Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: All Change,

    Seems to me a job that needs doing is to require that TVNZ ensure that presenters of, or reporters on, news programmes or programmes about current affairs, are seen to be impartial.

    Here, I found you a code of practice you can cut and paste. Shouldn't take too long for whoever's Broadcasting Minister?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5530 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The climate changed,

    How are the government going to make this happen, though?

    Are they going to persuade/mandate Wellington Region Council to retain the trolleybus network?

    How are they going to get the power industry to reverse their decision to keep Huntly open until 2022?

    How are they going to stop Auckland (and Wellington's) car-based sprawl against the widespread delusion that the only way to make housing affordable is to build on fields dozens of kilometres from the city centre?

    Are they going to make air ticket prices reflect the impact of air travel so people don't fly across the country like they're going to the shops?

    And are they going to tell Paul Eagle and his mates that we don't need a motorway to Wellington Airport, just because it's in his electorate and some traffic planner years ago drew SH1 as ending there?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5530 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…,

    What Labour should have gone with, and I did say this before the election, was a tax *cut*.

    $50 a week in everyone's pay packet in the form of a $10k personal tax allowance, paid for by capital gains tax on landlords, making companies pay a fair rate of tax and a wealth tax on the super-rich.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5530 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election 2017: the Special…,

    Why the fascination with electorates?

    I know the "exciting battle for Waikekemukau South" gives pundits something to go on about, but they make as much difference to the end result as who wins Potsdam Süd.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to linger,

    The system works on trust. And with MMP, the effect of any transgressions is limited. (FPP magnifies fraud by allowing bogus votes in key electorates to transform a result).

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I think that if CGT had been packaged with say a $10k personal allowance (which would equal about $50 a week for most taxpayers) as tax fairness issue between landlords and workers, then it would have had no problems. It's the concept that it's just an extra tax that people (ignorantly in most cases) balked at.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    “I’d guarantee I earn four times your salary, and I voted Labour. National is for low paid idiots”

    Awesome. Did you burn a fiver for good measure, like Chelsea supporters used to do?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5530 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's RNZ+ plan: largely coherent,

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    Funding a Chair of Computer Gaming at Otago University

    One of these?

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  • Legal Beagle: Dispatches from my twitter…,

    There is a probability that an electorate that may be thought a "bellwether" has actually aligned that way from chance (more so with FPP electorates that always elect an MP from the winning party, I think).

    It would be interesting to calculate this for Ōtaki and also to look at the time series.

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  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…, in reply to Kim Griggs,

    So any NZers who've been away for over three years can fly in the day before (but not on the day), register and vote.

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