Politics

Oral Questions – 24 October 2018

Questions to Ministers  

  1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements and actions?
  2. Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is it a goal of this Government’s economic policy to make it easier for New Zealand families and businesses to get ahead?
  3. TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What are the most significant investments the Government has made in the past year?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Whaleoil National party leadership poll

Tauranga Girl lives and works in one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing cities.
Originally a Wellington Girl she loves both cities equally. That said, her favourite place on earth is Jerusalem, where she has lived.

Ardern’s first year

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Like our esteemed writer, Lushington Brady, I only read The Guardian so that you don’t have to. However, just occasionally, it proves worthwhile. Here is an article about Jacinda’s first year as prime minister, and… well, let’s say that the fairy dust seems to be wearing out fast. quote.

In her first speech, the PM hailed a new beginning but 12 months later transformative change is yet to be seen.

Peters’ choice thrust the then 37-year-old into the spotlight, sparked the “Jacindamania” phenomenon, and set the clock ticking as voters awaited the dramatic change her party had promised.

Ending child poverty. Bringing kindness and empathy to politics. Tackling climate change and improving the lives of New Zealand’s most vulnerable people. The ambitious pledges kept coming. end quote.

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Labour laughs while Taranaki dies

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The government thinks we are all a bunch of ignorant chumps and let’s face it, for the most part… we are exactly that.

The truth is that the average New Zealander does not have a clue about the way a select committee works.

Stuff  reported on this matter on October 11th. There is important information here that those who oppose the proposed oil and gas ban need to be aware of. It seems the process is not being conducted objectively.quote.

The Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill, recently introduced by the Government, will stop future oil and gas exploration in the offshore Taranaki region. end quote

Let us be clear about this. This bill will stop any future offshore oil and gas exploration permits being issued in the Taranaki region. quote.

The Government says that this an essential part of the transition away from an economy based on fossil fuels that largely contribute to climate change. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) officials, meanwhile, have estimated this legislation could result in New Zealand forgoing billions of dollars in taxes and royalties. While the Government disputes these figures, they are another reason to think that the Crown Minerals Bill is a measure of signal importance.end quote.

Unfortunately for the country, there is no transitional plan for what alternative energy supply will replace gas, and as we have already discussed, current gas resources are limited and already under strain.

There is currently an outage at the Pohokura gas field (the biggest supplier) and hydro lake levels are much lower than expected at this time of year. Also, as we know, Genesis has already announced it may need to import coal for Huntly to keep up with demand, due to the current limitation on gas supply. quote.

The bill is being driven through Parliament in a hasty way that appears designed to minimise the scrutiny to which it will be subject. This is something we ought to be concerned about, regardless of whether we believe that ending offshore drilling is a necessary measure or a wasted opportunity. 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 best article on American politics that I have read in a very long time

President Donald Trump

David Gelernter writes at the Wall Street Journal: Quote:

Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong. In foreign affairs, the U.S. has remembered in the nick of time what Machiavelli advised princes five centuries ago: Don’t seek to be loved, seek to be feared.

The contrast with the Obama years must be painful for any honest leftist. For future generations, the Kavanaugh fight will stand as a marker of the Democratic Party’s intellectual bankruptcy, the flashing red light on the dashboard that says “Empty.” The left is beaten.

This has happened before, in the 1980s and ’90s and early 2000s, but then the financial crisis arrived to save liberalism from certain destruction. Today leftists pray that Robert Mueller will put on his Superman outfit and save them again.

For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Despicable text sent to Jami-Lee Ross by female MP

The same woman who anonymously and breathlessly “leaked” to Newsroom her “story”, forgetting to mention that she had been in a three year relationship and lived with Jami-Lee Ross as his “Wellington Wife”, also sent a disgusting text message to him inciting him to kill himself.

Radio NZ reports: Quote:

A text believed to have been sent to Jami-Lee Ross in August by a female MP that Mr Ross had a relationship with has been released today.

