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Good to see some constitutional lawyers finally waking up to this. just because a govt won an election, doesn't mean it should skip select committee and public consultation when passing laws. slamming through cuts to benefits & removing workers' rights in a single day is no good

Published: February 16, 2024 00:05

Good to see some constitutional lawyers finally waking up to this. just because a govt won an election, doesn't mean it should skip select committee and public consultation when passing laws. slamming through cuts to benefits & removing workers' rights in…

the surest way to keep core inflation high is further interest rate hikes. It will just increase business costs and further crater house-building, leading to higher rents.

Published: February 15, 2024 20:42

the surest way to keep core inflation high is further interest rate hikes. It will just increase business costs and further crater house-building, leading to higher rents. nitter.adminforge.de/dan_brunskill/status/1758228894006845489#m

Yeah, sure, the poorest disabled people and solo parents will lose thousands of dollars. but it will help pay for landlords to get an average $35,000 of tax breaks each over five years, with 346 megalandlords averaging $1.3m each. Priorities, eh? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/revealed-new-benefit-rates-reduce-forecast-incomes-of-disabled-by-2300-by-2028/XDBRBCHG5JECJATULYNDPDWMQ4/

Published: February 15, 2024 20:13

Yeah, sure, the poorest disabled people and solo parents will lose thousands of dollars. but it will help pay for landlords to get an average $35,000 of tax breaks each over five years, with 346 megalandlords averaging $1.3m each. Priorities, eh? …

R to @ClintVSmith: calculated using the figures given in the official analysis for the Bill on the difference in benefit levels when continuing with wage adjustments or going to inflation adjustments http://legislation.govt.nz/disclosure.aspx?type=bill&subtype=government&year=2024&no=14

Published: February 15, 2024 04:45

calculated using the figures given in the official analysis for the Bill on the difference in benefit levels when continuing with wage adjustments or going to inflation adjustments legislation.govt.nz/disclosu…

A single disabled person on the Supported Living Payment will lose $2,500 over the next five years because of this law.

Published: February 15, 2024 04:41

A single disabled person on the Supported Living Payment will lose $2,500 over the next five years because of this law. nitter.adminforge.de/BexGraham/status/1757985984686514291#m

I have an entry in my calendar for 6pm today that says "dinner" with no further information. If I'm about to miss dinner with you, I'm sorry.

Published: February 15, 2024 04:33

I have an entry in my calendar for 6pm today that says "dinner" with no further information. If I'm about to miss dinner with you, I'm sorry.

Cancelling this project on a whim with no plan for what to do instead is looking increasingly unwise and expensive.

Published: February 15, 2024 02:46

Cancelling this project on a whim with no plan for what to do instead is looking increasingly unwise and expensive. nitter.adminforge.de/OliverLewis/status/1757952330123858163#m

the government just removed the Reserve Bank's full employment mandate, so it could 'focus on inflation'. Govt effectively said 'use higher interest rates to try to stamp inflation harder and not worry about the job losses.' This is what they wanted to happen.

Published: February 15, 2024 00:48

the government just removed the Reserve Bank's full employment mandate, so it could 'focus on inflation'. Govt effectively said 'use higher interest rates to try to stamp inflation harder and not worry about the job losses.' This is what they wanted to…

New Treasury data shows that, as of December, the deficit was $1.2b (31%) less than forecast and net debt was $4.5b less than forecast at only 21.7% of GDP The Govt has inherited healthy books. The only reason for service cuts is to fund the planned $1b/yr tax cuts for landlords

Published: February 14, 2024 21:32

New Treasury data shows that, as of December, the deficit was $1.2b (31%) less than forecast and net debt was $4.5b less than forecast at only 21.7% of GDP The Govt has inherited healthy books. The only reason for service cuts is to fund the planned…

All govts use Urgency for urgent laws or to clear backlogs But passing laws through all stages in a day & skipping public consultation - very rare. Usually only tax or emergencies National has so far passed 9 laws that way, including removing work rights & increasing poverty

Published: February 14, 2024 08:29

All govts use Urgency for urgent laws or to clear backlogs But passing laws through all stages in a day & skipping public consultation - very rare. Usually only tax or emergencies National has so far passed 9 laws that way, including removing work rights…

it's surprising that the very first policy initiative we're hearing of in housing is a workaround the law so that more NZ housing would be in the hands of foreign investors. why is that the top priority?

