commentary:..New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer – Thursday 2 April 2015..

(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of proceedings..)

update:..apologies to readers – imissed it – and i am unsure if i can summon the will to watch a replay..)

Questions to Ministers

(ed:..they really slave at it those mp’s..eh..?..it’s only a few weeks since they came back from that huge xmas break – and now they have another holiday – stretching through to the end of april -

- the pressure of how to fill all those holiday days – must drive them crazy..eh..?..)

1)..PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What reports, if any, has he received about KiwiRail’s plans to get rid of electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk Line and replace them with diesel locomotives?

..answer:..no decision has been made yet..

2)..JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he considering replacing the electric locomotives with diesel locomotives on the Main Trunk Line, and would this mean removing electrification on that line?

3)..DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and business sentiment?

4)..Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Act 2012 has achieved “a stable, permanent capital base for the Co-operative, secures our future and will support progress with our strategy to grow volumes and value”; if so, why?

5)..MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made to improve statutory child protection in New Zealand?

6)..Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What lessons, if any, on regional economic development has he drawn from his recent ministerial visits to Northland?

7)..CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Will he stop any further work on dairy conversions by Landcorp, in light of the drop in the dairy price yesterday and concerns about the impact that those conversions will have on water quality; if not, why not?

8)..MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What recent steps has the Government taken to promote and support New Zealand exporters?

9)..Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: What monetary and other assistance was provided by the New Zealand Government in support of his bid for appointment as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation?

10)..BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the Better for Business – Result 9 Programme?

11)..POTO WILLIAMS to the Minister for Social Housing: Why are Christchurch’s social housing organisations facing increased homelessness four years after the last major earthquake?

12)..MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his answers given to the House on 1 April 2015?

New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer.

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“..Can Oregon’s tiny houses be part of the solution to homelessness?..”

“..Heben’s version is less Henry David Thoreau – more Emma Goldman.

Partly influenced by the solidarity between the housed and unhoused that he witnessed as a participant in the Occupy movement -

- the model he facilitates emphasises not self-reliance -

- but mutual aid.

That ethic is the real core of this experiment..”

(cont..)

(it would be possible to see variations on this working especially well on communally-owned maori-land..)

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Can Oregon’s tiny houses be part of the solution to homelessness? | US news | The Guardian.

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“..New Zealand’s human rights performance slipping..”

“..New Zealand’s image as a global human rights leader is not backed up by performance at home -

- a new report says..”

(cont..)

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New Zealand’s human rights performance slipping – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Dita De Boni: Peters’ mission – to save our sovereignty..”

“..We have to hope Winston Peters sticks to his word -

- and fights provisions in the TPP free trade agreement..”

(cont..)

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Dita De Boni: Peters’ mission – to save our sovereignty – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Oh sh*t – I’m the 1 percent: Secrets of the super-wealthy..”

“..I grew up poor.

My kids now live in Fairfield County.

We all think we’re middle-class – because we always feel behind..”

(cont..)

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Oh sh*t, I’m the 1 percent: Secrets of the super-wealthy – Salon.com.

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“..Map: The United States of Legal Weed..”

“..With a slew of polls now showing that most Americans think pot should be taxed and regulated like alcohol -

- it’s probably only a matter of time before legalization sweeps the nation..”

(cont..)

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Map: The United States of Legal Weed | Mother Jones.

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“..America Ranks in the Top 5 Globally – for Putting Its Citizens to Death..”

“..We’re No. 5! – We’re No. 5!..”

(cont..)

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America Ranks in the Top 5 Globally—for Putting Its Citizens to Death | Mother Jones.

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“..Radio Is Soulless – Can These Radicals Make It Great Again?..”

“..Radio’s more natural role in this world might be in introducing listeners to new music -

- stuff they don’t already know they like..”

(cont..)

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Radio Is Soulless. Can These Radicals Make It Great Again? | WIRED.

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“..Review: Samsung Galaxy S6..”

“..This new Galaxy flagship is beautiful -

- it’s powerful – it’s really easy to use.

It’s the best Android phone you can buy right now..”

(cont..)

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 | WIRED.

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“..A Social Network – Designed to Combat Depression..”

“..Panoply – a crowdsourced website for improving mental health..”

(cont..)

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A Social Network Designed to Combat Depression | WIRED.

