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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 >>

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 >>

 

 

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