Oxford University

British MP George Galloway storms out of Oxford University debate

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West, who is a longstanding supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas, had spoken in favor of the motion “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank” when Eylon Aslan-Levy stood up to speak against the motion.

Two minutes into his speech, Galloway interrupted the third-year Politics, Philosophy and Economics student and asked if he was Israeli.   Read more »

The first nail in the coffin of the EFA

The first nail in the coffin of the Electoral Finance Act was driven in today by Simon Power.

Government disbands EFA Expert Panel

Justice Minister Simon Power today announced that the Government has disestablished the Expert Panel on Electoral Administration which was established by the Labour Government two months ago.

The panel was to have reviewed the administration of the electoral system under the Electoral Finance Act and whether or not political parties should be state funded.

Its terms of reference included convening a Citizens’ Forum of 70 people to consider the findings of the panel. The cost of the Expert Panel and the forums had been budgeted at $4.57 million.

The three members appointed to the panel were Associate Professor Andrew Geddis (Chair) of Otago University, Dr Jean Drage of Canterbury University/Victoria University, and Professor Stephen Levine of Victoria University.

Mr Power says he has written to the panellists advising them of the decision to disestablish the committee and thanking them for their willingness to contribute their “considerable expertise”.

“The Electoral Finance Act 2007 was passed without a broad base of support across parties represented in Parliament. Similarly, the Expert Panel was established without wider political consultation. National opposed both of these measures.

“So we are disbanding the panel and will start this whole process afresh.

“The next phase in the Government’s plan is to repeal the EFA as an interim measure, as promised during the election campaign.

“We want to return to the spirit of bipartisanship on this issue which till recently had shaped electoral reform in New Zealand.

“The Government has been sufficiently encouraged by statements made by the Leader of the Opposition since the election which suggest there is now a willingness to participate in a constructive approach toward the reform of electoral administration.

“Following the repeal of the EFA, we will start work on a new law that will seek as broad a range of parliamentary and public support as possible, to provide an enduring framework for the administration of elections.”

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Nice, and note how National refers to the repeal of the Act, completely ignoring Phil Goff’s rather lame attempt to admit failure by calling for the EFA to be amended.

Best student protest award

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Victoria University students give Christine Turner the “eye” when told of fee rises of hundreds of dollars for next year.

Students are furious that Victoria University voted yesterday to seek an exemption from the Tertiary Education Commission to lift fees by up to 10 per cent for most humanities and education courses.

Best they seek out Jordan and his apologists to ask why after voting enmasse for Liar-bour they cop this lot.

I say good job, serves you right you sooky academic socialists.