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Archive for October, 2011
Tonight’s debate has a parallel website. It is designed for you to fact check because there have been problems with the leader of he national parties veracity.
It is at keyholes.co.nz (thanks Draco).
Key & English have declined an offer of a live chat with Herald readers.
Missed this to get it out in time for David’s chat. But thought the pattern of the skipper skipping possible hard questions is instructive.
BUSES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES-OH MY: As our largest city it makes sense that Auckland has the largest transportation woes, too. City Rail link—how should it be funded? Should we be investing more on rail? Are we too focused on roads? Can the current transportation options keep up with expected population growth? Is Auckland walking/cycle friendly? What should we be doing to improve Auckland’s transport?
SMALL BUSINESSES: Auckland has thousands of small businesses—how are our current employment laws affecting these businesses? Do we need to make changes to our employment laws? What about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour? Are small businesses and self-employment the backbone of our economy? How do we create an environment for job creation?
LIVE pub politics from the BRITOMART COUNTRY CLUB, AUCKLAND (updated): Wednesday, 2ND of November. Our Panel: ACT Party Candidate David Seymour, Green Party Candidate Denise Roche, Labour Candidate Jacinda Ardern, and National Candidate Nikki Kaye.
* Act once again forecast to win Epsom, but still highly marginal
* Labour again forecast to win West Coast-Tasman, after Damien O’Connor featured in party’s opening advertisement
* National, Labour and Green party votes improve
* Probability Key will win 2011 election down to 90%, but with an improving probability of winning again in 2014
* Inflation forecasts worsen markedly
* Other economic indicators remain broadly unchanged
* June 2012 economics stocks now trading
On Day 23 of the Rena Disaster, Skipper Key sailed into Tauranga last week to view the ship on the rocks. There were no “Mission Accomplished” banners though, because with hundreds of tonnes of oil and 1300 containers, some with poisonous chemicals, still on board there is still a great risk to the livelihoods of the people of the Bay of Plenty, birds and marine life in and around this reef that was once teaming with life.
John Key was asked about the total cost of the clean-up and gave one of his usual less than confident answers: “It’s a big number. $70 million, $80 million or $100 million maybe”. Of course, as usual, he failed provide was an answer to the hard question: Who is going to pay for the costs of this disaster?
John Key and Steven Joyce were adamant in the early days that the owners were liable for all costs but that all changed when reality caught up to the spin. That hasn’t stopped Mr Joyce from spinning some more. Yesterday he reminded us that the owner’s insurers have said they will meet their liability. But that is no assurance at all, because the owner’s liability is limited by law and as a result the taxpayer will have to pick up the a big chunk of the tab.
This was not just an accident. It looks as if the grounding was an act of negligence and that fault was involved. Someone other than the taxpayer should be liable for the consequences. (more…)
Let’s be absolutely clear, Radio New Zealand’s flagship show Morning Report said this morning that they had invited John Key and Phil Goff to debate each other. Phil Goff said yes, John Key said no. John Key said they are debating on some other occasions, and “because of the time needed to prepare he was not going to do any more”. (Simon Mercep says this in the first few seconds of the link below).
I am sorry? To start with that is a stupid excuse, because the issues being raised in any given debate will be similiar, so preparation can not be used. And it is not as if this is a community radio station in Twizel. This is the most listened to morning news programme in the country. This is disgraceful. John Key said you can’t hide if you are the Prime Minister. Well he seems to be giving it a good go!
The two leaders will now have seperate interviews (obviously Mr Key could squeeze that into his schedule). Phil’s was today, and you can listen here
Tweet of the Week: The election campaign kicked off proper with the party political broadcasts. Aside from the dreadful lighting and persistent buzzing sound John Key’s suit did seem to blend into the backdrop…
The Twitter-sphere seemed to agree that regardless of which way you might vote the Labour opening address was far superior
And again regardless of voting preference there seemed to be general surprise at how underwhelming the National Party effort was.
There were many tweets along this line
Wally of the Week: Tau’s erudite response to Labour’s opening address.
I do enjoy the smaller party opening addresses though…
I must admit I did think he was almost shouting at the camera
Press Tweet of the Week: Couldn’t resist
Nationals’s campaign launch today was a full on Crosby-Textor onslaught to spin asset sales as a major positive for the country because the one off hit of money would be spent on schools and hospitals (that the ongoing revenue from these assets is already being spent on)
And a very good point re: the spin about asset sales funding “modern schools”
And finally – the $60 million dollar question of which political party gets the all powerful John Rowles celebrity endorsement has finally been answered!
Is anyone else surprised that National devoted their launch to talking about asset sales, a policy that the Sunday Star Times tell us this morning only 14% of the population support? And to top that off, they tried to dress up a previously announced money-go-round as some kind of new fund. We have been saying asset sales is the defining issue of the election, good to see National making sure it is.
Even the Nats are getting pissed off with their own campaign. Thanks to whoever sent this – and yes this is the total event plan for the Nats for our region for election month :-
Date: Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Subject: National events in your area
Following is a list of all events scheduled in the Lower North Island region for the next month.
