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Politics

August 20, 2018

Simon Bridges Travel Costs Leaked National Party Leader Simon Bridges has saying that he wants a full inquiry into the leak that revealed he spent over $113,000 on business travel. The information, which was leaked to Newshub, showed that the MP had spent this money on travel expenses and accommodation in April and June,. Speculation […]

August 20, 2018

Under the current housing shortage, landlords and property management have major leverage on prospective tenants (i.e. bidding wars at open house, asking for bank statements). Do you think this should be addressed? Why or why not? If so, how? VicLabour The little regulation free-market route isn’t working. Rentals can be both damp and cold which […]

August 20, 2018

It was the second post cabinet press conference for Jacinda Ardern since returning from maternity leave. She wasn’t the only one running the show on a Monday arvo; she brought along Ministers Meka Whaitiri and a taller-in-real-life Shane Jones along for the ride. Shane could not look more bored when he was talking about the […]

August 13, 2018

Nurses Accept Latest Pay Offer In a battle of negotiations that has lasted months, nurses have accepted the fifth pay offer put forward by District Health Boards (DHBs). Nurses accepted the offer on the 7 August, and it will be the most significant pay increase the New Zealand Nursing Organisation (NZNO) has seen in a […]

August 13, 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders “were not hostile to free speech” but were “hostile to the views” of the two far-right Canadian activists, Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. Should the government have the right to limit “diverse” views for what they deem to be “offensive” or “hate speech”? Explain. VicNats The Government should absolutely have the power to refuse entry […]

August 6, 2018

Simon Bridge’s First Speech as Leader National Leader Simon Bridges has made his first public speech as National Leader at National’s AGM. On 29 July, Bridges delivered a fiery speech that criticized the current Labour/NZ First Government’s economic decisions since they have been in power, including their tertiary education policy, the cutting of benefit sanctions, […]

August 6, 2018

The Waka-jumping bill will mean that list MPs will be expelled from Parliament if they quit or were expelled from their party. What effect will the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill have on our democracy? Do you believe the bill should be passed into law? VicNats  The ”Waka-jumping” bill is one of the greatest insults to […]

July 23, 2018

Pike River Mine Re-entry Concept Plan Presented to Families The re-entry to the Pike River Mine has been given a tangible plan, which has been presented to the victim’s families. On 14 July, Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry Andrew Little confirmed that the plan for re-entering the mine has been completed. The “concept plan”, […]

July 23, 2018

“Given the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in the US and similar controversy recently in Auckland, should business be permitted use religious beliefs to refuse goods and services to queer people?” Greens at Vic The discussion has been focused around specialist business that sell a specific luxury good. However, this ignores the implications of a greater law […]