Posts by Euan Mason

  • Hard News: Orcon IRL on Journalism: The Video, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    You guys have forgotten that it’s about finding and reporting truth.

    Couldn't agree more.

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  • Hard News: Orcon IRL on Journalism: The Video,

    “We’re talking a lot about journalism lately – and we’re doing it because journalism is facing something approaching an existential crisis.”

    RadioNZ is a great example of independent, but publicly-funded journalism. An independent fourth estate is essential for democracy, and so extending the RadioNZ model may provide a more secure home for the rigorous journalistic analysis that we so desperately lack in a world largely inhabited by least cost, press release parroting advertising outlets (present company exempted from that criticism :) ).

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave, in reply to Julienz,

    I believe we are talking about choice not compulsion.

    "The sweeping change will allow any school, tertiary provider or an approved industry to apply to be a "community of online learning" (COOL)."

    The same argument is used for charter schools and charter schools have worked out so well..........

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

    The prime benefit to the government of this nonsense is that we're no longer talking about child poverty or homelessness.

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  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    The US was interested in securing profits for big corporates and ran into concerns about losses of domestic jobs due to freer trade. In New Zealand the TPP was supported by either those who mistakenly dreamed it would provide substantial gains in free trade or those who still believe that earnings for the rich benefit everyone. ISDS provisions were a major assault on our sovereignty that would have locked us into a neoliberal economy just as that ideology is in its death throes. It will be a relief if we finally abandon the TPP.

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  • Polity: Hidden Costs,

    Thanks for the post Rob. I experienced one or two dark moments during my PhD studies, but perhaps not in the same category as those you describe. Overall those years were some of the most satisfying of my life; complete freedom to pursue ideas I was passionate about, unshackled by the need to secure big funding and almost no administrative responsibilities. We were both students, with two small children, and while financially poor, we were very rich in our mental lives. Uncertainty about the outcome commonly afflicts PhD candidates I suspect, and I was no exception in that regard, but a few joyous "aha" moments and steady progress provided sufficient motivation for me to keep going.

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  • Speaker: The Uncomfortable Silence,

    Great writing. Readers will all grieve with you.

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  • Polity: English canards,

    Rob this needs to be made into a press release. It's too important to have simply as a blog. Most people fail to understand how GST impacts on relative taxation of different income groups, and their misconceptions influence voting patterns and ultimately social policy.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses,

    So long as rich people are making money the Key government is happy, and any solution that would restrict such money making is absolutely out of the question. Moreover, their ideal is that people should be able to make money while contributing hardly anything of real value, simply by being clever traders. When you accept that this is their mindset, their policies actually make a kind of warped sense. The problem is, of course, that it's extremely hard for rich people to get even richer while solving the very real problems encountered by desperately poor people. It it were easy to find such solutions then we would no longer have poverty in New Zealand, everyone would be in clean, dry & comfortable accommodation, and we would have a society where everyone really did have a chance to succeed, irrespective of their circumstances at birth.

    Social housing funded by a capital gains tax and higher taxes on the rich (with no loopholes) would do so much good.

    How bad does it have to get before the wider electorate is disgusted enough to turf out the crazies in the government benches?

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  • Island Life: What I saw at the step change.,

    GST. A poll tax by any other nsme would smell just as putrid.

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