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  • Russel Norman

    National’s innovation policy in three charts - by Russel Norman



    If Steven Joyce is such a believer in innovation, why is he planning to cut his investment in innovation so dramatically? Here, in three charts, is what National’s long-term commitment to innovation looks like: 1. National will cut their investment in science and innovation by 21 percent, in real terms, out to 2023/24. 2. The […] read more
    July 17, 2014 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Support for Convention Refugees - by Jan Logie



    Yesterday Changemakers Refugee Forum released a report highlighting the denial of support to convention refugees. I am stoked they’ve done this. They’ve explained the issue in a way that is so easy to understand and makes the injustice and nonsense of it so clear. Almost all refugees start out as asylum seekers, but some find […] read more
    December 11, 2013 4:11 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kevin Hague

    Tony Ryall and democracy - by Kevin Hague



    I have just sent a letter to the Speaker of Parliament to complain about the apparent disregard with which the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, has been treating his democratic obligations. Here’s the main gist of my complaint: Every single one of the 101 Questions for Written Answer I have asked the Minister this year […] read more
    September 3, 2013 5:07 pm - 20 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    National’s RMA changes weaken our environment law when we should be strengthening it - by Eugenie Sage



    At the moment when New Zealand is the focus of international attention over Fonterra’s botulism scare, the National Party seems intent on sabotaging our economy and environment by weakening our environmental laws attacking the Resource Management Act (RMA). National’s changes will make the RMA an economic development act at the expense of nature and local […] read more
    August 10, 2013 10:15 pm - 18 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Searching for a consensus on climate change – seeking a genuine dialogue with National – Part II - by Kennedy Graham



    Picking up from Part I of this blog post, I had occasion to question Minister Tim Groser yesterday about climate change and his Government’s policy.  This followed from Russel Norman questioning him 30 minutes earlier. Given that he has declined to come to my conference in Parliament today for a cross-party dialogue on climate change, […] read more
    June 7, 2013 1:59 pm - 14 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    “Choice” versus fairness in education - by Catherine Delahunty



    Why is it that this country continues to adopt failed models from elsewhere instead of strengthening our own structures based on our own experience? The schools and communities of South Auckland and Eastern Christchurch are being used to justify ideological experimentation. After all there are many good schools doing their best in these regions and […] read more
    December 7, 2011 5:08 pm - 72 Comments
  • frog

    State of the Planet speech 2011 - by frog



    Last Sunday Russel gave the annual State of the Planet speech to a packed and excited crowd at Te Mahurehure Marae in Auckland. It was a great and powerful speech that clearly defined the Green vision for Aotearoa. Russel also attacked National and Labour for bludging off our grandchildren and pulling the ladder of opportunity […] read more
    February 3, 2011 9:22 am - 11 Comments
  • frog

    Key Government hides from the truth about oil - by frog



    Make your submission on the draft Energy Strategy by 5pm on 2 September read more
    August 29, 2010 6:47 am - 78 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Goff delivers wedge to split the left - by Metiria Turei



    For all the indignation at the response to his speech , what did Goff expect whanau and hapu would hear in it? He starts with a criticism of Hone, he attacks the Maori Party, he promotes unjust treaty settlements and he defends the discriminatory foreshore legislation. And all delivered to a predominately Pakeha audience. How […] read more
    December 1, 2009 10:14 am - 50 Comments
  • frog

    Green Oral Question for today - by frog



    In Parliament today, the Green Party’s Questions for Oral Answer (number 3) is from Russel Norman to the Minister of Finance, Bill English: Does he stand by his statement that “water assets will not be privatised as a result of the restructuring” of local government; and if so, how does he reconcile it with Cabinet’s […] read more
    October 29, 2009 11:42 am - 30 Comments
  • frog

    Chalking Nick in Nelson - by frog



    Chalking the opinion of many on the streets of Nelson this morning and challenging Nick Smith, who welcomed Schedule 4 thus: “This Bill at long last puts some pegs in the sand in some very significant areas of New Zealand and says to the mining industries of New Zealand: “These are no-go areas.”…” read more
    October 27, 2009 2:31 pm - 7 Comments
  • frog

    Gutting ACC – National flies true colours - by frog



    National has now openly revealed its plans to privatise ACC – clearly, the Government has been softening the public up for this for a while. read more
    October 23, 2009 2:26 pm - 9 Comments
  • frog

    A few quotes from John Key – pre election - by frog



    “National will have policies that reflect the fact that living on a diet of carbon will be increasingly bad – bad for the world and bad for our economy. We will have policy that encourages ‘climate friendly’ choices like windmills, hydro power and tree planting, and reduces the desire for ‘climate unfriendly’ behaviours, like burning […] read more
    October 10, 2009 1:16 pm - 15 Comments
  • frog

