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Hard News: All Change

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  • simon g,

    More fuckwitted non-journalism: on the day a new government is sworn in, there are dozens of potential stories on policies and people, so what does TV3 (Newshub) present as a major story tonight? (drum roll ...) - MPs who become Ministers get a pay rise. Gosh.

    Honestly, how utterly indifferent to politics do you have to be to think that is anywhere near the headline of the day? Why even bother having a job as a political reporter, if you're not interested in news? FFS.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Neil,

    It would be a bit awkward to gear up such an industry only to have demand suddenly drop off.

    Three things that will still need doing regardless of future immigration policy:
    Christchurch rebuild (...still, after nearly 8 years…);
    Kaikoura rebuild;
    Affordable housing (remembering that National didn't even get 1% of the way towards addressing the existing shortfall).
    I think the building industry is safe for a few decades yet.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1938 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Neil, in reply to linger,

    It only takes for the Australian economy to take off - which it is starting to do - for immigration to go back to how it was a few years ago.

    That might not have any effect on the building industry in 5 years but perhaps in 10.

    It might be nice gesture for Labour to admit they were wrong to bang on about immigration.

    Twyford a few years ago was rightly criticising Fletchers for monopoly pricing - one of the real reasons we have a housing problem. But then went silent on that and started on about the Chinese. - just when they felt threatened by Peters.

    A bit of humility - a bit of empathy even, might be appreciated.

    Since Nov 2016 • 380 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to simon g,

    More international reckons: a UK Tory gets just about everything wrong, worth a read and a giggle.

    Even funnier when read out by Rik Mayall in character as Allan B'Stard, if he was still alive.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Neil,

    It only takes for the Australian economy to take off - which it is starting to do

    Yeah, about that. Turnbull is hanging on by his fingernails after today's court decision. I anticipate an election sooner rather than later over the ditch.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

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