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A Mate for Solidarity - Don Franks

Monday, 9 March 2015, 10:05 am | Don Franks

A 20 year-old recycling truck driver critically injured by the machine he was operating has died. In an awful accident that need not have happened. More >>

Don Franks : What NZ Can Teach the Iraqi Army?

Monday, 2 March 2015, 9:55 am | Don Franks

Of all the things our government might do with our dough, they’ve decided to spend millions training the Iraqi army. Why? Few countries soldiers have enjoyed such breadth and depth of training as the Iraqi army. More >>

"They are out there murdering people"

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 4:20 pm | Don Franks

New Zealand's contribution to oppressed peoples’ fighting US imperialism will be high on the agenda of his talks in Wellington today with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. More >>

Don Franks : Andrew Little is a Cake of Soap

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:31 am | Don Franks

Labour party leader Andrew Little is advertising for a new chief press secretary to head his party's media and communications strategy. A nice well paid office job here for somebody, but there's a catch. More >>

Future of Work Commission: Labour's shrewd move

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 2:04 pm | Don Franks

Lunging boldly towards John Key, shouting "Cut the crap!" - Andrew Little was great, wasn't he? Labour's new leader spoke for many people fed up with Key's flippant arrogant deceit. Andrew Little nailing the Prime minister on lying about contacting a rightwing ... More >>

Pike River Mine: the Final Cover up?

Friday, 7 November 2014, 2:14 pm | Don Franks

They confirmed yesterday they won’t allow Pike River mine re-entry to recover bodies of 29 workers killed in November 2010. More >>

Thwarting National's tea-break busting bill

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:28 pm | Don Franks

National's tea break busting bill will pass through parliament this week. What will this mean? The Government's Employment Relations Amendment Bill makes several changes, including removal of guaranteed tea breaks and meal breaks. More >>

Our rulers prepare for war

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 3:56 pm | Don Franks

“America is back at war in the Middle East, and Prime Minister John Key is weighing up what to contribute. In truth, there are few options.” More >>

Why Labour wasn't worth the worker's ticks

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 11:25 am | Don Franks

In his September 24th post "the election that left one third of us behind", Bryan Gould put some basic questions: More >>

Political power after tomorrow's election

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:37 am | Don Franks

One more day of shiny faced candidate posters. After weeks of campaigning the forced grins on election posters all start looking the same. More >>

Election 2014 - the day after

Saturday, 6 September 2014, 9:24 am | Don Franks

Cannonballed from a fiery red dawn,the triumphant golden sun bestrode the heavens, beaming benign radiance over all, clear crystal drops of dew winked back merrily, a dawn chorus of previously endangered native birds burst gloriously into song. Their ... More >>

What I'll do instead of voting this election

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 6:00 pm | Don Franks

A popular bumper sticker argues "If you skip voting it's not rebellion - it's surrender". I don't think it's either of those things. This election I won't be voting, because, after considering all the options, none of them do it for me. More >>

Critiquing Mana; "All NZers" will never "feed the kids"

Friday, 4 July 2014, 1:32 pm | Don Franks

Press release from Mana party leader Hone Hawarwira 25/2014: “When John Key says ‘New Zealand fully supports the current steps announced by President Obama (in Iraq) 100%’ he is one step away from committing our troops simply to get a good ... More >>

Parliament and union fail Stockton workers

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 2:10 pm | Don Franks

Solid Energy are set to kick 137 staff and 50 contractors out of their jobs at the Stockton coalmine near Westport. Today the company told staff that it planned to cut production at the opencast mine by a quarter over the next financial year in ... More >>

RockEnrol, Labour and the Mana party

Friday, 30 May 2014, 5:29 pm | Don Franks

Optimus Gryme, Third3ye and Chronophonium are coming to town. In a run up to the September general election, these artists will be hitting the stage in a series of concerts and house parties. Shows will be free – conditionally. The ticket fee ... More >>

Foreigners, kiwi jobs and old left attitudes

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 1:48 pm | Don Franks

A rich businessman is in the gun for domestic violence. A member of parliament calls the cops to put in a word for the guy. Another day in the capitalist office. But this time word gets out and now the honourable member's in the gun too. More >>

Song of Brotherhood

Monday, 5 May 2014, 1:41 pm | Don Franks

It was just a small space item, away back in the news, About a bunch of people, having quite a lot to lose, A bunch of men in Egypt, six hundred and eighty three, condemned to be hanged by the government; seemed pretty harsh to me. More >>

Poem tae a rat

Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 10:50 am | Don Franks

(Mr Key yesterday revealed he'd personally blocked recreational drug testing done on rabbits, but was open to using rodents. More >>

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 >>



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