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September 17, 2007

Censorship, Free speech and Labour’s Electoral Finance Bill THE Electoral Finance Bill, planned almost immediately following the 2005 general election, was initially welcomed by public lawyers and free speech advocates in New Zealand alike. It was heralded as a way to introduce transparency into our electoral system, identifying political donors, controlling party spending, and limiting […]

July 30, 2007

It is a fact that some students will not be working at the end of this semester. Some may even end up on the unemployment benefit. So it is important to learn how to maximise this, particularly if you have finished your studies and are looking for that dream job to avoid winging your way […]

July 30, 2007

Last week, the Madeleine Setchell case was at the forefront of political news and gossip. After three days in her new job as communications manager for the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), Setchell was removed – after staff in Environment Minister David Benson-Pope’s office found out her partner is Kevin Taylor, who is National leader […]

July 9, 2007

Bucket man, Blanket man… now Caveman! Wellington may have its homeless on the streets at night shelters and WINZ-funded lodges. But lurking beneath the rocky bays of Seatoun Beach Salient writer Dave Crampton discovered a 70-year-old man living in a cave just big enough to fit a bed and a toilet… except he doesn’t own […]

July 9, 2007

On 30 June 2003, a well-known member of the Wellington community died. He had worked in the public service for 20 years. He had a big growth/tumor on his forehead, and in the years prior to his death spent much of his time living rough in the Town Belt. He was often seen around town […]

April 23, 2007

International trade is worth ten million dolars a minute. Yet one child dies of hunger every eight seconds. Increased prosperity has gone hand in hand with mass poverty. Fledgling businesses in developing countries are increasingly struggling to compete against the market powers of multinationals.

March 19, 2007

There is a possibility that the United States may launch a military attack on Iran in a few weeks. The US Government sees the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons as greater than the threat presented by any other country in the world. If the US administration had any concrete confirmation that the Iranian Government […]

March 5, 2007

The National Party’s Maori agenda The National Party recently announced their policy of abolishing the seven Maori seats in Parliament. National proclaims that the continuing existence of Maori seats encourages racial division, and that our electoral system can enable sufficient Maori to be elected as list MPs. Salient feature writer Dave Crampton investigates the future […]

February 26, 2007

National Party leader John Key is the leader of one of just two political parties in this country in which both the leader and the deputy are electorate MPs. He has often promoted himself as the man who was brought up in a state house by his beneficiary mother, but is now worth $50 million […]

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