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Dunne Speaks: Free Speech heads for the abyss

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

The debate around free speech and what constitutes it has become toxic and almost irrational. Increasingly, it seems virtually impossible to be able to offer an opinion on it without being labelled as some sort of extremist by one side or the other. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The PM is back, but things have changed

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

The Prime Minister returns from her maternity leave today, but not to lead the same government she was just a few weeks ago. Over recent weeks, the Labour/New Zealand First coalition, supported by the Greens, has undergone a subtle but perceptible ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Public Access is not an Optional Extra

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

I am not a xenophobe, nor am I an economic nationalist. I abhor those who try to turn back the clock and shut out any form of foreign intervention in our economy. After all, from its earliest colonial and even pre-colonial days New Zealand has ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Mixed Messages Upset Friends

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:03 am | Peter Dunne

Facing once in a generation strikes across the public sector - from nurses to teachers, and core public servants - the Coalition Government has been consistently and confusingly sending a very mixed message. On the one hand, it evinces sympathy for and even empathy ... More >>

Politicians Deserving a Bad Wrap

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 9:37 am | Peter Dunne

Politicians often get a bad wrap, even when they do not deserve it. In that regard, they are one of society's safety-valves. They are always good to sound off against. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time to Clean Up Our Freshwater Act

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

There has been a curiously lethargic reaction to the Land and Water Forum's report regarding steps to improve water quality levels over the next few years. Environmental organisations have decried the report as timid, while the Minister for the Environment ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: I am almost feeling sorry for the Greens

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 8:30 am | Peter Dunne

I am almost feeling sorry for the Greens. The self-proclaimed party of principle has struggled with the reality of Government, ever since it joined the unholy alliance with Labour and New Zealand First last October. They are the awkward members at the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is the Coalition Starting to Unravel?

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

Almost 20 years ago, New Zealand's first MMP Coalition Government collapsed. It was not a dramatic implosion on a major point of principle, but was provoked by a comparatively minor issue - a proposal to sell the Government's shares in Wellington Airport - ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's Preoccupation with The Vibe

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11:20 am | Peter Dunne

For each of us, there is a golden time in our lives, a period we look back on, where everything seemed rosy, where setbacks were few, and which we wish we could recreate tomorrow. It is but a pleasant memory, which rarely can be rekindled, as time and ... More >>

New Zealand - The Not-So-Plucky Little Country

Friday, 1 June 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand likes to portray itself as a small and nimble trading nation, with its own will when it comes to foreign policy, and doing deals in our nation's self-interest. According to the narrative, we are the plucky nation at the end of the world, determinedly ... More >>

How to Make the Cannabis Referendum Work Properly

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8:23 am | Peter Dunne

Suggestions that the Government wants to bring forward the timing of the referendum on recreational cannabis make good political sense. The current plan to hold the referendum at the same time as the next General Election makes sense from a costs ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Will the Stand-Pat Budget Be Enough?

Friday, 18 May 2018, 8:41 am | Peter Dunne

Grant Robertson says it is a "Rebuild Budget"; Simon Bridges says it is a "Tax and spend, borrow and hope" Budget. But both would they say that, would they not? More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Privacy Act 25 Years On

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

Twenty-seven years ago I introduced to Parliament what was then - and probably still is - the largest ever Private Member's Bill - the Information Privacy Bill. It drew heavily on work I had begun as Associate Minister of Justice in the previous Labour ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National - So Betwixt and Between

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

The National Party has been looking increasingly awkward in recent weeks while the Labour-led Government has been rolling out major policy announcements. More >>

ANZAC Day lessons for a New Zealand/Britain FTA

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 9:22 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of another ANZAC Day and the rekindling of national spirit it always engenders, it is timely to consider our current relationships with those whom we have joined historically in the struggle for what we now routinely describe as the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What to do about road safety

Friday, 6 April 2018, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

The Government's new plans to improve road safety are certainly controversial. They include a variety of measures from greater emphasis on public transport, to lowering speed limits and increasing fuel excise taxes to pay for it all. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Phew, the Russians are not coming

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:06 am | Peter Dunne

Are we seeing a subtle act of international defiance from the New Zealand Government, or just another example of its naiveté? According to the Prime Minister, there are no Russian spies operating in New Zealand at present, so therefore there is no need ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The uneasy inevitability of what happens next

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 8:44 am | Peter Dunne

One could be forgiven for thinking there is nothing new in politics, that it is all about the redevelopment of old ideas, or the modernisation of old situations, and that the challenge is more one of how these situations are addressed for a new generation ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's Summer Camp Goings-on

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:09 am | Peter Dunne

It is funny how it is often unexpected things that trip us up. Prime Minister Adern will surely be reflecting on that after the success of her Pacific Mission was pushed firmly into the background by Labour's summer camp revelations. Instead of not unreasonably ... More >>

Dunne Speaks, March 8 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 9:36 am | Peter Dunne

Every year the Prime Minister leads a delegation of senior politicians from all parties and business leaders on a Pacific Islands tour. This week's Prime Ministerial visit to Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands is the 2018 version. Inevitably, there ... More >>

 

 

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