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Dunne Speaks: Labour's Looming Train Wreck

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:22 am | Peter Dunne

For those who follow British politics, the prospect of the coming General Election turning into a major train wreck for the British Labour Party looms large. Barely a day passes without another set of contradictory views or comments emerging from ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The headlong rush from the centre

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 8:58 am | Peter Dunne

The formerly cherished and hallowed centre ground of politics seems to have lost its sheen. That special space in our political spectrum that every political leader since Holyoake has sought to capture and occupy suddenly seems barren and forlorn. ... More >>

Do we still have free speech in New Zealand?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9:16 am | Peter Dunne

How free should speech be in New Zealand today? This issue has been in the news recently for a number of reasons. Just last week a group of prominent academics called for restrictions on what they termed hate speech against sexual and ethnic minorities. ... More >>

How to raise $75m to upgrade the Conservation estate

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:00 am | Peter Dunne

We have always prided ourselves that New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors. Our grand mountains, pristine forests, rivers and fresh waterways confirm that. More >>

The excruciating search for truth after Hit and Run

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

The search for truth in the wake of the publication of the book, Hit and Run, has been simply excruciating. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's real resource management agenda

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 8:46 am | Peter Dunne

A constant in politics over the last couple of decades has been the National Party’s dislike and distrust of local communities making their own decisions about their own futures. National really does believe the Beehive knows best, despite a lot of ... More >>

All Aboard the Superannuation Merry-Go-Round Once More

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:32 am | Peter Dunne

From the mid 1980s until the late 1990s the one certainty about superannuation policy in New Zealand was its uncertainty. Every government played around with it, to the detriment not just of superannuitants of the time, but also of those approaching ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Who will speak up for the Environment?

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 9:02 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealanders care strongly about their environment. That is evident from general conversations, and even the most casual perusal of the stories produced by major news outlets. Environment issues always feature prominently and usually sympathetically. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What next for civil defence?

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:14 am | Peter Dunne

The 6th anniversary this week of Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, and the horrific fires that have been fringing the city in recent days are timely reminders of the vulnerability we have to natural disasters. One extraordinary constant at ... More >>

Dunne speaks: A few facts about Ohariu

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 11:46 am | Peter Dunne

The Ohariu electorate has been very much in the news in recent days. There has been the usual amount of breathless hype and exaggeration from political commentators about what they think is going on. Most of it has been wildly inaccurate, ridiculously ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Better access to Cannabis Based Medicines

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 9:56 am | Peter Dunne

Earlier this week I announced that applications to prescribe non pharmaceutical grade cannabis based medicinal products would no longer require my approval as Associate Minister of Health. I further announced that I would be advising medical authorities ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Fulminating Against Trump Goes Only So Far

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 9:42 am | Peter Dunne

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, wisely observed that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. It is a point that the world should perhaps have pondered more when candidate, and now forty-fifth President, Donald Trump pledged ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Congratulations Mr President

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

Congratulations Donald Trump! I do not support anything you stand for, and certainly would not have voted for you, had I been an American citizen eligible to vote last year. Nor do I think you will be a good President for the United States or the world. ... More >>

What does Bill English as Prime Minister mean?

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 9:25 am | Peter Dunne

So, Bill English is now our Prime Minister. It was an extraordinary turn of events, from John Key’s shock resignation, to a brief 75 hour leadership contest, that saw Mr English quickly prevail, and an only marginally longer contest for the Deputy’s ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: That Was the Week That Was

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 9:02 am | Peter Dunne

What a difference a week makes! It was former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who coined the adage in the 1960s that a week is a long time in politics. And that has certainly been the case in New Zealand in the last week. More >>

Dunne Speaks - A Narrow Sect, not a Broad Church

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 11:39 am | Peter Dunne

When I was growing up and starting to become politically aware, I became a strong Labour supporter. I could see no redeeming feature in any other political party and so joined the Labour Party immediately I left school. At university, I was a Labour ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Shifting the Capital is Another Dumb Idea

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of the recent earthquakes it was probably inevitable that someone would suggest government agencies be shifted out of Wellington to make them safe. It is the sort of populist drivel one can expect at a time like this. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Two Earthquakes in a Week

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 9:29 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand has had to deal with two earthquakes in the last week – at almost opposite ends of the globe. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Topsy-Turvy World of By-elections

Thursday, 3 November 2016, 9:30 am | Peter Dunne

Two critical by-elections are about to take place on opposite sides of the world. In a few weeks, in Auckland, the Roskill by-election will be held to elect a new MP to replace former long-serving Labour MP Phil Goff, following his election as ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Follow the UN, not the Global Coalition

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 9:18 am | Peter Dunne

As the thirteen member (including New Zealand) Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State meets in Paris to plot the eventual demise of the movement known as Daesh, the campaign to drive Daesh out of Mosul, its northern Iraq stronghold is gathering ... More >>



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