Posts by Rob Stowell

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…, in reply to Hebe,

    BPC wasn't doing well - but many of its problems related to endless and ever-increasing bureaucratic demands from central govt. Eg the BP district plan of 1998 was one of the toughest on development in NZ, on the back of various consultants' reading of the RMA. That took 10 years to unravel, a mountain of paper, and massive cost in $ and goodwill.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    If we combine with the Australian military presence, surely we'd have to have the same 'rules of engagement'?
    What does that mean vis-a-vis Key's assurance NZ forces would have a 'training role only'?

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    'slightlyleftofcentre' has gone private. Or maybe I have a suspicious IP?!

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  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world,

    There are definite moves towards open source to counter this racket (consider that academics who are largely paid by the public to research, have to further dip into their research funds to get published by private companies who then charge university libraries (ie the public paying again) for very limited access to the research.)
    Many universities have a repository for research papers. And there are more open source journals now. (I reckon academic publishing a la Elsevier could disappear in the next 10-15 years.)
    Some academics at Lincoln and Canterbury universities talking on the benefits of open source (and how they use it).

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sacha,

    Russell has written a fresh post about the Gwyn report.

    And a remarkable report it is.
    RNZ harping about the 'leaking' yesterday - maybe to avoid the obvious orchestration of getting this and the Collins report out on the same day? (Who set *that* timetable?)

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Aaaand … here’s the Collins SFO report.

    Looking simply at the 'conclusions' - no evidence of anything improper or even slap-on-the-wrist-worthy'.
    Whitewash or not, for at least a moment, expect this 'vindication' of Collins to eclipse the Gwyn report. Collins back triumphant, PM 'seen to be scrupulous and careful' etc etc.

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  • Hard News: Prague,

    Lovely post. Eclipsed by Slatergate today, doubtless, but lovely nonetheless!

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    Answers to questions around 'what did Key know, and when?' are largely in Ede's hands. It's been evident since he 'disappeared' (the day Dirty Politics' came out) he could likely sink Key. Despite having a slew of his online conversations, his character remains largely unexamined, there's only one photo, and his motives and loyalties are obscure. Lotta pressure on this dude ...

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Paul Buchanan suitably scathing on morning report. Bad enough at any time. In the run-up to an election it amounts to subverting democracy.
    Add the SIS ‘losing’ the recording of Key’s briefingon dotcom and the PMs involvement in appointing thehead of the GCSB and confidence in these institutions is gone.
    Eta: ideological appointments into other public service top jobs and cynical abuse of OIA also seem rife. That may be the story of this govt. Good government requires a well run and independent public service.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    I feel a little saddened (and worried) the trio of Davids are so down-graded. There's a lot of talent sitting in that clump. Hope it's not wasted, or worse.

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