Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Owen McShane: Can the Auckland Council SurviveLabels: Auckland issues, Owen McShane
Tim Ball: Biodiversity Replaces Climate Change As The Weapon For Political ControlLabels: Climate change, Tim Ball
Friday, October 29, 2010
Ron Smith: Learning from HistoryLabels: Defence, Ron Smith
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Owen McShane: How High Speed Broadband gets People out of their CarsLabels: Auckland issues, Local government, Owen McShane
The combination of the internet, cellular computing-telephony, underpinned by High Speed Broadband, will drive the economic performance of cities through the 21st century mainly by hugely increasing the integration of urban enterprises with skilled labor markets throughout the region, and elsewhere in the world.
Ronald Kitching: Dangerous Termites Eat Out The Foundations of Western SocietyLabels: Political history
• Termites produce more Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each year than all living things combined.
• Termites alone produce ten times as much carbon dioxide as all the fossil fuels burned in the whole world in a year.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ron Smith: Pensions and Revolutionary JusticeLabels: Ron Smith, Superannuation
Monday, October 18, 2010
Lindsay Mitchell: Labour promises built on false premisesLabels: Lindsay Mitchell, Welfare issues
Addressing the Labour Party Conference, Deputy Leader and Welfare Spokesperson, Annette King, singled out the domestic purposes benefit as a policy that would change under their new 'putting children first' philosophy. Unfortunately Ms King doesn't properly understand the dimensions of existing DPB dependence and its effect on children. Ms King claimed that, 'Around 70% of people on the DPB move off the benefit in 4 years, it's used as a family transition.'
Sunday, October 17, 2010
David Round: "Free" Beach Access - the Truth!Labels: David Round, foreshore and seabed, Maori
Allan Peachey: Speaking the TruthLabels: Allan Peachey, Education
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Mike Butler: English, banks, and propertyLabels: Mike Butler, Tax' and expenditure
Friday, October 15, 2010
Roger Kerr: The case for speeding up the MMP ReferendumLabels: MMP, Roger Kerr
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Mike Butler: Ngai Tahu, charity, and the landLabels: Maori, Mike Butler, Treaty of Waitangi
Friday, October 8, 2010
Ron Smith: Protest and PeaceLabels: Defence, Ron Smith
There is a right to public protest in a democracy but there isn’t a right to damage property, public or private, in order to dramatise that protest. The 2008 decision by the Wellington District Court to acquit the ‘Waihopai Three’ on charges of burglary and intentional damage (on grounds of justification) was an absurdity and the Government is quite right to attempt to make that point by bringing a civil action for damages. The fact that some of those concerned appear to have limited means is not a reason for not proceeding with this action, although it may be a reason not to expect a financial return appropriate to the likely costs. There is an important point of principle here. It is simply obnoxious to public policy that this kind of deliberate damage can be seen as acceptable, provided that there is a claim, however vague, of moral right.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Karl du Fresne: De Bres and HenryLabels: Karl du Fresne, Race relations
Lindsay Mitchell: Treasury finds greatest opportunity for reform with DPBLabels: Lindsay Mitchell, Welfare issues
Monday, October 4, 2010
Dr Tim Ball: Two Lies Make A Truth In Green and Liberal Views on Climate ScienceLabels: Activists, Climate change, Environment, Tim Ball
Friday, October 1, 2010
Owen McShane: Who Really Governs?Labels: Owen McShane, Regulation
However, if a particular party, or coalition, governs for a few terms it can stack a host of government agencies with "right minded" or at least "like minded" people and these are the people who actually implement all those Acts and Regulations that grind through the Parliamentary mill.
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