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Dunne Speaks: Gough Whitlam and the NZ Labour Party

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

23 October 2014 Earlier this week we marked the passing of the former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The patrician, suavely elegant, physically imposing, polished orator, and silver haired Whitlam was very much a product of his time – ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Security Reviews

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 2:37 pm | Peter Dunne

14 October 2014 So, we are embarking on a rapid, four week review of our intelligence and security settings in the light of the rise of ISIL and associated groups. But did we not have a major review of the GCSB legislation last year, and was not one ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Regeneration

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 11:55 am | Peter Dunne

One of the challenges facing any government – particularly a long-term government – is that of regeneration. And the conventional wisdom is that by and large, governments are not very good at that, because the last thing politicians want to do is think ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Labour Leadership

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 4:12 pm | Peter Dunne

The current debate over the future leadership of the Labour Party has given rise to much commentary about the ideal political leader. More >>

Dunne Speaks for 18 September 2014

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:25 am | Peter Dunne

18 September 2014 A couple of elections ago there was a bumper sticker around to the effect the one million New Zealanders liked to hunt, fish or tramp in our great outdoors. The implication was that governments therefore needed to take their concerns ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 12:25 pm | Peter Dunne

Dunne Speaks 4 September 2014 Tax seems to have become the first real issue of the election, following the distractions of recent weeks. And, as usual with tax debates, the argument quickly has descended into the devil of the detail. The one certainty ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on parenting and child poverty

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 9:39 am | Peter Dunne

28 August 2014 Amidst the sideshows in danger of enveloping the election campaign, the issue of child poverty stands out as one of the most important matters facing the country and which deserves strong attention. Most political parties seem to recognise ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Manifesto Reactions

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 11:06 am | Peter Dunne

21 August 2014 I have been amazed by the reaction to UnitedFuture’s release of an on-line election Manifesto, and our ongoing Policy of the Day announcements. Reactions have ranged from the abysmally ignorant (“I didn’t realise UnitedFuture stood ... More >>

Dunne Speaks for this week

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:52 am | Peter Dunne

31 July 2014 This week’s stoush over the Fish and Game Council points to a deeper challenge confronting the Government as it contemplates a third term in office. There is no doubt of this Government’s commitment to boosting economic development, but ... More >>

Dunne speaks - Make MPs Accountable

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:53 am | Peter Dunne

The ruckus over a National MP’s spending and a critical performance review of the Parliamentary Service highlight two unsatisfactory aspects of the way we currently run Parliament. Spending by MPs has always been a vexed question and control over ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on joining up the Dotcom dots

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 8:50 am | Peter Dunne

17 July 2014 Joining the dots together to reveal a mystery shape was a popular childhood game. The continuing Dotcom evidence saga has shown elements of this game again this week. The facts in this case are few, but relatively clear. Dotcom was granted residency ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on the Malaysian Diplomat saga

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

3 July 2014 Charles de Gaulle once commented that politics were far too important to be left to the politicians. It appears our diplomats have adopted the same view about diplomacy, if the case of the disgraced Malaysian diplomat is any guideline. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Donghua Liu saga

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 8:53 am | Peter Dunne

26 June 2014 Just when it seemed almost impossible, there has been a new twist in the Donghua Liu saga. No, I am not referring to his amended statement about the nature of his relationships with and contributions to the Labour Party. Nor am I referring ... More >>

Dunne Welcomes Wellington Housing Relief

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 4:03 pm | Peter Dunne

Ohariu MP and Leader of UnitedFuture Hon Peter Dunne welcomed today’s joint announcement between the Government and Wellington City Council to open up more areas for housing in the Wellington region. “We are constantly hearing about the housing pressures ... More >>

Rich boys and their toys - Dunne Speaks

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 3:58 pm | Peter Dunne

Rich boys and their toys - Dunne Speaks 11 June 2014 “Rich boys and their toys” usually describes the obsession of wealthy men to use their wealth to achieve something they can do only through their wealth, because they lack the ability to ever be likely ... More >>

Who is a migrant?

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 3:49 pm | Peter Dunne

At one level, all of us are migrants – it is just a matter of when we arrived here. At another, if you believe New Zealand First’s bigots and Labour’s xenophobes, we are being overrun today by hordes of migrants arriving here with the expressed ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Friday, 16 May 2014, 9:50 am | Peter Dunne

16 May 2014 There is a political dictum not to get involved with animals or children because they invariably upstage you. Richard III may have found that at Bosworth, when he lost his kingdom, but for a horse. William Huskisson, the British Cabinet ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Psychoactive Substances Act

Friday, 9 May 2014, 10:56 am | Peter Dunne

9 May 2014 Among the many extraordinary Parliamentary events this week was the surge of moral hysteria and sanctimony that accompanied the passage of two very simple amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Act. To recap: I recommended to the Cabinet ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Anzac Day

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:35 am | Peter Dunne

24 April 2014 Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, thousands of New Zealanders will gather at dawn and throughout the morning to commemorate the disastrous Allied landings at ANZAC Cove, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, nearly 100 years ago. They will do so ... More >>

Roche Allegations Completely Unfounded

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:44 am | Peter Dunne

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says allegations by Green MP Denise Roche that he has a conflict of interest over his role with the Northern Wellington Festival Committee have been proven to be completely unfounded. Last week, Ms Roche complained ... More >>



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