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Stuff the business backlash, the Commerce Commission is a joke

Richard Harman from Politik reports that big business is feeling a bit hurty over proposed changes to the Commerce Commission by Paul Goldsmith.

Though Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith is playing it down, a Government review of competition law that he announced yesterday has the potential to make radical changes that could affect some of New Zealand’s largest companies.

Mr Goldsmith describes the review as a “health check” on the current law.

But accompanying documentation from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says the current law, administered by the Commerce Commission.

The Ministry argues that it has not been working satisfactorily because it is:

  • failing to punish anti-competitive conduct by powerful firms and
  • too complex to allow for cost-effective and timely application,

Commenting on the announcement, the law firm Chapman Tripp, says the prospect of amendments to the Commerce Act will have implications for the commercial and compliance strategies of New Zealand’s most strategically important companies.

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Should the left boycott America, China, Bangladesh and Morocco?


On this blog we have written about young children being trained from birth to hate and posed with knives in photos on social media with slogans inciting others to stab Jews and Israelis. Literally every day there is another report on my Facebook page about a stabbing in Israel.

Above: Store mannequins in Gaza

Above: Store mannequins in Gaza

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Key delivers One-Two punch to the left: EU Free Trade Talks have started


Before the TPP Luddites can get off the canvas, the Government announces more Free Trade negotiations, this time with the European Union.

The agreement to launch talks was announced in Brussels on Thursday after Prime Minister John Key met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk. Read more »

The party is over as Germany toughens immigration rules

The Germans have had enough. Angela Merkel has ruled for a long time and she was previously thought to be impregnable but the flood of illegal immigrants, who are displacing in some instances whole villages, as well as poor Germans in social housing has led to a backlash.

Germany is set to toughen up its asylum rules, a week ahead of schedule, as it faces an unprecedented number of migrants arriving from Syria and elsewhere.

The new bill, adopted by parliament at exceptional speed, had been expected to take effect on November 1.

But it was published in the country’s legal gazette on Friday, which means it will become operational on Saturday.

Peter Altmaier, the minister coordinating the government’s asylum policy, told ARD television the move was “a signal” to would-be asylum seekers.

Germany has become Europe’s top destination for refugees, most of whom travel through Turkey and the Balkans.

It is expecting to receive up to a million migrants this year, after about 200,000 in 2014.   Read more »

Just send the ungrateful pricks home

The fake-ugees and gimme-grants are getting testy as winter approaches.

Breitbart reports:

A huge blaze swept through a migrant camp in Slovenia today after angry migrants set fire to their tents in protest at their treatment. Women and children were evacuated from the camp in Brezice, on the border with Croatia, as firefighters battled the fire.

The migrants were reportedly angry at delays in registering them and moving them on to the Austrian border in less than 24-hours, witnesses said.   Read more »

Sweden’s welfare system is heading to breaking point

Sweden has a looming problem…their much vaunted welfare system is at breaking point and it is their welcoming of unfettered immigration, particularly Muslim immigration that is breaking it.

From about 5,000 immigrants a year in the 1990s and 2000s to 10,000 last week. Something is going to give.

Sweden is far from successful when it comes to integrating immigrants on its labour market. The Swedish model, characterized by high taxes, rigid labour laws and generous public benefit systems, is quite bad at creating jobs and quite good at trapping immigrants in long-term welfare dependency.

Currently however, something else has been going on in Sweden. The country has – as far as I can judge as the first nation ever– begun to combine nearly free immigration with a welfare state system. The effects are, let’s say, interesting.

The shift towards free immigration begun when the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats in 2010 gained enough votes to enter the parliament. Sweden’s then center-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt reacted by signing a deal with the opposition environmental party, opening up the borders. Reinfeld has later explained that his ambition was to isolate the Sweden Democrats from power, and therefore chose to enact a policy in the opposite direction.

Some intellectuals warned that free immigration might not be the best idea. There is support for this notion, since integration is far from successful in Sweden. The median refugee granted asylum in Sweden during 2004 merely earned £880 a month ten years later. Amongst family immigrants of refugees the level was as low as £360. This of course points to many living of various forms of public support. At the same time, the costs for various social programs, health care etc. are high for all residents in the Swedish welfare state.

Another relevant issue is the welfare magnet effect. This theory explains that countries with large welfare systems and correspondingly high taxes are likely to attract many low-skilled immigrants, since these individuals rationally value welfare services more. The same countries might not be good in attracting skilled migrants. The reason is that skilled immigrants rationally expect to have high incomes, thus shunning from high taxes. Since Sweden has amongst the lowest shares of simple jobs amongst the European Union, it doesn’t really have the right conditions to integrate large numbers of immigrants who come with limited skill and knowledge.

