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Dunne Speaks: Unacceptably Weak Leadership

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 9:21 am | Peter Dunne

The Labour part of this government is extremely weak when it comes to dealing with difficult situations. They are simply letting their bureaucrats and coalition partners run rings around them, more and more often. After over two years in office, they ... More >>

Dunne speaks: Electoral Financing Rules Not Working

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 9:47 am | Peter Dunne

A perennial undercurrent of recent general election campaigns has been the issue of party fundraising. With the emerging controversies this year over the shadowy role of the New Zealand First Foundation and the Serious Fraud Office’s decision ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Rising Hate Speech and Ethnic Slurs

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:49 am | Peter Dunne

The unfortunate chapter of errors surrounding New Zealand’s non-attendance at the recent 5th World Holocaust Forum ranges from the bizarre and unbelievable, through to the downright sinister. The only constant is that as the various explanations ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Turia is Right on Whanau Ora

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

When a Minister dismisses the criticisms of a high-powered group of citizens as just “political” one knows immediately the criticisms being made both have more substance than that and are probably pretty accurate. So it is with the case of Whanau Ora ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Cannabis-based medicines edge a step nearer

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 8:47 am | Peter Dunne

The new just announced regulatory scheme for cannabis based medicines is generally positive. But the government may be significantly underestimating the demand for licenses, raising the spectre of an underfunded industry regulator. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Corbyn Spectre and New Zealand

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

Britain votes today in an election brought on by the ongoing failure of the House of Commons to approve any of the Brexit deals put before it over the last couple of years by successive Prime Ministers, Theresa May and now Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Cannabis Leguislation A Mixed Bag So Far

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 8:27 am | Peter Dunne

There is an element of the proverbial curate’s egg in the government’s proposed recreational cannabis regime. It is good in parts, and not so good in others, but overall leaves a somewhat underdone impression. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Where has National's compassionate face gone?

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

What do the Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission, and the Official Information Act all have in common? Two things in essence – first, each of them is a progressive measure designed to protect the rights of individual citizens from intrusion of one ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Leopards Do Not Change Their Spots

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 8:45 am | Peter Dunne

When the current coalition government was formed, there was some comment that this was perhaps New Zealand First's last chance at political redemption. The party's two previous stints in government had failed to last three years. The 1996-98 coalition ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: How sustainable is Sustainable New Zealand?

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

The newly launched Sustainable New Zealand Party’s first and biggest challenge is to prove that it is in fact sustainable, and not just another flash in the new party pan. More >>

Dunne Speaks: No jab, no pay - no way

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

The current “no jab, no pay” debate is provoking strong public reactions, for and against the idea. National Party leader Simon Bridges says his party is promoting removing benefit payments from parents who refuse to vaccinate their children as ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Tried & True Formula On Show Again

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 8:28 am | Peter Dunne

Spare a brief thought for the National Party. If being the Leader of the Opposition is the worst job in politics, then being the party of Opposition is the worst state to be in. No matter how inept the government in office, the Opposition is always ... More >>

The Wellington Mayoralty and the Canadian Election

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

As the interminable saga surrounding the Wellington Mayoralty election result drags on, some are already blaming the uncertainty on the fact that the election was carried out under proportional representation – in this case, the Single Transferable Vote ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Is this as good as it gets?

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:40 am | Peter Dunne

There must be consternation within the upper ranks of the Labour Party at the performance of some of the Ministers in the coalition government. Every time the government looks like making some positive progress, one or other of these errant Ministers can be ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Taxing Superannuation? Oh no, not again!

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

In 1984 when the fourth Labour Government introduced its now infamous tax surcharge of 25 cents in the dollar on additional income above $100 a week for those in receipt of National Superannuation, it was claimed that about only a quarter of superannuitants ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's Coarse Millstone

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 8:37 am | Peter Dunne

Most of the time, the Labour Party bears the coarse New Zealand First millstone around its neck with patient equanimity. It appreciates that, however it might resent it, to do otherwise would quickly rend asunder the governing coalition, returning it ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Virtue Signalling at the UN

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:42 am | Peter Dunne

The gulf between the wonderful picture the government likes to paint on the world stage of New Zealand as a paragon of international environmental virtue and reality continues to widen. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Anyone Seen Simon Bridges?

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:39 am | Peter Dunne

It took a testy Morning Report interview this week to remind me that Simon Bridges was still the Leader of the Opposition. Until then, he had been largely invisible as the events of recent weeks unfolded. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The End of the PM's Golden Weather

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

The resignation of the President of the Labour Party over the sex pest allegations was inevitable. It was inevitable because of his appalling handling of the situation so far; and, because in situations like this where there has to be a “fall guy” ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Price of Consensus

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:31 am | Peter Dunne

About 80% of the legislation Parliament passes is non-controversial, and could just as easily be introduced by any government. Another 10% is controversial and more likely to arise from one particular government than the other, but is not so out ... More >>



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