Author Archive: Paul Comrie-Thomson

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Politics with Paul

Politics with Paul

by / July 19, 2010 / No Comments

Having spent the past three weeks wandering around Japan, I have been bombarded by loudspeakers spouting what is interpretable only as incessant gibberish to the uni-lingual perspectives of most of us who rely on the English language. Thus, it took a while, and the aid of the few English language newspapers, to work out that [...]

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The Downfall of K Rudd

The Downfall of K Rudd

by / July 12, 2010 / No Comments

Kevin Rudd was elected in 2007 on the back of a brilliant campaign where he out-maneuvered the long-serving incumbent John Howard to become Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. Having enjoyed spectacular success for the most part, and high levels of popular support—with voter satisfaction peaking at 67 per cent in September last year—Rudd’s downfall was swift. [...]

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Politics with Paul

Politics with Paul

by / May 31, 2010 / No Comments

Blame for the 26 March attack on the South Korean navy ship Cheonan, which sunk with a loss of 48 lives, has finally been placed squarely with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). This follows investigations by the South Korean government, and three independent experts, which found indisputable evidence of a torpedo attack. This [...]

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The semantics of fairness: Budget 2010

The semantics of fairness: Budget 2010

by / May 31, 2010 / [ 2 Comments ]

Salient writer Paul Comrie-Thomson takes a closer look at the recently announced Budget, and some of the meanings behind all the jargon used by politicians and what effect of the much-lauded tax cuts may have on Kiwis. The actual contents and impact of the government’s annual Budget are often difficult for the average Joe to [...]

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Politics with Paul

Politics with Paul

by / May 24, 2010 / No Comments

While I would like nothing more than to use this week’s column to critique the government’s 2010 Budget, unfortunately due to the fact you are reading this in the future, and I am writing well in the past in line with deadlines et cetera, I would like to instead share some thoughts arising out of [...]

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New Zealand’s democracy “up for sale”?

New Zealand’s democracy “up for sale”?

by / May 24, 2010 / No Comments

Finance reform passes its first reading among serious concerns. The Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in parliament, despite concerns from the Green and Maori Parties that it does not go far enough. The bill is just one part of an extensive package of electoral reforms which also includes [...]

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Home taping is killing music

Home taping is killing music

by / May 24, 2010 / [ 2 Comments ]

The producers of the Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker, Voltage Pictures, recently announced they intend to sue “tens of thousands” of file-sharers for unlawfully downloading the copyrighted film. To do this, Voltage Pictures have enlisted the help of the US Copyright Group; a company run by intellectual property lawyers aimed at “recovering reasonable [...]

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Politics with Paul

Politics with Paul

by / May 17, 2010 / [ 4 Comments ]

For a politics nerd, elections are a lot like an important final as played in your preferred team sport. There are teams, complete with certain key players, operating under a set of rules as set out by the electoral system they are operating under. One could think of the campaign trail as the first half [...]

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Budget Boosts Innovation

Budget Boosts Innovation

by / May 17, 2010 / No Comments

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Joyce! You sly dog

Joyce! You sly dog

by / May 10, 2010 / No Comments

Trying to sneak more money out of us Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has found a way to sneak some extra cash out of the Student Loan scheme. Sadly the money is not for students, but for the government coffers. Joyce last week announced the latest in a long line of proposals to screw over [...]

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