Peter Dunne

Is National’s Harmful Digital Communications Bill its own Electoral Finance Act?

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National is a party that supposedly believes in Individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.

They played heavily on this in defeating Helen Clark’s more authoritarian and nanny state style of government.

Clark ridiculously focused on controlling what light bulbs we should use, changing shower heads in houses to conserve water, which rather abundantly falls from the sky, and their worst law which National shamelessly barely altered upon gaining the treasury benches, the Electoral Finance Act.

The Electoral Finance Act bizarrely had its genesis in Nicky Hager’s book the Hollowmen, which ‘exposed’ dealings National had with the Exclusive Brethren. Labour put up a law that sought to restrict donations to political parties, except their own donations of course.

Somehow it was wrong for New Zealand citizens to donate to political parties, but perfectly OK for large amounts of cash to slosh into Labour coffers from a narcissistic ex-pat Kiwi who made his fortune in managing logistics for tobacco companies.

It was an astonishing attack on freedom of speech, freedom of association and the very things that National stood for, individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.

National made hay while the sun shone and the Electoral Finance Act became a catalyst for large protests that erupted around the country.

Bernard Darnton, David and I formed the Free Speech Coalition to oppose this law and raised money to put large billboards around that attacked those parties supporting the bill. It worked, and even spooked Peter Dunne from previously supporting the bill to opposing it at the final reading. David Farrar and I were having lunch in Auckland when we received an angry phone call from Rob Eaddy in Peter Dunne’s office abusing us for putting Dunne on one of our billboards. He was politely told to GFY.   a634bc2dd4ea7dcedc21 Read more »

Precious Parker and his Staring at Goats strategy

Labour party researchers looking for another cause

Labour party researchers looking for another “scandal” to investigate

David Parker isn’t happy that parliament is thinking of relaxing rules around satire. He wants the ban to remain.

Parliament’s top official has urged MPs to “grow up” and allow the official television feed to be used to mock them.

Mary Harris, Clerk of the House, told the Privileges Committee a ban on using footage of Parliament for satire may need to be relaxed “in this day and age”.

The powerful committee is considering reviewing the rules which apply to Parliament about footage in the age of social media.

Currently footage of proceedings is made available free of charge, but cannot be used in any medium for “satire, ridicule [or] denigration” or for commercial or political advertising.

Harris, whose seven-year term as Clerk ends on July 3, said the rules around satire were developed at a time when television was among the only ways of viewing Parliament, but with the proliferation of media the concerns had changed.

The rules have “been lifted in Australia [and] we borrowed our rules from Australia, and we maybe need to grow up,” Harris told the committee on Wednesday.

“I don’t think there’s a need to shelter Members [of Parliament] any longer.”

“It’s difficult to police. Once or twice Speakers have brought people in and given them a bit of a lecture about it but I think it’s a bit like slapping people with a wet bus ticket.”

Labour MP David Parker said MPs may need protection from people who deliberately edited footage in an attempt to mislead viewers.

“There’s plenty of people out there who want to misrepresent us and I wouldn’t want to enable that under the claim that ‘oh, I was just being satirical’.”

This of course, is the same David Parker who defamed me and my friends under the protection of parliamentary privilege. Now he wants people to continue to be banned from mocking goat shaggers like him.  Read more »

Herald Editorial lashes Peter Dunne

Ok, sure it is the Herald, but their points are valid as they call out Peter Dunne over his medical marijuana stance.

Understandably enough, the Renton family have been doing all they can to get the best possible treatment for their teenage son, Alex, who is in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital.

After more than 20 standard medications failed to cure his ongoing seizures, they set their sights on a cannabis-derived medication, Elixinol. Protests staged by the family and their supporters to try to get the Government to approve its use gained widespread media coverage. Finally, this week, they got their wish.   Read more »

Dunne caves under public pressure, and a good thing too

Peter Dunne has caved under public pressure to relent and allow the comatose teen to be administered medicinal marijuana.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has approved a one-off use of marijuana extract for a Wellington teenager in an induced coma.

The family of Alex Renton want his doctor to be able to administer cannabinoid (CBS) oil because regular treatment hasn’t worked, but they needed the Government’s permission.

Mr Renton has been hospitalised since early April with a condition that causes him to suffer repeat seizures.

Over 40 treatments have failed to help him and his mother says the family should be allowed to try an alternative option.

This afternoon Mr Dunne announced he was approving the treatment for the teen on “compassionate grounds”.

“Despite the absence of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of CBD in patients with Mr Renton’s condition status epilepticus, my decision relies on the dire circumstances and extreme severity of Mr Renton’s individual case,” he said.

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Why won’t John Key at least try to save this boy’s life?

People who use the cannabis oil are recommended to take one gram per day during the first two months of treatment, said Constance Finley on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo by Godofredo Vasquez

Photo by Godofredo Vasquez

Regular readers will know that I strongly support the idea of medical marijuana being used in therapeutic and pain management cases.

