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Dunne Speaks: Once more on Resource Management Roundabout

Friday, 26 July 2019, 8:38 am | Peter Dunne

We are pretty good in New Zealand at passing groundbreaking legislation through our Parliament and then leaving it to moulder until some govern-ment decides it is not working and should be radically changed. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Pity the Poor Greens

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 8:40 am | Peter Dunne

There used to be a school of thought on the centre right side of politics that the best way to neuter the Greens as a political force would be to let them have a spell in government. Then, according to the argument, they would show themselves to be ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: What to do about District Health Boards?

Friday, 12 July 2019, 8:34 am | Peter Dunne

What are we going to do about District Health Boards? News this week that the Government is looking at a further bail-out of cash-strapped Boards to help reduce their deficits has raised afresh questions about the sustainability of the current model. At a time ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time for National to Draw the Line on NZ First

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 8:27 am | Peter Dunne

A recent prominent National politician had the so-called Serenity Prayer penned by American philospoher, Reinhold Niebuhr, "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: One More Change for the Speaker to Make

Thursday, 27 June 2019, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

In a recent column I was very critical of the performance to date of the current Speaker of the House of Representatives whom I suggested was acting in a far more partisan manner than many recent Speakers, and behaving more like the bully boy that ... More >>

The Speaker who brought Parliament into Disrepute

Friday, 10 May 2019, 9:16 am | Peter Dunne

Parliament's current Speaker is turning the ancient and venerable institution on its head. Traditionally, the Speaker's role has been a rather conservative, sometimes passive, one to preside independently, without fear or favour over proceedings in ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Dilemma of Hate Speech

Wednesday, 1 May 2019, 11:54 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of the Christchurch terrorism incident, specifically the publication on-line of the alleged killer’s so-called manifesto, the topic of hate speech and how to deal with it has come more strongly into public focus. There have been calls ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: All Politics is Local

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 11:20 am | Peter Dunne

When I first became an MP back in 1984 one of the earliest and sagest pieces of advice I received was from my illustrious predecessor, Sir John Marshall, who told me "be loyal to your electorate and it will be loyal to you." It was advice I was to ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Capital Gains Tax U-Turn

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 8:45 am | Peter Dunne

In my Newsroom Column last week about the proposed Capital Gains Tax I wrote that "Notwithstanding her own strong feelings in favour of a comprehensive capital gains tax, [the Prime Minister] needs to recognise the depth of public opposition ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Shooting the Pharmac Messenger

Thursday, 11 April 2019, 9:55 am | Peter Dunne

National's unsuccessful attempt to get a Parliamentary inquiry into PHARMAC is a classic case of shooting the messenger. PHARMAC is a procurement agency, charged with securing the nation's supplies of medicines and medical devices. But it is not, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Death of Reason

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 9:57 am | Peter Dunne

Anyone who tuned into this week’s television debate between ACT leader David Seymour and National MP Maggie Barry on the subject of Mr Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill in the expectation of learning more about a controversial subject that will ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: No Need for Royal Commission

Thursday, 28 March 2019, 9:48 am | Peter Dunne

There is no need to need to review the structure of the security services in the wake of the Christchurch Mosque killings. Both the SIS and the GCSB have already been heavily reviewed in recent years, made more accountable in their operations, ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Beware the Ides of March

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 8:52 am | Peter Dunne

In school, we all learnt the phrase, "Beware the Ides of March" courtesy of Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. The soothsayer's warning to Caesar was brushed aside and Caesar assassinated a little later in the day. For the last nearly 420 ... More >>

Dunne Speaks

Friday, 15 March 2019, 9:19 am | Peter Dunne

It is often said that no government can legislate for commonsense. And it is also often said that the first thing every new Minister should do upon appointment is read and comprehend the provisions of the Cabinet Manual. Both statements are particularly ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Public Servants Have Political Views Too

Friday, 8 March 2019, 9:39 am | Peter Dunne

The Wellington public service bureaucracy still maintains an aura of political neutrality about its operations. Public servants are, as tradition expects, generally loyal to their Ministers and the government of the day, and do not seek to cause them any ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: All Political Parties Trite and Banal on CGT

Friday, 1 March 2019, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

The report of the Tax Working Group heralds potentially one of the most significant shake-ups of our tax system in the last thirty years, whatever one may think of its individual recommendations. Yet it was surprising and disappointing that with the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Tax Working Group no more than Cullens stooges

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:16 am | Peter Dunne

So, the details of Labour’s long-awaited capital gains tax have been revealed, and now the speculation begins as to how the government will go about implementing Sir Michael Cullen’s long-cherished dream. One thing that is near certain is that ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Flushing out NZ First on Capital Gains Tax

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 9:11 am | Peter Dunne

Once, Greens co-leader James Shaw's comment when Parliament resumed this week that the current government does not deserve to be re-elected if it fails to introduce a capital gains tax would have been regarded as yet another reason why the Greens ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Time we knew our full history

Friday, 8 February 2019, 1:01 pm | Peter Dunne

Another Waitangi Day has passed – this year without adverse event – and with it, the often too brief opportunity to consider what it means to be a New Zealander, 179 years after the signing of the Treaty. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Search for a Partner

Friday, 1 February 2019, 10:32 am | Peter Dunne

The National Party’s delight earlier in the week at revelations that consideration was being given to the establishment of a “blue-green” party that could be a partner at future elections was as understandable as it was premature. It was understandable ... More >>



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