Labour to “spend $20 over $10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease”…uhmm what?

I’m not sure that “$20 over $10 years” is going to do much at all for Kauri trees, and i’m not sure that Kauri trees can even vote.


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Why not get rid of police, corrections and the defence force as well?

3 News reports on the Internet Party’s policy release

The Internet Party wants New Zealand out of the Five Eyes spying network.

Chief executive Vikram Kumar says the party wants a review of the country’s intelligence cooperation agreements “with a view to exiting the Five Eyes network”.

In its policy on the country’s spy agencies and mass surveillance, released today, Mr Kumar says it would also repeal the GCSB Bill as well as the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill (TICS).

Mr Kumar says the bills put the privacy and internet freedom of New Zealanders in peril.

“These pieces of legislation were rushed through by the Government in response to the Kitteridge Report, which found that the GCSB had been spying on New Zealanders illegally,” he says.

Actually, they were to fix a mistake the Clark Government made. ?Everything else was left in place as it was before. ?There was no conspiracy then, and there isn’t one now. ?But hey, let’s perpetuate the lie. ?Perhaps some people will believe it enough to vote for Kim!

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Does Labour actually understand what it is they are trying to fix with their new ‘big tool’

We already know that David Parker appears to have plagiarised his new ‘big tool’ plan from Michael Cullen.

We also know that Cullens plans were slated at the time by Matt Nolan.

But since Labour is intent on running this Cullen plan Matt Nolan also questions whether or not they understand the problems that theya re trying to solve.

Labour has put a bunch of thought?into its discussion on monetary policy?- and there is certainly nothing wrong with discussing the issues and putting out a policy document, in fact there is a lot right with that. ?Furthermore, over their entire document they recognise this is a multi-faceted issue we need to be careful with, I appreciate that a lot.

However, there are still a few glaring issues with the way they discuss monetary policy:

  1. They keep mixing ?monetary? policy with longer-term ?fiscal? policy. ?It is not the RBNZ?s role to determine longer-term fiscal policy ? this is undemocratic.
  2. On that note ? the ?external balance? is not an RBNZ target, and nothing they are suggesting actually helps that. ?This is a general issue with medium-long term savings-investment imbalances, and we need to neatly define what the welfare relevant ?problem? is before we go swinging around policy and reducing the ability to ?judge? the Bank by giving it piles of targets. ? ? Read more »

David Cunliffe continues his moonwalk out of on-the-hoof policy

Two months after a scrap with Labour leader David Cunliffe over oil-drilling reports, the oil industry is welcoming his support of deep-sea drilling.

Mr Cunliffe on Wednesday said Labour would focus on making regulations stricter, but it wasn’t opposed to the drilling, which is a contrast with the strong opposition to drilling by their prospective coalition partners, the Greens.

Petroleum Exploration and Production Association chief executive David Robinson says the oil and gas industry was New Zealand’s fourth-largest exporter and employs more than 7000 people, so Mr Cunliffe’s support is good news.

“Supporting the growth of the oil and gas industry could see a real increase to the contribution the industry makes to our country. And that’s good news for all New Zealanders,” Mr Robinson said.

I need David Cunliffe to actually make a list of thing he would like to do with the regulations. ?Before the election, if at all possible. ? Because I think this is one of his other fence-sitting-sound-one-way-act-another type of public announcements.

It’s all hot air. ?On one side he’s trying to make it sound like he’s on the side of the Green Taliban and will shut down any unsafe drilling, and on the other side he sounds like he’s protecting jobs and looking after his union mates by not damaging a very profitable employer and potential royalties payer.

My predictions is that apart from talk, there will be no change at all.


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#HeyClint Is this the Green’s draft education policy?

I have been leaked a draft of part of the Green party Education policy.

The policy document looks like a work in progress, and a cut/paste job of a bunch of ideas…but the upshot of them is that the Green party appears to be going to spend millions in education and the main plank of the policy is to basically remove the role of parents in caring for children and instead making that the responsibility of a plethora of newly created positions and jobs.

There are some truly alarming ideas contained in the document which was authored by Green party spin-weasel and former Herald on Sunday and DominionPost journalist Leah Haines.

Many areas are vague, incomplete or missing data. It is as if they have decided to create a policy and are hoping the data will fit what they want to achieve.? Read more »

Shearer’s “nothing” speech

David Shearer’s state of the nation speech was a yawn fest. Full of promise to look at things but no specifics. Labour and Shearer are only promising to have a look at this or that, the speech was really just a bland collections of bumper stickers, and about as thick as the bumper sticker.

?”Labour’s top priority would be jobs, boosted by its promise to build 10,000 affordable houses a year, leader David Shearer said today.

In his scene-setting speech for 2013, which contained no major new policy initiatives, Shearer said the country was looking for a government that would roll up its sleeves and back them.”

Bullshit. The country is looking for a leader who doesn’t throw taxpayers’ money around like lollies.

A leader who doesn’t make pie-in-the-sky promises.

Shearer can’t even run his own party, let alone the country.

Already the activists are talking up Meteria Turei’s speech against Shearer’s yawn fest.

JT Bags Labour’s Housing Policy

John Tamihere continues to make friends in Labour…here are his thoughts from this afternoon on Radio Live about their housing policy:

A War on Violence

? Andrew Sullivan

Mark Kleiman offers a policy proposal for reducing drug-related violence in the US and Mexico: refocus enforcement based on relative levels of violence and start a “race-to-the-bottom” among cartels in rates of violence.

Imagine doing this here…start with the most violent of gangs. Take them out…then move onto the next most violent.


Time to ask Shearer about policy

So it’s time to start asking what Matthew Hooton’s Manchurian Candidate thinks about policy.

First up is private involvement in public assets.

Does the new Labour Leader, David Shearer, support contracted, professional prison managers?

It is a simple question.

Unfortunately, even when he has been asked – it’s hard to tell what David Shearer’s answer actually means…

Some policy suggestions for Labour

Clare Curran is focussing on the things that matter….like television advert volume.

Some commenters have provided some thoughtful additional policies for Clare to implement along the same lines:

James Meager suggests Labour look at regulating supermarket checkouts:

While you?re at it, every time I go to the supermarket some lines are far longer than others. I find having to take risks between choosing lines with 4 young people and 20+ groceries paying by eftpos, and lines of one elderly person and 2 carrots paying by cheque. Could you please legislate to ensure people are given a maximum time to complete their transaction? This will result in the terrible amount of annoyance I suffer on my supermarket trips.

While Curious wants Clare to crack down on up-sizing at McDonalds:

I am bloody sick of being asked if I want to up-size my BigMac combo at McDonalds. I also find it very irritating when they ask me if I?d like fries with my meal.

Any chance of some legislation on this Clare?

J Mex wants the showerhead issue revisited:

Maybe Labour could take a look at our showerheads while they are at it???

In. 3 Years. Labour. Has. Not. Learnt. Anything.

Curious again:

Loud music in cafes/ restaurants ? should be a uniform noise level for music.

Automatic hand dryers in public toilets ? some are very noisy, new ones are quieter.

Lawn mowers ? my neighbours is very noisy while mine is rather quiet.