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Old 28th July 2022, 16:07     #1241
Ab
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I know what you're saying, but lollies cost money. Is there money in the bank this term for stuff like that?
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Old 28th July 2022, 16:50     #1242
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Maybe we could try digging for some treasure? Perhaps in the Taranaki?
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Old 28th July 2022, 18:36     #1243
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Brrrr goes the money printer.
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Old 12th August 2022, 21:32     #1244
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Labour MP Gaurav Sharma: 'I stand by my claims of ongoing bullying'

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But Sharma hit back this evening with the lengthy 2600-word statement posted on his Facebook page, in which the Hamilton West MP provided a timeline of his interactions with Parliamentary Services and the Labour Party Whips.

He claimed he had been gaslit, shouted at, degraded in front of caucus members and told that he was a terrible MP.

"I stand by my claims that I have been subjected to ongoing bullying by the Parliamentary Service and the Labour Whips and none of my concerns have been investigated.

"Neither has there been an investigation into any claims against me as per the last written contact from the Deputy CEO of Parliamentary Service."

A Labour spokesperson reiterated that the party disputed Sharma's allegations.

"As previously stated there have been ongoing issues between Gaurav and some of his staff that his Facebook post provides further confirmation of.

"We believe we've handled this matter appropriately and in accordance with the normal processes when staffing issues are raised."
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Old 12th August 2022, 21:37     #1245
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If there's one law of nature in NZ politics - I mean, other than that Winston is a vampire - it's that the involvement of Darien Fenton always improves everything!

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/parlia...B3HFFMKCVQZTY/
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Old 13th August 2022, 00:08     #1246
Ab
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*frowny face*

https://twitter.com/BenThomasNZ/stat...29531998752770

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Old 15th August 2022, 11:39     #1247
xor
 


Most transparent govt ever

#Partybeforepeople
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Old 16th August 2022, 16:41     #1248
Ab
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Sharma suspended from Labour caucus

What Jacinda said last night:

“We will essentially have the opportunity to come together as a team. It does not constitute a full caucus unless everyone is invited so of course, for natural justice, Gaurav Sharma would be a part of that meeting."

What Jacinda didn't say: I am calling a special meeting before the caucus meeting, and everyone except Guarav Sharma will be attending that meeting, and then we will have the caucus meeting, at a time when I know Sharma can not attend

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Earlier it was revealed Labour MPs had a secret Zoom meeting last night - without Dr Sharma.

The NZ Herald understands MPs met at 8pm, but Sharma says he was not told of the meeting.

He found out about it after a message - including a photo of Kelvin Davis on the zoom call - was sent to him by mistake.

"Apparently caucus had a full meeting at 8pm yesterday with all members except me and the decision was predetermined," Sharma said in a text message sent to NZME.

The Herald has confirmed last night's meeting from other sources.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/labour...WOMHD4DVWFKUQ/
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Old 16th August 2022, 16:42     #1249
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Ructions.
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Old 16th August 2022, 16:53     #1250
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Labour's caucus unanimously agrees to suspend MP Gaurav Sharma
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Old 17th August 2022, 14:41     #1251
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Sharma suspended from Labour caucus

What Jacinda said last night:

“We will essentially have the opportunity to come together as a team. It does not constitute a full caucus unless everyone is invited so of course, for natural justice, Gaurav Sharma would be a part of that meeting."

What Jacinda didn't say: I am calling a special meeting before the caucus meeting, and everyone except Guarav Sharma will be attending that meeting, and then we will have the caucus meeting, at a time when I know Sharma can not attend



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Old 21st August 2022, 17:44     #1252
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Government says immigration tweaks will help relieve workforce pressures
I have no problem with letting more workers in but exemptions to the median wage requirement is some National Party bullshit.
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Old 22nd August 2022, 09:07     #1253
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Quote:
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An inclusive economy where economic growth is shared by all
Sorry immigrants, fuck you.
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Old 22nd August 2022, 10:27     #1254
Ab
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fixed_truth
Government says immigration tweaks will help relieve workforce pressures
I have no problem with letting more workers in but exemptions to the median wage requirement is some National Party bullshit.
Lucky all those Kiwibuild houses went up otherwise all these immigrant workers would have nowhere to live. I hear there’s rumours on the Internets about some sort of housing crisis.

Them having somewhere to live was scoped before this policy was announced, right? Guys..?
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Old 22nd August 2022, 11:13     #1255
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Lucky all those Kiwibuild houses went up otherwise all these immigrant workers would have nowhere to live. I hear there’s rumours on the Internets about some sort of housing crisis.

