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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 >>

Dunne Speaks: All Aboard the Superannuation Merry-Go-Round

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 8:10 am | Peter Dunne

Crank up the pipe organ! The superannuation merry-go-round is starting up again. In 2014 Labour proposed lifting the age of entitlement to 67 years, but National was opposed to it. But in 2017, it was National wanting to lift the age to 67 years, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Independent scrutiny a good idea

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:35 am | Peter Dunne

At first glance, Simon Bridges’ strident opposition to the government’s proposal to establish an independent office to cost political parties’ election spending plans looks childish and petty. More >>

Dunne Speaks: A Better Way to Fund Medicines?

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

PHARMAC’s recent decision to fund two additional drugs from December this year has been widely welcomed by patients and the general public alike. The drugs, Kadcyla and Alecesana, are used in the treatment of advanced lung and breast cancers and will ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: It is all about him, after all

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 8:46 am | Peter Dunne

On that basis, it will be somewhat of a surprise if New Zealand First manages to survive the current three year term as part of the governing coalition. Staying the distance is simply not in the Party’s or its leader’s DNA. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Australia Snubs Prime Minister

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 9:24 am | Peter Dunne

Australia’s latest announcement that it intends to toughen its already strict deportation rules, with their likely impact on New Zealanders, is a slap in the face for the diplomacy of the Prime Minister. More >>

 

 

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