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“..Silk Road Boss’ First Murder Attempt – Was His Mentor’s Idea..”

“..The allegation that the Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts attempted to pay for six murders -

- has loomed over the story of that massive online drug market.

How could the pseudonymous figure preaching non-violent – libertarian ideals -

- stoop to commissioning the paid killings of half a dozen people?..”

(cont..)

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Silk Road Boss’ First Murder Attempt Was His Mentor’s Idea | WIRED.

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“..The United States Could Learn From Its British Ally..”  

“..Although Britain and France were on the winning side of both world wars -

- they lost their worldwide empires -

- partly because those wars drained their coffers..”

(cont..)

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 The United States Could Learn From Its British Ally    :    Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..We Are Losing The Oceans..”  

“..the human destruction of the oceans.

It is a real destruction – with far-reaching consequences.

That fact is indisputable..”

(cont..)

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  We Are Losing The Oceans   :    Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..If This is What an Anti-war Presidency Looks Like To You – You’re Detached From Reality..” 

“..If Obama is an anti-war president – he’s the worst anti-war president in history.

In the last six years – the Obama administration has bombed seven countries in the Middle East alone..”

(cont..)

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    If This is What an Anti-war Presidency Looks Like To You, You’re Detached From Reality  :    Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..How to Decipher Yemen: Where the Enemy of Your Enemy – Is Also Your Enemy..”

“..There are fourth myths about Yemen that need to be sorted out..”

(cont..)

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How to Decipher Yemen: Where the Enemy of Your Enemy Is Also Your Enemy   :    Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..John Pilger:  Fascism in Ukraine..”  (audio/interview..)  

“..The 21st century is witnessing a new rise of fascism -

- that is not less dangerous than the Nazi movement in the period of the World War II..”

(cont..)

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 John Pilger:  Fascism in Ukraine   :    Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..How to Be a Woman in Tehran..”

“..what it’s like to be a female journalist working in Iran..”

(cont..)

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How to Be a Woman in Tehran by Habibe Jafarian, translated from the Persian by Salar Abdoh – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

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“..The Portals to Conscious Elderhood..”

“..As they pass through life – people are expected to move from one ill-defined stage to another alone -

- with little psychological and spiritual preparation.

The two areas where this lack is most detrimental to personal and societal well-being -

- are the ambiguous passage from adolescence into adulthood -

- and the equally amorphous passage from career-focused adulthood into early elderhood..”

(cont..)

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The Portals to Conscious Elderhood – Community – Utne Reader.

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“..Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program..”

“..Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program -

- to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying-

- and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage -

- potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China..”

(cont..)

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Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program.

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“..This Conservative Anti-Tax Utopia Is Imploding..”

“..Two weeks after the utterly delusional Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed in a radio interview that Kansas’ experiment in supply-side economics was ‘working’ -

- the latest batch of numbers from the Sunflower State further put the lie to the utterly delusional governor’s assertion..”

(cont..)

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This Conservative Anti-Tax Utopia Is Imploding | Alternet.

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barack obamas’ biggest mistake..?

“..Barack Obama refused to extract foreclosure relief from the nation’s largest banks -

- as a condition for their receipt of hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money..”

(cont..)

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Barney Frank’s Biggest Bombshell: His Shocking Anecdote About the Financial Crisis | Alternet.

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“..Infuriating Video Shows City Official Calling Vietnam Vet ‘the Enemy’ for His Use of Medical Marijuana..”

“..Ream explained how he has been a patient for four years -

- and he is off all of his pharmaceutical medicine.

All he uses for his symptoms is his medical marijuana.

He then politely invited Mr. Montgomery to come and learn about the benefits of the substance -

- and how safe marijuana actually is..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Infuriating Video Shows City Official Calling Vietnam Vet ‘the Enemy’ for His Use of Medical Marijuana | Alternet.

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“..Investing in Agriculture in Developing Countries: The Whole World Says Yes – But the WTO Says No..”

“..The global rules that actually govern agriculture –

- not just for trade – but also domestic production –

- are set in the World Trade Organization (WTO) -

- and they are appallingly unfair and antiquated..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>p>Investing in Agriculture in Developing Countries: The Whole World Says Yes, But the WTO Says No | Alternet.

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“..Lower Semen Quality Linked to Pesticide Residue in Fruits and Vegetables – According to New Study..”

“..Higher levels of pesticide residue in fruit and vegetables -

- are associated with lower quality of semen..”

