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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 >>

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 >>

 

 

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