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Labour's 80th Anniversary of first becoming Government

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 8:51 am | Peter Dunne

26 November 2015 Later this week I will join current and former Labour MPs to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the election of one of New Zealand’s most reforming and innovative governments – the first Labour Government under Michael Joseph Savage. ... More >>

From Tallin to Wellington- Digital Governance

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 1:42 pm | Peter Dunne

In the wake of last weekend's horrific terrorist attacks in Paris many are asking fresh questions about what new steps can be taken to curb outrages committed by Daesh extremists and their like. Western intelligence agencies have already warned these ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Toys out of the cot on the RMA?

Thursday, 5 November 2015, 9:22 am | Peter Dunne

5 November 2015 National’s plans to ask the Productivity Commission to take a “blue skies” look at rules and legislation that may impede housing development are at one level logical and unobjectionable. But – and this is a very big but ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Westpac's strike against personal privacy

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 9:33 am | Peter Dunne

29 October 2015 The uproar Westpac Bank has understandably caused by releasing personal details regarding Nicky Hager to the Police highlights once more the fragility of public protections in the age of increasing datafication. No matter how it is explained, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Why I vote the way I do

Thursday, 22 October 2015, 2:30 pm | Peter Dunne

Last week I voted for two Labour Members’ Bills and against one Government Bill. Both the Labour Bills and the Government Bill proceeded, and the sun still rose the following morning. But to hear some people, you would have thought the end of the ... More >>

Taking Emotion out of the Medicinal Cannabis Debate

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 8:59 am | Peter Dunne

The developing campaign around medicinal cannabis has eerie overtones of last year’s row about psychoactive substances, where reason and logic quickly gave way to lowest common denominator decision-making, equivalent to mob rule. More >>

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 >>



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