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Dunne Speaks - Is this the Government's last term?

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 3:23 pm | Peter Dunne

Dunne Speaks One of the most enjoyable election campaigns I have ever fought was in 1990. I was a Minister in an unpopular Labour Government headed for massive defeat. Yet the voters were unfailingly courteous and polite at every stage of the campaign. ... More >>

Dunne speaks - The role of the Race Relations Commissioner

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:27 am | Peter Dunne

25 March 2015 After a slightly shaky start, Dame Susan Devoy is starting to impress in her role as Race Relations Commissioner. Her pronouncements have a strong flavour of common sense and understanding of the real issues and concerns facing New Zealand’s ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Medicinal Cannabis

Monday, 16 March 2015, 9:54 am | Peter Dunne

16 March 2015 Medicinal cannabis was a hot topic at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna last week. Lest there be any doubt, the debate centred around some of the properties of the cannabis plant and their potential efficacy. No-one ... More >>

Lessons from the Thomas, Bain and Pora cases

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

5 March 2015 Arthur Alan Thomas, David Bain and now Teina Pora are all high-profile New Zealand cases where murder convictions have been quashed after external review, after each had served long years in prison. (An overwhelming argument against the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Being Mortal

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 8:54 am | Peter Dunne

26 February 2015 American surgeon and health researcher Atul Gawande’s new book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is an extremely readable, radical and powerful critique of contemporary society’s approach to the inevitable ... More >>

Do all roads still lead to Baghdad? Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 9:10 am | Peter Dunne

Most New Zealanders will have never heard of the Nairn brothers. But from 1923 until the late 1950s, these two New Zealanders operated the famous Nairn Bus to Baghdad. At the time, it was “the” way to make the 1,040 kilometres journey over often ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Time to Kill the Death Penalty

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 12:34 pm | Peter Dunne

12 February 2015 It is very likely that within the next couple of weeks two Australian drug dealers will be executed in Indonesia. There is an understandable sense of revulsion developing about that probability, leading to a renewed focus in this part of the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 8:59 am | Peter Dunne

5 February 2015 The tsunami that washed away the Queensland government last weekend has unleashed a number of other massive waves of discontent, all aimed at Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. No-one seems to quite know what will happen next, other ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: 29 January 2015

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:42 am | Peter Dunne

As the world commemorated the 70th anniversary this week of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp, the Beehive’s flag fluttered at half-mast in tribute to the late King of Saudi Arabia, where women have no rights, beheadings are frequent and journalists ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Christmas Edition

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

We are in that slide towards the Festive Season where everyone suddenly becomes nice to each other, where the year’s problems no longer seem as grim or pressing, and where we start to think about our plans and hopes for next year. Christmas always ... More >>

First it was the G20 - now it's the D5: Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 8:58 am | Peter Dunne

4 December 2014 The relationship between politicians and the media has been the subject of a lot of recent speculation. Often symbiotic, occasionally incestuous, it is always a good topic for rumour and gossip. Perhaps the real extent to which ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - thoughts on the Sutton case

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 10:40 am | Peter Dunne

26 November 2014 I have thought for many years that the State Services Commission was redundant and should be abolished. I felt that in these days of more autonomy for departmental chief executives the oversight role of the SSC was no longer necessary, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Joined-up Government & Information Sharing

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 9:11 am | Peter Dunne

18 November 2014 The case of Phillip John Smith has raised many questions which are now the subject of a number of inquiries so it is therefore imprudent to be commenting too specifically about it before these have been completed. However, it does raise ... More >>

Curiouser and curiouser - Dunne Speaks for the Week

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 12:01 pm | Peter Dunne

12 November 2014 “Curiouser and curiouser,” said Alice in Wonderland in 1865. “I don’t much care where – just so as I get somewhere.” A couple of recent events remind me that nearly 150 years later, Alice’s plea still has a great deal ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Changing the NZ Flag

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:51 pm | Peter Dunne

My Irish forbears were staunchly republican. I have inherited that trait. So, you would think I would welcome the Prime Minister’s plan for a couple of referenda on changing the New Zealand flag to something more distinctive. More >>

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 >>



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