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What precisely is Labour’s actual position in free trade these days?

Labour can’t seem to make up their mind on free trade these days.

They vehemently opposed the TPPA, then after the deal was done said it wasn’t good enough, but that they would probably support it, while Andrew Little said if he was in government he would ignore the bits he didn’t like.

Phil Goff has come out yesterday with clear support.

Senior Labour MP Phil Goff says it is unlikely the party would have to breach parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) free trade deal if it came to power, with “more than one way to skin the cat” regarding its concerns.

Goff, a former Labour leader and the trade minister who signed a free trade agreement with China in 2008, told TV3’s Paul Henry he had encouraged his party colleagues to consider the costs of opting out of the deal, which was “not the monster” that opponents were afraid of.   Read more »

So Winston does believe in free trade after all

Winston Peters opposed the China FTA and he opposes the TPPA…but he does support a FTA with Putin’s Russia:

Winston Peters wants talks for a free trade agreement with Russia urgently kick-started, warning that we need to be on both sides of any new cold war that starts in Syria and not just cuddling  up to “Uncle Sam”.

Surely this is tongue in cheek. But no. The former Foreign Minister seriously suggests New Zealand should replace European food in Russian markets, following a Russian ban on imports from the European Union.

The EU’s sanctions date back to March last year and Russian president Vladimir Putin’s adventure in Crimea and Ukraine. Russia responded by refusing to buy EU imports. That’s one reason for global dairy market over-supply and the collapse in dairy prices.     Read more »

And so the great European experiment comes to an end

The dream of one territory without borders worked just fine while everyone was more or less on the same page.  

But now, with an external threat to Europe, they are having to put the border controls back again.  

The utopian ideal of a common market, common currency, common law all comes tumbling down at the first sign of external threat.

Croatia has closed seven of the country’s eight border crossings with Serbia “until further notice” following a massive influx of migrants and refugees, the interior ministry said.

“Traffic is banned on the border crossings of Tovarnik, Ilok, Ilok 2, Principovac, Principovac 2, Batina and Erdut,” the ministry said on Thursday (local time).

More than 11,000 migrants have entered Croatia from Serbia since early on Wednesday, the ministry added.

The migrants began heading for Croatia after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia earlier this week, cutting off a key route into the EU used this year by more than 200,000 migrants, many of them fleeing violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Croatia had said it would let people pass through freely on their way to other European Union countries, but Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic warned his country’s resources for dealing with the influx were “limited”.

Piling on the pressure, Slovenia announced late on Thursday that it had stopped a train from Croatia carrying migrants, saying some 150 passengers would be returned to Zagreb because they did not have the necessary documents for onward travel.

Slovenia later suspended all train traffic between Slovenia and Croatia until Friday morning, Slovenian news agency STA reported.

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You’re a terrrorist but you have no Syrian papers? No problem


Oh look, proper journalists are finding out facts, not cuddling babies and writing cry-baby pieces in a newspaper.

ISIS fighters and economic migrants are able to buy Syrian identity documents that allow them to hide among refugees travelling to Europe with frightening ease, an investigation by MailOnline can reveal.

Our reporter was able to buy a Syrian passport, identity card and driving licence from a fraudster in a Turkish border town this week.

The genuine documents were stolen from Syria when they were blank. The forger added our reporter’s picture and gave him the identity of a Syrian man from Aleppo killed last year.

The documents, on sale for around $2,000, would help an asylum claim in Europe.

The forger who sold us the papers, said that they are being used by ISIS fanatics to travel undetected across borders into Europe hidden among tens of thousands of genuine refugees fleeing the terror and destruction.

Once in Europe they can set up sleeper cells or live freely under a new identity without facing the consequences of their brutal past actions.

As the forger chillingly put it: ‘ISIS fighters are among the people going to Europe in this way. They are going to wait for the right time to become a fighter for ISIS again.’

The revelation comes as Lebanon warned two in every 100 Syrian migrants smuggled into Europe are ISIS-trained fanatics, with most travelling overland through Turkey to Greece.

The extremist group is sending trained jihadists ‘under cover’ to attack targets in the west, Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bousaab told British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the country on Monday.

‘ISIS will not stop at the border with Lebanon, before you know it ISIS will be in Europe,’ Mr Bousaab claimed.

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