    Minister Smith please stand up - by frog



    Nick has been surprisingly silent on the decision of Ministers Brownlee and Groser to do a stock-take of our premiere conservation land for its mining potential. Was he consulted? We know he was given a copy of Brownlee’s speech prior, but did he read it? Does he support it? What’s up, Nick? read more
    October 4, 2009 9:11 am - 22 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

    National: everyone else must cut emissions by 40% - by frog



    I know we keep banging on about climate change a lot over here, but this is just amazing so I had to post it! From No Right Turn: So, having set itself an utterly pathetic climate change target of 10% – 20%, and derided all talk of going for 40%, guess what target the New […] read more
    August 14, 2009 10:26 am - 70 Comments
  • frog

    From little things, big things grow… - by frog



    There was a recurring riff behind National’s opposition to two very different Bills on Members’ Day Wednesday. One commonality was that both Bills were voted down by National, Act and United Future, and supported by Greens, Labour, Progressives and Maori Parties. But the riff I want to highlight is the idea that the problem is […] read more
    June 19, 2009 11:33 am - 7 Comments
  • frog

    Herald approves, but gets some basics very wrong - by frog



    Today’s Herald editorial seems keen on the new working relationship between the Greens and National.  But their positive assessment comes at the very end, while much of the piece discusses a supposed change in attitude by the Greens. This agreement, under which the Greens and ministers will work together in several policy areas, clearly owes a great deal […] read more
    April 13, 2009 11:48 am - 30 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
  • frog

    Dr Coleman Saves NZ from Totalitarian TV! - by frog



    Image crafted by Lyndon Hood New Zealand’s chances of turning into North Körea got a little bit slimmer thanks to the current Government’s plan to cancel the TVNZ charter. In 2003 when the then Labour government introduced the TVNZ Charter aimed at bolstering our national identity I thought yippee.  National identity bolstering is good stuff.  […] read more
    March 27, 2009 9:22 am - 16 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
  • Metiria Turei

    Universities under pressure to keep wages low - by Metiria Turei



    The Tertiary Education Union reports today that some universities are under great pressure to keep the wages and salaries of university staff as low as possible. The government’s document Expectations for Pay and Employment Conditions in the State Sector seems to be placing pressure on many tertiary-education institutions to depress wages rather than face explaining […] read more
    March 19, 2009 5:24 pm - 49 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    National gags Pita Sharples: Maori deserve better - by Metiria Turei



    Todays performance in the House has confirmed that the Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples is being locked out by the National Government from answering serious questions concerning Maori. My question today directly concerning Maori and their loss of rights under the RMA reforms was transferred by the government from the Maori Affairs Minister to […] read more
    March 11, 2009 6:17 pm - 4 Comments
  • frog

    Co-leader’s Parliamentary update - by frog



    Jeanette and Russel talk about insulation, energy efficiency, the Electoral Finance Act and their meeting with the Nats. read more
    February 19, 2009 8:27 am - 1 Comment
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Shock Announcement: Normal maintenance to proceed under National - by Jeanette Fitzsimons



    We look forward to more announcements from this very busy government that schools will buy chalk this year, trains will refuel, nurses worn out uniforms will be replaced and the harbour bridge repainted. The press secretaries will be working overtime. It is, of course, entirely a good thing that Transpower will do essential maintenance on […] read more
    February 13, 2009 11:32 am - 41 Comments
  • frog

    Irish government unveils insulation scheme - by frog



    While our government prevaricates and even cancels our shovel ready Green Homes Insulation fund, the Australians and the Irish have announced ambitious plans of their own. The Irish Times reported today: HOW TO cut heating bills, reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs in the construction sector in the process? The Government, through its […] read more
    February 10, 2009 5:08 pm - 17 Comments
  • frog

    Government tells those on minimum wage to tread water - by frog



    Very conveniently, at 4pm on the eve of parliament re-convening, the government has tried to quietly announce that they will raise the minimum wage by 50 cents, in line with inflation. It’s not good enough, given that the current minimum wage is not a living wage. Our lowest paid citizens, already up to their gunwales […] read more
    February 9, 2009 4:48 pm - 104 Comments
  • frog

    Stimulus Reality: Spending creates VASTLY more jobs than tax cuts - by frog



    That is the title of a very thought provoking post over at OpenLeft. The author, Paul Rosenburg, takes data from Moody’s economy.com and combines it with research from the Center for Economic Policy and Research to create the following chart: It lends credence to Treasury’s call for tax cut’s to be delayed or reduced if […] read more
    February 9, 2009 1:59 pm - 10 Comments
  • frog

