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Public Address: 9 August 2011

Public Address: 9 August 2011

Media7: A new censor—and a showdown for student media?
11:13 Aug 9, 2011 in Hard News by Russell Brown
There are two stories to be told about the Media7 show examining tolerance for swear words in the media, in June 2009. One is that -- because TVNZ 7 had just been added to Sky -- it was the first...

London’s Burning
9:34 Aug 9, 2011 in Hard News by Russell Brown
I have been caught up, as a spectator, in two full-scale riots in my life: one that exploded from a huge march against Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax, and the one in Aotea Square, whose conditions were clumsily contrived by inept...

Croucher and Green – Brewers
21:44 Aug 8, 2011 in Field Theory by Hadyn Green
In which I “make” a beer...

Fixing Auckland
15:52 Aug 7, 2011 in Hard News by Russell Brown
It’s not that we hadn’t been told about Wynyard Quarter. The novel and somewhat exciting thing was in seeing the apparently endless story of public agonising about Auckland’s dysfunctional relationship with its urban waterfront actually find an end in something...


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Gordon Campbell: On The Lancet’s Stance Against The Olympic Games, And On The US Culture Battles Over Abortion

Yesterday - barely a month before the opening ceremony - the Lancet medical journal has called for a global conversation on whether the Olympics should go ahead. But who is able to take part in that conversation? Not the hosts, evidently. In poll after poll, a huge majority of the Japanese people have made it clear they do not want to host the Games... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Vague Alternatives And G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies. In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values... More>>

Suicidal Games: Tokyo’s Coronavirus Olympics

A pandemic crisis. A state of emergency. Overwhelming public opinion bristling with alarm. Notwithstanding these factors, Tokyo is still on track to host the Olympics that was cancelled last year in response to the global pandemic. The first sports team – Australia’s softball crew – has touched down. Is all this folly, bravery or self-interest?.. More>>

How It All Went Wrong: The Global Response To COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise. Organised by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last May, the panel’s gloomy assessment was grim: the COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided... More>>

The Conversation: Is Natural Gas Really Cheaper Than Renewable Electricity?

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change... More>>

Keith Rankin: The New Zealand Government’s 'Public Finance Rabbithole'

Last week, out of left field, the government placed a three-year embargo on normal public sector wage bargaining, essentially a salary freeze. While there has been a certain amount of backtracking since, it is clear that the government has been ... More>>

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