australia Archive

  • Denise Roche

    Workers productivity not matched by pay boosts - by Denise Roche

    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 […] read more
    March 19, 2014 5:31 pm - 25 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

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

    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 […] read more
    November 22, 2013 10:39 am - 5 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Live-streamed Trans-Tasman online hangout - by Gareth Hughes

    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? read more
    August 28, 2013 9:45 am - No Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Welfare cuts challenged by the UN - by Jan Logie

    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 […] read more
    March 5, 2013 4:57 pm - 8 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    New South Wales Government acts on oil and gas concerns - by Gareth Hughes

    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? read more
    February 20, 2013 1:23 pm - 45 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    John Key and NZ’s refugee obligation - by Jan Logie

    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 […] read more
    February 13, 2013 5:20 pm - 8 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Asylum seekers deserve respect, dignity and compassion - by Jan Logie

    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 […] read more
    February 12, 2013 11:07 am - 19 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    The good life neighbours - by Steffan Browning

    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 […] read more
    October 30, 2012 11:18 am - 4 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    Making the most of GE Free NZ – Tour - by Steffan Browning

    I am bringing over two Australian farmers with first-hand experience of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops in their communities to tour New Zealand, share their stories and warn New Zealand farmers about the risks of GE crops. The last Green Party GE tour was in 1999, during the time of the Royal Commission into Genetic Engineering. […] read more
    July 27, 2012 2:02 pm - 5 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    National Standards race to nowhere - by Catherine Delahunty

    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. read more
    February 17, 2011 10:31 am - 21 Comments
  • frog

    “Greens’ vigilance on Gillard merits praise” – John Armstrong - by frog

    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. […] read more
    February 15, 2011 10:17 am - 8 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Time to stop importing pollen - by Kevin Hague

    I want to support Federated Farmers in their raising the possibility that imported pollen may be a vector for the introduction of PSA disease in kiwifruit. This imported pollen is used to artificially pollinate kiwifruit and includes pollen from countries with PSA disease. Beekeepers are already alarmed at the arrival in NZ of the potentially […] read more
    November 19, 2010 11:22 am - 14 Comments
  • frog

    Why are Kiwis allowed to work for whalers? - by frog

    The government’s response to the sinking of the Ady Gil, just the latest chapter in the seemingly never ending saga of Japanese south seas whaling, has been the usual waffle. Minister McCully urges restraint, but says New Zealand’s influence is too small to do more. This is disappointing to say the least, given the strong […] read more
    January 9, 2010 10:20 pm - 59 Comments
  • frog

    Smart hook – smart economics - by frog

    Fisher-turned-inventor Hans Jussiet explains the shield and dissolvable pin that covers baited-hooks as they are launched in this video from an ABC TVshow. Once the shielded hook sinks below the depth of seabirds and turtles, the pin dissolves and the shield is released. [Video included] read more
    November 5, 2009 9:20 pm - 5 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    ETS makes us the seventh state - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    It is clear from the minister’s briefing last night that the main purpose of National’s changes to the ETS is to make us effectively the seventh state of Australia. The bill mimics exactly the bill the Rudd government has been trying (unsuccessfully) to get through the Australian senate. So a bill that has been twice […] read more
    September 24, 2009 9:17 am - 8 Comments
  • frog

    Australia: dustbowl 2.0 - by frog

    People in Sydney awoke today to discover the sky was turned a hellish red in an extremely rare weather event… read more
    September 23, 2009 11:52 am - 15 Comments
  • frog

    “I feel a change coming on” - by frog

    Fonterra has more than just its financial restructure head-ache to mull on this weekend. Its dogged support for rainforest-destroying palm kernel feed (PKE) must now be giving them a cracking migraine. read more
    September 19, 2009 9:37 am - 24 Comments
  • frog

