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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 ...
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.
Eva Tvarozkova
by Items on the Balustrade · 07/06/2018 8pm
In an outrageous abuse of privilege, the deputy chief of mission of the European Delegation to New Zealand is attempting to wriggle out of a $20k plus tenancy debt to a Kiwi landlord on the basis of her status as a diplomat.
by Items on the Balustrade · 27/05/2018 10pm
English Political activist and alternative media personality, Tommy Robinson, was jailed for 13 months on Friday, 24 hours after being arrested for contempt of court. Robinson was livestreaming on Facebook outside Leeds Crown Court in Yorkshire, England, where 24 defendants in a ‘grooming gang’ rape trial were about to hear their verdicts.
Judith Collins
by Items on the Balustrade · 08/05/2018 5pm
Talking back to the Headmaster is never a good idea, as Stuart Nash, Minister for Police found out this afternoon in parliament. Nash was bravely defending the government’s position regarding its success, or lack thereof, in fulfilling its promises for Police recruitment. Nathan Guy and others were ...
Ian Lees-Galloway
by Items on the Balustrade · 02/05/2018 7pm
In an ironic twist, government Minister for Workplace Relations, Ian Lees-Galloway, sets fine example by verbally abusing a National party MP and then storming out of the chamber.
Coroner (Access to body if the deceased) amended
by Items on the Balustrade · 10/04/2018 11pm
The orgy of virtue signalling which heralded the passing of the Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill last week continued Tuesday night during the debate of the Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amended Bill. MPs clamoured to demonstrate their ...
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 ...
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 ...