Farm debt in New Zealand has exploded by 270% in the last 20 years, to around $63 billion.
If you’re willing to believe Defence Minister Ron Mark, our defence forces will be operating in future like a high-tech version of Oxfam…
One fascinating aspect of this withdrawal decision is that it is not a case of victory over ISIS having being declared and everyone else going home at the same time, too.
The scenario of Treasury being victimised by demon hackers was still being allowed to be peddled in public, even after Treasury was told no such hack had occurred.
This mid-point, as we’re heading into the cold… it seems like an ideal time to list a few albums and tracks to keep the wolves of winter at bay.
The belief that it is the moderate middle who will decide the outcome of Election 2020 is a deeply ideological stance.
No doubt the Police will carry out their investigation of the Treasury Budget hack with more courtesy and nuance than their pursuit of the Dirty Politicssource.
Yesterday’s European Parliament election results show that the feared gains by far right populism did not eventuate.
Long ago, politics was defined as a blood sport, and many MPs feel pretty chuffed about their take-no-prisoners approach…
Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media.
The zigzagging nature of the Christchurch Call To Action’s content reflects the genuine tension that exists on this subject.
The education sector looks like one of those games of American football where its hard to keep your eye on where the ball is… Neither side seems to have much of a plan for advancing to the end zone.
Only six months ago, the jury was still out on whether the Ardern government would enter the history books as a radical force for change, or as mere tinkerers with the status quo…
Yemen, Venezuela, Iran, Gaza… each currently share one thing in common: their citizens are being subjected to collective punishment, in order to bring about regime change.
The main news outlets in New Zealand have jointly agreed to limit their coverage of the upcoming trial of the Christchurch shooter…
The powers that individual DHBs are seeking look like a throwback to the early 1990s. Then, as now, the rationale was that this local “flexibility” was necessary.
Portugal and Spain continue to be striking exceptions to the rise of rightwing populism in Europe.
In the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings, there is now a strong political appetite for some sort of regulatory action.
There are about 100 verses in the Koran that mention Jesus Christ, but only one of them mentions the crucifixion…
With the wisdom of hindsight, the Labour/Greens combo never did have the numbers to get a meaningful capital gains tax (CGT) across the line…
It isn’t necessary to like Julian Assange to think that his extradition to the US (on the charge of aiding and abetting Chelsea Manning) would be a major injustice.
Many countries – some, even before the Christchurch attacks – have unveiled ways in which they intend to ensure the removal of harmful social media material
The Royal Commission will consider whether the SIS placed the eventual victims under undue surveillance – while paying comparatively little attention to the threat posed by white nationalism.
The fall of Islamic State gives fresh relevance to John Wayne’s classic Western
Deterring hate speech and outlawing hate crime has the aim of providing better protections to vulnerable persons and communities, but without unduly restricting the public’s rights to free expression.
It is also difficult to imagine that even a moral lecture by a New Zealand PM would do much to improve the lot of the persecuted, or make the tyrants mend their ways
So there is to be a Royal Commission inquiry into the mosque attacks… at least this will be somewhat at arms length from the government whose agencies will be under scrutiny.
Across New Zealand and the world , PM Jacinda Ardern has justifiably won praise for how she has responded to the Christchurch attacks. There have been a few areas where the performance of the government has been less than stellar.
Just when we thought the Brexit mess couldn’t get any messier, it suddenly has.