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Dunne Speaks: Irony, Hypocrisy, and Good Policy

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

Politics often has an irony about it, and is frequently accompanied by a good dose of hypocrisy, interspersed with occasional moments of sanity and sound decisions. All these elements were on display as Parliament resumed this week. More >>

Dunne Speaks - "Politician of the Year"

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 10:05 am | Peter Dunne

In keeping with the beauty parade approach many of our commentators take to reporting politics - I could hardly say analysing, because so many of them are incapable of doing so - this is the time of the year when they accord their accolade to the "Politician ... More >>

Peter Dunne's Valedictory Address at Victoria University

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:23 am | Peter Dunne

Wednesday 6 December 2017 - I am extremely grateful to Victoria University for the opportunity to make this valedictory statement in this historic Chamber, on this occasion. More >>

What do Golriz Ghahraman and Jiang Yang have in common?

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 8:13 am | Peter Dunne

The row over Green MP Golriz Ghahraman and what role she had defending or prosecuting war criminals is but a storm in a teacup, indeed it is more of a little tempest when it comes to it. Outside the Wellington beltway, the commentariat, and one or two ... More >>

The Parliamentary Prayer - What is All the Fuss About?

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

For many, the chatter about the Parliamentary Prayer is a non-event. After all, New Zealand is a fiercely secular state, without a state religion, but with a large cultural and ethnic diversity. So what is the fuss about? More >>

Dunne Speaks: Do We Still Need 20 DHBs?

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:15 am | Peter Dunne

The politician and commentator Austin Mitchell once described the New Zealand education system as "a complex balance of groups, so nicely deadlocked as to make change impossible." Undoubtedly accurate as it was a description of educational administration ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:24 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand is at times an unlikely and certainly uncomfortable colonial overlord. When former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand referred in his speeches to countries of the "realm of New Zealand", his language was often mocked as grandiloquent, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Some advice for the new Government

Friday, 27 October 2017, 11:32 am | Peter Dunne

Our new government has taken office and comparisons are already being made about the circumstances of its accession. Some are saying that the public mood is similar in terms of enthusiasm and response to the advent of the Lange Government in 1984. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Psycho Pathology in Politics

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 3:37 pm | Peter Dunne

In 1940, the notorious Labour politician, John A. Lee, was expelled from the Labour Party after writing a sensational article, "Psycho-Pathology in Politics", a thinly veiled attack on the dying Labour Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time for a Change?

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 4:21 pm | Peter Dunne

“Time for a Change” is a mantra often used by political parties seeking office to capture what they imagine to be a public mood of the time. Sometimes the call works, and sometimes it does not. The voter, after all, is always right. But political ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: observing an election from the outside

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 9:37 am | Peter Dunne

Since my announcement last week that I was not seeking re-election to Parliament, after 33 years as an MP, a couple of things have taken me by surprise. First, has been the totally unexpected reaction to my announcement. The volume and warmth of ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What the rise of Jacinda may mean

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 8:30 am | Peter Dunne

Jacinda Ardern has my warmest congratulations, my best wishes, and my immense commiserations as she takes on the role of Leader of the Opposition, which she herself has described as “the worst job in politics.” She is right – it probably is just ahead of ... More >>

The Predictable Return of Psychoactive Substances

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 8:39 am | Peter Dunne

The recent deaths of eight people in Auckland from using new psychoactive substances are appalling. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Comes to Town

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:29 am | Peter Dunne

Watching contemporary political developments over recent days gave me an irresistible urge to read once more Lewis Carroll’s whimsical description of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The account is as delightful as ever – anarchic craziness at its most ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The out of control Gyroscope

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

Claims this week that no-one seems to know how many affordable homes have been built in Auckland have re-ignited the housing debate in a shallow, unhelpful way of silly political point scoring which houses no-one, but more importantly, has also highlighted ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: English's Pitch-Pole Moment

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 8:57 am | Peter Dunne

We are a pretty self-effacing lot as a nation. We do not stand on too much ceremony; we have an innate sense of equality and trying to see everyone gets a “fair go”; and the absolutely worst thing we can say about a person is that they are “up themselves”. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time for the full story on Pike River

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 8:26 am | Peter Dunne

Like most New Zealanders, I was shocked that November weekend in 2010 when the reality struck that 29 men had perished in the Pike River Mine. My initial reaction was like that of so many people – that everything possible should be done to retrieve their ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Value of Young MPs

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 10:01 am | Peter Dunne

Over the years, a media myth of my intractable negativity towards the Greens has developed. While I have been properly critical of the Greens at times, and may regret some of my harsher criticisms in the cooler light of day, I have nonetheless worked ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Dark, grim Labour stands alone and forlorn

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

For most of my time in politics I have belonged to liberal democratic UnitedFuture (or the United Party as it was previously known). Prior to that, however, I spent more than 22 years as a member of the Labour Party – possibly a longer time in ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What to do about fresh water exports?

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

According to media reports, 20 billion litres of pristine New Zealand water are going to be exported over the next fifteen years, with not one cent in royalties being paid here. More >>



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