GPJA #430: Part 1. News from Aotearoa New Zealand – 15/6/12

Opposition pledge to delay asset-sale process http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/opposition-pledge-delay-asset-sale-process-4930277

Opposition calls peoples power http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/opposition-calls-people-power-video-4929785

Asset-sales law ‘being rushed’ to dodge poll http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7062894/Asset-sales-law-being-rushed-to-dodge-poll

Govt accused of rushing asset sales bill http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-accused-of-rushing-asset-sales-bill/tabid/1607/articleID/257090/Default.aspx

Ramming asset sales through under urgency – the final insult http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/ramming-asset-sales-through-under.html

Aotearoa New Zealand is STILL not for sale! A NATION-WIDE DAY OF ACTION is happening on Saturday July 14th, with marches and festivals occurring all around the country to demonstrate the continued widespread and coordinated public opposition to the sale of our national assets. http://aotearoaisnotforsale.com/

Expect power bill rise if state assets sold: analyst http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10811555

Matt McCarten: PM adds honours ego trip to royal list of trinkets http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10811904

Patients upset at anti-poverty doctor’s resignation http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10812711

A sick budget and dangerously understaffed hospitals http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/sick-budget-and-dangerously.html

Special needs units being cut in schools http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/special-needs-units-being-cut-in.html

Scott Hamilton: Civilisation’s strange saviours http://www.readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/civilisations-strange-saviours_08.html

Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill: There is currently an amendment bill before parliament that is open for submissions to the select committee. It’s the first chance in many years to change gambling legislation and try to make the system fairer, more transparent and equitable for ALL New Zealanders. Background information here to make an online submission: http://www.haveyoursayonpokies.co.nz/

Lotto targets poor areas, claimed health official http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10811562

Denise Roche: Pokies and porkies http://blog.greens.org.nz/2012/06/06/pokies-and-porkies/

CAFCA: We Musn’t Rest On Our Nuclear Free Laurels http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=91217

PMA: Time for action on a global ban on nuclear weapons http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00107/time-for-action-on-a-global-ban-on-nuclear-weapons.htm

Nuclear-free NZ anniversary celebrated http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10810164

Act now: Depleted Uranium (Prohibition) Bill, June 2012 http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/du-alert0612.pdf or facebook http://www.facebook.com/notes/peace-movement-aotearoa/act-now-depleted-uranium-prohibition-bill/388225857891456

Beautiful Gaza is under siege by Tali Williams Kia Ora Gaza convoyer http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/beautiful-gaza-is-under-siege/

Tense scene at Cairo customs, then Kiwis meet other teams http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/tense-scene-at-cairo-customs-then-kiwis-meet-other-teams/

Four Kiwis off to Gaza with Malaysian & European teams http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/four-kiwis-off-to-gaza-with-malaysian-european-teams/

Interviews with Kiwi Team to Gaza at Auckland Airport http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/interviews-with-kiwi-team-to-gaza-at-auckland-airport/

Punitive Attitudes Not Confined to Criminal Justice Sector http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00095/punitive-attitudes-not-confined-to-criminal-justice-sector.htm

Focus policy on root causes of child abuse http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/7083917/Focus-policy-on-root-causes-of-child-abuse

Students’ study-in protest in Auckland University Library http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00094/students-study-in-protest-in-auckland-university-library.htm

Wellington students to protest against education cuts http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00090/wellington-students-to-protest-against-education-cuts.htm

Bigger Class Sizes Policy Cut Down to Size http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00088/bigger-class-sizes-policy-cut-down-to-size.htm

Paula Bennett’s dog whistle http://thejackalman.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/paula-bennetts-dog-whistle.html

Kiwis back gay marriage – poll http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7057118/Kiwis-back-gay-marriage-poll

MP surprised at support for same-sex marriage http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/mp-surprised-support-same-sex-marriage-4916606

Health underfunded by over $250 million http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00117/health-underfunded-by-over-250-million.htm

Gordon Campbell on Hekia Parata’s big backdown http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/06/08/gordon-campbell-on-hekia-paratas-big-backdown/

John Armstrong: Total surrender inevitable on botched policy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10811558

Highlights from Key’s 2008 ‘no job cuts’ speech http://www.3news.co.nz/Highlights-from-Keys-2008-no-job-cuts-speech/tabid/370/articleID/246605/Default.aspx

Taking It To The Streets http://tewhareporahou.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/taking-it-to-the-streets/

The new New Zealand land wars http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/7074743/The-new-New-Zealand-land-wars

Christchurch homeless battle bitter cold http://www.3news.co.nz/Christchurch-homeless-battle-bitter-cold/tabid/423/articleID/257236/Default.aspx

The Abortion Obstacle Course: A Flow Chart http://alranz.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/the-abortion-obstacle-course-a-flow-chart/

