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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 >>

Lessons from the Thomas, Bain and Pora cases

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

5 March 2015 Arthur Alan Thomas, David Bain and now Teina Pora are all high-profile New Zealand cases where murder convictions have been quashed after external review, after each had served long years in prison. (An overwhelming argument against the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Being Mortal

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 8:54 am | Peter Dunne

26 February 2015 American surgeon and health researcher Atul Gawande’s new book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is an extremely readable, radical and powerful critique of contemporary society’s approach to the inevitable ... More >>

Do all roads still lead to Baghdad? Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 9:10 am | Peter Dunne

Most New Zealanders will have never heard of the Nairn brothers. But from 1923 until the late 1950s, these two New Zealanders operated the famous Nairn Bus to Baghdad. At the time, it was “the” way to make the 1,040 kilometres journey over often ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Time to Kill the Death Penalty

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 12:34 pm | Peter Dunne

12 February 2015 It is very likely that within the next couple of weeks two Australian drug dealers will be executed in Indonesia. There is an understandable sense of revulsion developing about that probability, leading to a renewed focus in this part of the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 8:59 am | Peter Dunne

5 February 2015 The tsunami that washed away the Queensland government last weekend has unleashed a number of other massive waves of discontent, all aimed at Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. No-one seems to quite know what will happen next, other ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: 29 January 2015

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:42 am | Peter Dunne

As the world commemorated the 70th anniversary this week of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp, the Beehive’s flag fluttered at half-mast in tribute to the late King of Saudi Arabia, where women have no rights, beheadings are frequent and journalists ... More >>

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 >>

 

 

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