Published: February 14, 2024 07:06

it's surprising that the very first policy initiative we're hearing of in housing is a workaround the law so that more NZ housing would be in the hands of foreign investors. why is that the top priority?…

tackling the cost of living by putting 7,000 kids into poverty all to partly pay the cost of giving landlords a billion dollars a year in tax cuts.

Published: February 14, 2024 02:38

tackling the cost of living by putting 7,000 kids into poverty all to partly pay the cost of giving landlords a billion dollars a year in tax cuts. nitter.adminforge.de/coughlthom/status/1757594467740357046#m

the government is also currently passing a Bill under urgency and with no public submissions that will cut the incomes of beneficiaries by $670m over the next four years. By 2028, a sole parent will be $25 a week worse off than under the current law https://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/regulatory-impact-statements/sar-indexing-main-benefits-to-inflation.docx

Published: February 13, 2024 22:32

the government is also currently passing a Bill under urgency and with no public submissions that will cut the incomes of beneficiaries by $670m over the next four years. By 2028, a sole parent will be $25 a week worse off than under the current law …

R to @ClintVSmith: do we want a situation where fundamentals like your work rights are switched at the drop of a hat every time a government changes without proper public consultation and consideration? Because that's the new rule.

Published: February 13, 2024 22:14

do we want a situation where fundamentals like your work rights are switched at the drop of a hat every time a government changes without proper public consultation and consideration? Because that's the new rule.

a precedent has been set: even human rights (labour rights are human rights) can be changed under urgency without public submissions The next Lab govt will only be following precedent to reinstate FPAs & remove fire at will & anything else it campaigns on reversing under urgency

Published: February 13, 2024 22:14

a precedent has been set: even human rights (labour rights are human rights) can be changed under urgency without public submissions The next Lab govt will only be following precedent to reinstate FPAs & remove fire at will & anything else it campaigns on…

any constitutional lawyers got any thoughts on the government's near total abandonment of the select committee process for Bills? This'll be the 8th law the government has introduced and pushed through in a week under urgency with no select committee.

Published: February 13, 2024 21:57

any constitutional lawyers got any thoughts on the government's near total abandonment of the select committee process for Bills? This'll be the 8th law the government has introduced and pushed through in a week under urgency with no select committee.…

While retrieving my wife's Valentine's Day presents from their hiding place, I cracked my knee hard on the car's tow bar. Love hurts, kids.

Published: February 13, 2024 19:31

While retrieving my wife's Valentine's Day presents from their hiding place, I cracked my knee hard on the car's tow bar. Love hurts, kids.

This govt loves cancelling things with no replacement lined up So far, they've frozen transport projects in Auckland, Wellington & the Cook Strait + walking & cycling NZ-wide. And water investment, too Much more of this 'focus on getting things done' and we'll grind to a halt

Published: February 13, 2024 05:34

This govt loves cancelling things with no replacement lined up So far, they've frozen transport projects in Auckland, Wellington & the Cook Strait + walking & cycling NZ-wide. And water investment, too Much more of this 'focus on getting things done' and…

$185b in today's dollars needs to be spent on water infrastructure by 2050. In simple terms, that's $7b a year + inflation each year. Annual council revenue is $15b, with $8b from rates. So, leaving funding water to rates is ultimately going to require rates to nearly double.

