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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 >>

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 >>



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