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Dunne's Weekly: Government Snooping Threatens Individual Privacy And Freedom

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 9:00 am | Peter Dunne

It has not been a good week for civil liberties in New Zealand. First was the Police’s confirmation that their Tactical Response model launched earlier this year is built around a multi-million dollar programme known as SearchX. This programme is based ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Hipkins Will Be Held Responsible, Although Not To Blame

Thursday, 28 September 2023, 10:44 am | Peter Dunne

Chris Hipkins demonstrated enthusiasm borne of desperation in the second leaders' debate this week. After his lack lustre performance in the first debate and on the campaign trail generally, he needed to. But it is still unlikely to be enough to ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Hipkins And Luxon More In Tune With Public Mood Than Commentators

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 11:06 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of the first pre-election televised leaders’ debate the commentariat has reacted with predictable banality. The focus, masquerading as analysis, has been almost solely on who “won” or “lost”, rather than what the two leaders said. ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Relief Over PREFU Obscures Reality

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 10:49 am | Peter Dunne

The relief in some political and economic quarters that the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) released earlier this week is not as bad as many were predicting obscures the reality that the government's books are in the worst state they have ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly - National's Tax Policyb - Winner Or Fizzer

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 8:47 am | Peter Dunne

Tax has often been an issue in New Zealand elections, but seldom the dominating one. Political parties tend to keep their plans quiet at election time and only announce them once they are in office. Neither Labour’s introduction of GST and halving ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Labour Keen To Bury The Memory Of Covid19

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 10:22 am | Peter Dunne

The Prime Minister was right when he said lifting the remaining Covid19 restrictions earlier this was week was an anticlimax. Most New Zealanders had, like the rest of the world, been treating Covid19 as “just another illness” for a long time. They ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: The Election Countdown Is On

Thursday, 10 August 2023, 10:56 am | Peter Dunne

From this coming weekend election billboards will be going up all over the country as candidates and parties seek to promote themselves and their messages to voters in the lead-up to the General Election on October 14. Early voting will begin on ... More >>

Dunne’s Weekly

Friday, 4 August 2023, 10:52 am | Peter Dunne

Seasoned politicians and political observers follow the opinion poll ratings of the various parties in a way others might consider obsessive. But they never get too hung up on any specific poll result, focusing instead on the trend of a series ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: What Should Be Kiri Allan's Enduring Legacy

Wednesday, 26 July 2023, 10:42 am | Peter Dunne

In July 1962, following a slump in his government’s political fortunes, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan abruptly sacked one third of his Cabinet. Amongst the reactions to what became known as Britain’s “Night of the Long Knives” ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Time For A Closer Look At ACT

Thursday, 20 July 2023, 10:36 am | Peter Dunne

Opinion polls suggest that it is now likely that National will lead the next government, supported in some shape or form by ACT. When looking at the likely make-up of a such a government much of the focus so far has been on National and who the top team supporting ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Dawn Raids Fiasco No Surprise

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 10:20 am | Peter Dunne

The shocking situation revealed this week about the continuation of Dawn Raids on Pasifika and other alleged overstayers is as appalling as it is unsurprising. It is appalling because as far as most people were concerned such raids stopped some ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Politicians Failing Those At Risk

Friday, 7 July 2023, 11:28 am | Peter Dunne

At risk families and young people currently get a raw deal in New Zealand. This is despite the fact we are devoting more resources and public spending than ever before to dealing with those considered to be "at risk." Images this week ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: "It's (still) The Economy, Stupid"

Thursday, 29 June 2023, 9:33 am | Peter Dunne

When Bill Clinton first ran for President of the United States, back in 1992, his campaign chief James Carville coined the now immortal phrase “it’s the economy stupid” to focus his team on what that year’s election was all about. Over thirty ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: “It Looks Like Déjà Vu All Over Again.”

Thursday, 22 June 2023, 8:33 am | Peter Dunne

There are strong echoes of the Clark Labour government’s “Closing the Gaps” programme in the system now being used by Auckland surgeons to prioritise patients on ethnicity, geographic location and equity grounds. “Closing the Gaps” sought ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: The Importance Of The Leader's Office

Thursday, 15 June 2023, 11:15 am | Peter Dunne

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins' office found out on a Friday evening that Minister Michael Wood had yet to sell his shares in Auckland Airport despite warnings over two years he needed to do so. But it took them until the Sunday evening to advise ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Taint Of Incompetent Ministers Dragging Hipkins Down

Thursday, 8 June 2023, 9:47 am | Peter Dunne

Chris Hipkins has demonstrated many skills since he became Prime Minister unexpectedly just over four months ago. However, successfully managing his Ministers has not been one of them. So far, he has had to sack one Minister for repeated breaches of the ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Still Overpromising And Underdelivering

Thursday, 1 June 2023, 8:55 am | Peter Dunne

When it was first unveiled, the government’s extension in this year’s Budget of 20 hours free early childhood education to 2-year-olds from next March was hailed as a masterstroke. The Minister of Finance said it would save qualifying households ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: TAB Another Potential Conflict Of Interest

Thursday, 25 May 2023, 7:47 am | Peter Dunne

Bookmaking on horse racing events was made illegal in New Zealand in 1911. Until 1949, the only legal form of betting was on-course at race meetings. When off-course betting was legalised in 1949, consistent with the statist approach of the time, ... More >>

Budget More "Bits And Pieces" Than "Bread And Butter"

Friday, 19 May 2023, 3:38 pm | Peter Dunne

Budgets today are as much a political statement of a government’s intent as they are an economic management plan. They are a balance between what a government aspires to do, and what it can achieve in practice. As such, they are always compromises. ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Luxon's No-surprise Call A Challenge To Hipkins

Thursday, 11 May 2023, 10:51 am | Peter Dunne

Christopher Luxon’s announcement ruling out any post-election working arrangement between National and Te Pati Māori is more predictable than bold. Realistically, such an arrangement had never been likely, and recent events have merely confirmed ... More >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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