Published: February 12, 2024 21:56

$185b in today's dollars needs to be spent on water infrastructure by 2050. In simple terms, that's $7b a year + inflation each year. Annual council revenue is $15b, with $8b from rates. So, leaving funding water to rates is ultimately going to require…

tackling the cost of living by upping your rates Labour lost the politics of water reform when they made it compulsory & opponents started racebaiting but they had an actual policy that worked National's policy is status quo + unspecified new financing (it'll be privatisation)

Published: February 12, 2024 19:56

tackling the cost of living by upping your rates Labour lost the politics of water reform when they made it compulsory & opponents started racebaiting but they had an actual policy that worked National's policy is status quo + unspecified new financing…

Castalia, last seen confidently telling National the govt could net $750m a year on the sale of $5b a year in luxury housing to foreign buyers - earning widespread laughter Now going to tell govt how it can fix water without spending any $$ Bet it involves foreign buyers, again

Published: February 12, 2024 03:59

Castalia, last seen confidently telling National the govt could net $750m a year on the sale of $5b a year in luxury housing to foreign buyers - earning widespread laughter Now going to tell govt how it can fix water without spending any $$ Bet it…

DTI is a bad tool that works by excluding those on middle incomes from the housing market fails to account for interest rates, people's costs, other debt - less sophisticated than bank assessments obscenely, RBNZ's proposal would let landlords borrow 7x income, families only 6x

Published: February 11, 2024 18:38

DTI is a bad tool that works by excluding those on middle incomes from the housing market fails to account for interest rates, people's costs, other debt - less sophisticated than bank assessments obscenely, RBNZ's proposal would let landlords borrow 7x…

can someone explain to Eric that inflation, wage growth, and expanded remits = higher nominal costs?

Published: February 10, 2024 23:38

can someone explain to Eric that inflation, wage growth, and expanded remits = higher nominal costs? nitter.adminforge.de/EricCrampton/status/1756453203003298208#m

around the world, the right tries to make politics about culture war bullshit. ACT's Treaty Principles Bill is part of that formula. It's up to the Left to make the focus material issues - housing, public services, environment, poverty, justice. offering vision & solutions

Published: February 10, 2024 01:02

around the world, the right tries to make politics about culture war bullshit. ACT's Treaty Principles Bill is part of that formula. It's up to the Left to make the focus material issues - housing, public services, environment, poverty, justice. offering…

I still find it unbelievable that Worksafe accepted blood money on the Pike families' behalf. Allowing the rich to buy their way out of prosecution is no justice.

Published: February 9, 2024 20:28

I still find it unbelievable that Worksafe accepted blood money on the Pike families' behalf. Allowing the rich to buy their way out of prosecution is no justice. nitter.adminforge.de/JohnJCampbell/status/1756027152204804181#m

ending the Akl Fuel Tax doesn't reduce the cost of living. The money for Auckland transport projects is still needed. It either means other taxes go up - rates, road tolls, congestion charging & value uplift tax - or Aucklanders bearing the cost of the projects not being built

Published: February 9, 2024 02:49

ending the Akl Fuel Tax doesn't reduce the cost of living. The money for Auckland transport projects is still needed. It either means other taxes go up - rates, road tolls, congestion charging & value uplift tax - or Aucklanders bearing the cost of the…

inflation is under control. 0.5% higher interest rates would just cause more inflation, by increasing business costs & cutting house building - pushing up new house costs & rents. the "unwelcome surprises", btw, includes not enough people out of work. Will economists volunteer?

Published: February 9, 2024 00:56

inflation is under control. 0.5% higher interest rates would just cause more inflation, by increasing business costs & cutting house building - pushing up new house costs & rents. the "unwelcome surprises", btw, includes not enough people out of work.…

R to @ClintVSmith: this isn't even 'the beatings will continue until morale improves', it's 'the beatings will continue until the rate of beatings decreases'

Published: February 9, 2024 00:00

this isn't even 'the beatings will continue until morale improves', it's 'the beatings will continue until the rate of beatings decreases'

RBNZ is causing the inflation it's purporting to fight most inflation in the Dec quarter (which was just 0.5%, back within target range) was from rents & new houses - ie housing shortage due to building bust RBNZ purposely caused through high interest rates + record immigration

Published: February 8, 2024 23:57

RBNZ is causing the inflation it's purporting to fight most inflation in the Dec quarter (which was just 0.5%, back within target range) was from rents & new houses - ie housing shortage due to building bust RBNZ purposely caused through high interest…

remember, the government has the money for things like more GP funding, but it's prioritising billions in tax cuts for landlords.

