(ed:..i did a review of ‘the nation’ yesterday..it is in yesterdays’ stories..)
holmes asks the very relevant question of:..
‘who knew that the government had that veto right over the will of a majority of parliament..?..”
taurima then interviews energy minister heatley..who tries to sell the idea that if we want things like more parental-leave…
..we have to drill-baby-drill..!…
..he then tries to sell drill-baby-drill..!
..’cos of the jobs it will create..
..he then tells us there is nothing-to-see around fracking..
..taurima lists all the countries where fracking is banned..
..and asks heatley what he knows more to be able to wave away concerns..
..heatleys main case seems to be that because we have been doing it here for so long…there is obviously nothing-to-see-there..
heatley then tries to defend open-cast-mining the denniston plateau..
..(but won’t discuss it..aside from his spin..because ‘it’s before the court’..)
..taurima then raises the very significant fact of the lousy royalties we receive for all this dirty-energy..
..(heatley says cheerily about our low rates:..’it’s pretty good..isn’t it..?’..)
..taurima then has a gotcha!-moment..and lists/compares other countries that get over twice as much as we do…
(btw..brownlee was the one who struck the most recent lousy deal with the dirty-energy-sellers..)
(commentator/fmr green mp..-kedgeley notes that the oil-drilling the govt is pushing is in very deep water…with no ability here to deal with any accidents..)
rightwing/academic-commentator robinson also notes how pathetic the royalty-rates the dirty-energy-companies pay us..
..commentator/business-lobbyist o’reilly and holmes come on strong for the dirty-energy-companies..
..o’reilly says it is ‘all about risk-assesment’ (re any spills/accidents..
..kedgeley shoots him down by pointing out that if you have no ability to deal with any major accident..you don’t do it…
..holmes say that even if we have a major oil spill down here..that ‘the healing power of nature’ will fix everything up…
..holmes then defends fracking…
..and attempts a final put-down of kedgeley..’i'm sure they’ve heard you..!’..(obviously upset at her effective demolishing of his dirty-energy-company-pimping…)
o’reilly then invites open derision..when he defends the pitiful low royalty rates we receive from the dirty-energy-companies..’cos ‘we are so far away’…(!)
holmes then interviews english…and asks if aussie companies like us because of our low-wage-economy…
..and compounds that question by asking is that the reason so many are moving to australia..
holmes then quizzes english on his ‘presidential-veto’ of the extension of the paid parental leave..
holmes quotes govt-adviser peter gluckman on the value of full-time parental care for children..
..holmes then lists some of the monies govt has spent..while cryin ‘we can’t afford it!’ on parental-leave..
(holmes then lets english..yet again..get away with his ‘good economic-management’ spin/bullshit..
..(ed:.why do the mainstream media never call english on theis..?..on the stark facts that under him..our foreign debt has blown out from $6billion to over $55 billion..and will go to over $75 billion..(!)..how can he possibly be allowed to get away with that..?..over and over again..?..)
kedgeley points out how it was an abuse of power for english to veto this bill..
..o’reilly defends the english veto…
..robinson then defends the govt right to veto this bill..
..holmes ponts out that only america has less paid parental-leave than new zealand..
..kedgeley then asks why is that raising children is the only job deemed not worthy of payment…?
holmes then tells kedgeley she is saying too much..(!)..and that the last time she was on..he ‘had complaints’..(!)..(ed:..w.t.f..!..)
matters are wrapped up with a brief/inconsequential chat about aucklands’ housing/land crisis..
(ed:..a q&a partly notable for the on-screen bullying of kedgeley..by the host holmes..)