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Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s grudging concession to reality

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? The money ...

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s indefensible stance on the new melanoma drugs

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

One of the interesting line items in this month’s Budget will be the one that sets out the increase – if any – in Pharmac’s base funding, to enable it to meet the huge cost of the new class of so called ‘biologics’ drugs for treating advanced skin cancer. To ...

Gordon Campbell on not crying foul, Argentina

Friday, April 29th, 2016

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. ...

Gordon Campbell on Trump and the Madman Theory

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Years ago, Richard Nixon explained to his chief adviser Bob Haldeman what has since become known as the “Madman Theory” of foreign policy. Basically, if America’s rivals could be reminded that Nixon was an unstable, rabid anti-Communist with his finger on the nuclear trigger, Nixon reasoned, then maybe they’d be less ...

Gordon Campbell on Kiwirail’s latest stint in the dogbox

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. The company is an ‘economic cot case’, in the words of one media ...

Gordon Campbell on having an extradition treaty with China

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Reportedly, an extradition treaty with China is now on the table, although – thankfully - Prime Minister John Key has also indicated that a lot of detailed work would be required before any such arrangement took final shape, much less came into force. For now, our sympathetic murmurings about China’s ...

Gordon Campbell On Our Fearless PM’s Foray Into China

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Don't mention the South China Sea dispute. Oh, but he will! Earlier this week, the image of dauntless Prime Minister John Key not backing down in the face of alleged Chinese intimidation would have done him no harm at all with the voters back home. Here was the plucky Kiwi ...

Gordon Campbell on the banning of a leading Iranian film-maker

Monday, April 18th, 2016

For the past fortnight, New Zealand has been obsessing on the reputational risk to this country of being seen as a tax haven – despite the fact that (with the notable exception of the Australian Financial Review) few sources offshore have linked New Zealand to the Panama Papers. Well, here’s ...

Gordon Campbell on political rhetoric, and the Dark Triad

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Unfortunately, the systematic use of tax avoidance strategies – by corporates and by wealthy individuals – is not occurring in a vacuum. At an accelerating rate, new technology is wiping out the sort of jobs in the retail sector, white collar professions and transport industry that up until now, ...

Gordon Campbell on the political tokenism of the government’s response to the Panama Papers

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Image by Grant Buist Prime Minister John Key could have dealt with the clamour for an independent inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal in a variety of ways. He could have - for instance - set up a public inquiry, as was done in the mid 1990s, in the wake of ...