Kennedy Graham
Not to be hypercritical, but… – analysing Minister Groser’s statement to UN-COP19

Climate Minister Tim Groser gave New Zealand’s statement on Wednesday night, here in Warsaw. Not wishing to be heap unfair criticism but loyal opposition prompts a few thoughts. Mr Groser’s ‘large realities’: 1.       “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” This was raised on a theoretical basis by Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius, in 1896.  The […]

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Steffan Browning
The good life neighbours

Holly Walker’s press release this week outlined why urban sprawl doesn’t solve our housing crisis and doesn’t work for people looking for affordable housing. It also doesn’t work for our farming communities. As this article outlines, with residential dwellings stretching ever outward into food producing areas we see farming practices coming into conflict with their […]

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Catherine Delahunty
National Standards race to nowhere

Yesterday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited our Parliament and promoted free trade agreements with all the fervour of the faithful. This position was predictable, but less well known is her stance on education. Julia is the leader who imposed the Australian version of National Standards on Australian schools against the wishes of the teachers’ unions.

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NZ Green Party
“Greens’ vigilance on Gillard merits praise” – John Armstrong

Here’s John Armstrong’s view on Julia Gillard addressing Parliament, as published in the NZ Herald this morning. Greens’ vigilance on Gillard merits praise – John Armstrong The Greens have got some unwarranted stick for blocking Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard from addressing Parliament while it is officially in session. They were right to do so. […]

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Metiria Turei
Howard’s attack on aboriginal communities condemned by UNHCR

The UN Human Rights Committee has condemned the 2007 Howard Government Northern Territorial Intervention. The intervention was a response to a report on child abuse in NT “Little Children are Sacred”. There were protests all over Australia and in NZ condemning Howards intention to legislate for government management of the aboriginal land, much of it […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Declaration of Indigenous Rights Down Under

On Tuesday I got to ask my first proper Question in the House. Unsurprisingly Hone Harawira asked more or less the same question. Will the Government follow the lead of Australia and change their position to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People? The Prime Minister did a good imitation of saying […]

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NZ Green Party
The Greens’ not so secret Australian political operatives

Russell Brown over at Public Address seems to be obliquely fingering the Greens for using a political operative in 2002 in the same vein as Crosby Textor: Political strategy is a cynical business by its nature. Labour’s people were not appealing to higher ideals when they ran the “slippery” campaign against Key this year. Even […]

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