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Gordon Campbell on Indonesia’s latest round of executions

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Gordon Campbell on Indonesia’s latest round of executions To no-one’s real surprise, Indonesia has carried out its second wave of executions this year. Given the varied nationalities of the drug convicts put to death – from Africa, Australia and South America – Indonesia’s relatively new President Joko Widodo seems to have ...

Gordon Campbell on the hair-pulling finale and Gallipoli

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Don’t know about you, but when hi-jinks and horsing around are going on, my understanding is that everyone involved is supposed to be having a good time. Those terms don’t apply to a situation where one person with immense power is harassing someone with none – and whose job depends ...

Gordon Campbell on the PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, ...

Gordon Campbell on the key battle Obama is waging over the TPP

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress. This so called ‘fast track’ authority would enable the TPP to ...

Gordon Campbell on the Reserve Bank’s call to arms about the Auckland housing crisis

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable. So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday to call for a capital gains tax, and to generally chastise ...

Gordon Campbell on UE pass rates and university dropout rates

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach university. Reportedly, almost a quarter of Māori students ...

Gordon Campbell on the demise of Campbell Live

Friday, April 10th, 2015

The imminent axeing of Campbell Live has been the inevitable outcome of a mindset which considers only (a) declining ratings which impact on (b) advertising revenue, which are then offset against (c) the production cost of doing news and current affairs which (surprise, surprise) is a more expensive commodity to ...

Gordon Campbell on a union victory in the fast food industry

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Good to have a reminder of why trade unions are still essential in the 21st century. The scrapping of zero hour contract provisions by the Restaurant Brand group – which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carl’s Junior fast food outlets – is a step forward to more humane ...

Gordon Campbell on dollar parity with Australia, and disarming Israel

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

As the New Zealand dollar edges towards parity with the Aussie dollar, it seems facile to treat this as some game of Transtasman arm-wrestling that yay, we’re winning. The political rhetoric is all about our economic “strength” versus their “weakness.” Yet for starters, how much of the alleged NZD strength ...

Gordon Campbell on the inadequate response to sexual violence prevention

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes of ACC staff towards sexual violence victims, and offering ...