Parliamentary Services recorded an extra $2m of expenses in the Operations, Information and Advisory Services area of its last Supplementary Expenses declaration of $7.5m. So how hard is it really for Lockwood to authorize an extra $30k for Mojo?
On the Human Rights issue, one of the Exec in 1999 was pro-VSM until Amnesty International published a letter in Canta saying they didn't believe it was a Human Rights issue. If anyone cared it should be about early 1999.
No one ever said there was forced membership of the UCSA
Yep, so why legislate? The first set of legislation took away the right of members to disestablish their students’ association at a general meeting if they so wished. Students’ freedom to disassociate was abused by the first lot of VSM legislation.
No one had to belong to the UCSA.
I am not convinced that stupidity (in the view of many, most?) is a reason to change the law on referendums. Is stupidity a reason not to select or elect MPs, City Councillors or other politicians? I think you'll find the answer is no.
Shouldn't the framers of referendums be free to choose to do something you might think illogical but which 10% of the population thinks sufficiently OK (by whatever criteria) to actively sign a petition asking for the question to be put?
The restrictions on gathering signatures and how much you can spend are a high barrier to purely vexatious questions.
The referendums are not binding.
This referendum will be the fourth. The last was the Norm Withers one of four parts of which people might have agreed with enough of them to vote Yes:
'Should there be a reform of our justice system placing greater emphasis on the needs of victims, providing restitution and compensation for them and imposing minimum sentences and hard labour for all serious violent offences?'
I don’t remember Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark attacking this referendum which is poorly written too.
And I don’t think $9 million, or $36 over 16 years is excessive for the right of citizens to initiate non-binding referendums.
Old men dream of youth
One lives to pass glory on
This blossom buds yet
DL went well last night - maybe 70 - 80 people at the Goodbye Blue Monday bar in the Lanes. Good questions, mostly people were interested in asking about foreign affairs issues (Zimbabwe, Israel/Palestine).
Rodney Hide is not out of the question as a speaker because the key point is not that the speaker is left but who does the broadly left audience want to hear from in this more relaxed environment.
Next up Therese Arseneau and we're still working on Kennedy Graham on the politics of water. Maybe then an articulate speaker from the right? Maybe Neil Miller?
I'm also working on an "open mike" event where anyone (left, right, satanic cow, whatever) with a political view gets five minutes to speak.
Always open for ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
It brings back such memories.
It's not the shouty aspect of the ACT billboards that causes me to hum "mmmmmm", they are billboards after all; it's the spelling. This is undoubtedly casting stones in glasshouses territory. However to misspell in big bold letters on printed billboards one policy you think will ruin the world (emmisions) may be regarded as a misfortune; to misspell both (tolerence) looks like carelessness ...
On the spelling front, we are regaled in CHCH with massive and multiple ACT billboards stating “ZERO TOLERENCE FOR CRIME!” and “THE EMMISIONS TRADING SCHEME WILL RUIN N.Z.”