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


Transtasman Political Letter – 9th February Digest

Transtasman Political Letter – 9th February 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..

9th February 2006

NZ Flinches at the backlash to re-publication of those Danish cartoons
... Helen Clark criticises the media for its “Ill-judgement”
... In Canberra, she gets the full-on treatment from Howard: did she give him a bag of NZ apples?
... The Party Caucuses limber up for Parliament’s return
... So if across-the-board tax cuts are a “lazy approach,” what’s Revenue Minister Peter Dunne proposing in his bold tax initiatives?

Relationship Strong But SEM May Be Stillborn

Helen Clark was greeted with the full Canberra panoply and covered a wide range of topics when she met John Howard on Wednesday for the best part of an hour and then had a roundtable with other key Ministers Mark Vaile, Peter Costello, Alexander Downer, Warren Truss and new Defence Minister Brendan Nelson.

Clark Lashes Media Over Cartoon Fiasco

The NZ economy, always vulnerable to external shocks, had its vulnerability laid on the line, some would say unnecessarily, by the re-publication in NZ media of Danish cartoons caricaturing the prophet Mohammed, a move the Helen Clark described as “particularly ill-judged, gratuitous and regrettable.”

Transpower’s Plans Raise Questions

International credit rating agencies say regulatory uncertainty poses a “major credit concern” for the utilities sector in NZ.

Parties Limber Up For Parliament

Both the Labour and National Caucuses were limbering up this week for the opening of Parliament next week. The Labour Caucus, running like a well-oiled machine, got through its business in short order, leading some cynics to suggest backbenchers were standing to attention as they received the word from the leadership.


Is Finance Minister Michael Cullen overworked? The question is increasingly being asked along Lambton Quay in view of the Minister’s ongoing extreme testiness with questioners of his Treasury stewardship.

Play of the Week: Want To See My Etchings?

A few bad drawings full of rather adolescent humour and suddenly the world goes berko.

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..

© 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>>



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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news