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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 >>

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 >>