, Labour is able to do more for lower and middle income families and people in need... More>>

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Charter (And Religious) Schools: Political Experiment On Students Unwelcome
“Opening charter schools is not going to raise the achievement of our children. It’s not going to close any gaps... The only thing charter schools do successfully is reward mediocrity by using scarce education money to prop up private owners.” More>>

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