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Dunne Speaks: Trade is part of our economic DNA

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

When I left university I went to work for the Department of Trade and Industry, in import licensing. I was then a true believer in protectionism, in regulating the flow and nature of imports and consequently the choices available to and standard ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

Our foreign policy lacks any commitment to human rights. A bold conclusion maybe, but the most realistic one to be drawn from a couple of recent events where New Zealand appears to have been caught on the hop. First was the appallingly tardy response ... More >>

Speech to Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

Friday, 25 September 2015, 2:19 pm | Peter Dunne

Good afternoon and thank you to Mark Futter for introducing me, and to Boulcott Hospital for sponsoring this event. I know that the 2015 Business Expo was held in Petone this week. More >>

No Progress on Resource Management Act Changes

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 8:37 am | Peter Dunne

United Future leader Peter Dunne says he has had no substantive discussions with the Government since June regarding changes to the Resource Management Act. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The future of Environment Canterbury

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:01 am | Peter Dunne

The country quota – which operated in New Zealand from 1881 to 1945 – seems set to return, at least as far as the people of Canterbury are concerned. Under the country quota, rural seats in Parliament were about one-third smaller in population than ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Sometimes the Silly Stuff Gets in the Way

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:19 am | Peter Dunne

27 August 2015 Sometimes Parliament’s attention is distracted for the most trivial of reasons to deal with issues that it should never have needed to deal with, but for which there is no other option. Confused? Well, the sort of thing I am thinking ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - What does the Labour Party stand for now?

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 9:58 am | Peter Dunne

The British Labour Party is currently whipping itself into a frenzy at the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming its next leader. The veteran, hard-line left wing Islington North MP is a less polished modern version of Michael Foot, the scruffy academic ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - the Right to Personal Privacy

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 1:33 pm | Peter Dunne

6 August 2015 In June 1991 I introduced to Parliament what was then the largest ever Member’s Bill in the history of our Parliament – the Information Privacy Bill, which, subsequently, through the Government’s almost identical Privacy of ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - this week on prison violence

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

30 July 2015 Much of the debate around the events at Auckland Remand Prison have centred on the fact it is run by the international giant, Serco. There has been the attendant implication that had the prison being state-run none of this would have ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Climate Change

Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 12:15 pm | Peter Dunne

I was reminded of Mark Twain’s aphorism “Lies, damn lies and statistics” in the wake of last week’s announcement of New Zealand’s new emissions reduction target, as part of our response to climate change. For the record, our existing target ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - This week, the end of life debate

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 10:26 am | Peter Dunne

The issue of end-of-life care is on the agenda again. I am not one who believes that doctors should be able to kill terminally ill patients, but then I doubt many New Zealanders do either. In any case, the issue is far more complex than that, which ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Social Housing

Friday, 3 July 2015, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

The debate about social housing and the possible interest of a Queensland social service provider in purchasing around 400 Housing New Zealand properties is one such example. All sorts of outlandish claims are being made, most with little relation ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Fire Service Review

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 4:03 pm | Peter Dunne

This is a special extra edition of Dunne Speaks, because I need your help. Last week I wrote about the review of the Fire Service, and how I am getting out and about at the moment, listening with an open mind to people’s views on the future direction ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The right to be a citizen is fundamental

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:19 am | Peter Dunne

The right to be a citizen is one of the most fundamental rights we possess. Be it something we acquired because of our birth in this country, or because it was subsequently awarded to us, or whether it be the citizenship of another country, it is an inalienable ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Restructuring the Fire Service

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 8:51 am | Peter Dunne

18 June 2015 One of my responsibilities as Minister of Internal Affairs is the New Zealand Fire Service. This organisation of around 12,500 personnel, of whom over 80% are volunteers, is not only New Zealand’s premier emergency service, but its ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Medicinal Cannabis

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 1:20 pm | Peter Dunne

Earlier this week I approved the use of a medicinal cannabis product (actually a hemp derivative) in the case of a critically ill teenager. More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 3:21 pm | Peter Dunne

4 June 2015 For a moment earlier this week I found myself in agreement with the Greens’ new co-leader James Shaw and his call for the government to work with other parties towards an agreed emissions reduction target as part of our approach to curbing ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - the demise of John Campbell

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 9:39 am | Peter Dunne

27 May 2015 I am as big a fan of John Campbell, as he is of me! For all that, I do not mind admitting that I will be sorry to see him go at the end of this week. Not because I particularly liked his show – I seldom watched it, and was even more ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The Peculiarity of Liberalism

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 9:14 am | Peter Dunne

14 May 2015 There is a peculiar something about Liberalism. As a political creed, it is frequently derided as neither one thing nor the other, an uneasy fit between the ever-converging forces of the left and the right, and therefore doomed to certain ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Auckland's Housing Crisis

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 9:02 am | Peter Dunne

7 May 2015 The boiling Auckland property market is attracting all sorts of responses, but very little in the way of practical policies likely to achieve anything. There has been much venting of political spleen for precious little impact to date. On ... More >>



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