Posts by Steve Curtis

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  • Hard News: Last Words, in reply to Sarah King,

    "National standards" only applies to primary/intermediate schools.

    High schools can do their own thing until the pupil starts NCEA which is a form of standardisation

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Blues Clues,

    any journalists carrying bottles of water with them or on their desk need to be careful the police dont immediately see that as a potential 'molotov cocktail', after all keeping records of Keys bland words is a serious crime and the first step to overthrowing the state

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Referendum Fact Check #6:…,

    Looking more closely at MMP in Germany, its a far more complicated beast than the MMP we use in NZ.
    The first postwar election there doesnt seem to have been two votes, if you voted for a person , you voted for their party as well. This continued in some lander up until 2010.
    Bavaria uses regional party lists for the second vote but your 2nd vote is for a person on that list.
    Baden Wurttemburg doesnt have lists at all for the second vote, but uses a best near winner over the 4 regions of the state, which choses the highest polling electorate candidate of a particular party who didnt win.
    That is if you were the highest polling ACT candidate who didnt win you would get in on the party 'list' behind any ACT candidate who won an electorate - I think ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Referendum Fact Check #6:…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    The NAZIS came in via a preferential system.

    Nope. Proportional. The change after the war was to introduce electorates (and the new threshold, I think)

    The Nazis also had the support of "the 1%" which seems to been enough on top of the 33% they got in the Nov 32 election to make Hitler the Chancellor after some manoeuvring .
    The voting system of the time seemed to be based on proportional by regions , or wahlkreise, rather than smaller electorates

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Referendum Fact Check #6:…,

    I dont see how Gordon Mclaughins comment that Gillard is only there because of the voting system can possibly pass muster.

    A quick check of wikipedia gives labour 50.12% and Liberal National coalition 49.88%. These are a strange beast called two party preferred totals
    You would very much hope that the party with the largest share of the votes gets to form a government. So Julia wins on that basis.
    What their voting system did do is NOT give them a majority of the MPs. However Julia again won the support of a majority of independent Mps

    Again if you look at the official AEC figures for 'first preference votes' you get Labour with 38% and the Greens 11.76% to give 49.7% and on the other side Liberals and the Nationals got 43.3% in total well short of the left side.
    Labour and the Greens arent in a formal coalition but its the only way to play it.

    Could Gordan have got his information from preliminary two party preferred vote from the first few days after the election, which did give Abbott the edge. The more exhaustive recheck with postal votes counted only comes out after some weeks and gave the result above.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Indecision 2011: Writing Policy on…,

    Just how did you find nationals napkin, when I drill down to this

    http://www.national.org.nz/Policies.aspx

    I get this
    Error
    The page or function you are trying to access is unavailable.

    So I choose another tack. Choose from the drop down menu Arts Culture & heritage
    and get a self satisfied picture of The Hon Christopher Finlayson
    and this a link to his speech on Merchant Navy Day
    http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleId=33890


    Ohhh is that the sound of the off switch

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: On the trail, pt 1.,

    I didnt know the West Coast finished at the Buller River.
    Heard of Greymouth and its airport Hokitika

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Up to 11,

    The 5% itself can vary from election to election as the votes cast change due to population and turnout.
    What about a fixed amount of 75,000 votes or even the number of enrolled voters of the smallest ( general ) seat which is roughly 45,000. Of course you dont need 45000 votes to win a seat , just a plurality

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election Fact Check #3: It…,

    The applying in advance for voting papers ( which are then sent to you by post) seems to be an Australian thing but they also have the standard early voting procedure.
    The DomPost and Wikipedia have the correct version, so where did the Listener get its information ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election Fact Check #3: It…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    If you arent sending back the voter registration form then they are automatically un enrolled
    . I fail to see the logic in getting IRD letters ( to pay up ?) allows some sort of voter fraud.
    Ps make a habit of sending back letters , return to sender

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 269 posts Report Reply

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