Them having somewhere to live was scoped before this policy was announced, right? Guys..?
I thought I read somewhere recently the number of new homes that have been built was significantly high compared to demand, or is that just some left leaning BS.

I will need to find the source.
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Old 22nd August 2022, 13:58     #1257
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Pretty much how it had to be done, right? Sell the public a story of magically fixing housing (vs there's no housing crisis to fix), cause we're not interested otherwise. And then do the unflattering, sound-bite unfriendly work behind the scenes to slowly turn things around.
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Old 23rd August 2022, 09:03     #1259
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fixed_truth
Housing is finally starting to make some progress
It has a long way to go, but this is good news after about 12 years of ineptitude performed by previous governments.

Introduce a capital gains tax on all property over X amount and stamp duty on all properties sold and it'll help a lot more!
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Old 23rd August 2022, 10:37     #1260
fixed_truth
 
Definitely would like to see that happen.

With the two big neo-liberal parties calling the shots I'm not holding my breath.
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Old 30th August 2022, 11:03     #1261
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Quote:
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Introduce a capital gains tax
Didn't Jacinda rule out any form of CGT?
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Old 30th August 2022, 20:12     #1262
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Didn't Jacinda rule out any form of CGT?
Yes, but they could do there word switching and call it something else like a wealth tax, but it would be a CGT.

Just another stupid comment from a PM "I will not do this while I am PM...."
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Old 31st August 2022, 09:40     #1263
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Didn't Jacinda rule out any form of CGT?
Isn't "bright-line" a form of gluten-free CGT?
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Old 31st August 2022, 10:02     #1264
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But some of them had Chinese-sounding names!

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/polit...-of-money.html
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Old 31st August 2022, 13:44     #1265
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NZ says no to taxes once again.

Ah well, it's not like the government needs money for anything.
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Old 31st August 2022, 13:59     #1266
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The taxpayer is better with their money than the state.
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Old 31st August 2022, 14:01     #1267
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That explains our high levels of expensive private debt and low levels of cheap public debt.

Better the bathroom is refurbished than the local hospital.
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Old 31st August 2022, 14:02     #1268
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Public-interest Journalism Fund working as intended:

https://theplatform.kiwi/opinions/st...biter-of-truth
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Old 31st August 2022, 14:22     #1269
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Quote:
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That explains our high levels of expensive private debt and low levels of cheap public debt.

Better the bathroom is refurbished than the local hospital.
Least you know you'll get a bathroom at the end of it. How about that 1.9billion that Angry Andrew spent and had fuck all to show for it?
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Old 31st August 2022, 14:31     #1270
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Ugh, you're so shrill.

A few people get a bathroom, the rest of us have to deal with the consequences of missing out on cost-effective healthcare. Are exploited by those who advertise debt as a release from some of that pressure, further concentrating wealth, further exacerbating problems.

That bureaucracy is slow, that RoI takes generations to become apparent, these are poor excuses to tolerate the decline we're facing.
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Old 31st August 2022, 15:56     #1271
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And communism would've worked if given enough time too, eh comrade?
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Old 31st August 2022, 16:35     #1272
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facepalm

So. Shrill.
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Old 5th September 2022, 12:27     #1273
Ab
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Labour gonna Labour.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/pol...second-reading
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Old 6th September 2022, 19:55     #1274
Ab
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Jesus

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/bryce-...IMQ7AD4GN7FJE/
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Old 22nd September 2022, 13:05     #1275
Ab
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Edwards: Labour has given up on the poor

https://democracyproject.nz/2022/09/...p-on-the-poor/
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Old 22nd September 2022, 13:54     #1276
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Quote:
Vested interests might lead to a revolt by the poor
Will it be a voting revolution? Labour's choices are giving up on the poor or giving up on being in government, which has the same result anyway.
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Old 22nd September 2022, 19:44     #1277
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Quote:
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Edwards: Labour has given up on the poor

https://democracyproject.nz/2022/09/...p-on-the-poor/
That is grim reading.
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Old 23rd September 2022, 05:33     #1278
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Will it be a voting revolution?
It certainly comes across as concern trolling when voters criticize the status quo for not being adequately invested in social justice but then turn around and vote for right-wing parties.
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Old 24th September 2022, 15:08     #1279
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I wasn't sure about it at first, but I'm starting to warm up about this RNZ - TVNZ merger.

https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/23-09...vnz-rnz-merger
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Old 29th September 2022, 11:52     #1280
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The thing I'm warming up to is the hilarity of the merger being costed at $368 million in the budget, when the combined valuations of the two companies, according to their annual reports, is $366 million.

a) we all know that there's no way this is only going to cost $368 million

b) by the time it's completed, the value of the two companies will be a fraction of what it is now
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