Ombudsman concerned partnership school transparency
Chief Ombudsman concerned about proposal to reduce
transparency and accountability in partnership
The Chief Ombudsman’s submission to the
Science and Education Select Committee on proposal in the
Education Amendment Bill that "The Ombudsmen Act 1975 and
Official Information Act 1982 do not apply to a sponsor of a
partnership school kura hourua" is now available on our
website. You can read it here
Scoop copy of submission
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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?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>