    RMA reform roundup - by frog



    Yesterday the government announced its proposed reforms for the Resource Management Act (RMA). Personally, I was unimpressed, as it seemed to me that many of the so called reforms were mechanisms that already existed in the current legislation. It looked like a re-branding exercise. Most of the changes were actually tweaks to the existing regime, […] read more
    February 4, 2009 4:02 pm - 39 Comments
  • frog

    National’s two-faced approach to Australian harmonisation - by frog



    I laughed out loud as I read the National Business Review’s article about how keen National is to fast track the development of a single market. Apparently Gerry Brownlee didn’t get the memo, as he has summarily torn up a long standing, well developed standards agreement with Australia in his first few weeks. The article, […] read more
    February 2, 2009 11:32 am - 25 Comments
  • frog

    Armstrong should know better - by frog



    Many thanks to John Armstrong for a bit of coverage in today’s Herald, but really he should know better than to say we have changed our tune. John says: Having slammed the door shut to working with National a mere three months ago, the Greens now want to reopen it. The Greens’ co-leader’s language in […] read more
    January 27, 2009 4:44 pm - 86 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Nats tax bill costs the low paid - by Russel Norman



    Nats yesterday introduced their tax bill. They dropped the bill on parliament without giving anyone a chance to read it before it hit the house and are pushing it through under urgency without giving a select committee or anyone else a chance to examine it properly. Even the Regulatory Impact Assessment stated that they hadn’t […] read more
    December 10, 2008 9:14 pm - 34 Comments
  • frog

    Upton warns of a laughing stock - by frog



    Simon Upton writes a good critique of New Zealand’s climate change situation in today’s Dom Post. It must be amazing for the former National Party Minister who got us involved with the Kyoto process in the first place to watch as once again, we go back to square one in terms of our response to […] read more
    December 2, 2008 12:01 pm - 23 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    NZ red-faced over climate change - by Jeanette Fitzsimons



    Why would someone who believes climate change is a hoax and human activity is not contributing to climate change, want a carbon tax? Why would you tax fossil fuels if you don’t believe they are doing any harm? Why would a party that has campaigned on a carbon tax since 1993 and accepted the ETS […] read more
    November 30, 2008 4:31 pm - 89 Comments
  • frog

    Focus on Pharmac - by frog



    Rarely are so few asked to do so much with so little for the benefit of so many, who are ungrateful. That’s how I would describe Pharmac’s calling. Today’s Sunday Star Times spends an inordinate amount of column inches discussing the challenges Pharmac faces. Or does it? The unattributed comment piece on A11, “Pharmac’s $635 […] read more
    November 30, 2008 1:45 pm - 37 Comments
  • frog

    NZ now a joke in Europe - by frog



    Thanks Rodney. Thanks John. From Scoop: Specialist news service Carbon News this morning reports broker Nigel Brunel, of OMF Financial, as saying New Zealand is “a bit of a joke in Europe at the moment” following the National-Act agreement to suspend the emissions trading scheme. “This was New Zealand’s opportunity to reinvent its financial markets […] read more
    November 22, 2008 4:13 pm - 69 Comments
  • frog

    Movin’ on up - by frog



    Things will be a bit sketchy around here at frogblog, as I help the parliamentary team pack up their office and shift further up in Bowen House. With our newer, bigger caucus, we’ll be inhabiting two floors now instead of one. The views from level 8 were lovely. At almost twice the height, they will […] read more
    November 21, 2008 9:09 am - 28 Comments
  • frog

    Five headed monsters - by frog



      I laughed out loud at this image over at Tumeke this morning, in a post from Bomber. I’m not entirely sure who gets the image credit, but perhaps it is best ascribed to John Key himself, as quoted in the NZ Herald: Do [New Zealanders] want to put in a National government with a […] read more
    November 20, 2008 11:48 am - 24 Comments
  • frog

    Should Sam resign? - by frog



    My intent is to foster a debate as much as to express my own, personal opinion on the matter. But yes, I believe that Sam Lotu-liga should resign as either the Auckland City Councilor for Tamaki-Maungakiekie, or as MP for Maungakiekie. Holding two such offices simultaneously does have some historical precedent, but does anyone really […] read more
    November 16, 2008 3:16 pm - 12 Comments
  • frog

    Energy shakeup looming - by frog



    The DomPost Business section leads with a discussion of what national is likely to do with the imminent shakeup of our energy sector. It amounts to privatisation by other means, and sets it for a complete government sell-off to foreign investors in 2011. (No-one else could afford the $12 billion asset!) Re-combining Mighty River Power, […] read more
    November 11, 2008 1:40 pm - 28 Comments