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Plastic bags: Have your say

 

Stuff reports that over 9000 people have made submissions on the plastic bag ban. Submissions close on Friday. quote:

Associate Environment minister Eugenie Sage said the number was a “strong response” for a Government consultation.

“The high number of submissions we received underlines that this is an issue close to the hearts of many New Zealanders.” end quote.

Yes, but if you read the comments on Whaleoil, Eugenie, you may find that not all the submissions will go your way. quote:

Regulations could be in force as early as July 2019.

Officials would work through the submissions to prepare a summary of submissions and a cost-benefit analysis. They would then provide the initial advice to the Cabinet.

From there, regulations would be drafted and final Cabinet decisions made – most likely by the end of the year. end quote.

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Women cannot have it both ways

Here we go. Now that the fairy dust is wearing off Jacinda, the opposition is getting into its stride attacking the government, and the flailing prime minister in particular – guess what? There are calls of sexism against Simon Bridges about his treatment of Jacinda. quote:

National Party leader Simon Bridges has talked about sexism in politics as the nation celebrates 125 years since giving women the vote.

Bridges has this week accused Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of being “distracted” after she made a mistake about GDP figures in an interview on Tuesday.

He’s also attacked her for being weak in her dealings with coalition partners NZ First and handling of scandals enveloping Clare Curran and Meka Whaitiri. end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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The PM’s gaffe: Why it matters

While she writes fluff pieces about 125 years of women’s suffrage and does interviews and photo shoots around the subject, Jacinda Ardern needs to take the time to develop even a small understanding of the economy, what reports are produced and when, and above all, what GDP is.

This is because what happened on Tuesday when she was talking to Mike Hosking was, to say the least, deeply embarrassing. She clearly had no idea what he was meaning when he asked about the GDP figures, and the conversation went on without her having even a small clue about what they were talking about.

The reason it matters is demonstrated admirably by the fact that the dollar rose almost a cent against the US dollar, on the back of a ‘hint’ from the prime minster that the June GDP figures were going to be good news.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Who doesn’t want to be obeyed?

We all know that a lot of people get offended easily these days (very easily in some cases) but this article in a newspaper will really make you wonder. quote:

When it comes to break-ups, people often talk of there being a particular moment that made them realise their relationship was over.

For one woman, this moment came when she found a text on her husband’s phone — that revealed the cruel nickname he’d given her. end quote.

Resting bitch face? Fat Slag? The Old Bag? quote:

Speaking to Mamamia anonymously, she said she “didn’t see it coming, but should have”, and wrote: “From the moment our son was born, nothing changed for my husband. end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Cabinet is now a creche

The puff pieces from overseas media outlets continue. While the local media are now aware of the considerable shortcomings of our current prime minister, the foreign media still treats Jacinda like the woman who is going to save the world single-handedly. Honestly, it is becoming quite sickening, particularly when you know the truth about our amazing ‘first family’.

This comes from The Daily Mail UK quote:

As New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern approaches the end of her first year, her husband has spoken candidly about looking after their three-month-old baby. end quote.

Husband? I don’t think so. quote:

He told the women’s magazine that he and Neve can never be too far away from the PM, who is the country’s youngest prime minister in 150 years, because she is still breastfeeding.

This even meant being an additional member at her recent caucus meeting in front of all of her Labour MPs and handing Neve over to his wife for her to breastfeed. end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Kiwisaver: Bringing kindness back?

Stuff reports: quote:

A 39-year-old man with Down syndrome who wants access to his KiwiSaver funds early has taken his fight to Parliament.

Tim Fairhall spoke to MPs in Parliament on Wednesday – appealing to have access to his KiwiSaver funds before the age of 65 so he could travel overseas to see his brother and best friend while he was still in good health.

Having Down syndrome means Fairhall is ageing faster than most people.

In a TVNZ video, Fairhall said he would not live as long as most people but “it doesn’t matter how long you live as long as you make the most of your life”. end quote

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Jacinda Ardern is doing nothing for women in power

Jacinda Ardern came to power a year ago amid much fanfare about her being a(nother) woman in a premier’s role, and how groundbreaking it was for women. It wasn’t groundbreaking, of course – she wasn’t even the first female PM this country has had, although everyone seemed to have forgotten that. She came to power leading a fractious, three-way coalition government with almost no talent or experience among its ranks – and that includes her. But that didn’t matter. She was a woman, she was going to lead the world and everything would be wonderful.

I seriously wonder if anyone really believed that, or if they were just fervently hoping for the best. During their election campaign, this government had made wild, overblown promises that they never expected they would have to keep. Jacinda promised that she wouldn’t lie and that there would be no strikes. This government was going to ‘bring kindness back’ as if all governments that went before were the sort that sent people to the gulag. Never fear, Jacinda is now here.

So, one year on, how is the woman who was going to save the world doing?

Badly.

She is not just doing a bad job in government, she is doing a terrible job for women in positions of influence. I hardly know where to start.

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Supermarkets want their baskets back

*Humour.

Newsie reports that there must be a lot of Whaleoil readers in the Orewa area. quote:

Countdown has put out a call for customers to return any green shopping baskets that they have taken home, so that they can be made available for other shoppers.

A consequence of removing single use plastic bags from Countdown supermarkets in Orewa and Silverdale last month has been that some customers who forget to bring reusable bags are taking the green plastic baskets home with them instead. end quote.

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Now they are coming for your burger

Stuff  reports: quote.

The Government’s looking to ask “Big Food” companies to stop sponsoring sport.

It’s a move to tackle soaring obesity rates, alongside calorie counts on restaurant menus.

The proposals were contained in a “wish list” released to Stuff under the Official Information Act. end quote.

Fast food is in the government’s sights now. quote:

Fast food giants Burger King, McDonald’s, and KFC sponsor rugby, basketball, football, and cricket. Sanitarium runs the Weetbix Tryathlon, and Nestlé is a sponsor of junior rugby through its Milo drink. Netball is sponsored by mall chain Muffin Break. end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Russel Norman loses all credibility

Newshub reports that Russel Norman thinks that oil companies are capable of sabotage. quote:

The head of Greenpeace says oil companies are as big an enemy today of the environmental group as the French government was when it sunk the Rainbow Warrior.

Russell Norman fears oil companies are capable of going just as far.

The Rainbow Warrior III pulled into Matauri Bay at dawn on Monday, paying homage to the original which lies beneath the calm waters. end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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