Published: February 8, 2024 19:08

remember, the government has the money for things like more GP funding, but it's prioritising billions in tax cuts for landlords. nitter.adminforge.de/NewstalkZB/status/1755665800432669103#m

Wayne Brown is right. If the Port forces containers from rail to trucks, it might save some money on its books, but it's just transferring the cost to Aucklanders. 2 million km/yr more truck journeys in the city just means more congestion, more pollution, more road damage.

Published: February 8, 2024 19:00

Wayne Brown is right. If the Port forces containers from rail to trucks, it might save some money on its books, but it's just transferring the cost to Aucklanders. 2 million km/yr more truck journeys in the city just means more congestion, more…

If Ipredict was still going, putting some money on National voting for the Treaty Principles Bill post-select committee would be a good bet.

Published: February 8, 2024 07:47

If Ipredict was still going, putting some money on National voting for the Treaty Principles Bill post-select committee would be a good bet. nitter.adminforge.de/NewshubPolitics/status/1755489278187204617#m

The government is putting more costs on to councils (eg canning three waters, cutting cycling and walking funding) while also cutting revenue. There's a real likelihood that one of this government's biggest legacies will be the running down and privatisation of council assets.

Published: February 8, 2024 00:19

The government is putting more costs on to councils (eg canning three waters, cutting cycling and walking funding) while also cutting revenue. There's a real likelihood that one of this government's biggest legacies will be the running down and…

of course. Seymour's going spend big making the Treaty the biggest issue for reactionary voters. He knows Luxon will face a choice: lose those voters to ACT or back the Bill. Luxon has allowed Seymour to checkmate him. His only way out is to drop the Bill entirely.

Published: February 7, 2024 20:37

of course. Seymour's going spend big making the Treaty the biggest issue for reactionary voters. He knows Luxon will face a choice: lose those voters to ACT or back the Bill. Luxon has allowed Seymour to checkmate him. His only way out is to drop the Bill…

If there's really no chance of National voting for the Treaty Principles Bill, why not cancel it? Not only a waste of money, a cause of division & a distraction - the longer it goes on, the more ACT can use it to appeal to Nats' base & more likely Nats forced to back the Bill

Published: February 7, 2024 04:16

If there's really no chance of National voting for the Treaty Principles Bill, why not cancel it? Not only a waste of money, a cause of division & a distraction - the longer it goes on, the more ACT can use it to appeal to Nats' base & more likely Nats…

We're being asked to believe both that ACT value the Treaty Bill so highly they would've walked away if Luxon hadn't agreed AND that it's a damp squib & not to worry about it ACT is serious. Big $$ campaign coming. Plan is National will either back the Bill or bleed votes to ACT

Published: February 7, 2024 01:57

We're being asked to believe both that ACT value the Treaty Bill so highly they would've walked away if Luxon hadn't agreed AND that it's a damp squib & not to worry about it ACT is serious. Big $$ campaign coming. Plan is National will either back the…

RT by @ClintVSmith: Q4 employment numbers join inflation and govt fiscal position in being better than everyone was saying. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/jobs-surprise-unemployment-rate-rises-slightly-but-slowdown-not-as-bad-as-expected/O3IIIGHGA5GDBCW5ZOUKPKSRDY/

Published: February 6, 2024 22:19

Q4 employment numbers join inflation and govt fiscal position in being better than everyone was saying. nzherald.co.nz/business/jobs…

So glad that, when Labour moved to entrench public ownership of water services, constitutional lawyers suddenly (and without a law to point to) declared only constitutional law could be entrenched. Now, National is free to privatise water. Labour should never have backed down.

Published: February 6, 2024 20:11

So glad that, when Labour moved to entrench public ownership of water services, constitutional lawyers suddenly (and without a law to point to) declared only constitutional law could be entrenched. Now, National is free to privatise water. Labour should…

credit where it's due, to the spin doctor who came up with 'I reused the speech to show the Treaty isn't changing' *chef's kiss*. That's some A+ retconning BS. However, the line would be more credible if the government wasn't advancing a Bill to rewrite the Treaty Principles.

