The '81 tour (and the years working up to it) were very much my coming of age, I was 21 - it was a long wet cold exciting winter everyone's lives stopped
In '84 I moved to Berkeley CA, decidedly political in it's own right, I saw Patu! in a NZ film festival at the PFA, the well off ex-pats behind us tut-tutted, what was wrong with NZ - they had no idea, I saw it again at the old UC theatre in an anti-apartheid festival - when Muldoon came on there were scattered boos from the kiwis in the audience.
When I had been in the US for 6 months or so I was very homesick, someone sent me an EP, we didn't have a record player, it was over a month before I heard it, it blew me away:
check out the shorts on the guy on the left (and one the PA mast head).
Through all this we had an image in our head of Nelson Mandela - that young strong guy with the beard and a smile the man who walked out of Robin island was old, he looked nothing like what we had remembered, but he still had that smile
I cried the day he was released, tears are flowing now - what more can I say
so surely there's an alternative - subpoena the guy who's supposed to have run off with the disk
They'll also be able to veto parallel importing.
Um - what's the point of a free trade agreement if it bans free trade ....
I was also wondering what a "corrupt practice" is in this context ... would a hypothetical candidate with a zoophilia problem get reported because of the nature of his or her crime rather then the possible sentence
We start with section 55(1):
The seat of any member of Parliament shall become vacant—...if he or she is convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for life or by 2 or more years' imprisonment
Section 57(1) of the Electoral Act requires:
The Registrar of the court in which any member of Parliament has been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for life or by 2 or more years' imprisonment, or has been convicted of a corrupt practice, shall, within 48 hours after the conviction, notify the fact to the Speaker.
Graeme: what happens if way he's convicted but sentenced to less that 2 years or say fined, or gets the white collar equivalent home detention - is this a "corrupt practice"? (seems like one to me)
After all if he can't attend parliament because of the ankle bracelet he's pretty worthless as an MP
Bowie QE2 park mid 70s? - set up directly opposite the grandstand by someone who just didn't understand acoustics - Bowie to his credit played to the echo which where we were standing was about as loud as he was
Speaking for myself, I feel more diminished by casually homophobic, misogynistic rape culture enforcers being presented as the voice of Maori. There's plenty of Maori out there who can -- and do -- elevate the discourse rather than drowning it in the nearest sewer. Instead of throwing a pity party for Willie and JT, perhaps its time to move on and lift our game.
I don't disagree - I hope that Radio Live and their corporate puppeteers will find them and give them a voice
I'm in 2 minds, obviously these two oinks needed educating, and I suspect they have - on the other hand they did represent two of the few Maori voices in mainstream Pakeha media who I think spoke to both Maori and Pakeha and by losing that we're all diminished - at times I found them quite infuriating but they did talk about issues that no one else did ... I hope they do come back having learned from their experience, perhaps with a strong female voice as well
I think the right way to do a CGT is to provide an exemption for the "family home"- allow people to sell and trade up their primary residence (keeping the unpaid CGT accumulating) but allow a one life-time exemption on sales (usually taken at retirement or when you downsize when the kids move out)
(this was how the US did it prior to George-the-younger gaming it for the house flippers)
By "right way" I mean politically feasible - resulting in something that hits investors.speculators but not someone going through the normal life curve