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Dunne Speaks: Will Key prove to be a progressive moderate?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

Within sixteen months New Zealand will have its next General Election. Prime Minister John Key will be seeking to equal Keith Holyoake’s record of four straight election victories. Opposition Leader Andrew Little’s goal will be more modest – he will ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: New Zealand's Weak and Cowardly Foreign Policy

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand is generally well regarded in the international community. That is probably one of the biggest things going for former Prime Minister Helen Clark (aside for the moment from her considerable and formidable personal skills and talents) in her ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Post Truth Politics and the Housing Debate

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

There has been much comment recently that we have entered a “post truth” era of politics, where politicians not only no longer tell the truth, but worse, have given up any pretence of doing so. According to this line of argument, what matters ... More >>

The Lesson of the Homosexual Law Reform Debate

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

Thirty years ago this week, by 49 votes to 44, Parliament passed the Homosexual Law Reform Bill into law. I was proud then and now to have been one of those MPs who voted for the Bill throughout its passage through Parliament, and was therefore delighted ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Was the paid parental leave veto justified?

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 9:09 am | Peter Dunne

A Labour Party Bill to establish 26 weeks paid parental leave (which UnitedFuture was pleased to back) has been supported by a majority of MPs at all stages, but the Minister of Finance has used a rare power of financial veto to prevent its becoming ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Bigotry, Intolerance & Populist Politics

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

Liberal, modern societies pride themselves on what they perceive to be a genuine sense of tolerance towards diversity. Every Mayor welcoming new citizens and every politician feeling in an expansive mood likes to wax eloquently about the different ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Have you ever heard of the D5?

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 8:34 am | Peter Dunne

Earlier this week, in my capacity as Minister of Internal Affairs responsible for the delivery of on-line government services, I hosted officials from the D5 group of countries at a planning meeting in Wellington. Now, most people will not have ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - A Week is a Long Time in Politics

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 9:02 am | Peter Dunne

Politics is a process of constant change. Harold Wilson coined the phrase “a week is a long time in politics” in the 1960s – but in today’s version, the week has certainly been reduced to days, if not hours, in some cases. All of which makes ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Meanwhile, after the Budget ...

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:06 am | Peter Dunne

Most of the reaction to the 2016 Budget has been predictable. Government supporters laud it as one of the greatest things since sliced bread, while the Opposition bemoans it as do-nothing, and as always the interest groups lament that there is not enough ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National and Labour trapped by their past

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 9:46 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand’s more than half-century of muddle on housing policy is finally catching up with us. Since the 1950s, successive governments have viewed housing through a very basic lens: maintaining a supply of public housing stock to meet the needs of ... More >>

Dunne Speaks, May 12 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:17 am | Peter Dunne

The revelations from the Panama Papers have dominated the news this week. As a result, the foreign trust tax regime has been placed under intense scrutiny, and while no king-hits have yet occurred in respect of New Zealand, it is a virtual certainty ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: UNGASS 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016, 9:25 am | Peter Dunne

This week I have been attending the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the first such meeting since 1998, and the first major international review of drug policy since 1998. More >>

Dunne Speaks: An Extraordinary Year

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 9:34 am | Peter Dunne

1978 was a most extraordinary year. It was the year when in just over a month there were three Popes. Also, it was the year the racist white regime in Rhodesia finally agreed to African majority rule in the new nation of Zimbabwe. Jim Jones gave new ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The furore over drug policy

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

I have had one or two fractious media interviews of late on aspects of New Zealand’s drug policy. I am not especially proud of that, because my normal demeanour is much more considered and self-disciplined. My plea in mitigation is that my contrariness ... More >>

Has the Last Governor-General Just Been Appointed?

Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

23 March 2016 Congratulations to Dame Patsy Reddy on her appointment as New Zealand’s next Governor-General. She is another outstanding selection in that now long line of impressive New Zealanders to hold the office, and I have no doubt she will do ... More >>

Dunne Speaks 10 March 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016, 3:33 pm | Peter Dunne

The long awaited report of the first ever full and independent review of our security services has just come out. But despite the prudent calls last week from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Judge Cheryl Gwyn, for as much openness and transparency ... More >>

The Student Loan Debt Monster Rampages On

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 9:24 am | Peter Dunne

3 March 2016 Student loan debt has just hit $15 billion and is likely to increase further. Despite various efforts by successive government over the years to curb debt levels, and significant progress along the way in tracking down recalcitrant ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - spending on the public health system

Thursday, 18 February 2016, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

One of the more pointless but recurring debates, no matter which government is in office, relates to the level of spending on the public health system. More >>

Dunne Speaks - I agree with Labour on the TPP

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

I agree with the Labour Party on the TPP. Well, some of what it is saying anyway. Actually, to be more accurate, some of what Andrew Little is saying, because everyone else in his Caucus seems to be trying to cover all sides of the argument, all of ... More >>

Dunne to UK for Digital Leaders Network Annual Lecture

Monday, 1 February 2016, 11:27 am | Peter Dunne

Dunne to UK for Digital Leaders Network Annual Lecture Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne travels to London today to present the Digital Leaders Network 2016 Annual Lecture. This is a ministerial hosted event that takes place in Westminster, with ... More >>

 

 

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