Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Mike Butler: Littlewood text appraisal reviewedLabels: Maori, Mike Butler, Treaty of Waitangi
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Lindsay Mitchell: Report highlights the value of workLabels: Lindsay Mitchell, Welfare issues
'Realising the Health Benefits of Work'. The report claims that two thirds of sickness absence and long-term incapacity is due to mild and treatable conditions. This claim would help to explain why the number of people who rely on a sickness or invalid's benefit has increased dramatically over recent years. Conditions that might not have kept people from work 20 or 30 years ago are now considered grounds for claiming some form of incapacity benefit.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Ron Smith: The Significance of ChernobylLabels: Nuclear issues, Ron Smith
Whenever the subject of civilian nuclear power arises, we sooner or later come to Chernobyl. For some this is the rhetorical equivalent of playing the ace. To mention the events of April 26, 1986, is taken to end all serious debate on the desirability of nuclear power as an energy source. But the reality is (to continue the metaphor) that it is a cheap ‘trick’.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
David Round: Questions and Answers About the Foreshore and SeabedLabels: David Round, foreshore and seabed, Maori
Q. If the government’s proposal is that the foreshore and seabed be held as ‘public domain’, and not as the property of the Crown, then what is the Attorney-General, a Minister of the Crown, doing handing out rights to it in private consultation with Maori?
A. A very good question. Next.
Allan Peachey: Is this Dumb or What?Labels: Allan Peachey, Education
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Owen McShane: Three Tales of StupidityLabels: Local government, Owen McShane
In the Straight Furrow of May 18, Grant McLachlan, in his Human Nature column tells of a farmer exploring the idea of installing a micro-hydro plant to divert some of the water falling over a ten metre waterfall on his property to drive a micro-hydro plant rather than pay $200,000 to replace the aging power line to the national grid. According to the Energywise web site the generator would cost about $15,000, which looked like a good deal, and all in accord with our National Policies promoting renewable energy and so on.
Mike Butler: The Budget and property investorsLabels: Mike Butler, Property investment, Tax' and expenditure
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Mike Butler: Sovereignty, law, and historyLabels: Justice, Maori, Mike Butler, Treaty of Waitangi
Ron Smith: Selective OutrageLabels: Foreign Affairs, Ron Smith
Ronald Kitching: Teaching My Kids to Read and WriteLabels: Education
Friday, May 14, 2010
Allan Peachey: How School Inspectors Lifted Teaching StandardsLabels: Allan Peachey, Education
I maintain an irregular email correspondence with an elderly gentleman who many years ago rose from being the Head of Science at as successful secondary school to being a secondary school inspector back in the days when teachers were graded by two inspectors in consultation with their principal. Indeed he must be one of the few such inspectors still alive.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
David Round: National plans to sacrifice the Foreshore & Seabed for long term powerLabels: David Round, Maori, RMA, Treaty of Waitangi
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Mike Butler: Hide vs NIWALabels: ACT, Climate change, Mike Butler
Frank Newman: The sovereign debt crisisLabels: Frank Newman, Government debt
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Ron Smith: Abolishing Nuclear WeaponsLabels: Foreign Affairs, Nuclear issues, Ron Smith
Monday, May 3, 2010
David Round: National wants to sell us down the riverLabels: David Round, foreshore and seabed, Justice, Maori, Treaty of Waitangi
Roger Kerr: Welfare Dependency Blights Too Many Lives - Working Group’s ChallengeLabels: Roger Kerr, Welfare issues
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