The text – released on the same day that the National Party said it would review its culture – includes a slew of abuse and personal insults about Mr Ross’ appearance and personality.

Last week several women accused Mr Ross of bullying and harassment.

Mr Ross has admitted to an affair with a fellow MP and apologised to a woman he admits he behaved inappropriately towards during a local body campaign his wife was running in.

The text sent in August was 61 words long. The message – along with other texts – was provided to RNZ by a supporter of the Botany MP with his permission.

Checkpoint has chosen not to release the exact words of the entire text out of concern for the wellbeing of both MPs. It is not clear what prompted the message.

However it was sent to Mr Ross at 1:19am on a Saturday morning and concluded by saying: “You deserve to die”. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Poll damage starts as National and Bridges slide

National has slid in the polls in the latest 1News/Colmar Brunton poll and so has Simon Bridges: Quote:

Simon Bridges has dropped down to seven per cent in the preferred Prime Minister rankings, with fellow MP Judith Collins overtaking Winston Peters into third position.

“There’s no doubt for any leader, for me, the toughest week in politics,” the National Party leader told 1 NEWS.

“I think there’s no doubt that would have had an impact.”

Jacinda Ardern – 42% (up 2%)
Simon Bridges – 7% (down 3%)
Judith Collins – 5% (up 3%)
Winston Peters – 4% (down 1%) End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Face of the day

President Donald Trump

Today’s face of the day is the face of common sense.

Trump has stated that there are ONLY two genders, male and female and his administration is looking at changing Obama’s regulatory framework on legal gender.

[…] Gender is biological and determined at birth, they claim. According to a document releasedby The New York Times, President Donald Trump plans to introduce a narrower definition of gender.

The proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals with which a person is born.

The Trump administration requires an explicit and uniform definition of gender that is determined “on a biological basis, that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable”.[…]

Thus, Obama’s liberal rules, which, among other things, recognised gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth may be torn up.

-voiceofeurope.com

 

If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Goodbye to science

Bob Brockie got the boot, and thus another reason to pick up a Fairfax paper disappeared with him.

His weekly science column was one of the best the awful collection of rags have ever carried; well phrased, often entertaining and always interesting. A good read; something the editors of the motley cluster of mastheads lately eschew.

I think the last straw for the luvvies was Brockie’s column in March: The Treaty has no place in scientific endeavour. I mean: how awful, how could he say such a thing that flies in the face of every card-carrying, easily-offended, humanities wet?

Duly a response to Brockie’s blasphemy was published, castigating him, and his ousting became an object of endeavour, to be replaced by a suitably conformist group-thinker with neither writing talent, or balance.   Read more »

Living in Wellington idbkiwi is self-employed in a non-governmental role which suits his masochistic tendencies. He watches very little television, preferring to read or research, but still subscribes to the daily paper despite his distillation of dismay and disappointment at the very low standards of the modern press on every opening of the awful rag.

He is married, to an obviously very unfortunate woman, and has a family who allegedly loves him despite his right-wing nut-job views on life and the meaning of. He believes laughter is the best medicine for whatever ails you, closely, very closely, followed by wine. He hopes to reach retirement, both alive and eventually.

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Second class citizens?

The political events of the last week took away any possibility of other news items becoming mainstream, and that is very dangerous. One event, in particular, is something we need to be aware of.

Newstalk ZB  reported last week that Scott Morrison (the current prime minister of Australia, in case you had lost count) has announced that he is open to allowing refugees on the island of Nauru to be sent to New Zealand, as Jacinda Ardern so desperately wants, but there is a catch. He is only prepared to do so if legislation is passed closing any ‘backdoor entry’ to Australia for these people. quote.

Morrison said legislation that would prevent anyone transferred to New Zealand could not travel to Australia would need to occur first.

“There is a bill still sitting in the Senate from 2016 that would close the back door from New Zealand to Australia, which is opposed by the Labor party and the Greens and the crossbench senators preventing that protection being put in place,” he said.

“I would urge them to reconsider their position on that.” 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.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.