(cont..)

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Lower Semen Quality Linked to Pesticide Residue in Fruits and Vegetables According to New Study | Alternet.

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“..’Drones – Baby – Drones!’ – The Rise of America’s High-Tech Assassins..”

“..An excerpt from book on America’s ever-expanding drone wars..”

(cont..)

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‘Drones, Baby, Drones!’ The Rise of America’s High-Tech Assassins | Alternet.

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“..The Right’s Made-Up God: How Bigots Invented a White Supremacist Jesus..”

“..The white – blond-haired – gun-toting – Bible-quoting- Jesus of the religious right -

- is a god of their own making..”

(cont..)

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The Right’s Made-Up God: How Bigots Invented a White Supremacist Jesus | Alternet.

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“..HBO’s Scientology Exposé – Shows the Cult Is Much Crazier and More Ruthless Than You Might Imagine..”

“..Director Alex Gibney lifts the lid on an international racket -

- steeped in mystery..”

(cont..)

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HBO’s Scientology Exposé Shows the Cult Is Much Crazier and More Ruthless Than You Might Imagine | Alternet.

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..”

(cont..)

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Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..Inside Ravensbrück – Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women..”

“..The hundreds of survivors’ stories in this account -

- bear witness to the terrifying heterogeneity of Nazi crimes..”

(cont..)

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If This Is a Woman: Inside Ravensbrück, Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm – review | Books | The Guardian.

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“..The future of loneliness..”

“..As we moved our lives online – the internet promised an end to isolation.

But can we find real intimacy amid shifting identities -

- and permanent surveillance?..”

(cont..)

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The future of loneliness | Olivia Laing | Society | The Guardian.

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“..If you want to write about feminism online – be ready to take on the haters..”

“..a whole armoury of retorts to fire back at the delightful randoms -

- who take time out of their busy days to call me a ‘minger’..”

(cont..)

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If you want to write about feminism online, be ready to take on the haters | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Lee Scratch Perry webchat..”

“..The dub reggae superstar answered your questions –

- on the greats of reggae – the war on drugs -

- and the delights of Switzerland..”

(cont..)

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Lee Scratch Perry webchat – as it happened | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Cynthia Lennon dies at 75..”

“..John Lennon’s first wife – Cynthia – has died at her home in Spain – her family said.

She was 75..”

(cont..)

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Cynthia Lennon dies at 75 | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Polls:..Nick Clegg on course to lose seat at election..”

“..Batch of polls in eight key Liberal Democrat seats -

- finds party leader trailing by two points -

- and Tories consolidating position..”

(cont..)

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Nick Clegg on course to lose seat at election, according to Lord Ashcroft poll | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Company directors: underworked and overpaid?..”

“..the survey showed the median number of board meetings was 10 a year -

- at an average of four hours.

Typically directors spent four hours preparing for each board meeting -

- so – over 3 years – a director would devote a total of seven weeks to the company..”

(cont..)

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Carmel Fisher: Company directors: underworked and overpaid? – Business – NZ Herald News.

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no cars on queen st – only trams..?

“..Much of Queen St would be closed off to motor vehicles-

- under latest scheme by transport planners..”

(cont..)

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Little room for cars in Auckland tram plan – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Stop wharf extensions or else – council..”

“..Auckland Council has told Ports of Auckland to stop work on two wharf extensions -

- face the ‘thermonuclear-option’..”

(cont..)

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Stop wharf extensions or else – council – National – NZ Herald News.

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steve braunias gives his take on the lundy-retrial:..’Lundy’s guilt for all to see at end’..

“..Killer’s hopes of release sunk -

- after jury watch police interview..”

(cont..)

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Lundy’s guilt for all to see at end – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Being vegan’s about ‘making positive changes’..”

“..Being vegetarian or vegan is about making positive changes.

Huge ones.

For the animals – for your health – for future generations -

- and for the environment..”

(cont..)

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Being vegan’s about ‘making positive changes’ | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..undeclared animal ingredients in dog-food..”

“..pet food makers are not required to spell out the exact contents of cat and dog dishes.

They are able to market a product as a beef – chicken – or pork dish -

- as long as the species comprises at least 4 per cent of the animal proteins present –

- even if it is offal..”

(cont..)

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Pets falling ill to undeclared animal ingredients in their food – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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