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by Items on the Balustrade · 05/09/2018 10pm
Golriz Ghahraman could make a human rights issue out of a minor rules change for hiring the local memorial hall. So there is certainly nothing that could be presented to the New Zealand Parliament that would not provide an opportunity for her to lay out her bona fides with regard to one noble cause or another. There are no wave through legislation tweaks or ...
by Items on the Balustrade · 05/07/2018 9am
The fourth committee stage of the Social Security Legislation ReWrite was the perfect opportunity to observe the government benches with their hair down, so to speak. Tonight’s session was one of those procedural pantomimes that are a necessary part of the process to progress bills through the house.
by Items on the Balustrade · 26/06/2018 11pm
"All God’s creatures got a place in the choir." Or so Foster and Allen told us. Everyone has a role. You don’t have to be the star. So the Labour party have found a role for Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki and Marja Lubeck.
Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill
by Items on the Balustrade · 03/04/2018 11pm
In parliament on Tuesday night, the Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill triggered a veritable orgy of virtue signalling. MPs from the government and opposition benches vied to outdo each other in their rush to pin their colours to the mast of the good ship tolerance. The Bill was always going to be a wave ...
NZ Parliament Chamber
by Items on the Balustrade · 27/03/2018 9pm
Maybe Thirty odd hardy souls (including officials and spectators) sat through the third reading of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill on Tuesday night. Not a title designed to either draw a crowd or inspire the loftiest rhetoric, but that’s probably how it’s intended. Certainly Dr Duncan Webb ...
Welsh Assembly
by Tim Levchenko-Scott · 15/11/2017 8am
Your humble correspondent is currently on a visit to the Land of Song, where presumably the All Blacks will dish out another rugby lesson in a week or so. After an informative visit to the Welsh Assembly today, I’m also hoping it’s not just rugby in which Kiwis could instruct my compatriots, but also how to spend public money (or better still, not spend ...
The Greens In New Zealand Also Abuse Taxpayer Funds
by Tim Levchenko-Scott / Dieuwe de Boer · 05/08/2017 5pm
The Unshackled exposes the rank hypocrisy of the Greens on both sides of the Tasman : The Australian Greens like to think of themselves as the moral arbiters of the nation. They rage against the major parties’ MPs abusing their entitlements but we later learn that they are not much better. Just looking at Sarah Hanson-Young, she blew her staff travel budget ...
Greens Party List
by Tim Levchenko-Scott · 05/06/2017 8pm
The Green Party of Aotearoa have announced their party list for September’s election. The Greens have a unique method of finalising their party list, allowing members to vote to select the positions of the various candidates on the list. Remember, in the New Zealand system, your list ranking will decide whether you become an MP or not unless you win an ...
Saudi students caught cheating at Unitec -still pass
by Tim Levchenko-Scott · 06/05/2017 6pm
In what seems like an outrageous example of academic standards being compromised, UNITEC has allegedly allowed seven electrical engineering students from Saudi Arabia pass their course despite having been caught cheating on the final exam. Apparently, the students represent over half a million dollars of income to Unitec over the coming 3 years. Read the ...
TPP, Trade Deal, New Zealand, Trump
by Tim Levchenko-Scott · 26/01/2017 9am
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water............. guess what ? The multi-national crony capitalist sharks are still circling the boat, the world government giant squid are still breeding in the shallows, and the back door communist monster creature is still lurking in the deep. Yes folks, the TPP has not gone away. Donald Trump has not ...