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Song for Ernie Abbot

Monday, 17 March 2014, 3:16 pm | Don Franks

Maybe you might know the building, Wellington’s trades hall, Not the flashest place in town, it's dingy old and small, Where unions keep ticking over, from year to weary year, They seldom make sensations, but thank god, they’re still here. More >>

McCully Unites Parliament On Ukraine

Saturday, 8 March 2014, 10:37 am | Don Franks

On March 4th, New Zealand's Parliament unanimously backed a motion from Foreign Minister Murray McCully expressing "deep concern" at the Russian Federation's "violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity". More >>

Matt McCarten's new job

Monday, 3 March 2014, 3:11 pm | Don Franks

The more I consider Matt McCarten's appointment as Labour's Chief of staff, the more upset and angry I feel. The prospect of any unionist promoting the fortunes of a smarmy pampered careerist like David Cunliffe is chunderous, but that is the least ... More >>

A Symphony of Sloths - Review by Don Franks

Monday, 24 February 2014, 1:29 pm | Don Franks

I was curious to see what might be theatrically and musically made of the fun figure which is, I venture, the most common human perception of the sloth animal. More >>

Pete Seeger's passing

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 11:24 am | Don Franks

Peter Seeger's passing severs a connection with mass radical protest in developed countries. If the guy had died during the '70s I think there would have been a lot more fuss made. More >>

Rock star economy and the Lost Prophets

Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 5:16 pm | Don Franks

British multinational HSBC Holdings, on of the world's largest banks, predict New Zealand will be the "rock star" economy of 2014, with growth set to outpace most of its peers. More >>

Len Brown and the Chambermaids

Monday, 23 December 2013, 9:48 am | Don Franks

It has been a diverting bit of light entertainment, but I really could not give a toss what happens to Len Brown. More >>

Walks on moon and water

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 5:58 pm | Don Franks

Jesus walked on water, so the holy bible writ; He did it ‘cos his mates off shore were getting in the shit; The waves of Galilee were up, the skies were dark and dirty, although it looked ok when they’d set sail around six thirty. More >>

Flexible Superannuation threatens tired old workers

Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 9:13 am | Don Franks

Treasury has released a discussion document on Flexible Superannuation, brainchild of UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne. More >>

Sonnet 65: On the birth of a bludger

Tuesday, 23 July 2013, 2:10 pm | Don Franks

A business opportunity has come to pass The birth of a baby royal to their Kate; 382 million profit for the ruling class for the rest of us, just our usual fate More >>

A sensible solution to street begging

Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 2:58 pm | Don Franks

Wellington just got more diverse - central city retailers speaking to The Dominion Post report an increase in begging. Figures from the Downtown Community Ministry show that on any fine day, 10 to 20 people are begging in Wellington. More >>

State of the nation speech: David Shearer

Thursday, 31 January 2013, 12:20 pm | Don Franks

One alternative to the beach last sunny Sunday afternoon was attending the Wainuiomata rugby club hall, to hear David Shearer read an autocue. Along with many others, I made do with second hand reports of the event. Initially, these were not encouraging. More >>

The 1913 General Strike: Relevant To Us In 2013?

Monday, 14 January 2013, 9:35 am | Don Franks

The 1913 dispute began over two incidents: Wellington shipwrights claiming a travel allowance, and union resistance to the sacking of miners in Huntly. Sympathy actions took place in other regions. By November 1913 various workers' grievances melded ... More >>

A world when everyone is fair

Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 12:50 pm | Don Franks

Preparations had been going on for months. Early signs to uninvolved visitors were donated clothes, toys, tools, CDs, kitchen implements, books, dubious junk and all the other stuff of modern living piled in foyers in plastic bags. More >>

Vulnerable Workers

Wednesday, 31 October 2012, 10:33 am | Don Franks

___________________________________________ Hon Kate Wilkinson Minister of Labour, 30 October 2012 Media Statement Changes to Part 6A approved by Cabinet More >>

EMPTY GARDEN - Wellington's National War Memorial Park

Tuesday, 7 August 2012, 3:38 pm | Don Franks

The government is set to mark the 2015 Centenary of the First World War with a flash new $80 million dollar construction. Prime Minister John Key announced the project at the National War Memorial today, alongside the Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister ... More >>

Corporate Manslaughter Or Corporate Murder?

Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 9:16 am | Don Franks

In the wake of Pike River's killing of 29 coal miners, the Council of Trade Unions has called for corporate manslaughter to be a criminal offence. More >>

Urewera Trial Comment

Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 9:38 am | Don Franks

This evening, waiting for the news, I picked that the defendants would get off the 'criminal group' charge and go down for some, not all of the firearms charges. More >>

Don Franks: Decision Time At The Docks

Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 1:33 pm | Don Franks

A scab-loaded 14,000-tonne cargo ship sits untouched at Wellington’s wharf, blacked by Wellington wharfies in support of their Auckland comrades. More >>

Poem for Paula

Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 2:23 pm | Don Franks

(Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said she didn't agree with those who said the only jobs available were demeaning and low paid. Cleaning jobs and work in fast food restaurants were "noble" she said.) More >>

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