Friday, May 24, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: After Election Defeat, Labor Premier Now Calls For New Coal Mine

Labor Party Faces Existential Threat 

In this newsletter:

1) After Election Defeat, Labor Premier Now Calls For New Coal Mine
Financial Review, 22 May 2019 
2) Labor Faces Existential Threat As Greens Warn Party Over Climate Change Shift 
The Australian, 22 May 2019 

Mole News

Ngati Porou is set to gain legal customary title over the East Coast foreshore and seabed.
The Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill receives its third and final reading in Parliament this afternoon and is set to become a milestone piece of legislation — the first of its kind.

Representatives of the Crown and many hapu of Ngati Porou will today sign the Whakamana Accord and Relationship Instruments set out in the amended deed and witness the Third Reading of the Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill (No.2).

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Monica Burke: US Equality Act Harms American Freedom

The Equality Act promises to promote tolerance, respect and — of course — equality.

Instead, it would promote inequality by undermining parental rights, forcing the hand of medical professionals, and erasing women.

How? By imposing government-mandated gender identity policies in schools, hospitals and women’s spaces across the country.

The Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes in the federal Civil Rights Act. It would also expand the definition of “public accommodations.” While this bill may sound harmless, these changes would have far-reaching negative effects on average Americans.

NZCPR Weekly: Criminalising Free Speech

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This week we look into the Australian election result and Jacinda Ardern’s plan to regulate the internet and criminalise free speech, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Bronwyn Howell examines the Christchurch Call pledge and explains why it sets up technology companies to become government propaganda machines, and our poll asks how concerned you are about the threat to free speech from Jacinda Ardern’s Government – very concerned, a little concerned, or not concerned at all..

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dr Greg Clydesdale: Media campaign increases harm

At Lincoln University, we were all deeply affected by the attack on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre.  We lost four people.  I personally lost a marker, a young man who had just finished his PhD and had his whole life ahead of him. 

The pitiful irony is the mass-murderer thought he was superior to someone who had just completed a PhD and was a good man in every sense of the word.  It is invariably the case that those who claim white supremacy are the ones who least fit that description.

Bob Edlin: Open letter sharpens focus on the Treaty influence on governance

A champion of the growing practice of appointing iwi representatives to sit with elected representatives on local authority decision-making bodies didn’t have a great deal to say, when questions were emailed to her.

Much of the little she did say – published on Point of Order last month – has been challenged by Bruce Moon in an open letter posted on Breaking Views.

The thrust and parry were triggered by governance changes on the Hastings District Council, which last month voted to appoint Māori representatives with speaking and voting rights to its four standing committees.

GWPF Newsletter: Australia’s Left Loses An Election It Was Sure To Win

Around The World, Backlash Against Expensive Climate Change Policies

In this newsletter:

1) A Climate-Change Drubbing In Australia
Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 20 May 2019
2) Tom Switzer: Australia’s Left Loses An Election It Was Sure To Win
The Wall Street Journal, 20 May 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Peter Hamling: Auckland’s cruise ship facilities – another perspective

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Independent planning commissioners have switched on a green light for controversial mooring dolphins to be built off the end of Queens Wharf in Auckland to facilitate the handling of larger cruise ships.

GWPF Newsletter: After Another Defeat, Climate Policy Threatens To Devour Left Parties

How Scott Morrison Used Labor’s Green Policies Against Them

In this newsletter:

1) No Climate For Change: How Scott Morrison Used Labor’s Green Policies Against Them
Daily Mail, 19 May 2019
2) NYT: Why The Green Left Lost Australia’s Climate Change Election
The New York Times, 19 May 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mike Hosking: Morrison's miracle a lesson in good politics

There is a very significant lesson out of Saturday night in Australia for any western Labour party that cares to learn it - and that includes Jeremy Corbyn in Britain and Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand.

It came from the focus on Bob Hawke on the eve of the vote. The key was not the fact that Hawke was the greatest Prime Minister of the modern age, but why he was.

He wasn't remotely representative of any of the modern Labour movements. Hawke floated the dollar, freed the economy, liberalised trade, things that these days would be seen to be very much at the conservative end of the Labour movement.

