What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, “calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution.”
To quote the distinguished Nobel laureate, “Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?”
Since the GFC, the myth of the centre ground has been amply documented.
Arguably, the last thing New Zealand needs is for the current levels of dairy production to return to profitability anytime soon.
John Key’s rationale for refusing to throw the state’s resources behind reducing child poverty is the lamest excuse since “The dog ate my homework.”
John Quiggin’s argument on market experiments seems especially relevant to this country at a time.
At yesterday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode.
Prisoners may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law.
New Zealand is currently chairing the 15 person Security Council for the last time during our two year term on the Council.
Reportedly, beneficiary parents who refuse to disclose the intimate details of their child’s conception stand to have their benefits substantially docked.
It will take months before Cabinet gets a proposal on whether to re-classify 17 year old youthful offenders as juveniles, rather than as adults.
Automation is starting to wipe out millions of the jobs in the footwear and garment sweatshops of Asia
The truly irritating aspect of the government’s response to the Auckland housing crisis is its insistence merely cranking up the housing supply will bring prices down
By now, we shouldn’t be surprised by the Beehive’s disinterest in the country’s social problems.
Reportedly, Apple owes Ireland $US14 billion in unpaid taxes, plus interest.
The availability of the new generation of anti-cancer drugs in NZ has been driven by political decisions, as much as by medical ones.
Suddenly, Judith Collins is everyone’s new best friend.
A few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week
The plan to strip out support for older “special needs” children to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in ECE defies belief…
NZ spent more money to send our biggest team… you could say our haul in Rio cost more per medal and fewer were earned per athlete than ever before
It will take six months for us to even find out if anyone has yet laid an anti-dumping complaint about China’s steel dumping
Having belatedly advised Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, local authorities seem to prematurely see light at the end of the tunnel
No surprise to hear that Labour has few problems with the government’s proposed extension of the powers of the intelligence agencies
“War on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia.
The proposed new pricing regime will impose energy costs on the Kawerau mill that will be at least double their entire annual profits last year.
Back in the 1990s, central bankers were like kings.
An Olympic medal is starting to feel less like a reward for ruthless competitive excellence, and more like a school competitions where everyone goes home with a prize.
That least some of the Chiefs thought they had a licence for inappropriate sexual touching says a lot about entitlement and rugby in New Zealand.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a red nose jammed onto a human face – forever.