    Minister mining for inspiration - by frog

    An avid frog reader has sent in this photo of the Minister of Energy and Resources, Gerry Brownlee, mining inspiration from a quality resource. read more
    September 14, 2009 9:09 am - 33 Comments
  • frog

    Prince Charles, Kevin Rudd and frogs - by frog

    Check out this great little jam of HRH Prince Charles’ recent appeal to save the world’s rainforests (‘The Prince and the Frog’). It’s made by Tasmanian forest campaigners. To join in the campaign go here . read more
    July 22, 2009 3:50 pm - 14 Comments
  • frog

    Whaling, redefining the verb - by frog

    The International Whaling Commission is meeting this week in Portugal. NZ is ably represented by former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and, according to news reports, he is “respectfully urging” Japan to lift its threat to hunt humpback whales in the Antarctic. The ODT reports he told the IWC: new evidence about the endangered status of […] read more
    June 25, 2009 9:41 am - 5 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Gratitude for a climate change denier - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Thank goodness for climate change denier Senator Fielding of Australia. Didn’t think you’d ever hear me say that, did you? Senator Fielding is the one vote Rudd didn’t have yesterday to pass their “Carbon Reduction Plan” – or Emissions Trading Scheme in our language. And that is a good thing, because the proposal was so […] read more
    June 24, 2009 1:19 pm - 29 Comments
  • frog

    Forestry bullies seek to fell our Aussie Bob - by frog

    Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown may lose his seat if he doesn’t pay court costs of A$240,000 to Forestry Tasmania by the end of the month. The costs relate to a landmark Federal Court case that Bob took in 2006 against the state owned enterprise. He alleged that Forestry Tasmania were breaching Federal threatened […] read more
    June 10, 2009 1:50 pm - 13 Comments
  • frog

    Greens win in historic by-election - by frog

    Could this historic Green win in Australia over the weekend be a portent of things to come in Mt Albert? The Greens’ historic win in the ALP stronghold of Fremantle hinged on Liberal voters out to punish Labor, WA Opposition Leader Eric Ripper says. Greens candidate Adele Carles made history with her victory in Saturday’s […] read more
    May 18, 2009 10:29 am - 4 Comments
  • frog

    Aussie Greens strike out at ETS - by frog

    Australia can, must and will meet 40% cuts by 2020. The Greens are confident that once we set off on the path to 25% cuts, delivered mostly at home, we can easily accelerate our effort towards 40% and beyond to carbon neutrality. Putting 25% on the table will see Australia taken seriously at the Copenhagen […] read more
    May 5, 2009 2:50 pm - 17 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

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

    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 […] read more
    April 6, 2009 6:31 pm - 12 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Declaration of Indigenous Rights Down Under - by Catherine Delahunty

    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 […] read more
    April 2, 2009 7:00 am - 106 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Private prisons are not cheaper - by Metiria Turei

    Last night the parliament debated the first reading of the Corrections (Contract Management of Prisons) Bil. I have blogged about this issue frequently, but not yet addressed the key argument of National – that private prisons are cheaper. So I used my speech last night to refer to both Australian and US research that showed […] read more
    March 25, 2009 6:40 pm - 64 Comments
  • frog

    Should voluntary tanning standards be made law? - by frog

    Today is the day when a new joint Australian/New Zealand standard for the use of sunbeds comes into effect, albeit a voluntary one for New Zealand. This is the result of lots of work by the standards authority following a damning report that I posted about last January in Death by Tanning. The Cancer Society […] read more
    January 26, 2009 10:18 am - 15 Comments
  • frog

    Should Australia become a Republic? - by frog

    It’s an important question for Australians, with ramifications for New Zealand. Australian Green Senator Bob Brown has introduced legislation requiring a simple yes or no referendum at the 2010 election. The last time a referendum was held in 1999, it was soundly defeated, but Brown claims that this was because the government of the day […] read more
    December 8, 2008 11:58 am - 114 Comments
  • frog

