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.

Brian Giesbrecht: Is it Okay to Be White?

Last Hallowe’en night a costumed person was seen tacking up posters at the University of Manitoba. The posters said “It’s Okay To Be White”. This strange occurrence was uniformly denounced by the university administration and various student associations who claimed that it was the organized work of white supremacists. 

The administrators also claimed that these racists had deliberately targeted an Indigenous students’ organization by sending copies of the posters to their office. In fact, so seriously has the university administration taken this incident that they called in the police to conduct an investigation into a possible hate crime. If the administration’s claims are true, and this was the organized work of racists or white supremacists the administrators’ actions make sense.

Daniel J. Mitchell - Comparing the Economic Growth of East Germany to West Germany: A History Lesson

Donald Trump is an incoherent mix of good policies and bad policies.
Some of his potential 2020 opponents, by contrast, are coherent but crazy.
And economic craziness exists in other nations as well.
In a column for the New York Times, Jochen Bittner writes about how a rising star of Germany’s Social Democrat Party wants the type of socialism that made former East Germany an economic failure.

Mole News

Financial disputes schemes failing Maori and Pasifika
The government-approved disputes schemes to which people wronged by a bank, insurer, or lender can appeal for help are hearing too few complaints from Māori and Pasifika New Zealanders.

When Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland evaluated the responses of a small sample of Māori participants in financial capability courses she found some people were deterred from engaging with banks because they saw them as racist.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup - the State of the NZ media

Last week was a big one for the media. Not only did New Zealand’s biggest newspaper launch a new paywall, but Thursday was “World News Day”, and Friday was “World Media Freedom Day”. All of this prompts the question, how well is New Zealand society and democracy served by the media in 2019? 

The World Press Freedom Index recently pronounced New Zealand as having the seventh most free media in the world (up one from eighth) – see: Press freedom threatened by business imperatives. The main point made by Reporters Without Borders, who authored the report, is: “The press is free in New Zealand but its independence and pluralism are often undermined by the profit imperatives of media groups trying to cut costs.”

GWPF Newsletter: EU Heads Downgrade Climate Change To 'A Footnote'

The Truth About The Latest Mass Extinction Scare

In this newsletter:

1) EU Heads Downgrade Climate Change To A ‘Footnote’ In Their Statement On Future Of Europe 
EurActiv, 9 May 2019 
2) The UN’s Extinction Warning Doesn’t Add Up
Toby Young, The Spectator, 9 May 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bob Edlin: Now ‘binding’ has been defined, what's the meaning of ‘hate speech’

The Government seemed to be in a bind about the cannabis referendum to be held at the general election next year.  The dilemma was about whether the referendum should be binding.

Referencing a leaked cabinet paper, National Party drug reform spokeswoman Paula Bennett threw doubt on how binding the referendum would be. 
National declined to release the paper to protect the source (something of an impediment when it comes to establishing the credibility of claims against political opponents) but said only one of four referendum options due to be discussed by Cabinet yesterday might compel the Government to act on the outcome.

GWPF Newsletter: Europe's New Climate Rebels

Germany, Italy, Hungary & Poland Reject Net-Zero Climate Target

In this newsletter:

1) Europe’s New Climate Rebels: Germany, Italy, Hungary & Poland Reject Net-Zero Climate Target
EurActiv, 7 May 2019
2) EU Elections: Europe's Populist Parties Target Climate Policies
Thomas Grose, U.S. News, 8 May 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Bruce Moon: An Open Letter to Associate Professor Maria Bargh

27th April 2019

Dear Associate Professor Bargh,

You are reported by Bob Edlin in “Breaking Views” on 19th April[1] as having written recently,

Te Tiriti o Waitangi reaffirmed Māori tino rangatiratanga and allowed for Crown kawanatanga. This partnership approach has been noted as one of the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by the Crown, the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal. 

Te Tiriti o Waitangi creates obligations, including for the Crown to actively protect Māori rights and interests and to uphold the Treaty partnership. Ensuring that Māori are a key part of decision-making in local government is one of the ways that the Crown can uphold their obligations.”

