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Taking on Tasmania’s Green Taliban

The Palmer United Party is coming good, in Tasmania at least.

They are calling to account the actions of the Green taliban and fronting them in a very aggressive manner.

The Palmer United Party has fiercely attacked Tasmania’s Greens, saying they should be subject to a Senate inquiry over the state’s high unemployment rate.

PUP’s federal senator-elect for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie, is laying the blame for the unemployment squarely on the Greens and says she will seek to instigate the inquiry after she enters Parliament in July.

Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim. Photo: Peter Mathew

“I simply believe that the Greens have destroyed all hope in Tasmania,” Ms Lambie said.

Labour and Greens want Stalinist price controls on power

Labour and the Greens are committing economic sabotage in proposing Stalinist style state control of power prices.

It would be a disaster for private investors.. all those people with their savings in Contact and Trustpower shares (including Kiwisavers) would have their investment destroyed by their proposal.

Labour is promising to cut the average Kiwi power bill by up to $330 a year if elected to government.

It plans to do so by setting up a single buyer, NZ Power, to purchase all electricity generation at a fair price.

At a joint press conference Green co-leader Russel Norman outlined a similar policy, although the Greens would introduce an element of progressive pricing.  Read more »

Gender quota wars last night inside the Greens

Read this email exchange from the Green taliban last night as they discuss gender balance for their list. Metiria Turei gets in on the act.

—–Original Message—–
From: Nancy Higgins [[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 01:59 PM New Zealand Standard Time
To: Green Women; Rainbow Greens; [email protected]nz
Subject: [GW] gender remit

Hi all,

The Maunga Rua Branch’s remit from last year’s AGM has been carried over to this year. I am the contact person for this remit. The remit now reads.

“Remit One to Alternate Male/Female Ranking on the List

Proposer: Maunga Rua Branch

The Party List at each election shall comprise all odd ranked places filled by one gender, and even numbered places filled by the other gender.

The gender filling odd numbered places at any one election shall fill even numbered places at the following election.  The gender filling odd numbered places at the first election after this remit is adopted shall be determined by a coin toss.”   Read more »

Greens are anti-jobs – Gillard

As regular readers will already know I am not a fan of the anti-jobs, anti-people, anti-progress Green taliban. They are luddites. Unfortunately they manage to hoodwink plenty of people into their clutches.

In Australia, Julia Gillard has attacked them:

A FIERY Julia Gillard blasted the Greens as being anti-jobs as Tony Abbott revealed the Coalition was drawing up contingency plans if Labor made Kevin Rudd, Bill Shorten or Greg Combet leader.

The Prime Minister said it was the Greens who had walked away from their agreement because their policies would hurt jobs.

“At the end of the day, the Greens party is fundamentally a party of protest rather than a party of government … a party that would prefer to complain about things than get solutions,” she said.  Read more »

Beating the Green Taliban at their own game

Whoever is running the Federated Farmers twitter account has clearly been taking lessons from bloggers about smacking up your enemy.

And make no mistake the green taliban are the enemy of all progress.

Anyway, Federated Farmers have been sledging out Greenpeace about their fanciful claims over “green technology”

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Immigrants Having A Lend On Greens Home For Life

Cactus Kate has performed a quick google and found that TVNZ pin-up Sharissa Naidoo, 25 years old and supporter of the Greens Debt To Taxpayer Home For Life, has lived in New Zealand for just seven years. Most of those as a bludging student.

Naidoo completed a worthless return on investment, Masters degree and is working as a youth intern at Amnesty International.

If Sharissa is finding New Zealand a little too tough, perhaps she should pop back to South Africa after receiving her education at one of the best Universities in the world and see what affordable housing looks like. A bit mean? I think not.

That is right, Sharissa seems to have only recently even arrived in New Zealand. Six years as at 2012. That would be a couple of years tops in New Zealand’s state education system and then the benefit of New Zealand’s University system.
So after seven years and zero of those as a net taxpayer, she expects assistance to buy a house?
She even has published a paper on how unfair the interest free student loan scheme is. Debt as the price of freedom?

