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95bFM: The Wednesday Wire with Paul Deady 15/10/08

95bFM: The Wednesday Wire with Paul Deady 15/10/08

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1215 – Law and or Order with Progressive's deputy leader Matt Robson

The Wire's no-nonsense, policy-please election coverage continues today with this week's look at law and or order. Matt Robson from the Progressive Party joins us today. The who party? The Progressives are essentially Jim Anderton's show – he comfortably holds the Wigram seat and is in proper cahoots with the Labour Party, holding the Agriculture and Associate Health portfolios. Under the latter, our Jim has been heavily involved with the regulatory framework around drugs and alcohol, but it's difficult to distinguish where the Labour government ends and the Porgressive Party begins.

Unfortunately Mr Anderton couldn't be with us today, but Matt Robson is a seasoned campaigner who's previously held Justice and Corrections portfolios under old governments. Knows his stuff. Today I'll be asking him about his boss' approach to drug and alcohol in relation to crime, whether they dropped the ball with BZP, and how they're approach to law and order might be considered "Progressive".

1240 – Dr Grant Duncan, AUS

At 1240 I'll play an interview I did this morning with (above) from the Association Of University Staff, or AUS. They've come out in support of the $420m Labour promise to get rid of parental means testing on student allowances, but would like to take the spotlight for a second and say, hey, what about the Uni's themselves? Apparently funding for Universites has fallen in real terms by around $20m a year over the last 6 years. Grant reckons it's unfortunate that money for tertiary schemes often has to play off between students and universites, and hopes the big parties might properly commit to a knowledge economy and throw some money the Unis' way.
1300 – Maori Party economic policy, Pita Sharples

At one I'm hoping to speak with Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples about his party's recently announced economic policy. What's in it? Getting rid of the dole, getting rid of GST on food, no tax on income up to $25, 000, and the creation of a community dvelopment bank to provide small loans to whanau and family businesses. Much cud to chew.

1320 – Counterclockwise – debate

Selwyn's back in the hot seat for counterclockwise today at twenty past one. He'll be looking back over last night's leaders debate and trying to make out what it was they were saying all that time they were shouting over each other, which by my calculations, was about 43.2% of the debate.

1340 – Tom Corby (Corby &Bailey) with Deborah Lawler-Dormer, director of MIC

And we coast toward the end of the show with some artists in studio. Media artists Corby and Baily (UK) draw parallels between the isobar lines of cyclones and the algorithms generated by the political atmosphere generated in live online chat. Sounds pretty arty. And very interesting. They're here as part of an exhibition at the Moving Image Centre up on K Road called Atmos: Weather as Media. Tom Corby will join the director of MIC (above) to tell us more about the exhibition itself. Fun.

Aucklanders can tune in at 95 on the FM dial.

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