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Retirement Age Unsustainable at 65

Friday, 5 August 2011, 4:26 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

The Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan says it frequently, former Treasury Head John Whitehead and current Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf advised government it is so and well known economists Gareth Morgan and Bernard Hickey and others have ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary - The Israeli spy fiasco

Sunday, 24 July 2011, 11:35 am | Heather Roy's Diary

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction. The Israeli spy fiasco that has led the news for the past few days is a plot Le Carre might be tempted to write, or perhaps more likely, not even have entertained for its incompetence. More >>

Theatre Of The Mind

Friday, 8 July 2011, 8:04 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

The Boat that Rocked is a great film about taking the authorities on, breaking a government monopoly and introducing the population to rock music. It is inspirational and the radio rockers didn’t take themselves too seriously. It is the story of ... More >>

The War on Drugs – A Battle Lost

Friday, 10 June 2011, 4:22 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Last week I surprised some by endorsing Bill English’s comments on prisons as a “moral and fiscal failure”. This week, an even bigger moral and fiscal failure hit the headlines, with the global war on drugs being labelled “a costly failure” ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary: Bold Reform Or Nervous Tinkering?

Friday, 3 June 2011, 7:04 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Two recess week announcements made the headlines this week which give a steer as to the direction of a National-led government post November 26. On Tuesday State Sector Reforms were announced and on Wednesday a move towards private sector involvement ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary May 13

Friday, 13 May 2011, 6:31 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

A change is a good as a rest; so the saying goes. If that’s true, I hope readers of this Diary won’t accuse me – in the context of a three week gap in publication coupled with political events of late - of ‘double-dipping’ on my rest entitlement. ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary - Eco-busybodies cost us all

Friday, 15 April 2011, 6:42 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Protesters clinging to large buoys in the ocean and swimming in front of an oil exploration ship to divert its course were the most dramatic scenes on TV this week. Parliament - in urgency to pass earthquake recovery legislation - couldn’t compete despite ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary - Interest-Free Student Loans

Friday, 1 April 2011, 7:35 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

The most blatant election bribe I've seen during my political career was Labour’s 2005 promise to take interest off Student Loans. I remember door knocking in Epsom and having the discussion with many students then. Almost all were caught in the ... More >>

Ridding Christchurch of Red Tape

Saturday, 19 March 2011, 11:36 am | Heather Roy's Diary

Ridding Christchurch of Red Tape The Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Service that was held in Hagley Park today was another step in showing the people of Christchurch the rest of the country is with them and they haven't been forgotten. In light of ... More >>

Looking to the Future in Christchurch

Friday, 4 March 2011, 5:27 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Looking to the Future in Christchurch Natural disasters remind us of the fragility of life. They strike indiscriminately in time and place and for the most part we are powerless to counter the effects of their might. The Christchurch earthquake ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary Friday 4th Feb

Friday, 4 February 2011, 4:34 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Happy New Year to all diary readers. Welcome back to my weekly email newsletter for 2011. Election year means there will be plenty to write about and your comments and feedback (preferably constructive!) are always welcome. More >>

Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time

Wednesday, 22 December 2010, 4:49 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Christmas is upon us. You just need to take a walk down Lambton Quay, Queen, George or Colombo Streets to witness the same festive spirit. This morning some carollers were singing one of my favourites as I passed on my way to Parliament. More >>

Heather Roy's Diary Dec 10

Friday, 10 December 2010, 7:52 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

A photograph of the Ram family in newspapers around the country on December 3 says it all: Sital Ram – just released from two months in prison for an overstayer offence – hugs his beaming wife, excited eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old twin ... More >>

Heather Roy's Diary: 3-12-10

Friday, 3 December 2010, 4:11 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

I remember taking one of my young children to the GP with an ear infection. The GP said he’d prescribe a specific antibiotic, hope it was the right one and - if things didn’t improve – we should come back in a couple of days. More >>

Heather Roy’s Diary: Labour’s Angst At Labour Laws

Friday, 19 November 2010, 4:12 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Parliament spent most of the sitting week in Urgency. There were two Industrial Relations bills which ACT vigorously supported and are a victory for greater choice and flexibility in the workplace. Not surprisingly they were both hotly debated with the opposition ... More >>

Good Intentions Does Not Good Law Make

Friday, 10 September 2010, 3:24 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

Good intentions frequently come with unintended consequences, not just in life but also in Parliament. I was reminded of this fact this week when Parliament debated Private Members Bills. More >>

Heather Roy's Diary: A New Generation Of Orphans

Friday, 3 October 2008, 12:57 am | Heather Roy's Diary

"Heather Roy's Diary" is the weekly newsletter from Heather Roy MP. To receive the Diary every week, email sally.guinness[at], with "subscribe to Heather Roy's Diary" in the subject line. More >>

Heather Roy's Diary – April 18, 2008

Friday, 18 April 2008, 4:44 pm | Heather Roy's Diary

AThe Electoral Finance Act is confusing and has made an MP's job of communicating with the public extremely frustrating. More >>




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