Student loans are interest free while studying last time I checked.
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Sledge of the Day

Cactus Kate gives Jessica Mutch a good sledge in response to this tweet:

And Cactus replies:  Read more »

Green Taliban support selling of state houses…and rent control

The Green Taliban have come out with a housing policy that is surprisingly right wing in some areas. They support a rent to buy scam where tenants can buy their state house. In theory this is very right wing, but in practice almost always turns out to be a bum deal for the tenants.

In the second major part of their policy they revert to type revealing they are still statists intent on controlling every aspect of people’s life.

And like most Opposition policies, the Green Taliban’sloopy idea for rent control sounds good until you scratch the surface.

“This policy, meant to assist poorer residents, harms far more citizens than it helps”

They’ve ripped this policy off from the Green Taliban in the UK which announced it last year.

To be fair, rent control has had mixed results in Europe, and for places like Germany it has meant fewer Germans feel the need to buy their own home.

“Therefore, only 43% of German people own their house (the lowest in Europe)”

This paper (a bit dated now, but with luminary Milton Friedman as a contributor) makes some really interesting points both in terms of the housing crisis campaign, and the impacts of rent control:

From the point of view of the politically orientated policy maker, rent control has everything to offer. It silences (at least for a time) the noisy activists, it shows that the government is doing something about the housing crisis, and often as not it wins the political support of a large fraction of the voting public (over half of the households inmost urban areas are tenants). Moreover, rent control does not involve the use of government resources and hence doesn’t “cost” the government anything.

Tenant activists generally do not start out from the premise that “we must first ascertain the facts.” Quite the contrary. The objective of the tenant activist is to create a sense of crisis—to make policy makers and other tenants believe that the situation is truly desperate. A book entitled Less Rent More Control, which is “about rent control… and how tenants can organize to win and enforce it,” advises:

“Even if you can’t get good statistics, it’s often helpful to publicize specific cases of families paying a large portion of their incomes for rent.”  “Stories about specific families who are suffering from the housing crisis can be very useful in bringing statistics to life and in getting publicity for the rent control campaign.”

And we are seeing this for sure in the media here..with Campbell Live and the Herald campaigning for and on behalf of the Labour and Green parties.

The media for its part, always happy to advance the cause of the underdog—an admirable objective taken by itself—willingly cooperates in making notorious the plight of the underprivileged.

But does rent control help with a housing crisis…ermmmm…no it doesn’t:

Rent control worsens housing “shortage”.  Rent control makes rental housing relatively cheaper than it would otherwise have been. Accordingly, it increases the demand for housing. At the same time it reduces the profitability of investment in rental housing and hence reduces the supply.

With forcibly lower rents landlords have little interest in maintenance:

Rent control causes deterioration of the housing stock.  Faced with a rate of return on investment that is too small, many landlords recoup their losses on a current basis by allowing the physical stock of houses to depreciate at a faster rate. That is, regular maintenance and repair is neglected.

It’s just another tax:

Rent control redistributes income in haphazard fashion. Rent control is a form of tax that is levied on landlords, the proceeds of which are given to tenants. The amount of tax and subsidy varies according to the difference between the market rent and the controlled rent.

In large cities the effects of rent control could see large drops in the value of the rating system, as property values slump. Rates are aligned with values.

Rent control shifts the incidence of property taxation.  Rent control reduces the value of rental property.

Basically, in short simple words…Rent Control doesn’t work, ensures sums develop, and destroys value….yeah, no wonder the Green Taliban are keen on this.

Gareth Hughes killing penguins and polar bears with Bonfires

Dolphin, Gareth Hughes, bonfires

Dead dolphin, helped to an early grave by Gareth Hughes and his bonfires

So after burning up the carbon miles travelling around the country (care of the taxpayer) to turn up at any Greenie cause he could find to support, Gareth Hughes has had a good old fashioned burn off at his place over summer. Isn’t composting supposed to be the ‘Green’ thing to do?  Perhaps if it’s only other people.

How are you unwinding over summer?

My plan is to have a whole bunch of bonfires. I bought a house last year and I’ve got a huge amount of gardening to catch up with so I’ve got a fire permit and as the nights have got a bit longer I’ve started having fires so I plan to do some gardening, clear some wood. There’s heaps of fallen trees we’ve cleared away and straggly stuff.”  Read more »