Published: February 6, 2024 20:05

credit where it's due, to the spin doctor who came up with 'I reused the speech to show the Treaty isn't changing' *chef's kiss*. That's some A+ retconning BS. However, the line would be more credible if the government wasn't advancing a Bill to rewrite…

Treating Waitangi as empty ceremony - reading off a cobbled together version of last year's speech & his stump speech, rather than actually engaging with the Treaty partners' concerns... looks like a govt that doesn’t listen & a PM who demands respect but won't give it to others

Published: February 6, 2024 05:59

Treating Waitangi as empty ceremony - reading off a cobbled together version of last year's speech & his stump speech, rather than actually engaging with the Treaty partners' concerns... looks like a govt that doesn’t listen & a PM who demands respect but…

RT by @ClintVSmith: When Luxon stood up after 2hrs of shared grievances & gave a cookie cutter speech of repeated segments … slogans & no acknowledgement of anything that had been said … he revealed something even more disappointing: that he hadn’t been listening at all. https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/05-02-2024/christopher-luxons-waitangi-speech-was-so-boring-it-became-insulting

Published: February 5, 2024 06:27

When Luxon stood up after 2hrs of shared grievances & gave a cookie cutter speech of repeated segments … slogans & no acknowledgement of anything that had been said … he revealed something even more disappointing: that he hadn’t been listening at all.…

A record 5,254 homes were completed in 2023 under the Government Build Programme (about 1 in 8 houses built nationwide) The total built since 2017 is 20,762 It's vital this government-led building continues to grow to counter the private sector slowdown & avert a new shortage

Published: February 4, 2024 21:05

A record 5,254 homes were completed in 2023 under the Government Build Programme (about 1 in 8 houses built nationwide) The total built since 2017 is 20,762 It's vital this government-led building continues to grow to counter the private sector slowdown…

The Reserve Bank has, as intended, induced a depression in the construction sector to slow the economy (& hopefully inflation) Now, we have slower building & record population growth. Govt needs to up its housebuilding programme to avert disastrous housing shortage like Key-era

Published: February 4, 2024 19:53

The Reserve Bank has, as intended, induced a depression in the construction sector to slow the economy (& hopefully inflation) Now, we have slower building & record population growth. Govt needs to up its housebuilding programme to avert disastrous…

The Treaty is not between 'races'. It is a contract between the Crown and iwi that established a partnership for the government of Aotearoa New Zealand. A libertarian party should want to see a contract honoured and its breaches righted/compensated.

Published: February 4, 2024 19:02

The Treaty is not between 'races'. It is a contract between the Crown and iwi that established a partnership for the government of Aotearoa New Zealand. A libertarian party should want to see a contract honoured and its breaches righted/compensated.…

Rangiora High is closed tomorrow because so many staff have COVID. A reminder COVID is why school attendance is down On average, 7% of kids were away in 2023 Term 3 due to illness (4% pre-COVID). Truant/unknown 3%, same as pre-COVID Telling parents "wake up" doesn't fix this

Published: February 4, 2024 07:09

Rangiora High is closed tomorrow because so many staff have COVID. A reminder COVID is why school attendance is down On average, 7% of kids were away in 2023 Term 3 due to illness (4% pre-COVID). Truant/unknown 3%, same as pre-COVID Telling parents "wake…

"marketing coordinator" is a funny job title given tobacco companies can't advertise. BAT funded that astro-turf dairy owners campaign against the anti-smoking legislation. They also fund the TPU, which Costello chaired. Luxon should probably have made his family links public.

Published: February 2, 2024 23:00

"marketing coordinator" is a funny job title given tobacco companies can't advertise. BAT funded that astro-turf dairy owners campaign against the anti-smoking legislation. They also fund the TPU, which Costello chaired. Luxon should probably have made…

EV & hybrid registrations fell from 76% market share in Dec to 32% in Jan. EVs from 20% to just 1%. Average emissions up 80% That's the loss of the Clean Car Discount Hopefully, partially a transition effect and numbers will bounce back in coming months https://www.transport.govt.nz/statistics-and-insights/fleet-statistics/light-motor-vehicle-registrations/

Published: February 1, 2024 21:08

EV & hybrid registrations fell from 76% market share in Dec to 32% in Jan. EVs from 20% to just 1%. Average emissions up 80% That's the loss of the Clean Car Discount Hopefully, partially a transition effect and numbers will bounce back in coming months…

Will the Government allow its Bill to repeal the anti-smoking legislation to go to select committee, so ordinary people and health experts can make submissions? Or will it be slammed through under 'urgency', so only Philip Morris and British American Tobacco get a say?

