Wallabies expected to bounce back (yeah, deal with it)

…a look at history tells us that this weekend in Wellington might not be so bad. You have to go a long way back to find consecutive Bledisloe disasters for the Aussies – the infamous 1972 ‘Woeful Wallabies’ to be exact. That year they gave up an aggregate of 97 points to 29 across three horribly mismatched tests.

Since then, the Wallabies have copped their fair share of hidings. But they’ve always managed to bounce back and regain some respectability in the next test:

1988 – After getting given a 33-7 lesson in Sydney in the first test, the Wallabies rallied to a 19-all draw in Brisbane for the second. It was the only test the All Blacks didn’t win in a 50 game unbeaten streak.

1996 – The famous 43-6 victory at Athletic Park in the first test meant no one expected anything out of the Wallabies in the second test in Brisbane. They almost snatched victory, at one stage leading 25-9 before conceding a try on the last play of the game to lose 32-25.

2003 – Not even the insanity of then-All Black coach John Mitchell could stop them blasting through the convert-laden Wallabies for a 51-20 win in Sydney. The next test at Eden Park saw a much closer margin of 21-17. Read more »

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Permanent-protection orders need a tweak, for everyone involved

Corrections has inadvertently been set up to fail. So have the released prisoners.

However unpalatable it is, we must accept that some sex offenders appear, for reasons we still know too little about, to be permanent predators – all too often their compulsion centring on children. Experts agree on one thing: they won’t reform, or at least refrain, without adequate support. But Corrections’ record in getting adequate supervision for the riskier releases is hit-and-miss.

In theory, Corrections should apply for a permanent protection order in respect of high-risk prisoner releases, mandating 24-hour supervision. Always uncertain whether the court will grant such an extreme order, the department may too often opt for the lesser protection, which allows for only a year’s constant monitoring and is non-renewable.

Some released offenders, like the Lower Hutt man, have fallen awkwardly between the old conditions of supervised release and the new rules. After 20 years’ jail for three different instances of offences against young children, this man had been securely housed upon release under the old system, and kept under constant supervision for the past 10 years. In an unintended Catch-22, since he had not reoffended in that time, he became eligible for release under the new rules, but only under the limited supervision order conditions. This was despite still being clinically assessed as at high risk of reoffending. He will cease to be under 24-hour supervision come April 2017.

Again, this is not fair on us, and not fair on him. Read more »

False equivalency used to defend oppressive swimwear


Juxtaposed photos go viral after police seen ordering woman to remove burqini on French beach WITW STAFF08.24.16 (Twitter)

False equivalency is once again being used by idiots on Twitter who must all be sharing their one remaining brain cell.  When we look at these two photos what do we see?

  1. A  man in authority enforcing the law.
  2. A woman  in a bathing suit having the law enforced on her.

In these two ways, both photos are equivalent but it is the law that is being enforced that is the key difference here and one that the idiots on Twitter are deliberately failing to recognise.

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Media Party still want Key to take a hit over the radio station rape stunt


Key has washed his hands of the “joke” saying it was down to the radio station, not him.

He was not aware they were going to do it, nor was he aware of the connotations and he had “just walked in to it”, he said.

Neither would he apologise.

The media keep wanting him to apologise for something he got trapped into doing.   Clearly, it was in bad taste, and it might mean the PM tells the station that there better not be a repeat if they enjoy his face time.  But the constant need to pin this on the Prime Minister is juvenile.  Read more »

Labour don’t like parliament’s time being wasted with ridiculous bills


Labour’s Kelvin Davis has a bill in the private members ballot tin.  It’s the non-fatal strangulation amendment.  This is clearly needed, because Assault, or Assault with intent to injure simply don’t cut it.


You’ll love the complexity of the Bill.   It runs on for pages and pages, and it clearly is important enough for Parliament to  spend $400,000 of time and resources debating it.  This is clearly not a “waste”. Read more »

Cash for access, Pay for policy, call it what you want


Hillary Clinton has never been great at understanding that, in politics, perception almost always equals reality. Witness this story that just broke from the Associated Press:

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

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Andrew Little made a start, now let’s hope he can play himself in

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No appearance in parliament, no Tweets, one Facebook post and no press releases.  It’s the only way to make sure Andrew Little clocks up another day.  If he gets through today as well, with the weekend wind in his sails, he can theoretically start a fresh week on five! Read more »

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