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Dunne Speaks: Bigotry, Intolerance & Populist Politics

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

Liberal, modern societies pride themselves on what they perceive to be a genuine sense of tolerance towards diversity. Every Mayor welcoming new citizens and every politician feeling in an expansive mood likes to wax eloquently about the different ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Have you ever heard of the D5?

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 8:34 am | Peter Dunne

Earlier this week, in my capacity as Minister of Internal Affairs responsible for the delivery of on-line government services, I hosted officials from the D5 group of countries at a planning meeting in Wellington. Now, most people will not have ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - A Week is a Long Time in Politics

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 9:02 am | Peter Dunne

Politics is a process of constant change. Harold Wilson coined the phrase “a week is a long time in politics” in the 1960s – but in today’s version, the week has certainly been reduced to days, if not hours, in some cases. All of which makes ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Meanwhile, after the Budget ...

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:06 am | Peter Dunne

Most of the reaction to the 2016 Budget has been predictable. Government supporters laud it as one of the greatest things since sliced bread, while the Opposition bemoans it as do-nothing, and as always the interest groups lament that there is not enough ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National and Labour trapped by their past

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 9:46 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand’s more than half-century of muddle on housing policy is finally catching up with us. Since the 1950s, successive governments have viewed housing through a very basic lens: maintaining a supply of public housing stock to meet the needs of ... More >>

Dunne Speaks, May 12 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:17 am | Peter Dunne

The revelations from the Panama Papers have dominated the news this week. As a result, the foreign trust tax regime has been placed under intense scrutiny, and while no king-hits have yet occurred in respect of New Zealand, it is a virtual certainty ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: UNGASS 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016, 9:25 am | Peter Dunne

This week I have been attending the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the first such meeting since 1998, and the first major international review of drug policy since 1998. More >>

Dunne Speaks: An Extraordinary Year

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 9:34 am | Peter Dunne

1978 was a most extraordinary year. It was the year when in just over a month there were three Popes. Also, it was the year the racist white regime in Rhodesia finally agreed to African majority rule in the new nation of Zimbabwe. Jim Jones gave new ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The furore over drug policy

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

I have had one or two fractious media interviews of late on aspects of New Zealand’s drug policy. I am not especially proud of that, because my normal demeanour is much more considered and self-disciplined. My plea in mitigation is that my contrariness ... More >>

Has the Last Governor-General Just Been Appointed?

Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

23 March 2016 Congratulations to Dame Patsy Reddy on her appointment as New Zealand’s next Governor-General. She is another outstanding selection in that now long line of impressive New Zealanders to hold the office, and I have no doubt she will do ... More >>

Dunne Speaks 10 March 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016, 3:33 pm | Peter Dunne

The long awaited report of the first ever full and independent review of our security services has just come out. But despite the prudent calls last week from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Judge Cheryl Gwyn, for as much openness and transparency ... More >>

The Student Loan Debt Monster Rampages On

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 9:24 am | Peter Dunne

3 March 2016 Student loan debt has just hit $15 billion and is likely to increase further. Despite various efforts by successive government over the years to curb debt levels, and significant progress along the way in tracking down recalcitrant ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - spending on the public health system

Thursday, 18 February 2016, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

One of the more pointless but recurring debates, no matter which government is in office, relates to the level of spending on the public health system. More >>

Dunne Speaks - I agree with Labour on the TPP

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

I agree with the Labour Party on the TPP. Well, some of what it is saying anyway. Actually, to be more accurate, some of what Andrew Little is saying, because everyone else in his Caucus seems to be trying to cover all sides of the argument, all of ... More >>

Dunne to UK for Digital Leaders Network Annual Lecture

Monday, 1 February 2016, 11:27 am | Peter Dunne

Dunne to UK for Digital Leaders Network Annual Lecture Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne travels to London today to present the Digital Leaders Network 2016 Annual Lecture. This is a ministerial hosted event that takes place in Westminster, with ... More >>

The farce of state of the nation addresses

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 10:07 am | Peter Dunne

There used to be a State opening of Parliament every year, complete with a Speech from the Throne setting out the government’s agenda. That was followed by a full Address-in-Reply Debate, where most MPs spoke, on what was said or not said, as the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Jihad Brides??

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 9:55 am | Peter Dunne

So, according to the Security Intelligence Service, increasing numbers of young New Zealand women are off to Syria to become what have been called “jihadi brides.” Well, actually, there are not that many. Of the thousands of foreign fighters in ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Time to end Japanese Whaling

Thursday, 3 December 2015, 9:10 am | Peter Dunne

3 December 2015 The announcement that Japan intends to resume scientific whaling, as it prefers to call blatant slaughter, in the Southern Ocean this season received surprisingly scant attention last week. There were the ritualistic expressions of ... More >>

Labour's 80th Anniversary of first becoming Government

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 8:51 am | Peter Dunne

26 November 2015 Later this week I will join current and former Labour MPs to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the election of one of New Zealand’s most reforming and innovative governments – the first Labour Government under Michael Joseph Savage. ... More >>

From Tallin to Wellington- Digital Governance

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 1:42 pm | Peter Dunne

In the wake of last weekend's horrific terrorist attacks in Paris many are asking fresh questions about what new steps can be taken to curb outrages committed by Daesh extremists and their like. Western intelligence agencies have already warned these ... More >>



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