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Archive for May, 2012

Gordon Campbell on the politics of austerity

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Later this month, New Zealand will be subjected to its second austerity Budget in a row. Zero budgeting is being presented as the only path of virtue. This is despite the fact that - elsewhere in the real world - it has been a very bad week indeed for the ...

Gordon Campbell on free contraception for the beneficiary poor

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

If one can be grateful for small mercies, at least young women on benefits will not be forced into (a) having compulsory contraceptive implants fitted into their arms or( b) having IUDs installed as a pre-condition for receiving state support for their children – as was originally mooted by the ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s self-defeating plans for universities

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Steven Joyce happens to hold a set of portfolios central to the country’s economic planning and future direction. Joyce is the Minister of Economic Development, the Tertiary Education Minister and the Minister of Science and Technology. Theoretically, this should allow him to co-ordinate the government’s efforts in those three vital ...

Gordon Campbell on Steven Joyce’s student loans debacle

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Gordon Campbell on Steven Joyce’s student loans debacle By Gordon Campbell Of all the ways of trying to save “up to” $60-70 million – and that’s only if he’s very, very lucky - Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has made a real hash of it. Joyce has decided to change the student ...

Gordon Campbell on John Banks’ unpleasant options

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article - Gordon Campbell Banksie-Dotcom Link Under Fire - A bunker mentality is becoming evident in the Act Party’s response to its current crisis – as in Berlin bunker, 1945. A reluctant admission of just how bad things are is finally seeping in, but that’s still inseparable from a high level ...

Gordon Campbell on Key. Ethics and Banks

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article - Gordon Campbell Disclosure rules exist in local body legislation for the public’s benefit, not the benefit of politicians. Yet the explicit message from yesterday’s press post-Cabinet conference was that Prime Minister John Key is willing to condone unethical behaviour, so long as it doesn’t reach the threshold of being ...