Matt Ridley: Biodiversity threat won’t be tackled by alarmist biologist hype and dismantling capitalism

Driven perhaps by envy at the attention that climate change is getting, and ambition to set up a great new intergovernmental body that can fly scientists to mega-conferences, biologists have gone into overdrive on the subject of biodiversity this week.

They are right that there is a lot wrong with the world’s wildlife, that we can do much more to conserve, enhance and recover it, but much of the coverage in the media, and many of the pronouncements of Sir Bob Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), are frankly weird.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: Expert Group Proposes Increased Dependency

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This week we examine the welfare changes recommended by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group and the Government’s response, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Lindsay Mitchell shares her analysis of the Advisory Group’s report, and our poll asks whether you support Labour’s decision to abolish the penalty for mothers who refuse to name the fathers of their children.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Green Alarm As World Cools On New Renewable Energy

Around The World Climate Politics Are Turning Increasingly Sceptical

In this newsletter:

1) Green Alarm As World Cools On New Renewable Energy
Power Engineering, 5 May 2019
2) Around The World Climate Politics Are Turning Increasingly Sceptical
H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute, 3 May 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

GWPF Newsletter - U-Turn: German Christian Democrats Ditch Carbon Tax

China Building 300 New Coal Power Plants Around The World

In this newsletter:

1) U-Turn: German Christian Democrats Ditch Carbon Tax
Spiegel Online, 3 May 2019
2) Fearing Public Revolt, German Economy Minister “Not Convinced” Of Carbon Tax
Clean Energy Wire, 3 May 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: The Cathedral of Notre Dame – part of humankind’s common heritage

I was aghast to see the Cathedral of Notre Dame going up in flames a couple of weeks back. When we (that is to say, self and good lady wife) visited Paris in 1981 as part of our tour of Europe, it was one of the first places on our itinerary.

We also visited the ancient capital of Spain, Toledo, and spent time admiring its mediaeval cathedral. Afterwards, a friend of a rather cynical inclination chastised me for paying homage to those “monuments to Christianity” and asked me whether I didn’t think that was rather hypocritical on my part.

Bronwyn Howell: Can international social media censorship succeed?

Karl du Fresne: New Zealand, meet Paul Hunt - the man who will shape our human rights policy

We’ve finally been properly introduced to the man who will shape our human rights policy for the next few years, and who will almost certainly seek to tighten the boundaries around what New Zealanders can legally say.

British academic Paul Hunt was appointed as Chief Human Rights Commissioner last October but to my knowledge, hadn’t been wheeled out for public inspection until Kim Hill interviewed him on RNZ National last Saturday.

It wasn’t a reassuring interview. Hunt’s responses to Hill’s questions served only to confirm suspicions that he will push for tougher hate speech laws that could erode the right to freedom of expression.

Bob Edlin: 'Wellbeing' ousts 'fairness' as Budget Priority

Finance Minister Grant Robertson sounded bullish about the NZ economy this week. That’s a good sign as New Zealanders await his second budget.

He has already told us he is looking beyond traditional measures—such as GDP—to a wider set of indicators of success. The development of budget priorities, he insists, represents a new way of thinking about how NZ’s success is measured.
Robertson set out his five priorities for Budget 2019 as:
– Creating opportunities for productive businesses, regions, iwi and others to transition to a sustainable and low-emissions economy;
– Supporting a thriving nation in the digital age through innovation, social and economic opportunities;
– Lifting Māori and Pacific incomes, skills and opportunities;

Friday, May 3, 2019

Melanie Phillips: How the 'Remainers' are Undermining Western Security

As you may have noticed, I’ve been taking a break from the political mayhem to recharge the mental and emotional batteries which were in danger of overheating. 

I’ll be getting back to normal posting soon (and doubtless getting back just as soon to yet more overheating); but for the moment I would strongly urge you to watch, read and pass on this absolutely vital and deeply frightening lecture by Professor Gwythian Prins, one of the founders of the invaluable Briefings for Brexit website, which he delivered to the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC yesterday.

