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One Scoop Analysis: Student Loans And The Brain Drain

The relationship between the $3 billion student loan debt and record numbers of young New Zealanders who are leaving this country has become an issue which the government is being pressed increasingly hard to deal with - not the least by their own rhetoric.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00069

Two: The House: The Legislation Rush

A Government’s legislation programme is a bit like someone who has forgotten Christmas is approaching. They have to rush down the shops and realise they only have limited time and money to do all those things that had been dreaming about all year long. This National Government has come to that stage.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00072

Three: Trust, Donor Purchase Wellington Native Bush

Fifty hectares of valuable native bush that Wellington City Council refused to buy has been purchased thanks to a new conservation trust and a generous anonymous benefactor.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00073

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The Conversation: Old wine in new bottles – why the NZ-UK free trade agreement fails to confront the challenges of a post-COVID world
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Philip Temple: Hang On A Minute, Mate
Peter Dunne quietly omits some salient facts when arguing for retention of MMP’s coat-tailing provision that allows a party to add list seats if it wins one electorate and achieves more than 1% or so of the party vote... More>>


Cheap Grace And Climate Change: Australia And COP26

It was not for everybody, but the shock advertising tactics of the Australian comedian Dan Ilic made an appropriate point. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a famed coal hugger, has vacillated about whether to even go to the climate conference in Glasgow. Having himself turned the country’s prime ministerial office into an extended advertising agency, Ilic was speaking his language... More>>



Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>



Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

It was startling and even shocking. Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could breathe a sign of relief. Perhaps no one would notice in Washington that Australia remains prehistoric in approaching climate change relative to its counterparts... More>>



Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

It began just after a news interview. Time: a quarter past nine. Morning of September 22, and yet to take a sip from the brewed Turkish coffee, its light thin surface foam inviting. The Australian city of Melbourne in its sixth lockdown, its residents fatigued and ravaged by regulations. Rising COVID-19 numbers, seemingly inexorable... More>>