I’m pretty excited. I’m off to Melbourne today to attend the Southern Hemisphere’s largest interactive media and games conference – PAX – to research supporting our games export industry. It sounds like fun, but it’s no game. Already, with minimal support, our games and app building sector’s exports are worth $89 million a year. The […]
This week’s revelations about the abuse of women and children on Nauru are horrifying, but sadly are not new issues for refugees and asylum seekers trying to reach Australia. Three weeks ago I tried to meet a Tamil woman, Malarvily Thevaparan, who sought find asylum in Australia from the sustained sexual abuse and other forms of torture […]
This week, Tony Abbott has visited Aotearoa New Zealand, bringing with him his racist policies against indigenous Australians and his appalling record on refugee detention camps. Abbott has launched a policy “to close” remote aboriginal communities, which is about as overtly destructive as its gets. A number of remote communities threatened with closure are, perhaps […]
The benefit of the so called rockstar economy to ordinary working New Zealanders is missing in action. As labour productivity is surging the benefits are definitely not trickling down to workers. Statistics New Zealand points out that from 1996 to 2013, labour productivity grew more in Australia than in New Zealand, up by an average […]
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 […]
I’m doing a bit of a geeky experiment today; I’m participating in a lives-streamed Trans-Tasman online hangout with my mate, Western Australian Senator and Greens IT spokesperson Scott Ludlum this afternoon. I wonder if this will be the first time ever politicians have ‘crossed the ditch’ digitally to talk tech issues?
Yesterday the United Nations released a letter to the Australian Government asking them to explain their welfare cuts. UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the working group on discrimination against women are warning the cuts could have a detrimental effect on the human rights of up to 100,000 Australians, and could […]
The New South Wales government has announced a ban on all coal seam gas development within two kilometres of residential areas and industry clusters, such as horse breeders and wine producers, across the state. What can we learn from it in New Zealand?
Over the last few days, we’ve heard a number of statements from the Prime Minister relating to the decision to take 150 refugees per year from Australian offshore detention centres and the proposal for New Zealand to process asylum seekers arriving here at those same centres. John Key: “One, We don’t take more people, two […]
The announcement that New Zealand will take 150 refugees per year from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea is good news for those refugees. They will be able to leave what the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “harsh” conditions with a “lack of clear and […]