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robson-on-politics 3 December

robson-on-politics 3 December

robson-on-politics, a weekly newsletter from Matt Robson MP Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party

More for early childhood education

More than 1,000 early childhood education centres will benefit from the first stage of a new


Thinkers Not Drinkers

Progressive Party billboards paid for by our members are going up in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch today. They feature our new initiatives for 2005, including returning the drinking age to 20. This is one billboard:

Our campaign for a law change to raise the age, regulate ads, and enforce the age limit is gathering momentum. Public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to reduce alcohol abuse and to protect young people is to put the age of purchase at 20. Our Member's Bill does that and is backed by a recent Ministry of Health report to the Ministerial Committee on Drugs and Alcohol.

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Maori student debt is the country's debt

Research by the Maori Tertiary Students' Association reveals that Maori are taking longer than other students to pay off their debt. They take an average of 9.2 years while non-Maori take an average of 8.7 years.

At the Maori Student Debt Summit in Wellington on Monday, I'll make it very clear that a key Progressive Party policy in the next Cabinet will be for government to meet student loan repayments for three years after graduation for people working in New Zealand. Educational success is essential for Maori development and for the development of New Zealand.

Our jobs policies are working too - there are more opportunities here at home for new graduates.


The Bill of Rights, national security, and Mr Zaoui

In an important decision for the rule of law and democracy the Supreme Court refused to allow the mantra of 'national security' to sweep away basic rights.

Ahmed Zaoui, the Queen of England, Uncle Tom Cobley and all are entitled to procedural fairness and the full protection of the law. The full bench declared:

"This is a case where national security issues arise. It is also a case about the liberty of someone who has refugee status in New Zealand and who is entitled to the benefit of the Refugee Convention requirement that only such restrictions upon his liberty as are necessary should be imposed upon him. The applications fall to be considered against the background of concern for liberty recognised by the Bill of Rights Act and the common law"

In a historic step, the Supreme Court will hear the bail application next
Thursday, Dec 9. Freedom or a fair trial!

See Amnesty and statement
on the decision


Progressives always support human rights

Young Progressive representative Karin Reinholt did us proud on TV1 news advocating for the Civil Union Bill. She said "Young Progressives believe that strengthening of meaningful relationships deserves support. The proposed Civil Union legislation represents a step by Parliament to reject persecution, oppression and discrimination. It also meets our obligations under international law to remove discriminatory legislation."


Just one Cuba Libre, thanks

Janet Mackey, President of the NZ-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship group is hosting MPs next Wednesday, meeting Cuban literacy tutors working with Te Wanaga o Aotearoa. The Greenlight programme, 36 video-based modules based on the world-famous Cuban literacy model, is being taken up by companies including Carter Holt Harvey. Yours truly will be offering one Cuba Libre (responsible drinking) to each MP to mark the evening.


On The Robson Hour on 531AM, Sun noon - 1pm: UK policeman Sir Charles Pollard, Haikiu Baiabe on Pacific health, and Karlo Mila, advisor to the inquiry on Tonga.


This week on there are over 14 new stories, including Progressive getting funding for Murupara's anti-drug action, fair trade with Thailand, and why it's curtains for the Nats - they can't deliver on company tax but Progressive can.

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PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





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