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Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

Looks like you need to get the blurb yourself. Probably best to do that irrespective, actually.If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common.

Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues. Neither have yet been given a mandate to govern by the electorate although – in both countries – the Labour opposition is in less than robust shape. More>>

 

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

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Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

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Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

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Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport
“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

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Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens
At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

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IPCA: Use Of Taser On Greymouth Man Was Unjustified
After a 20 minute struggle, during which pepper spray was appropriately used on the friend, Police managed to handcuff the man and his friend and escort them to a Police van. When the man refused to move his foot from the van cell door, the sergeant directed a probationary constable to contact stun the man twice with a Taser. More>>

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Waitangi Day: PM Will Not Attend Powhiri At Te Tii Marae
Prime Minister Bill English has accepted the invitation of iwi leaders to lead a delegation of ministers to Waitangi to meet ahead of Waitangi Day celebrations, and announced he will not attend the annual powhiri at Te Tii Marae. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The UN Resolution On Palestine
For any small trading nation, trading opportunities need to be at the forefront of its diplomatic planning and – presumably -our role in the recent UN resolution on Palestine was driven by the possible trade opportunities in the Middle East that our public stance on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories might now put within our grasp. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Boredom
As yet the nation still doesn’t know what to make of its new leadership team.
Last weekend’s Cabinet shuffle of the same old names around a few different chairs didn’t tell us much. Given the chance to innovate, Bill English chose instead to leave the future captaincy of the health system, the education system and our foreign policy apparatus up in the air for the next six months. Whatever else that is, it isn’t leadership. More>>

Christmas Charity: Auckland City Mission Desperate For Financial Support
The Mission started distributing Christmas emergency food parcels and gifts on the 7th of December and up to 300 families have come to their Hobson Street Drop-in Centre for assistance each week day since then. This week, traditionally the Mission’s busiest, is expected to be no different ... More>>

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Cabinet: English Delivers Cautious Reshuffle
Newly appointed Prime Minister Bill English unveiled a cautious Cabinet reshuffle, leaving in place several Ministers who are either retiring at the 2017 election or whose questionable performance had led to speculation they would leave the Cabinet. More>>

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It's A Blast: Post-Quake Slip Clearance
Progress on clearing the Awatere slip went off with a bang at the weekend, with two large rocks that were hampering clearance efforts each being blown up by 100kg of explosives. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Murray McCully Exit
In the end, Murray McCully chose to go quietly, and decided not to contest next year’s election on the National Party list. More>>

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North To South: Government To Reinstate Kaikoura Coastal Route
Cabinet has agreed to reinstate the coastal route to Kaikoura and will provide additional funding to speed up the process, Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Fairfax/NZME Merger
Last week, the Commerce Commission held a conference to canvass the competition issues involved in the proposed merger between this country’s two biggest media companies. Facebook didn’t attend the conference, but its spectre hung over the entire proceedings. More>>

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Report: Copyright In New Zealand’s Creative Sector
A report canvassing views from New Zealand’s vibrant creative sector, and the role copyright and registered designs has in their work, has been released today by Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith. More>>

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Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says this afternoon’s adjournment of Parliament brings to an end an extremely busy legislative year. “Parliament sat for 88 days this year, the same number of days as in 2015, passing 107 bills – 98 Government bills, four Members’ bills, three private bills and two local bills,” Mr Brownlee says. More>>

Also Nat MPs Foss & Lotu-Iiga: Green Party MPs Not Seeking Re-Election
Green Party MPs Catherine Delahunty and Steffan Browning are announcing today that they will not seek re-election in 2017. Both Ms Delahunty and Mr Browning will continue in their roles as Green Party MPs until the election. More>>

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