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Dunne Speaks: Smiles and Pixie Dust are Not Enough

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

Just a year ago, as the pixie dust gently fluttered down, and the smiles flashed, there was nothing the new government could not do. With kindness and relentless positivity, everything was suddenly possible, inspired by the clarion call, “Let’s do this!” ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: When Kindness Meets Tough Reality

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 9:32 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of its greatest triumph to date, the Coalition Government is about to face its greatest challenge. And one will have been the cause of the other. More >>

New Zealand First's Three Strikes Against Diversity

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

Over the last few weeks there have been three subtle but deliberate moves from New Zealand First which, while on the face of it are apparently unrelated, nonetheless, when taken together amount to a significant attempt to limit diversity and debate ... More >>

The Government's Performance is the Problem, not MMP

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

Much of the commentary about the recent ructions within the coalition government has settled on MMP as either the explanation or the blame for what has been going on. In reality, it is neither. MMP is but an electoral system. The blame or explanation ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The row over Clare Curran’s emails

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:42 am | Peter Dunne

No sooner had the former Minister resigned her remaining portfolios than she was admitting there might be more emails on her private email address with chief technology officer prospect Derek Handley than she first acknowledged, but that she was working ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Who is Really Pulling the Government's Strings

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 9:14 am | Peter Dunne

When a few months ago New Zealand First abruptly vetoed Labour’s plans to repeal the three strikes criminal justice law it was glibly explained away by Labour as just a breakdown in communication that would be resolved by the time a policy paper ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Leadership Ructions Not Limited to Australia

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 8:52 am | Peter Dunne

There has been much scoffing and guffawing on this side of the Tasman in the last week about the brutal public coup within the ruling Liberal Party that saw the replacement of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister by Scott Morrison. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Good Times Over

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

For most of the ten months since the change of government, the National Party has had the best of times. Thrust unexpectedly into the role of Opposition, it has settled to its task, with few outward stumbles. It has managed a leadership transition without ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Teachers' Strike

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

This week around 30,000 primary and intermediate school teachers have been on strike, closing nearly 2,000 schools for a day. To date, there appears to have been general public support for the industrial action, but the jury is still out as to whether ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Free Speech heads for the abyss

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

The debate around free speech and what constitutes it has become toxic and almost irrational. Increasingly, it seems virtually impossible to be able to offer an opinion on it without being labelled as some sort of extremist by one side or the other. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The PM is back, but things have changed

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

The Prime Minister returns from her maternity leave today, but not to lead the same government she was just a few weeks ago. Over recent weeks, the Labour/New Zealand First coalition, supported by the Greens, has undergone a subtle but perceptible ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Public Access is not an Optional Extra

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

I am not a xenophobe, nor am I an economic nationalist. I abhor those who try to turn back the clock and shut out any form of foreign intervention in our economy. After all, from its earliest colonial and even pre-colonial days New Zealand has ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Mixed Messages Upset Friends

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:03 am | Peter Dunne

Facing once in a generation strikes across the public sector - from nurses to teachers, and core public servants - the Coalition Government has been consistently and confusingly sending a very mixed message. On the one hand, it evinces sympathy for and even empathy ... More >>

Politicians Deserving a Bad Wrap

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 9:37 am | Peter Dunne

Politicians often get a bad wrap, even when they do not deserve it. In that regard, they are one of society's safety-valves. They are always good to sound off against. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time to Clean Up Our Freshwater Act

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

There has been a curiously lethargic reaction to the Land and Water Forum's report regarding steps to improve water quality levels over the next few years. Environmental organisations have decried the report as timid, while the Minister for the Environment ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: I am almost feeling sorry for the Greens

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 8:30 am | Peter Dunne

I am almost feeling sorry for the Greens. The self-proclaimed party of principle has struggled with the reality of Government, ever since it joined the unholy alliance with Labour and New Zealand First last October. They are the awkward members at the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is the Coalition Starting to Unravel?

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

Almost 20 years ago, New Zealand's first MMP Coalition Government collapsed. It was not a dramatic implosion on a major point of principle, but was provoked by a comparatively minor issue - a proposal to sell the Government's shares in Wellington Airport - ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's Preoccupation with The Vibe

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11:20 am | Peter Dunne

For each of us, there is a golden time in our lives, a period we look back on, where everything seemed rosy, where setbacks were few, and which we wish we could recreate tomorrow. It is but a pleasant memory, which rarely can be rekindled, as time and ... More >>

New Zealand - The Not-So-Plucky Little Country

Friday, 1 June 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand likes to portray itself as a small and nimble trading nation, with its own will when it comes to foreign policy, and doing deals in our nation's self-interest. According to the narrative, we are the plucky nation at the end of the world, determinedly ... More >>

How to Make the Cannabis Referendum Work Properly

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8:23 am | Peter Dunne

Suggestions that the Government wants to bring forward the timing of the referendum on recreational cannabis make good political sense. The current plan to hold the referendum at the same time as the next General Election makes sense from a costs ... More >>

 

 

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