Ohariu November Friendly Forum
The Caucus Room, Parliament House
View full details at
If your event is not included on this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will have it added to the website.
If you no longer wish to receive notification of upcoming events in your area please login to the National Party website and unsubscribe via the following link:
Thank you for your interest in the New Zealand National Party. For more information on the National Party, event details, or policy information, please visit: http://www.national.org.nz
Most of us know that we are amongst the leading group of OECD countries for education results.
Most of us are not satisfied and want improvement. That’s why Labour spent tens of millions of dollars financing the development of the world leading aSStle assessment system. Since abandoned by the Nats.
aSStle had a vital post assessment component. It suggested next steps for the kid. It didn’t matter whether they were average, in the top 10% or in the so called tail. It allowed us to push all kids.
Now under National standards we have a system where the standards are so low Key and the National Party expect every kid to pass.
If a standard is that low it is not worth having.
So which risk taker was English referring to :-
Finance Minister Bill English yesterday expressed empathy with some of the ideals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but says New Zealand has already moved to stop some of the financial excesses driving the protests.
Speaking at Otago University Vote Chat, hosted by Bryce Edwards, Mr English said the Occupy Movement, particularly in New Zealand had a wide range of objectives including the end of capitalism.
While he believed calling for the end of capitalism was wrong, he supported the ideal that financial risk-takers should be responsible for the consequences of bad investments.
The issues driving the Occupy Wall Street movement were well understood and there was discussion about what to do about them.
New Zealand was moving in the direction of making the banking system “more boring but safer”, he said.
So far, the financial system had allowed people to take risks which, if they worked, allowed those investors to pocket large profits. But if they failed, taxpayers were left picking up the loss.
“That is bad economics, bad politics and should change. You can’t take outlandish risks and expect the taxpayers to pick up millions of dollars of losses.”
The previous Labour administration had introduced a retail guarantee deposit scheme which had seen this Government cover about $2 billion of losses from financial companies.
By the end of this year, New Zealand would be one of the few countries in the world that would have no financial guarantee backed by the taxpayer, Mr English said.
“Let’s say a bank gets into trouble, the people who own the bank and the people who lent it money will take the hit, rather than the public.”
Asked by Dr Edwards whether he would be prepared to talk to the Occupy Movement in Dunedin’s Octagon, Mr English said he would, but the discussion would need to be around what would replace capitalism if it ended.
might even be worse than that.
I just watched the National Party’s opening address played on TV last night. Well. Actually I didn’t watch it all. I got bored.
I would say that. I’m a Labour MP. But I’ve also got an eye for what makes good communication. So if it had gripped me I would have watched it all even if I didn’t agree with it.
I couldn’t watch it live as I was participating in an election forum in Dunedin. I’ve done a few now. From what I hear, National’s plan is this:
We’re going to sell stuff and cut stuff. And then we’ll get the nation to a surplus. And then we’ll have a brighter future.
I dunno about you but while I know they’ll certainly sell stuff and cut stuff, I don’t believe they know how to get our economy moving and they are definitely dodging the big issues facing NZ. It certainly won’t be a brighter future for all Kiwis.
It’s clear there’s a real choice for NZ’s to make on 26 November.
Labour does know how to get our economy moving and we are tackling the big issues: Inequality. A fair tax system. Unemployed young people. Savings. Our plan is based on values. Values that come from a party that’s got a rich history of taking the decisions that provide a better life for all of us. Not just some of us. I’m proud of our party and what it stands for. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch our opening address.
We aren’t scared. And we are more interested in making stuff and saving stuff, than stuffing things up.
Policies not PR.
People not PR.
again very good
I released our Trade policy this evening, as promised. Trade is a bipartisan issue because both National and Labour recognise that we are too small and our electoral cycle is too short to risk our exporters’ efforts and foreign direct investment in our industries, by potentially pulling the policy rug out from under them every three years. So we both promote New Zealand’s trading interests overseas equally.
So it will come as no surprise that we wish to build on the international market access we have gained in recent years, particularly in Asia after the successful FTA with China, signed by Phil Goff.
Labour will support the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations as they proceed but Pharmac remains a bottom line for us. It works for the public good of New Zealanders and should not be compromised, despite pressure from large multinational pharmaceutical companies.
We need more openness and better engagement of civil society in our trade relationships, and so we will establish a Trade Advisory Commission to give contestable advice to the Minister about trade relationships. This Commission would comprise union, business, exporter, academic and NGO interests.
Where we differ from the National Party however in the Trade area is in the fundamentals of monetary policy which underpins the environment in which our struggling exporters work. We will alter monetary policy by introducing a Capital Gains Tax which will moderate interest rates, which will in turn take pressure off the exchange rate. We will broaden the Reserve Bank’s objectives to include employment and the health of the export sector amongst other things in its brief. We will put an exporter on the Board of the Reserve Bank to represent their interests.
And more besides……to see the whole policy, go here.