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Politics

October 8, 2018

It’s the second to last exec meeting of the year. Rhianna, our Academic Vice President, was chairing, as our trusty prez Marlon had some family stuff going down. For the first time this year, a Random Student was also in attendance. VUWSA meetings are public. Did you know that? I didn’t. Anyway tons of shit went […]

October 8, 2018

National MP Jami-Lee Ross Steps Down Front Bench MP Jami-Lee Ross has retired from shadow cabinet duties due to health reasons. Mr Ross handed in his portfolios of Transport and Infrastructure to National Party Leader Simon Bridges last Tuesday. Neither he nor Bridges confirmed how long he would be away from Parliament. Simon Bridges confirmed […]

October 1, 2018

Is the plastic bag ban simply a tokenistic gesture? Why or why not? VicNats “The plastic bag ban is a tokenistic policy that ultimately does more harm than good. The use of plastic bags is proven to contribute less CO2 emissions over time than the production of reusable bags. Meaning that the Government has ignored […]

October 1, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters took the reins of Cabinet last week while Jacinda Ardern attended the UN General Assembly in New York. This week, the Kingmaker certainly didn’t disappoint. Cabinet Minutes Condensed Winston Peters started off the press conference by confirming that the “Waka-Jumping” Bill, is expected to pass through the House of Representatives […]

September 24, 2018

On Monday 17 September Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered her weekly press conference after her cabinet meeting. Military Deployment First up, Jacinda announced five Defence Force deployments. The major development was an extension to the existing deployment to Camp Taji in Iraq to June 2019, which will basically be the end of Kiwi soldiers training up Iraqi […]

September 24, 2018

In recent weeks, several Labour policies — justice, the refugee quota, and employment law — have been diluted by New Zealand First. Are cracks showing in the coalition? VicLabour  No. It’s called MMP sweetie, look it up. Greens on Campus No. It’s called MMP sweetie, look it up. – Mark Metcalfe VicNats Not only have […]

September 24, 2018

This week Salient reporter Jess Potter talks to Simon about sexism, drugs, and rock&roll. Jacinda and the Labour party seemed to have created a decent youth following, with what the media called a “youth quake” and an increase in voter turnout during the 2017 election, possibly having an impact on the Labour party’s rapid rise […]

September 10, 2018

The lie of the ‘warrior race’ remains the feature piece of the colonial narrative. The dispute resolution method painted as murder – people, birds and animals. Ignorant of any pale confinements – crossing all boundaries of ‘the law’. Often described in academia as ‘lawless’ and ‘primitive’, but now saved by the Queen. How did such […]

September 10, 2018

At this point in time every political party in the New Zealand parliament has a leader/or leaders with whakapapa Māori. Each Māori member in Parliament represents different tribal connections, constituencies, and a diversity of interests; each supporting different kaupapa across Aotearoa today. I believe it’s important to look at the big issues of today through […]

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