    The Coaly Moleys - by frog

    Another laugh out loud video from Greenpeace Australia. It seems that Rudd wants to pay $1.2 billion in subsidies to the coal industry as part of their emissions trading scheme! At least when we subsidise our polluters, it is because they are trade exposed. Export coal isn’t covered by Kyoto. So what’s up? read more
    November 24, 2008 11:15 am - 2 Comments
  • frog

    National – Turning Kiwis into Aussies - by frog

    From Kiwiblog this afternoon we find out that National is signposting the way to an Aussie flag. That’s a vote winner. Anyway it’s a defining point for us. In our party we have an Australian who wanted to become a Kiwi.  In National they want to become Aussies.  All practice now – ‘GO wallabies!’ read more
    October 21, 2008 4:47 pm - 31 Comments
  • frog

    Meet the Candidates, Tukituki - by frog

    The Bay Buzz covered a local Forest and Bird candidate debate in the Tukituki electorate last night.  It seems the sitting MPs tried to dominate the event: It was mostly the Rick[Barker, Labour] and Craig [Foss, National] show, with an occasional reminder from expert witness Quentin [Duthie] that without the Greens around as babysitter, the […] read more
    October 10, 2008 11:51 am - 1 Comment
  • frog

    Giving preferential trading rights to the USA - by frog

    I see a looming preferential trade deal with the United States is enough for Matthew Hooten to declare Phil Goff New Zealander of the year.  High praise indeed.  Although US trade deals don’t seem to have worked out quite so well for the much bigger economy of Australia (bigger than New Zealand that is, not […] read more
    September 23, 2008 12:39 pm - 14 Comments
  • frog

    The Aussie Airforce’s response to peak oil - by frog

    Courtesy of The Oil Drum read more
    September 8, 2008 10:03 am - 9 Comments
  • frog

    Jeanette’s appeal to overseas voters - by frog

    According to Statistics New Zealand’s Sustainable Development and Population team there are up to 600,000 New Zealanders living overseas, most of them in Aussie (where Rayna Fahey just held her Green Party campaign launch last night).  Not all of them are eligible to vote, but presumably a significant proportion are.  Last election there were 28,000 […] read more
    August 13, 2008 9:52 am - 42 Comments
  • frog

    Stephanie Alexander talks food in schools - by frog

    Sue Kedgley has been putting her journalism skills to work and talking to Australian chef Stephanie Alexander about the Kitchen Gardens in Schools she initiated. Kitchen Gardens in Schools is described as such: In the Kitchen Garden Program children across Years 3 to 6 spend a minimum of 40 minutes a week in an extensive […] read more
    July 28, 2008 7:38 am - 2 Comments
  • frog

    Fuel for thought – the future of transport fuels: challenges and opportunities - by frog

    Such is the name of a report released today by the Future Fuels Forum, an initiative led by the Australia’s CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship. The Age summarises the bad news: PETROL prices could reach $8 a litre [~NZ$10 per litre] within a decade if oil production peaks and Australia is not ready to shift to […] read more
    July 11, 2008 2:07 pm - 61 Comments
  • frog

    100% there for the taking - by frog

    Maybe New Zealand’s clean green image is not such a good thing after all. Each week the ABC pits two of Australia’s advertising agencies against each other in a  challenge to sell the unsellable.  This week the brief was to build support for invading New Zealand.  Follow the link and check out the ad on […] read more
    July 10, 2008 9:14 am - 16 Comments
  • frog

    The Aussie First Party - by frog

    It seems like John Key has got a big thing for supporting business – Australian business, that is! First there was National’s neither confirm nor deny position on its campaign relationship with Aussie attack politics consultants Crosby Textor. Then Key was forced to admit that a National-led Government would want to privatise ACC – despite […] read more
    July 8, 2008 8:39 am - 9 Comments
  • frog

    The Greens’ not so secret Australian political operatives - by frog

    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 […] read more
    June 30, 2008 4:54 pm - 23 Comments