Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Transtasman Political Letter – 20 October Digest

Transtasman Political Letter – 20 October Digest

Transtasman is a subscriber newsletter published weekly and read widely in New Zealand and abroad. The following is a summary of this week's edition. To subscribe and read the full newsletter see.. http://Transtasman.co.nz

20th October 2005

Clark goes for a safety first Cabinet, and says this administration will go the distance
... National says it is just shifting the deck-chairs on the deck of the Titanic
... The Greens pick up the pieces after being shafted by almost everyone
... Peters prepares his passport as his party fumes
... And is it game on between Maharey and Goff?

New Cabinet Attempts To Reinvigorate Labour

Michael Cullen has taken on the job of sorting out Tertiary Education and Annette King is charged with restoring public confidence in the Police in Helen Clark’s new Cabinet. In a major re-shuffle, which swapped key portfolios between the front bench, Clark is trying to give the Cabinet a fresh look and put problem areas into safe hands.

Gutted Greens Pick Up The Pieces

The Greens were shafted and they know it. They also know who did it. Pre-election the Greens seemed almost assured of a solid partnership deal with Labour and almost certainly two Ministerial posts outside Cabinet.

Stable And Durable? Yes, Says Clark

Helen Clark is fending off opposition politicians and some business leaders voicing doubt her third-term Govt will last the distance.

Clark’s Speech To Parliament Will Set The Agenda

Parliament is expected to be recalled on November 8 and Helen Clark’s opening speech will set an agenda focused on Growth and Productivity. She used an address to the CTU Conference this week to signal an end to social policy initiatives, and sources say “politically correct” items are definitely off the legislative menu.

CAPITAL TALK

You could tell by the width of Winston’s grin and the set on Helen’s mouth they had pulled off the deal of the century. Well it’s only 2005. In truth, political watchers around Wellington’s restaurants this week say neither had anywhere else to go.

PLAY OF THE WEEK - Coalition Of The Middling

The Govt has perhaps taken a slight tilt towards the centre with the advent of NZ First, the appointment of Peter Dunne as Revenue Minister, and the slight strengthening of Labour’s centre-right faction. However, with Winston Peters involved, you never can tell.


Transtasman is a subscriber newsletter published weekly and read widely in New Zealand and abroad. The above is a summary of this week's edition. To subscribe and read the full newsletter see.. http://Transtasman.co.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news