Published: February 1, 2024 19:46

Will the Government allow its Bill to repeal the anti-smoking legislation to go to select committee, so ordinary people and health experts can make submissions? Or will it be slammed through under 'urgency', so only Philip Morris and British American…

Luxon doesn't have the strength to sack Costello, because he can't tell Peters who's boss. The interpersonal dynamic between them was set when Luxon followed Peters around the country during the coalition talks. & cemented when Peters took over the coalition announcement.

Published: February 1, 2024 06:23

Luxon doesn't have the strength to sack Costello, because he can't tell Peters who's boss. The interpersonal dynamic between them was set when Luxon followed Peters around the country during the coalition talks. & cemented when Peters took over the…

This is the largest decrease in the minimum wage, after inflation, since annual increases began.

Published: February 1, 2024 02:57

This is the largest decrease in the minimum wage, after inflation, since annual increases began. nitter.adminforge.de/chrisluxonmp/status/1752881434203681177#m

the best way to help families through the cost of living crisis is to create jobs and boost wages. unfortunately, this government is cutting jobs and cutting wages in real terms. No $2 a week tax cut can make up for a $25 a week real wage cut.

Published: February 1, 2024 02:22

the best way to help families through the cost of living crisis is to create jobs and boost wages. unfortunately, this government is cutting jobs and cutting wages in real terms. No $2 a week tax cut can make up for a $25 a week real wage cut.…

The Luxon Government has cut the wages of minimum wage workers by $25 a week. Inflation in the past year was 4.7%. The just-announced increase is only 2% (MBIE's recommendation was 4%). The below-inflation increase is a real terms pay cut of $25 a week for a 40hr a week worker

Published: February 1, 2024 02:19

The Luxon Government has cut the wages of minimum wage workers by $25 a week. Inflation in the past year was 4.7%. The just-announced increase is only 2% (MBIE's recommendation was 4%). The below-inflation increase is a real terms pay cut of $25 a week…

it's fascinating to watch ACT make plays for National's traditional base. Especially, how it's entirely through GOP-style virtue signaling and fake culture wars.

Published: January 31, 2024 22:10

it's fascinating to watch ACT make plays for National's traditional base. Especially, how it's entirely through GOP-style virtue signaling and fake culture wars. nitter.adminforge.de/actparty/status/1752592689470885890#m

what I don't understand about this is 500 cops whether over 2 years or 3 is a slowdown in police recruitment. Police numbers grew by 415 last year, and by an average of 300 a year between 2017 and 2023. 250 a year is a slowdown, while the population is growing rapidly.

Published: January 30, 2024 22:25

what I don't understand about this is 500 cops whether over 2 years or 3 is a slowdown in police recruitment. Police numbers grew by 415 last year, and by an average of 300 a year between 2017 and 2023. 250 a year is a slowdown, while the population is…

National's plan for just 500 additional police over three years would be the slowest rate of police growth over a Parliamentary term since 2014-17, when the previous National government cut officer numbers by 108.

Published: January 30, 2024 05:42

National's plan for just 500 additional police over three years would be the slowest rate of police growth over a Parliamentary term since 2014-17, when the previous National government cut officer numbers by 108.…

National's plan of 500 (4.6%) more cops over 3 years, rather than 2 years as in the coalition deal, is less than forecast population growth (5.2%) Tax cuts taking priority over public services. Labour added 1200 officers in its first term & 1800 overall (meeting its promise).

