Posts by giovanni tiso

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Jim Cathcart,

    Is it possible to oversee a Finance portfolio for NZ without any sturdy finance experience or academic credentials?

    Bill English has an honours degree in English literature. Michael Cullen had a PhD in history.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Sacha,

    Disability is in the demoted unranked zone at 17.

    They gave it to Goff? Or did you mean Dyson? EDIT: sorry, it's clearly Dyson. I think it makes sense to leave it with her, rather than giving it to someone ranked higher but who wouldn't know what to do with it. She could do the policy work (which includes working with the highly ranked Hipkins) and be effective in the house on the issues.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    "Ironically, we had a hell of a job trying to get the Herald to stop using the bogus figures the minister's office had handed out. They were even quoted twice in editorials."

    You, me and Alanis Morissette need to finally have that conversation about the meaning of irony. What you were going for here I believe is "Unsurprisingly..."

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    (Also: thank you Sacha.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    "And I'd wager that there might well be a few more stories to be found in interrogating the data that governments and ministers offer to justify their actions."

    I think it was in his Bruce Jesson lecture in 2012 that Hager first suggested that sorting through this kind data - by splitting the sheer work it takes, and that is often beyond the capabilities of individual journalists or newsrooms - could be a good and straightforward use of a crowd of volunteer investigative journalists.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand’s…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Sterilisation of undesirable people has been widespread everywhere and remnants remain with the debates about the sterilisation of disabled girls and women in many countries.

    Most recently in New Zealand, this.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to Angela Hart,

    I made a series of OIA requests attempting to get at the information. I've copied the last two (which were to different Ministry people because my previous responses came from them) and the final response to dropbox, which you should be able to access via this link.

    Thank you Angela. The suggestion that NASCs are independent organisations is frankly extraordinary.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to Angela Hart,

    a claim that Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination Agencies (NASCs) which are contracted to the Ministry of Health to gatekeep resources are not subject to the OIA.

    Do you have a link to your OIA request about this anywhere?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping…, in reply to Greville Whittle,

    To all those getting caught up in the "But your guys did it first" arguments...

    ...remember "your guys" is a meaningless phrase. On questions of economics and governance New Zealand has had an interrupted series of right wing governments by most international standards. It's not a case of "but it also happened under Labour" so much as "and it also happened [or started] under Labour". There is no contradiction, and it's pointless to wait for a cavalry that is simply never going to come.

    The challenge of campaigning about these issues is that it pits you against the vast majority of the political class. Nicky Hager has spoken about this at length.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to mark taslov,

    It is significant as a monetary figure, but Labour’s reduction from $5000 to 0 is arguably more so, at least wrt to the political philosophy of the party. Implementing a $2000 tax free threshold appears more realisable in an MMP Government.

    Nonetheless, groups advocating $10,000 tax-free threshold following the raise in GST include those inveterate Marxist-Leninists at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. By which I mean it was a distinct turn to the right to abandon or scale back the measure.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7422 posts Report Reply

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