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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 >>

Dunne Speaks: What I Want for Christmas

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:33 am | Peter Dunne

DUNNE SPEAKS I want a Christmas present I do not think Santa can, or will, deliver me. I am not being selfish or unreasonable, but just realistic, because what I want is a political party I can vote for at the next General Election. More >>

Dunne Speaks - Strikes and the public reaction

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 9:49 am | Peter Dunne

Just over two years ago when Business New Zealand and the Employers and Manufacturers Association were using the bully-boy and standover tactics more associated with the trade unions of old in an attempt to browbeat Government support partners at the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Mental Health Challenges only just beginning

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 8:56 am | Peter Dunne

Congratulations David Clark! In a Government where initiating a review has been a substitute for doing anything, he has become the first Minister to have both established a major review - into Mental Health - and to have received the final report of the ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: We Are No Better Than Trump

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 8:59 am | Peter Dunne

The outrage when President Trump refused outright to condemn the Saudi Crown Prince for his role in the murder of expatriate columnist Jamal Khashoggi, despite apparently overwhelming implicating evidence, was palpable and predictable. So too was the President’s ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Why Parliamentary Questions Matter

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 9:24 am | Peter Dunne

There is a popular misconception that the apparently clubby nature of Parliament means that all MPs, in Government or Opposition, have pretty much the same access to information. That has never been the case, even since the introduction of MMP. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Pike River Re-entry

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 8:50 am | Peter Dunne

It is perhaps a commentary in itself of this Government’s media management skills that it chose to reveal the two worst kept political secrets of its tenure to date on the same day. The first was the confirmation that a manned re-entry of the Pike ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Lees-Galloway Mess

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 8:54 am | Peter Dunne

The one constant about the Karel Sroubek case is that every day seems to reveal more uncertainty. But while we are no closer to either a resolution of the case, or even a clear understanding of why Minister Lees-Galloway has acted the way he has, some ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Kiwibuild Straight Out of the Blackadder

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 12:07 pm | Peter Dunne

Kiwibuild is beginning to look more and more like no more than one of Edmund Blackadder’s cunning plans. While this week’s controversy about the couple getting the first Kiwibuild home is nothing like the drama National is making it out to be, it is nevertheless ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Bigger things than polls decide elections

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 8:50 am | Peter Dunne

It would be unwise to read to too much into this week's TVNZ Colmar Brunton political poll. Polls, after all, are but a snapshot in time, and the timing of the poll coincided with one of the most unusual weeks in New Zealand politics in a very long while. ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Smiles and Pixie Dust are Not Enough

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 9:05 am | Peter Dunne

Just a year ago, as the pixie dust gently fluttered down, and the smiles flashed, there was nothing the new government could not do. With kindness and relentless positivity, everything was suddenly possible, inspired by the clarion call, “Let’s do this!” ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: When Kindness Meets Tough Reality

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 9:32 am | Peter Dunne

In the wake of its greatest triumph to date, the Coalition Government is about to face its greatest challenge. And one will have been the cause of the other. More >>

New Zealand First's Three Strikes Against Diversity

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

Over the last few weeks there have been three subtle but deliberate moves from New Zealand First which, while on the face of it are apparently unrelated, nonetheless, when taken together amount to a significant attempt to limit diversity and debate ... More >>

The Government's Performance is the Problem, not MMP

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

Much of the commentary about the recent ructions within the coalition government has settled on MMP as either the explanation or the blame for what has been going on. In reality, it is neither. MMP is but an electoral system. The blame or explanation ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The row over Clare Curran’s emails

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:42 am | Peter Dunne

No sooner had the former Minister resigned her remaining portfolios than she was admitting there might be more emails on her private email address with chief technology officer prospect Derek Handley than she first acknowledged, but that she was working ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Who is Really Pulling the Government's Strings

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 9:14 am | Peter Dunne

When a few months ago New Zealand First abruptly vetoed Labour’s plans to repeal the three strikes criminal justice law it was glibly explained away by Labour as just a breakdown in communication that would be resolved by the time a policy paper ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Leadership Ructions Not Limited to Australia

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 8:52 am | Peter Dunne

There has been much scoffing and guffawing on this side of the Tasman in the last week about the brutal public coup within the ruling Liberal Party that saw the replacement of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister by Scott Morrison. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's Good Times Over

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

For most of the ten months since the change of government, the National Party has had the best of times. Thrust unexpectedly into the role of Opposition, it has settled to its task, with few outward stumbles. It has managed a leadership transition without ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Teachers' Strike

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:23 am | Peter Dunne

This week around 30,000 primary and intermediate school teachers have been on strike, closing nearly 2,000 schools for a day. To date, there appears to have been general public support for the industrial action, but the jury is still out as to whether ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Free Speech heads for the abyss

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 8:43 am | Peter Dunne

The debate around free speech and what constitutes it has become toxic and almost irrational. Increasingly, it seems virtually impossible to be able to offer an opinion on it without being labelled as some sort of extremist by one side or the other. ... More >>



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