In it, he doesn’t just outline the way in which the UK’s membership of the EU threatens to undermine the “Five Eyes” alliance, the lynchpin of western security. He also shows how a cabal of civil service and establishment cultural defeatists that forms the prime minister’s praetorian guard — “the May cell” — has actively conspired to ensure that the security of the UK is thus undermined by the EU.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: Undermining Democracy in New Zealand

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This week we investigate how race-based demands for tribal co-governance are threatening New Zealand’s democracy, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Fiona Mackenzie reveals how tribal groups have been using co-governance to gain control of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, and our poll asks whether you believe iwi co-governance is undermining democracy in New Zealand.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: UK Tories Are Lost And Face Extinction In Climate Of Hysteria

Ministers Accused Of Killing UK Shale Industry

In this newsletter:

1) Britain’s Fracking Commissioner Resigns And Accuses Govt Of Caving In To Green Zealots
David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 28 April 2019
2) Tory Ministers Accused Of Killing UK Shale Industry
The Times, 29 April 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Lindsay Perigo: New Zealand is a Police State

There is now apparently a police-compiled Enemies List circulating among New Zealand's totalitarian Globalist elite, such as Comrade Ardern, Comrade Andrew Little, Comrade Winston Peters and new Human Wrongs Commissar Comrade Paul Hunt, a lackey of raving anti-Semite and hard-core socialist Comrade Jeremy Corbyn, all advancing the agenda of the most evil man on the planet, George Soros. (Why was this Islamo-Marxist fascist Paul Hunt brought over to destroy our Bill of Rights?! At whose expense?!) 

From many accounts police are actively harassing people on this list.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

GWPF Newsletter - Green Energy Wars: Solar Energy Threatened By Wind Lobby

Around the World, Buyer’s Remorse Sets in for Costly Clean Power

In this newsletter:

1) Green Energy Wars: Solar Energy Threatened By Wind Lobby
Associated Press, 25 April 2019
2) Renewable Energy Investment Looks To Be Going From Boom To Bust As Prices Collapse
ABC News, 26 April 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bob Edlin: Let’s think about the defence of democracy

The PM called for a commitment to peace in an Anzac Day speech at the Auckland Domain this morning, addressing the thousands who turned up.

Anzac Day reminds us of sacrifice, loss, the service of others and the need for all of us to continually honour those who served to through our acts of remembrance and our defence of peace, she said.

“But it also reminds us of a singular truth through the ages, through wars past and present – it reminds us of our shared humanity, something we have been reminded of again in the wake of the 15th of March.”

That was a reference to the 50 Muslims who were killed when a gunman opened fire inside two mosques in Christchurch that day.

Karl du Fresne: Is this the man we want to shape our human rights policies?

I did something a couple of weeks ago that I’ve never done before. I made a request under the Official Information Act.

I suppose it might be seen as shameful, as a journalist, to admit that I’ve never previously had recourse to the OIA, but there you are. I never felt I needed to.

My request was to Justice Minister Andrew Little and asked for information about the appointment of the Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Clive Bibby: Remembering isn't enough - the sacrifice can't have been in vain

I write this having just returned from our local Anzac Day dawn service. 

It is one of the events that makes me proud to be both a member of this wonderful East Coast community we call Uawa/Tolaga Bay and also a citizen of this paradise we call Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

When I grew up in Central Hawkes Bay this annual commemoration of our part in the world's major conflicts was a revered day on the nation's calendar. Since that time we went through a period when the attendance levels dropped away dramatically and it was feared this special day of remembrance might disappear altogether due to lack of interest.

NZCPR Weekly: A Costly Mistake

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This week we examine the Prime Minister’s decision to abandon a capital gains tax, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Edward A. Hudson explains the important contribution that capital gains make to economic growth, and our poll asks whether you believe Labour’s decision to rule out a capital gains tax has helped their 2020 election chances.

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