Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for April, 2010

On banning 18-19 year olds from bars (& cigarette tax)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Girl Talk. See: Gordon Campbell IV's Girl Talk, About Copyright In what passes for a public debate here about the flow of young New Zealanders across the Tasman and beyond, the focus is always narrowly economic – on comparative wage levels, and on student debt levels. Far too little emphasis has ...

On RWC fever, and Obama’s Supreme Court choice

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

RNZ this morning carried the news that “new research” now shows that the Rugby World Cup would add an estimated $535 million to the nation’s GDP. At this point in time, it is still unclear whether necromancy, dowsing or feng shui was the method used to detect the rise in ...

On our unhealthy fixation with Gallipoli

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Image: Selwyn Manning: ANZAC Day 2008 Dawns in NZ At the post-Cabinet press conference last Monday, Prime Minister John Key had to field a range of official and personal questions from the press gallery about Anzac Day. Had he ever been to Gallipoli? As a young man on his OE, had ...

On Paula Bennett’s decidedly strange welfare panel

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Last week when Social Development Minister Paula Bennett named the working group on welfare reform, she also cited in a footnote two experts that the panel could draw on for support – Professor Bob Gregory, an economics professor at Australian National University in Canberra, and Peter Saunders a former Director ...

On getting a fair deal for our oil and mining resources

Friday, April 16th, 2010

As the deadline approaches for public submissions on the government’s plans to open up sensitive conservation areas to mining, the likely economic returns to New Zealand remain a complete mystery. We don’t know the economic worth of these deposits – Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee has suggested that we have ...

Gordon Campbell On Welfare Insurance

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The new working group on welfare reform to be headed by former Commerce Commission head Paula Rebstock will be looking at schemes of unemployment insurance that exist elsewhere in the world, and Canada is widely regarded as a leading source of policy initiatives in this field. Understandably, the focus ...

On New Zealand’s Anti-Nuclear Posturing

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Click for big version New Zealand's national identity is very much based on our sense of virtuous purity – and the feeling that we can provide a shining example to an outside world riven by conflict and greedy self interest. If only people were more like us. If ...

On the Whanau Ora scheme

Friday, April 9th, 2010

At the unveiling of Whanau Ora, the government scrapped a key feature that its expert Task Force had deemed to be ‘pivotal’ – namely, that this new system of social service delivery should be run by an independent trust. Instead, it will be run from within the current government system, ...

On the child abuse scandal within the Catholic Church

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

At the school I attended as a child, any and all queries by parents about the standard of teaching or the content of the syllabus would be met by the stock response: “Take your child elsewhere, then.” End of criticism, since to be Catholic meant an obligation to raise one’s ...