"I agree - they are very much the old guard of the rugby/racing/beer NZ male stereotype."
unfortunately not. i just had a brief conversation with a young man involved at top level club rugby, who supports mr haden's statements completely. if it were ok to extrapolate from a single example, i would have said haden's attitude is pervasive in the rugby culture of today.
very sorry that you won't be writing here anymore. also a big fan of your blog. twitter it is then...
emma, ashraf abstained on the prostitution reform, he voted in favour of civil unions. just for the record.
My position has long been that ALAC should run an ad showing men in a similar situation - walking home drunk, getting abducted or attacked. I'm sure it's not an impossibly rare situation.
tame, too tame. given that some men who get drunk commit rape, they could try running an ad with the theme "don't get drunk, you might turn into a rapist", as has been suggested by someone over at the hand mirror. or given the impact of alcohol on domestic violence, they could try a "don't get drunk, you might go home and beat your kids" rather than the accidental injury one they've chosen. now those would be attention-grabbing, but i somehow suspect there would be a lot more opposition to them, and they wouldn't be winning awards in the way that the "lisa" ad has done...
sorry david, going to have to call you on this one. the free travel for senior citizens does not cost much at all. it's very simple: in off-peak hours, the buses and ferries were all doing these routes anyway, only with empty seats. now the seats will be full, but all the routes are the same. yes, there may have been some senior citizens who would have used those routes and paid for it, but i'd say not that many. what you're actually seeing is people who would not have otherwise travelled, filling seats that would otherwise be empty. so unless there a whole lot more runs than they were prior to the policy coming in or no change in the numbers of senior citizens using the free fares, we have paid very little for this policy.
the upside: it increases the mobility of our senior citizens, gets them out and about and feeling more positive. i'd say that what we save on health costs would be way, way more than what we pay for the loss of a small amount of paying fares.
hope that made sense, don't have time to check over it...
Seriously, buy some wheat, dairy, vegetable and even oil stocks, and get the hell outta Dodge.
oh thanks, and push all our food and petrol prices even higher, causing more riots in developing countries and truckie strikes in developed ones. do you really want the revolution to start right now?
And what happens to the Rt Hon Winston Peters?
parliament doesn't rise til 3 october. the committee is meeting next tuesday, i believe they are due to report to parliament on 23 sept (from something dr cullen said during question time this week). in any case, plenty of time for the process to be worked through.
damn good call on the election date mr. brown.
yes, i thought it rough that some journalist questioned whether the standard had prior information, yet didn't mention your predictive powers...
<quote><waves> Hey, you guys? You might make a few of us with vaginas who don't appreciate slut-shaming metaphors a little uncomfortable with that one.<quote>
thank you danielle, you did that so nicely. i just couldn't think of anything that polite!
I have in mind here a book written by an Aussie woman, which was talked about on nine-to-noon recently.
the author is maggie hamilton, the book is "what's happening to our girls". it was based on her talking to girls around australia as well as teachers, counsellors etc. the findings were scary and quite sad, including low self-esteem, an increase in bullying behaviour, the normalisation of self-mutilation (including cutting, pulling out of hair and others). pity the interview is no longer on-line, but the book is no doubt available and well worth a read.