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Dr Muriel Newman

Ministry of Truth

If it is the Minister’s role to monitor his staff, what’s to stop the Ministry of Truth from becoming the Ministry of Lies and muzzling those who wish to take a contrary view to the Government’s position.

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Mike Hosking

Justice Minister seriously compromised on referendum votes

Looks like Andrew Little has already dug himself into a hole over his hare-brained scheme to monitor, and somehow regulate, our views and opinions next year when it comes to votes on weed, euthanasia and the government itself.

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Dr Muriel Newman

The Politics of Zero Carbon

The National Party is about to make one of the biggest decision of its time in opposition - whether or not to support Jacinda Ardern’s radical Zero Carbon Bill during the third reading debate in Parliament tomorrow.


Robin Grieve

Carbon zero bill will derail our economy and wellbeing 

The Climate Change amendment (zero carbon) bill which will have major implications to our way of life is being rushed through Parliament and watching it progress is as horrifying as watching a train wreck in slow motion.


Dr Muriel Newman

Soft on Welfare

New Zealanders generally support the concept of a safety net for those in genuine need. Most believe that for the able bodied, assistance should be temporary. In other words, anyone who can work, should work. 


Lindsay Mitchell

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

It isn't at all clear to me what this brave new world of bigger benefits with no strings attached is going to do for children. Money can't buy love. In fact unconditional money finances lifestyles that are not conducive to happy and safe childhoods.


Dr Muriel Newman

We've Had Enough

With New Zealand’s contribution to global man-made greenhouse gas emissions a miniscule 0.17 percent, the Prime Minister’s obsession with looking good on the world stage, comes at a serious cost to the country.


Nicholas Kerr

Big little climate lies

We should provide both children with a full picture of the issue of climate change so they can properly assess future news stories. That should include understanding that some climate change is due to entirely natural causes.


Dr Muriel Newman

Local Democracy 2019

The question for the new council is whether they will revoke the anti-democratic decision their predecessors made - with no public consultation - that unelected and unaccountable iwi would sit at the council table with the same voting rights as elected councillors. With the committee the Ngai Tahu representatives joined dealing with the allocation of freshwater, their conflict of interest is plain to see.


Gerrard Eckhoff

The Death Rattle of Local Democracy

Local democracy may look like its working, but council  rules of engagement virtually prohibit any public conflict of opinion between councillors. Codes of Conduct and the demand for “group speak” preclude vigorous debate.  It is wrongly viewed that dissent around a council table is seen as dysfunctional. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ability to speak against and vote 'no' in the face of majority support is an all too rare attribute in politics.