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That’s Pauline Hanson in the Australian senate.

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He had to be a lunatic, by definition, to be hanging around with his colleagues in the Green party.  But some Green MPs are True Believers and no part of the Marxist Comradeship.

Kennedy Graham made his valedictory speech yesterday.

This was the Green MP audience that turned out in support: Read more »

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Nobody believes that Chris Hipkins didn’t know why he was asking those questions of Peter Dunne other than someone in the Australian Labor party asked him to.  He apparently just said “oh, ok, I’ll turn these into parliamentary questions for you.  I realise you can just look it up on the DIA web site, or I could walk to Dunne’s office, but let me make it a formal request so everything is recorded and above board”.   Read more »

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Yesterday the number of New Zealanders in the world increased by one more than was expected as Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is actually a New Zealander.   Born to a New Zealand father in Australia, having grown up in Australia, he’s still subject to laws that make him a fair dinkum Kiwi.

Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia’s constitution.

Mr Joyce revealed earlier that he may have New Zealand citizenship by descent, but said he will take his case to the nation’s High Court.

PM Malcolm Turnbull’s government risks losing its grip on power if Mr Joyce is ruled ineligible.

The office of New Zealand Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne confirmed to Australian media that under New Zealand law, a child born to a New Zealand national is automatically given citizenship.

It’s a bit messy as this follows two Australian Green MPs having to quit for similar reasons.  And there also have been others.  The government only has a one seat majority, so you can see why they are suddenly more interested in delaying any kind of decision.

 

But there is also another New Zealand dimension to this event: Read more »

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Kiwi pop star Lorde blasted race culture in the US, in response to a terror attack on anti-racism protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Someone fancies herself as the Green Jacinda.  Golriz Ghahraman is on the list and will come in at number 8.  If she’s lucky enough her hero Metiria hasn’t killed the party altogether.

This is part of an interview she did representing New Zealand to the world

The New Zealand media was remarkably forgiving of former prime minister John Key, despite his faux pas and allegations of sexual harassment, for instance. Do you think there are double standards for different politicians?

GG: Yeah, for sure. And I think to some extent Metiria was taking responsibility in this way and also saying that the system needs to be changed to help so many people that are actually suffering meant that she got attacked in a way that … politicians kind of laugh off the things that they’ve done — whether it’s the allegations of sexual harassment that John Key faced, whether it’s Bill English and his tak[ing] of [taxpayer money that] he wasn’t entitled to in housing allowance. Both Bill English and John Key, of course, also registered at electorates that they weren’t living at, which is something Metiria has also been accused of, and really viciously attacked for. I think part of that was she was taking responsibility for it but also saying that the system is, to some extent, to blame — rightly to blame, and it needs to be changed. So she was attacked.

On the left, two wrongs make a right.    Read more »

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Crosby-Textor have done the work.  This is what is needed to get Bill to regain a strong lead in preferred prime minister polls.

And it will take National over 50%.

 

 

 

 

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“… Our results support an evolutionary argument for why low-status, low-performing males are hostile towards female competitors,” conclude study authors Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff.

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Bye bye Metiria.  In the end, we Hartley knew you

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“Who is that?”, you might right ask.

Unless you are from Christchurch, and you were one of the 400-odd people who voted for him, you probably won’t remember the new leader of the Conservative Party:  Leighton Baker.

Without Colin Craig or a capable press secretary, the current incarnation of the Conservative party has had about zero cut-through with the media this election.  This is somewhat admirable in a conservative kind of way. Read more »