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Dunne Speaks: Beware the Ides of March

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 8:52 am | Peter Dunne

In school, we all learnt the phrase, "Beware the Ides of March" courtesy of Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. The soothsayer's warning to Caesar was brushed aside and Caesar assassinated a little later in the day. For the last nearly 420 ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Friday, 15 March 2019, 9:19 am | Peter Dunne

It is often said that no government can legislate for commonsense. And it is also often said that the first thing every new Minister should do upon appointment is read and comprehend the provisions of the Cabinet Manual. Both statements are particularly ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Public Servants Have Political Views Too

Friday, 8 March 2019, 9:39 am | Peter Dunne

The Wellington public service bureaucracy still maintains an aura of political neutrality about its operations. Public servants are, as tradition expects, generally loyal to their Ministers and the government of the day, and do not seek to cause them any ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: All Political Parties Trite and Banal on CGT

Friday, 1 March 2019, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

The report of the Tax Working Group heralds potentially one of the most significant shake-ups of our tax system in the last thirty years, whatever one may think of its individual recommendations. Yet it was surprising and disappointing that with the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Tax Working Group no more than Cullens stooges

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:16 am | Peter Dunne

So, the details of Labour’s long-awaited capital gains tax have been revealed, and now the speculation begins as to how the government will go about implementing Sir Michael Cullen’s long-cherished dream. One thing that is near certain is that ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Flushing out NZ First on Capital Gains Tax

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 9:11 am | Peter Dunne

Once, Greens co-leader James Shaw's comment when Parliament resumed this week that the current government does not deserve to be re-elected if it fails to introduce a capital gains tax would have been regarded as yet another reason why the Greens ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time we knew our full history

Friday, 8 February 2019, 1:01 pm | Peter Dunne

Another Waitangi Day has passed – this year without adverse event – and with it, the often too brief opportunity to consider what it means to be a New Zealander, 179 years after the signing of the Treaty. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Search for a Partner

Friday, 1 February 2019, 10:32 am | Peter Dunne

The National Party’s delight earlier in the week at revelations that consideration was being given to the establishment of a “blue-green” party that could be a partner at future elections was as understandable as it was premature. It was understandable ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What I Want for Christmas

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:33 am | Peter Dunne

DUNNE SPEAKS I want a Christmas present I do not think Santa can, or will, deliver me. I am not being selfish or unreasonable, but just realistic, because what I want is a political party I can vote for at the next General Election. More >>

Dunne Speaks - Strikes and the public reaction

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

Just over two years ago when Business New Zealand and the Employers and Manufacturers Association were using the bully-boy and standover tactics more associated with the trade unions of old in an attempt to browbeat Government support partners at the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Mental Health Challenges only just beginning

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 8:56 am | Peter Dunne

Congratulations David Clark! In a Government where initiating a review has been a substitute for doing anything, he has become the first Minister to have both established a major review - into Mental Health - and to have received the final report of the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: We Are No Better Than Trump

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 8:59 am | Peter Dunne

The outrage when President Trump refused outright to condemn the Saudi Crown Prince for his role in the murder of expatriate columnist Jamal Khashoggi, despite apparently overwhelming implicating evidence, was palpable and predictable. So too was the President’s ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Why Parliamentary Questions Matter

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 9:24 am | Peter Dunne

There is a popular misconception that the apparently clubby nature of Parliament means that all MPs, in Government or Opposition, have pretty much the same access to information. That has never been the case, even since the introduction of MMP. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Pike River Re-entry

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 8:50 am | Peter Dunne

It is perhaps a commentary in itself of this Government’s media management skills that it chose to reveal the two worst kept political secrets of its tenure to date on the same day. The first was the confirmation that a manned re-entry of the Pike ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Lees-Galloway Mess

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 8:54 am | Peter Dunne

The one constant about the Karel Sroubek case is that every day seems to reveal more uncertainty. But while we are no closer to either a resolution of the case, or even a clear understanding of why Minister Lees-Galloway has acted the way he has, some ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Kiwibuild Straight Out of the Blackadder

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 12:07 pm | Peter Dunne

Kiwibuild is beginning to look more and more like no more than one of Edmund Blackadder’s cunning plans. While this week’s controversy about the couple getting the first Kiwibuild home is nothing like the drama National is making it out to be, it is nevertheless ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Bigger things than polls decide elections

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 8:50 am | Peter Dunne

It would be unwise to read to too much into this week's TVNZ Colmar Brunton political poll. Polls, after all, are but a snapshot in time, and the timing of the poll coincided with one of the most unusual weeks in New Zealand politics in a very long while. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Smiles and Pixie Dust are Not Enough

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

Just a year ago, as the pixie dust gently fluttered down, and the smiles flashed, there was nothing the new government could not do. With kindness and relentless positivity, everything was suddenly possible, inspired by the clarion call, “Let’s do this!” ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: When Kindness Meets Tough Reality

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 9:32 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of its greatest triumph to date, the Coalition Government is about to face its greatest challenge. And one will have been the cause of the other. More >>

New Zealand First's Three Strikes Against Diversity

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

Over the last few weeks there have been three subtle but deliberate moves from New Zealand First which, while on the face of it are apparently unrelated, nonetheless, when taken together amount to a significant attempt to limit diversity and debate ... More >>



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