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Politics

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 […]

March 13, 2017

Jacinda Ardern No sooner had Labour’s Andrew Little finished hosing down talk of a deputy-leadership challenge than he was standing next to Jacinda Ardern, emphatically backing her to take the post. Whether Annette King jumped or was pushed will long be a matter for speculation, but the result is the same. With no challengers and […]

March 3, 2017

Welcome to your second edition of the not-good, very-bad, extremely-scary Week in American Politics. The two biggest pieces of news in the Trump-osphere this week are as follows: 1. If you hadn’t already guessed it, Trump doesn’t have any real fondness for those he deems to be “fake news outlets,” primarily the New York Times […]

March 3, 2017

VUWSA presented a submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council on February 22 that argued for a 50% discount on public transport for students. What are your thoughts on fairer fares? You are welcome to include some aspects of your party’s public transport policy.   Young Nats — Lower North Island In principle, the Young […]