That poor kid in Nelson who’s been in a coma for two months?  All the “real” meds haven’t worked.  His mum now wants to try medical marijuana to bring her kid out of a coma.

Peter Dunne is in her way.  Enough said about that.  But now John Key has slammed the door on this mother’s hopes.

Prime Minister John Key says he would not support a parliamentary debate on broadening access to medicinal marijuana because there are alternatives available.

His comments come after Capital & Coast District Health Board applied to the Ministry of Health on Friday for approval to use a marijuana extract to treat a Nelson teenager who is in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital. … Read more »

John Key said what?

Hard to believe I know, but the supposed bastion of conservatism in New Zealand and the greatest ever Prime Minister has announced he is “joined at the hip” with none other than Len Brown.

“Key also repeated his claim that the Auckland housing market was not in crisis, and said he and mayor Len Brown were “joined at the hip” in working to tackle supply issues.”

On top of that he is backing down on changes to the Resource Management Act.

The Prime Minister has signalled key parts of the RMA reform which would address housing shortages will not go ahead, but repeated his claim there is no crisis in Auckland.

John Key made the admission while delivering his post-Budget speech, which was marred by a violent protest outside the Auckland venue earlier in the afternoon.

The Government has been leaning on its support partners to to give greater weight to economic development, including housing, in sections six and seven of the Resource Management Act.

But Key conceded it was now “very unlikely” that would happen.   Read more »

Mr Legal High’s company goes into liquidation – where’s all the money?

Matt Bowden has put his company, Stargate Operations, into liquidation and has been locked out of his lab where he made synthetic cannabis.

Mr Bowden made millions as the godfather of party pills and legal highs in New Zealand. But ever since the Government banned them, his business has struggled.

“I cannot afford to pay my bills; I cannot afford to pay my technical staff; I cannot afford to pay the team members working with me. I have had to put the company into liquidation, which is really horrible because there [are] people I would like to pay money to. I just can’t do that.”

As the godfather of party pills and legal highs, the 43-year-old made a lot of money. He was flashy and flamboyant, never more so than when performing as his rock alter-ego, Starboy. Read more »

Dunne shameless in the face of hard facts

The minister behind the disappearance of synthetic cannabis from Kiwi shop shelves says he’s not surprised by new research showing the ban halved the number of users seeking medical treatment.

But Peter Dunne, who drove 2013’s Psychoactive Substances Act through Parliament, is concerned the study’s findings may be clouded by smokers lying about their cannabis use, claiming to be under the influence of synthetic products that were then legal, like Kronic.

The Psychoactive Substances Act dramatically reduced the number of ‘legal highs’ on shop shelves by requiring manufacturers to prove their product was safe to use before they could sell it. It also cut the number of outlets able to sell the products, from thousands to about 100.

In 2014, a Bill passed under urgency banned the remaining products the 2013 Act failed to catch.

But despite its limitations, the 2013 Act had a huge impact on mental health – at least in Dunedin, where the study was carried out. Read more »

Organ donor veto review is underway

The government is conducting a review into the law surrounding organ donations and looking at removing the veto of the donor’s family.

This is a sensible review being conducted by Peter Dunne.

The Government is looking at whether families should continue to have the right to overrule the wishes of organ donors.

Currently whilst people can indicate on their drivers licence that they want to be an organ donor, families can overrule the decision.

Organ donor campaigners say the veto is one reason that New Zealand has one of the lowest organ donor rates in the world, although they say it’s very hard to tell just how many deceased organ donations are overruled. There were just 46 deceased organ donations last year.

The Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says he and the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have launched a review to see if there are ways to lift New Zealand’s poor rate of organ donation.

He says one of the things that will be looked at is the veto rule and whether it is appropriate. He says there are strong arguments for and against it.

He says there is also an argument about the weight that should be placed on the veto, and working out whether it’s the donors wish to donate or the families wish which is paramount in the end.

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Peter Dunne is a blithering idiot

Peter Dunne is suddenly going to hold a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors due to two idiots self-terminating through stupidity shooting themselves in accidents.

Two fatal incidents at the weekend have sparked a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors.

Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne has begun the process of initiating the review, which will seek to establish what the problems are, where responsibility might lie, and what could be done to reduce the risks of death and injury due to improper gun use.

A 21-year-old hunter died on Sunday after his gun went off while he was climbing over a fence near Ohakune, shooting him in the chest.

James Ross Bucko Johnston, a 15-year-old from Whakatane, died while duck shooting in the eastern Bay of Plenty on Sunday morning.

Dunne urged the hunting community to keep gun safety at the forefront of their minds, as the country had again been reminded that without following best practice and taking the utmost care, firearms could kill.

“Unfortunately there seems to be an increasing frequency of firearm incidents causing injury or death,” Dunne said.

“The worst aspect is that these incidents are largely preventable.”

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