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Op-Ed: A Reality Check On Welfare Spend

Tuesday, 29 June 2004, 11:10 am | Institute for Liberal Values

In 1993 unemployment hit its peak in New Zealand, with an unprecedented 177,000 people drawing the unemployment benefit. That year government spent $1.639 billion on the dole. More >>

Jim Peron: Atrocities And The Mentality Of War

Monday, 17 May 2004, 1:25 pm | Institute for Liberal Values

There are times that the world is a horrific place. And we've witnessed two events that can turn the biggest optimist about the human condition into a pessimist. More >>

Mission Accomplished Said Bush, Obviously Not

Monday, 3 May 2004, 11:58 am | Institute for Liberal Values

One year ago George Bush, Jr. stood on the deck of a US aircraft carrier with a huge banner behind him so that his photo could be taken with it. It said, in massive letters "Mission Accomplished" and was meant to celebrate the American "victory" ... More >>

Economic growth rejected by Greens good for China

Thursday, 22 April 2004, 9:10 am | Institute for Liberal Values

Jeanette Fitzsimmons of the Green Party recently argued that economic growth is not important to Kiwis. She said that surveys show people are interested in quality of life issues like education and health care. More >>

Jim Peron: Many Miss The Real Brash Revolution

Thursday, 1 April 2004, 10:47 am | Institute for Liberal Values

It appears that a lot of political analysts just don't get the Don Brash revolution. More >>

Opinion: Employment, Smoking & Human Rights

Monday, 24 November 2003, 12:47 am | Institute for Liberal Values

The Human Rights Commission says that smoking is not a human right. Therefore employers may discriminate against smokers. The conclusion is right, the reasons given entirely wrong. But the decision does reflect something important about the Human Rights Commission ... More >>

Jim Peron: Clark Fudges Facts On 4 Weeks Leave

Monday, 10 November 2003, 11:12 am | Institute for Liberal Values

Christmas came early in New Zealand. In a generous mood Helen Clark decided that all workers will have 4 weeks of paid annual leave per year. More >>

Lance Kennedy: GE Witch Hunts

Monday, 10 November 2003, 11:12 am | Institute for Liberal Values

Witch-hunts usually target people. But in recent years one of the most successful witch-hunts targeted an innocent technology. More >>

Success and Failure

Tuesday, 28 October 2003, 8:09 am | Institute for Liberal Values

We pay the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services to look after neglected and abused children. More >>

Who Are The Real Friends Of The Third World?

Monday, 29 September 2003, 1:59 pm | Institute for Liberal Values

THE TWO WOMEN seated next to me in the cab claimed to be my advocates. But as we travelled toward the World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting, in Cancun, I found myself frustrated by their statements and doubtful that the policies they promoted ... More >>

Shifting Policies Chaos for Potential Immigrants

Friday, 4 July 2003, 2:50 pm | Institute for Liberal Values

Once again New Zealand¹s immigration policy has taken a dramatic shift. Once thing is certain about this government¹s immigration policy and that is that nothing is certain. More >>

Family Commission Should Call For Privatisation

Wednesday, 7 May 2003, 2:04 pm | Institute for Liberal Values

The role of the Commission for the Family is unclear. What is it Commissions do? Sometimes they are formed to advise on the merits or otherwise of privatisation. This is the only function the Family Commission might undertake that would be useful. More >>

Greens are smoking something alright

Friday, 21 March 2003, 9:57 am | Institute for Liberal Values

Smoking stinks. I¹ll be the first to concede that point. In addition I¹m a passionate nonsmoker and won¹t allow smoking in my flat, business or car. And I never have. But that doesn¹t mean I have any sympathy with the premises behind the current drive ... More >>

What¹s Wrong with Tobacco Money

Tuesday, 7 January 2003, 11:23 am | Institute for Liberal Values

A group promoting healthy lifestyle choices to children, the Life Education Trust, received donations from British American Tobacco totaling $300,000 over the last three years. Now this is public knowledge and the health Nazis are coming out of ... More >>