Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Do weneed a centre-right government ?

Do weneed a centre-right government ?


The election is looming, and to celebrate, New Zealand's premier debating society is hosting a show down between the right and the left of New Zealand's political glitterati.

The debate; open to the public, with entry by koha, is being organised by the Victoria University Debating Society and is supported by the University.

Stephen Franks, National candidate for Wellington Central will lead theAffirmative side arguing for a centre-right government. He'll be joined byNational MP Chris Finlayson and champion Victoria student debater Stephen Whittington.

Leading side negative is Labour's Wellington Central candidate Grant Robertson, supported by Green Party MP Sue Kedgley and champion Victoria student debater Polly Higbee.

The debate will be chaired by Sean Plunket, host of Radio New Zealand's Morning Report.

Each debater will have around ten minutes to speak, and a show of hands at the end will determine the winner. Tea and coffee (and heated discussion) will be served after the debate.

The debate is the third in a series of public debates on important issues organised by the Victoria Debating Society. Earlier in the year prominent figures debated the introduction of education vouchers and the controversial "God is Dead" topic. Emily Bruce from the Society's executive said that the Society saw it as its role to "promote the importance of debate and discussion, crucial to the successful functioning of a democratic society".

The Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society, founded in 1899, is the most successful debating society in New Zealand and ranked as the 19th best in the world. It currently holds the NZ Impromptu, Prepared, and British Parliamentary debating titles, and was the runner-up at last years Austral-Asian championships. 

 "That we need a centre-right government"


Date: Monday 6th October                   Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre One, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University

Gold coin donation. There will be refreshments after the debate.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election