Criminalisation of pregnancy no solution – WHA Press release http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00151/criminisalising-pregnancy-no-solution.htm

Residential Earthquake Repairs Grind to a Halt http://actionforchristchurcheast.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/exclusive-residential-earthquake.html

Greens call for reversal of family court fees http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00160/greens-call-for-reversal-of-family-court-fees.htm

Mana: Harawira Says Sorry on the EEZ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00153/harawira-says-sorry-on-the-eez.htm

Photos: Blockade the Budget http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150827480797601.396875.541487600&type=1

Cunliffe’s second ‘True Labour’ speech – another brilliant argument for change http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/cunliffes-second-speech-another.html

Pokie rorts must be stopped http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/7090591/Editorial-Pokie-rorts-must-be-stopped

Peter Lyons: Seeing clearly through the smoke http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10812611

CARERS WIN

Govt won’t appeal caregiver ruling http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7089825/Govt-won-t-appeal-caregiver-ruling

Ryall casts doubt on carer payment plan http://www.3news.co.nz/Ryall-casts-doubt-on-carer-payment-plan/tabid/423/articleID/257554/Default.aspx

Disabled carer pay assessment starts next year http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/108095/disabled-carer-pay-assessment-starts-next-year

Relatives of disabled win right to carers’ pay http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10812639

TVNZ: Families caring for their disabled children (4:16) http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/families-caring-their-disabled-children-video-4926832

POVERTY & INEQUALITY

Gap between lowest and highest paid still stark http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00089/gap-between-lowest-and-highest-paid-still-stark.htm

Don’t do it Paula: Why Bennett’s latest scheme should be removed at birth by Tim Watkin http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/dont-do-it-paula-why-bennetts-latest-scheme-should-be-removed-at-birth

Right Back to the Future: Welfare Reform 1991-2011

Bay kids’ heartbreaking poverty http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/bay-kids-heartbreaking-poverty/1405669/

WORKRIGHTS NZ

The Union Report online now – with commentator Laila Harre & EPMU National Secretary Bill Newson. Issue 1. The average salary for CEO’s is now $1.5million, showing the gap between the richest and lowest paid NZers is still stark. How do we grow wages & what is the role of unions? Issue 2. Australian Fairfax journalists are involved in industrial action as jobs are moved to NZ. Do unions stand in solidarity with their Australian counterparts or do they welcome jobs for their members? and Issue 3 tonight, What will the latest ERA changes mean and will the Government be more conciliatory in the wake of the education unions win over class room sizes?
Coming up… 18th June – Education special with the PPTA & NZEI; 25th June – Helen Kelly from the CTU & Brenda Pilott from the PSA; 2nd July – Cee Payne from NZNO & First Union; 9th July – Helen Kelly & MUNZ

Proposed labour laws breach international conventions, says union http://www.3news.co.nz/Proposed-labour-laws-breach-international-conventions-says-union/tabid/423/articleID/256961/Default.aspx#ixzz1xA5yihb5

Oceania Rest Home Dispute Settles

http://newsroom.co.nz/stories/oceania-rest-home-dispute-settles

Progress in Ports of Auckland facilitation http://www.munz.org.nz/2012/06/13/progress-in-ports-of-auckland-facilitation/

NZ falls back in gender equality http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion/7091565/NZ-falls-back-in-gender-equality

NZ ECONOMY

Prof. Jane Kelsey: New TPP Leaked Text: National Says ‘Yes’ to Investor Rights to Sue http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00186/national-says-yes-to-investor-rights-to-sue.htm

CTU: Government must clarify right to sue clause http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00187/government-must-clarify-right-to-sue-clause.htm

Coverage of leaked investment text so far on Radio NZ

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120614-0637-new_zealand_cedes_rights_to_foreign_investors_in_trade_talks-00.ogg

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120614-0709-nz_to_give_foreign_investors_right_to_sue_govt_in_trade_talks-00.ogg

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120614-0714-trade_minister_discusses_leaked_trade_talks_documents-00.ogg

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120614-0810-minister_dismisses_tpp_paper-00.ogg

IMF recommendations a recipe for failure http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00100/imf-recommendations-a-recipe-for-failure.htm

Scrapheap the fear for jobless over 50s http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10812149

English eyes education, health for public sector cuts http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6727196/English-eyes-education-health-for-public-sector-cuts

STEVE KEEN : ECONOMIC CRISIS from Saturday Morning on Saturday 26 May 2012 – Professor of economics and finance at the University of Western Sydney, author of Debunking Economics, and one of a minority of economists to predict the current financial crisis. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2520012/steve-keen-economic-crisis

New Zealand Government Blowing Best Chance For Real Reform http://garethsworld.com/new-zealand-government-blowing-best-chance-for-real-reform/

Of deckchairs and icebergs: The Titanic as the NZ economy http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/titanic-nz-economy-voyage-liftetime-fabians/

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