Published: January 30, 2024 05:38

National's plan of 500 (4.6%) more cops over 3 years, rather than 2 years as in the coalition deal, is less than forecast population growth (5.2%) Tax cuts taking priority over public services. Labour added 1200 officers in its first term & 1800 overall…

small task for the next Labour-led govt: rename "Jobseeker Support - Health Condition or Disability" to 'Health & Disability Benefit', so we don't have these continual stories where people with serious psychiatric, health & disability issues are characterised as dole bludgers

Published: January 30, 2024 03:31

small task for the next Labour-led govt: rename "Jobseeker Support - Health Condition or Disability" to 'Health & Disability Benefit', so we don't have these continual stories where people with serious psychiatric, health & disability issues are…

James leaves an extraordinary legacy. His achievements in climate policy (esp the Zero Carbon Act, ETS reform, & the CERF) have moved emissions reductions from a peripheral 'nice to have' to a core priority for govt agencies and private business. Emissions down 9% on his watch.

Published: January 29, 2024 22:32

James leaves an extraordinary legacy. His achievements in climate policy (esp the Zero Carbon Act, ETS reform, & the CERF) have moved emissions reductions from a peripheral 'nice to have' to a core priority for govt agencies and private business. …

RT by @ClintVSmith: NZ PM Chris Luxon has cancelled his regular post-cab press conference this week (as per NZ Herald). Not a great precedent the influx of issues in the first sitting week.

Published: January 29, 2024 20:37

NZ PM Chris Luxon has cancelled his regular post-cab press conference this week (as per NZ Herald). Not a great precedent the influx of issues in the first sitting week.

National premised funding its tax package on a $3b tax on selling homes to foreign buyers, which was fiscally & legally unrealistic. NZF quashed the idea. Instead, Minister Willis says 'frontline' cuts will be needed to fund tax cuts. Why not drop the landlord tax cuts instead?

Published: January 29, 2024 20:35

National premised funding its tax package on a $3b tax on selling homes to foreign buyers, which was fiscally & legally unrealistic. NZF quashed the idea. Instead, Minister Willis says 'frontline' cuts will be needed to fund tax cuts. Why not drop the…

this reminds me of that pic of Muldoon in his shorts mowing his lawn, seeing English out jogging in Karori, or Jacinda spotting that mum at the supermarket who forgot her wallet We've got a great tradition in NZ that our elected leaders are still our equals Long may it continue

Published: January 29, 2024 05:07

this reminds me of that pic of Muldoon in his shorts mowing his lawn, seeing English out jogging in Karori, or Jacinda spotting that mum at the supermarket who forgot her wallet We've got a great tradition in NZ that our elected leaders are still our…

Always important to note that these service cuts are not an economic necessity. They are solely to pay for the tax cuts. Moreover, this is not the sophisticated 'line by line' review of the Budget promised, but a blanket demand for cuts from both 'frontline' & 'back office'

Published: January 28, 2024 19:26

Always important to note that these service cuts are not an economic necessity. They are solely to pay for the tax cuts. Moreover, this is not the sophisticated 'line by line' review of the Budget promised, but a blanket demand for cuts from both…

Seymour knows racists will back his Bill and Māori must fight it hard. A heated debate will rouse rightwing anti-Māori feeling. He could take 5-10% from National, if Luxon opposes it. Getting the Treaty Principles Bill portfolio is a boon for Seymour. Allows him to up the heat.

Published: January 28, 2024 03:31

Seymour knows racists will back his Bill and Māori must fight it hard. A heated debate will rouse rightwing anti-Māori feeling. He could take 5-10% from National, if Luxon opposes it. Getting the Treaty Principles Bill portfolio is a boon for Seymour.…

it's premature to assume there's no chance the Treaty Principles Bill passes The PM shows little understanding of Treaty issues. He may decide how National votes based on the politics of the day (eg fear of losing votes to ACT) rather than the actual Treaty or wider consequences

Published: January 28, 2024 03:06

it's premature to assume there's no chance the Treaty Principles Bill passes The PM shows little understanding of Treaty issues. He may decide how National votes based on the politics of the day (eg fear of losing votes to ACT) rather than the actual…

National's transport policy calls for $3b to be cut from road safety improvements. It is difficult to see how the government intends to improve safety when it is redirecting funds away from that activity class, and when the overall transport budget is underfunded.

Published: January 25, 2024 21:58

National's transport policy calls for $3b to be cut from road safety improvements. It is difficult to see how the government intends to improve safety when it is redirecting funds away from that activity class, and when the overall transport budget is…