CTU Media Release
26 February 2013
The release today of another group of Hobbit
documents is welcomed by the CTU and we thank the Ombudsmen
for ordering they be made available.
Helen Kelly, CTU
President says "the documents confirm that the dispute was
settled on the 18 October well before Warners came to New
Zealand and before Wellington film workers were told on 20
October that they should demonstrate to lift the boycott.
Minister Gerry Brownlee now needs to explain to the public
why he too joined in this fiction."
Government and Warners chose to retain this fiction to
justify the deal they subsequently made, including the huge
unfairness of changing employment law. The documents confirm
that Mr Brownlee was of the view the laws should not be
changed but despite this went ahead with the law
"We now call on the Government to release the
final bit of information, the legal opinion it received from
Crown Law on this dispute. There is no reason that this is
not being made
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>