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Dunne Speaks: The Dance of the Seven Veils is Over

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:50 pm | Peter Dunne

The dance of the seven veils on United States Navy ship visits finally ended this week with the revelation that USS Samson, a guided missile destroyer, would represent the United States at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Royal New Zealand Navy ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Police & Migration

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 11:32 am | Peter Dunne

Most of us are either shaking our heads in disbelief or laughing in amazement at the ongoing train wreck that is the American Presidential Election campaign. The hype, the hyperbole, the sleaze and the vitriol, let alone the virtual disregard ... More >>

DUNNE SPEAKS – What’s In A Word?

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 10:31 am | Peter Dunne

DUNNE SPEAKS – What’s In A Word? Our world is built on words. Big words, little words, everyday words. Some words are acceptable, others are not. (This week, the British media published the list of English swear words in order of their unacceptability. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Jeremy Little, Andrew Corbyn or Shane Jones?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 9:27 am | Peter Dunne

So, the Leader of the Opposition thinks elections should not be about who wins the centre ground. He is right, up to a point, especially about bringing together “coalitions of interests” in his bid to win office. Where he is wrong, however, is that no ... More >>

What do the Kermadecs and the RMA have in common?

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 8:58 am | Peter Dunne

National’s challenges over the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary are a potential foretaste of what is to come with its ongoing attempts to change the Resource Management Act. Three years ago, with much fanfare, the then Environment Minister announced to the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: MPs' Communications Are Private

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

When I was obliged to resign as a Minister in June 2013 because I would not give an Inquiry into the early release of a Government report my private emails, I made the comment that, “The sole reason that I did not disclose the full content of ... More >>

How Effective has NZ Been on the UN Security Council?

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 9:10 am | Peter Dunne

In just under four months New Zealand will end its fourth stint since 1954 on the United Nations Security Council. From the inception of the United Nations in 1945 at the San Francisco Conference New Zealand has been one of its strongest supporters, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Rise of the Uber Economy

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

Last week’s flurry about whether Uber was complying with the law and should be shut down if it was not missed the point entirely. Of course, Uber should comply with the law of the land – that is a given for any business operating here – ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - new New Zealanders deserve a better deal

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 8:56 am | Peter Dunne

Many of the 60,000 new New Zealanders each year deserve a better deal. Numbers of them are forced to live in difficult circumstances; they are unable to fend for themselves, and no-one speaks up for them. Some are abused, others are assaulted or otherwise ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Tension between central and local government

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

One hundred and forty years ago, in 1876, New Zealand abolished provincial government. From 1852, New Zealand had been governed through six Provincial Councils, similar to the Australian states of today, with the central government in Wellington having ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Will Key prove to be a progressive moderate?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

Within sixteen months New Zealand will have its next General Election. Prime Minister John Key will be seeking to equal Keith Holyoake’s record of four straight election victories. Opposition Leader Andrew Little’s goal will be more modest – he will ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: New Zealand's Weak and Cowardly Foreign Policy

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand is generally well regarded in the international community. That is probably one of the biggest things going for former Prime Minister Helen Clark (aside for the moment from her considerable and formidable personal skills and talents) in her ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Post Truth Politics and the Housing Debate

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

There has been much comment recently that we have entered a “post truth” era of politics, where politicians not only no longer tell the truth, but worse, have given up any pretence of doing so. According to this line of argument, what matters ... More >>

The Lesson of the Homosexual Law Reform Debate

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

Thirty years ago this week, by 49 votes to 44, Parliament passed the Homosexual Law Reform Bill into law. I was proud then and now to have been one of those MPs who voted for the Bill throughout its passage through Parliament, and was therefore delighted ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Was the paid parental leave veto justified?

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 9:09 am | Peter Dunne

A Labour Party Bill to establish 26 weeks paid parental leave (which UnitedFuture was pleased to back) has been supported by a majority of MPs at all stages, but the Minister of Finance has used a rare power of financial veto to prevent its becoming ... More >>

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 >>



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