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Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Beef With Google

There’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly change the anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making.

Essentially, the case involved Google’s alleged abuse of the stranglehold it enjoys on the online advertising associated with its search activities. More>>

 
 

Legislation: Point England Housing Bill Passed

The passage of the Point England Development Enabling Bill through Parliament this evening will benefit Auckland with additional housing, help resolve Ngāti Paoa’s Treaty claim and improve the local environment and recreation facilities, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More>>

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Cyberducation: Digital Curriculum Launch And Funding Package

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More>>

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PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

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Visions: National Party Conference
National Party leader Bill English today outlined his vision to take New Zealand into the 2020s and his key priorities for the next Parliamentary term – including further raising incomes and reducing taxes. More>>

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Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled
An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

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Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"
The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

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IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal
“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

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PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses
There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

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Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum
10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

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Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader
The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

CPAG: Poor Report Card Result Shows NZ Is Failing Its Children
New Zealand’s ranking for children’s outcomes poorly compared with most other countries across many different SDG measures. Particularly concerning is that New Zealand is ranked 38th out of 41 countries for child health and wellbeing. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons Of The London Tower Block Fire
As details emerge of the deadly fire at Grenfell Towers in north Kensington, it has become clear that the tenants group at the tower block had repeatedly warned the authorities about the fire risk. More>>

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Israel Relations Resume: English "Sorry For Damage" Over UN Resolution
Bill English must tell New Zealand whether we remain in support of the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

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Local Government: Kaipara Gets Crown Manager (Again)
The continued Crown Support and direction on a range of outstanding legal matters before Council will allow the Elected Members to continue to focus on the future development of Kaipara... More>>

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PM's Presser: Mostly About Immigration
Prime Minister Bill English began this week's post-cabinet press conference by discussing plans for his upcoming delegation to the Pacific islands including the signing of the PACER Plus agreement and new aid announcements. More>>

Hit & Run: UN Committee Calls For Afghan Raid Investigation
The United Nations Committee Against Torture has asked the New Zealand Government to report on what measures it has put in place in order to fully investigate the allegations relating to Operation Burnham in Afghanistan in 2010. More>>

Professions: Mandatory Registration For Social Workers
Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers will increase their skills and professionalism so they can better support New Zealanders. More>>

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WWF: IWC Report Calls For Māui Dolphin Action
For the fifth year in a row, leading international scientists have urged the New Zealand government to remove set netting (also called gillnetting) and conventional trawling from Māui dolphin habitat, to save the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin from extinction. More>>

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Members' Bill Shock: Assisted Dying Bill Drawn From Ballot
David Seymour: “We are long overdue for a compassionate response to the anguish faced by the small but significant minority of grievously and irremediably ill, or terminally ill, people." More>>

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Members' Bill Shock: Medicinal Cannabis Bill Drawn From Ballot
The Bill will make it legal for any New Zealander who is suffering from a terminal illness or any debilitating condition to use cannabis or cannabis products with the support of a registered medical practitioner. More>>

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Cleaning Water: Freshwater Rescue Plan Launched
Leaders from tourism, science, health, recreation and environmental conservation came together Thursday midday to launch a plan for solving the country’s freshwater crisis. Together they presented seven steps that can be taken immediately to protect fresh water. More>>

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