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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 >>

Dunne Speaks - When in Rome

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 4:21 pm | Peter Dunne

29 April 2015 A sage observation from St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, over 1600 years ago continues to shape many of our patterns of behaviour today. It was he who observed wryly that “When I am in Rome, I tend to do as the Romans do”. He could not have ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Thoughts about the ANZAC Connection

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 3:57 pm | Peter Dunne

22 April 2015 The words “We will remember them. Lest we forget,” will be intoned in ceremonies across New Zealand, Australia, and the Gallipoli peninsula this weekend, as people of many ages and backgrounds commemorate the bravery of those who took ... More >>

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 >>

 

 

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