Blair, Hawke and Lange. They were all centrists, populists, representatives of middle New Zealand, or Australia, or Britain, and that is why they were popular.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bob Edlin: Michael Laws says he WILL share a council seat with 'elected' Maori representatives

Democrats who bridle against some community groups being granted privileged access to local authority decision-making bodies risk being portrayed for what they oppose rather than for what they uphold.
Waatea News, reporting on bizarre constitutional goings-on in Otago, illustrates the point.
The Otago Regional Council (a strong majority, anyway) has voted in favour of enabling Ngai Tahu to choose two iwi members, representing four Otago rūnanga, to sit on its policy committee.
The appointees will have voting and speaking rights and join 12 elected councillors at the table.

Clive Bibby: For all the right reasons

Forgive me if l savour the moment.

Saturday's Australian Liberal Party's improbable election victory is a lesson for those who treat the common man with contempt. Yet unfortunately, l doubt that those who should learn from the experience have the capacity to do so.

On the other hand,  Prime Minister Tony Abbott, having endured one of the dirtiest battles of the  campaign fighting insurmountable odds in an unsuccessful effort to retain his own seat, showed what real character was about when he graciously accepted defeat.

Gerrard Eckhoff: Democracy

It was rather astutely observed some years ago that a huge oak tree was once just a nut that held its ground. The birth and struggle of democracy in Greece was also a fragile concept that managed to hold on and grow to epic proportions throughout the world yet today our democratic traditions are under threat as never before. 

Even the very word democratic is reprehensively misused in that wretched country - the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”. There is nothing remotely democratic or republican about North Korea yet the desire to use democratic in their name shows that even they understand the importance of a democratic pretense. The major difference (in part) is that corrupt politicians within a democratic system get caught. The socialist /communists leaders get rich.

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Hysteria Costs Labor Party 'Unlosable' Elections

Labor Loses Australia's 'Climate Election'

1) Climate Hysteria Costs Labor Party 'unlosable' Elections
Global Warming Policy Forum, 18 May 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has retained power in the Australian election while Labor’s election strategy to make climate alarmism the key issue has backfired.

Friday, May 17, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Due To Fewer Clouds, Chinese Scientists Find

Trump Administration Might “Re-Examine” Climate Modeling

In this newsletter:

1) Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Due To Fewer Clouds, Chinese Scientists Find
Xinhua News Agency, 26 April 2019
2) Trump Administration Might “Re-Examine” Climate Modeling
Scientific American, 10 May 2019 

NZCPR Weekly: Climate Change Hysteria

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This week we examine the Government’s radical Zero Carbon Bill in the context of the growing rejection of climate change hysteria around the world, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Barry Brill shares his analysis of what he believes is an extremely dangerous Bill, and our poll asks whether you believe National should support or oppose Labour’s Zero Carbon Bill.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Corbyn's Power Grab

Climate Hysteria Morphs Into Energy Socialism 

In this newsletter:

1) Jeremy Corbyn Draws Up Plans To Seize Control Of UK's Energy With Sweeping Nationalisation Of Networks
The Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2019
2) Labour Weighs Up Delisting UK Firms If They Fail To Fight Climate Change
The Guardian, 10 May 2019 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Barry Brill: Why subsidise more congestion?

Rumours abound that the Coalition’s second budget might introduce ‘Green’ subsidies for such items as domestic solar panels and private electric vehicles, as yet another strand of its hydra-headed climate policy.  

Every sane economist would counsel against such steps:

     Governments should never try to pick winners. When politicians claim an ability to foresee the future, the law of unintended consequences invariably runs rampant; 

     Coerced subsidies are usually handouts from the poor to the rich. Always and everywhere, climate change policies are severely regressive (i.e. they increase child poverty);

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Global Wheat Production Set To Hit New Record

Is The Long Renewables Honeymoon Over?

In this newsletter:

1) Ignore Climate Hysteria: Global Wheat Production Set To Hit New Record
Grain Central, May 13, 2019 
2) Sanjeev Sabhlok: Climate Science Violates The Basic Precepts Of Science
The Times of India, 9 May 2019 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Michael Laws: Cr Laws condemns iwi-only seats for Otago Regional Council

The proposal of Otago Regional Council (ORC) senior staff to give local iwi two (2) voting and paid seats on the ORC’s powerful policy committee, “is so privileged, and so obviously racist, that it calls into question the fundamental principles of democracy in Otago.”

On this Wednesday, 15 May 2019, the ORC will receive a senior executive management paper that recommends that two positions on the council’s policy committee be reserved exclusively for iwi (read Otakau runanga) representatives; that they be accorded full speaking and voting rights; that they be paid on the same pro rata basis as elected councillors; and that those positions be appointed by the local runanga and sit on the very next ORC policy committee meeting.