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I introduce you to a possible future minister in the Karl Marx type government we could have the next following November.
Mana leader Hone Harawira described himself as going "to battle for those without a voice in Parliament" at his party's conference this month but he has been a rare sight in Parliament this year.
Hone Harawira leaving duty free at Auckland Airport
In the nine weeks that Parliament has been in session, the MP has given just two speeches and asked one oral question to a minister.
His absence has been noted. Other MPs on the Maori Affairs select committee said he has only occasionally attended of late.
Mr Harawira has also been entitled to ask four primary questions and about 20 follow-up questions in Question Time but has taken only one slot.
Speaker David Carter said a formal attendance record for MPs was no longer kept, but Mr Harawira had been given 49 days of leave since the 2011 election, during which Parliament has sat for about 120 days.
A spokesman for Mr Harawira said he was in Hawaii for a United Nations event this week. When contacted, Mr Harawira hung up.
Conservatives leader Colin Craig says his threat of legal action against a satirical website for a post on the gay marriage bill does not mean he lacks a sense of humour - but warned any attempts to attribute false quotes to him would get similar treatment.Dear oh dear. And this is from a party leader who blabs on about democracy and wants referenda to decide every issue.
Unlike some on the Right, I can't get excited over the announcement by Labour/Greens on nationalising the grid. Do you seriously think it will happen? No. It won't. Not because they won't win the election (they might), but there are too many interests to allow it; and the "policy" is so bad, it just won't eventuate.It's actually a disgusting policy, backed up by Winston Peters stealing your Kiwisaver funds to pay for it.
But for other reasons, I love the announcement. It will lower the price of MRP shares, and undoubtedly put off uninformed punters. That means more shares for my family, at a lower price.
So for once, it's brilliant economic policy for me from the Communists.
Mighty River Power expects it would take at least four years for the Labour and Green party electricity policies to be enacted and Prime Minister John Key said this morning he didn't think it would ever happen.
With an election not likely till late next year, this would mean five years before any major change in the power market.And more from DPF:
Labour and The Greens say their policy will reduce the cost of electricity to households by around $300 a year, or $6 a week. But there are some very good reasons to doubt that power charges would be even one cent cheaper under Labour. Here’s four reasons why.These are some very good reasons to simply ignore the blowarses and deadbeats from the Left.
1. David Parker said so
2. Their plans for the Emissions Trading Scheme
3. Their policy ignores costs
Economist Matt Nolan commented at Dim Post:
walking out and saying “I’m gonna get people to give you guys $230-$330 a year at no cost if you vote for me” is a incredible load of crap – it isn’t even a bribe because they can’t deliver, it is a lie.4. The Government will be both the monopoly buyer and seller
Australia faces a decade of budget deficits with the annual total set to pass $60 billion in 2023 unless governments take tough action to "share the pain", an expert panel has warned.And how to balance the books and bring joy to all those from NZ who have flown the coup to the lucky country?
The Grattan Institute's assessment comes as Treasurer Wayne Swan confirms the budget has taken a $7.5 billion hit since the midyear update in October.
"The problem is the attractive solutions won't buy that much money," Mr Daley said. "Cutting middle-class welfare won't be enough. Australia doesn't have that much. Even if you axed the baby bonus, the schoolkids bonus and parts of Family Tax Benefit B that go to high earners you'd only make $4 billion.Stealth taxes in Auckland's Unitary Plan. NZ Labour & the Watermelons have a plethora of taxes planned. And if you decide to move to the lucky country and work hard for your family, you are punished too.
"Eliminating government waste won't help much either. Axing the Commonwealth departments of education and health might save the wages of 5000 public servants, but that's only around half a billion.''
The institute says the gap can be closed only by higher taxes, meaning the days of "painless" budget fixes are over. "The places to look are company tax and company tax concessions, income tax and goods and services tax.
Auckland Council is eyeing taking another slice out of rising property values and may seek a change in the law to do so.The Council basically got nowhere with TIF to pay for the Mayor's train set, and so now they try to introduce it through the Unitary Plan, but give it a different name.
The council is calling the proposal "shared land value uplift" but its critics are blasting it as a thinly disguised capital gains tax.
And if Auckland proceeds with the plan, it could open the door for other councils to follow and broaden their revenue bases.
The proposal is contained within an addendum to the council's draft Auckland Unitary Plan, which is likely to result in zoning changes that would allow higher-density housing in many parts of the city and possibly also extend the city's urban limits.
Mr English said recent history showed periods of fast rising house prices could create instability for households and the financial system when prices eventually dropped.I suspect the number of recommendations from the Productivity Commission's report to be included in the budget will in all likelihood match the number from the McLeod Report on tax completed in about 2001.
"We will act where we can to reduce these risks following recommendations of the Productivity Commission last year."
French officials had originally planned to bring the beast back to France and place it in a zoo, but it was later decided to entrust it to a local family.........
...........However, that family slaughtered the camel and reportedly ate it in a stew.
French defense officials were informed of the animal's demise during a visit to the war-torn African state last month, and the bad news was reportedly broken to the president during a recent cabinet meeting.
“Fuck this 'Don't speak ill of the dead' shit. People don't become better when they're dead; you just talk about them as if they are. But it's not true. People are still arseholes, they're just dead arseholes.”
Thatcher is a boo-word in British politics, a shorthand for selfishness and me-first-ism, and devil-take-the-hindmost and grinding the faces of the poor.
Her legacy is of public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed, which together shackle far more of the human spirit than they ever set free.
The claim and counterclaim echo a South Auckland controversy in 2001, when Manukau Maori wardens claimed up to 150 underage girls were street prostitutes.
Then Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said it was a concern, MP Dover Samuels called it obscene, Commissioner for Children Roger McClay said it was not just an Auckland issue and Social Services Minister Steve Maharey ordered an urgent investigation.
Police found one 11-year-old girl working as a prostitute on the streets of central Auckland and an eight-months pregnant 13-year-old - but she was deemed to be a homeless glue-sniffer rather than a sex worker.