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Politics

March 27, 2017

The Lower Hutt City Council Mayor, Ray Wallace, recently pushed a motion that the council “agree in principle” to the living wage, moving the council a step closer to becoming a living wage employee. What are your thoughts on the living wage?   Greens at Vic The Green Party position on the minimum wage is […]

March 27, 2017

Taxing Inequality Unless you’ve been following the news especially closely this week, you might have missed the first rumblings of one of the biggest debates of any election year. During a series of interviews, Bill English suggested that tax cuts were on the table for this year’s budget. The timing and motivations of the hint […]

March 27, 2017

Well, well, well, it has certainly been an exciting week in the life and times of old President Trumpster. In a well publicised, high profile, and extremely awkward meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump-o was back to his old fuckboi tricks when he blatantly refused to shake Ange’s hand in the Oval Office. When […]

March 20, 2017

On the Spinoff, on February 27, leading electoral law expert Andrew Geddis reported that a changed interpretation of the Broadcasting Act 1989 “allows everyone and anyone who isn’t a party or candidate” to now run attack adverts which disparage politicians on broadcast media (television and radio). Do you think the new interpretation of the Broadcasting Act could […]

March 20, 2017

Abortion Law When Bill English took the reigns of the National Party last December, the promise was for more of the same. While the “Boring Bill” label may have stuck, English’s staunch political ideology has proven that narrative to be quite misleading. Nowhere is that more apparent than on issues like abortion. During an interview […]

March 20, 2017

BIG news from ol’ U S A this week team — DJ Trump has successfully reached his 50th day as President. Did I think he’d make it? No way José. Did I potentially think that Trump-o would make it to office, figure out that being a big old President was way too rough, and try […]

March 13, 2017

Hamilton — the heartland New Zealand city, not the popular civics rap musical. It’s sometimes said that Hamilton is boring, but that’s exactly why Hamilton is interesting for politics. There are two electorates in New Zealand’s biggest inland city, Hamilton East and Hamilton West, and both have been known to be bellwether electorates. A bellwether […]

March 13, 2017

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell has argued that the retirement age should be raised to 67, and eligibility restricted to those who have lived in New Zealand for 25 years, to avoid a massive increase in superannuation spending. Further, the Government has indicated that it will review New Zealand’s superannuation scheme, though Bill English has ruled […]

March 13, 2017

The dramatic happenings of Trump flew in thick and fast in the past seven days. The week (surprisingly) started out on a positive note, when Trump-o gave his first address to Congress on March 1. Trump appeared PRESIDENTIAL, *shock*, as he spoke of “delivering a message of unity and strength” to the American people. Although […]