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Another one of Labour’s natural constituents heads home

Photo / News Corp via NZ Herald

It’s hard to forget Kelvin Davis and Andrew Little’s ridiculous investment in going to Australia to advocate for these New Zealanders.  When it comes to fewer prison, fewer prison sentences and more crims in the community, Labour are your choice.

A Kiwi bikie gang boss, notorious in Australia, who has been deported to New Zealand, is the latest high profile criminal to be kicked out of the country.

Rebels gang boss Aaron “AJ” Graham landed in Auckland this afternoon, and appeared to have left the airport through a side door.

He joins Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin’s father Shane as one of the many bikie bosses kicked out of Australia.

Graham was deported to his native New Zealand today – despite last month winning a High Court appeal against his second visa cancellation.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled Graham’s visa for a third time within hours of the September 6 High Court decision that his earlier visa cancellation decision was invalid.

Graham is the latest bikie gang member to be kicked out of Australia by Dutton.

He did so under his wide-ranging powers to cancel the visas of foreign-born criminals on character grounds, which include if they have a substantial criminal record or they are suspected of being a member of a group involved in criminal conduct.

The Herald Sun has been told law enforcement and other agencies have provided Dutton with ample evidence – including telephone tap material – that bikie gangs are heavily involved in violence and other crimes ranging from drug dealing to murder.

Graham, 50, the founding member of the Rebels bikie gang’s Tasmanian chapter, was escorted on to an Air New Zealand flight in Sydney today and flown to Auckland.

I’m sure Graham will want Winston to partner up with Labour and the Greens.    Or he can go see Labour’s Deputy Leader – also known as Labour’s top crim hugger.

How do you meet a target to fix a problem that doesn’t exist?

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue, when interviewed on The Nation, said that she thinks that “we can and we should” fix the [mythical] gender pay gap within 10 years rather than the earlier prediction of thirty years.

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Radio NZ wins stupid Winston headline of the day award

The children and I really do mean children, at Radio NZ win the stupid Winston headline of the day award for this tragic effort:

They get paid for this shit?   Read more »

Lawyer finds big problems in Marine and Coastal Area Act

Hobson’s Pledge reveals big problems with The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011:

The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 has a number of problems, according to a legal opinion obtained by Hobson’s Pledge on correspondence relating to the Act and the huge number of last-minute claims by Maori groups earlier this year. Wellington law firm Franks Ogilvie wrote:

  1. The MACA Act provides a unique regime for claimants that is specifically available only to Maori, unlike the predecessor Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004.  Read more »

Amateur Hour: Media report on secret meetings. Can’t be secret then, can they?

I know the media have got nothing to go on, but please, have some respect for your audience.

NZ First leader Winston Peters is holding secret one on one meetings with National leader Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern [last] tonight, straight after the NZ First board meeting packed up with no decision made.

The Herald saw Peters meet with English almost immediately after the NZ First board left.

English was on his own without staff or any of his negotiating team. Peters was also believed to be alone – his chief of staff was not in the room.

That’s a lot of information about a meeting you don’t know about.   What they mean is that they don’t know what takes place in the meeting.  Well, that’s not new.  Many meetings happen where the media aren’t allowed to know what happened.

So not secret at all.   Just petulant journos getting sick of being shown up for being irrelevant bottom feeders. Read more »

Bill just sounds sneaky and furtive as he throws his MP under the bus

Fairfax has released the audio of the Police interview Simon William English gave to Police as they continue to murk up the Todd Barclay issue:

Audio of the police interview with Bill English that sank Todd Barclay’s career has been released.

The April 2016 police statement eventually led to Barclay stepping down from Parliament under police investigation.

Under media pressure English himself released an unredacted transcript of the statement in June, when Newsroom revealed that he had been a witness in the initial police investigation, but the audio has never surfaced.

Stuff obtained the file under the Official Information Act. Some minor redactions remain.

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Whaleoil Sexual Harassment survey

Before we get started

  • Sexual harassment is not ok
  • Sexual assault is much more serious by an order of magnitude
  • This survey is (mostly) NOT about sexual assault

The bar to what constitutes sexual harassment is fairly low.  This, from our legislation

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person (in the course of that person’s involvement in any of the areas to which this subsection is applied by subsection (3)) by the use of language (whether written or spoken) of a sexual nature, or of visual material of a sexual nature, or by physical behaviour of a sexual nature, to subject any other person to behaviour that—

(a) is unwelcome or offensive to that person (whether or not that is conveyed to the first-mentioned person); and

(b) is either repeated, or of such a significant nature, that it has a detrimental effect on that person in respect of any of the areas to which this subsection is applied by subsection (3).

That casts a very wide net.  Any language of a sexual nature that is unwelcome or offensive to the person whether that is conveyed to the offender or not.

In some cases, it’s a bit like “What is Art?”.  And the answer is “I know it when I see it”, but you can’t actually define what art is in terms of language that is clear and precise.

The same goes for sexual harassment.   It either has to be something obvious so that the average human being would “know it when s/he hears it”, or it has to be a sustained problem over time with statements that by themselves could be ignored when the benefit of doubt is applied. Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)

Face of the Day

That’s all I got.

A political blog after three weeks of no politics is getting just as desperate for relevance as our ‘real’ colleagues in the main media.

ZITs and Kittens.  Needs must.