Posts by Ben Austin

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    You misunderstand my point, I think most people (myself included) here support a proper public broadcaster, but that is not what we have.

    My confusion was more as to why the government hasn't decided to sell their stake in the broadcaster, given it has been fully commercial for sometime, when it has sold other state owned assets.

    I do like the theory that people have loyalty to TV1, that makes some sense.

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out,

    I haven't really understood why TVNZ has not been put up for sale yet. We've had several rounds of sales and it never seems to be seriously discussed, despite clear expectation that it should be commercial.

    If it is all about ideology, why does a state broadcaster get a pass? I would have though on the grounds of privatisation and general dislike of public broadcasters it would have been hocked off a long time ago.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    Because National is the party formed out of the Reform/Liberal (United) parties? Sure, that makes historical sense. Although trying to identify which parts of which party remained/remain in the final product 70-80 years on is a bit of a hassle.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to DeepRed,

    It really does, doesn't it.

    Although a Brietbart operation would be a vanity project in NZ, as I would suspect the revenue model would not support a for profit business. Not if it needs to sustain the level of staff/contractors they seem to be advertising for.

    If we assume say, one person per role (seems like it would be more), what level of advertising revenue would they need in order to justify 17 full or part time staff? I'd assume rather a lot.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    Speaking of Wishart, what has he been up to of late?

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  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal, in reply to BenWilson,

    Nah, I think it was a coded message that National plans to renew the auld alliance with the gangs, Rob's Mob is back

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    That dairy industry story is very interesting, thanks!

    I had a bit of a look around and found a Q&A that the American government agency which sold the butter produced at the time, as you could imagine a lot of people in the US were highly annoyed at what was happening!


    http://digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu/awweb/awarchive?type=file&item=571128

    http://www.nytimes.com/1981/08/07/business/new-zealand-s-plan-reprocess-us-butter.html

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    Speaking as someone who has been overseas for all of Key's rule I find it rather hard to assess both his popularity and Cunliffe's lack of popularity. Both seem to be intangible and I assume make more sense if one is in country and interacting with locals.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to David Haywood,

    I'm not sure if I appreciate that there is much of a distinction between compulsory registration and compulsory voting on your model (as opposed to you must vote for someone). If we are all ok with the former, then we should be ok with your scheme too I'd have thought.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance,

    Re the online NZ Herald/Stuff National Party advertisements - is that normal? I recall seeing the NZ Herald one and I found it rather shocking (as did various foreign friends). I don't recall seeing such advertising before for political campaigns in NZ (but have for commercial services in the UK), but is this a normal thing in NZ, either online or offline.

    It does rather seem like it should not be allowed this close to the election, although I'm less concerned with any party doing it earlier in the campaign for some reason.

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