Dunne Speaks: The Rise of the Uber Economy
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Last week’s flurry about whether Uber was complying with the law and should be shut down if it was not missed the point entirely. Of course, Uber should comply with the law of the land – that is a given for any business operating here – but that was not really the issue. The bigger […]

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New New Zealanders Deserve a Better Deal
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Many of the 60,000 new New Zealanders each year deserve a better deal. Numbers of them are forced to live in difficult circumstances; they are unable to fend for themselves, and no-one speaks up for them. Some are abused, others are assaulted or otherwise degraded. All are potentially vulnerable and we need to do better for […]

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The Tension between central and local government carries on
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One hundred and forty years ago, in 1876, New Zealand abolished provincial government. From 1852, New Zealand had been governed through six Provincial Councils, similar to the Australian states of today, with the central government in Wellington having a much lesser role. However, while provincial government was abolished all those years ago in favour of […]

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Dunne Speaks: Will John Key prove to be a progressive moderate?
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Within sixteen months New Zealand will have its next General Election. Prime Minister John Key will be seeking to equal Keith Holyoake’s record of four straight election victories. Opposition Leader Andrew Little’s goal will be more modest – he will be seeking to break the mould of his three predecessors and just win an election. […]

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Dunne Speaks – New Zealand’s Weak & Cowardly Foreign Policy
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New Zealand is generally well regarded in the international community. That is probably one of the biggest things going for former Prime Minister Helen Clark (aside for the moment from her considerable and formidable personal skills and talents) in her bid to become the next United Nations’ Secretary-General. She comes from a country which is […]

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Dunne Speaks – Post Truth Politics and the Housing Debate
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There has been much comment recently that we have entered a “post truth” era of politics, where politicians not only no longer tell the truth, but worse, have given up any pretense of doing so. According to this line of argument, what matters most with voters is the impression that a politician’s comment leaves, rather […]

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A week is a long time in politics
Peter Dunne

Politics is a process of constant change. Harold Wilson coined the phrase “a week is a long time in politics” in the 1960s – but in today’s version, the week has certainly been reduced to days, if not hours, in some cases. All of which makes the game (I hesitate to glorify it as an […]

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Today’s Starter for 10: Have you ever heard of the D5?
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Earlier this week, in my capacity as Minister of Internal Affairs responsible for the delivery of on-line government services, I hosted officials from the D5 group of countries at a planning meeting in Wellington. Now, most people will not have heard of the D5, or know anything about it, but it is arguably one of […]

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Meanwhile, after the Budget…
Peter Dunne

Most of the reaction to the 2016 Budget has been predictable. Government supporters laud it as one of the greatest things since sliced bread, while the Opposition bemoans it as do-nothing, and as always the interest groups lament that there is not enough in it for their particular constituency. The racist xenophobes continue to ignorantly […]

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Dunne Speaks – An international approach to drug funding is needed

The debate about the melanoma drug Keytruda is an important one, with some very familiar elements to it. At its most basic level, the question is should or should not Keytruda be funded by Pharmac so that affected patients can potentially benefit from it. So far, Keytruda has been registered by Medsafe, the medicines regulator, […]

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