I'd just like to point out, that whilst England may be a nation of moronic chavs and retarded public school twits, I still support them when playing Aussie at cricket.
WE WON THE ASHES!!!
Kiwi's who were around in 1985 will remember the pleasure in beating the Aussies..
If they try to pass a law which requires newspapers to be NACT pamphlets we can fight it together.
Classic Tory disingenuousness, the idea that powerful people and bodies can't infringe human rights.
Newspapers generally are bad business propositions. Only very rich people and companies (or a few well-endowed bodies like the Scott Trust, which doesn't apply in NZ) can afford to run one. Hence there exists as effective a barrier to an NZ newspaper being owned by anyone other than right-wing interests as one were mandated in law.
Universities are independent bodies, and have historically chosen to have student associations. What this law (and the predecessor requiring ballots, for that matter) is to dictate that they cannot have such associations as part of the package of university membership.
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I want to be a member of Victoria University, why should I be forced to be a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association?
I want to get a bus to Karori. Why should I be forced to subsidise Graham Souter's homophobia?
I've been busted for speeding a few times. But I've never had a criminal conviction for it. I would certainly oppose a law that made light speeding a criminal offense, whether or not it gave the cops discretion to decide whether they like me enough not to bust me.
Motoring offences *are* criminal offences, like all others. They can be dealt with through a fixed penalty (as is usual for speeding) or through the courts. You could be prosecuted for driving at 101kph in a 100 limit, for instance.
Such offences, particularly when dealt with as infringements, are not regarded by various authorities as a character issue for immigration and employment. That's their decision, and they are still offences.
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If that goes through I know 2 million NZ voters that need a bit of correcting. Will baseball bats be allowed?
It was no where near a majority of students.
If you didn't vote, then you indicated a desire to go along with the majority views of those that did.
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When I travel on Stagecoach, Wellington's monopoly bus provider, I don't have a choice about some of the fare going to fund Brian Souter's] homophobic and bigoted political campaigns. When I deal with public organisations like Vodafone or ANZ, I'm forced to help fund the Business Roundtable. If I want to get daily news in paper form, I need to buy a NACT pamphlet.
Having a student association as part of the "package" of higher education offered by some universities is no different to this. Students have the choice of attending an institution that doesn't include such membership in the package (unlike Wellington bus users, for instance).
Of course, the agenda behind this is obvious. Right-wing bodies, like the BRT and the newspaper ogligopoly, are fine to extract a compulsory toll from every consumer while any genuinely democratic body that tries to campaign for its members gets suppressed.
There must be something special about this electorate?
Yes. We have brains.
I actually feel that only the electors of Wellington Central should be allowed to vote on anything. Other parts of NZ should be ruled on a colonial basis, with limited autonomy to decide on garbage collection and parking rules.