Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to izogi,

    The Conservation portfolio’s not the only thing I care about, but I care about it a lot.

    Same!

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Neil,

    I think Labour would be better off just talking to staff at community mental health centres and inpatient units.

    There's this thing with a buzz word "consumer engagement". The Health Quality and Safety commission have been doing that for a few years now. The reason isn't actually as you might think, just to be politically correct and post modernist.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    And isn’t that the opposite of what should be the case – given non-Gold Card holders are (in the main) using the transport to facilitate productive activity (work) – whereas Gold Card holders are likely using it for consumptive activity.

    The optimist would think they are mainly out using there gold cards (economically) for interacting with the services industry’s. And that’s a good reason for service industry workers to also have gold cards. That would help them to see each other at eye level.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    There is an argument for quality over quantity regardless of how you define supervision

    Tricky that one. It’s a serious business they are in. I like the team approach to health care. That means there’s different levels of qualification but nothing is managed by one person. It’s another form of supervision. All of the health systems are working towards new checks and balance techniques, following the airline industry’s.

    Clinical Psychologists and psychiatrists can be in positions of immense power in certain contexts. So it’s a good idea to not let any of them drift into what some of the clergymen are infamous for.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to izogi,

    That’s effectively the management of 1/3 of the entire land-area of New Zealand, plus it’s currently undergoing substantial stress and in need of transformation due to pest and tourism impacts.

    I guess, and knowing how John Key sullied the word pragmatism, that the minister of tourism would be wise to there ability to sell conservation spending as a good commercial investment. Let’s hope the ministers get together form good relationships, and have quite walks on the beach. Or drinks at the Koru club at least.

    The bovine tuberculosis people funded some cyanide paste down our side of the road. That was good, but the opossums are abundant over the road and they can migrate safely under the road bridge. I don't have any more fire power than yellow traps. So federated farmers and conservation – Koru club – could be a job for Mr Peters him very self.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Neil,

    It would make much more sense to simply provide more funding for existing services.

    What I know about mental health services (which isn’t a hell of a lot), is that they are fragmented. ACC and DHBs being the most obvious. But drug and alcohol treatment providers also carve off fund claimable parts that are distinct from ACC and the diseases of the mind services.

    In an ideal world, DHBs would provide the appropriate services so that ACC would would have no business managing sensitive claims. The same might be aplyed to head injury claimants.

    I say that because the way a significant number vulnerable and possibly suicidal peoples mental health care is currently managed by what amount to an insurance corporation. They really are only about the money.

    Funding university’s to research and train clinical Psychologists and make a point of mentioning and affirming how valuable they are, would be one good job for a good and proper government to be getting on with.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed,

    My other grump is the claim we have too many old cars.

    My grump is that the train fare (electric train) from Porirua to Wellington, is more than it costs me to drive a ton of steel ute on the same journey. And the trains are half empty during off peak hours, because they cost so bloody much for anyone without a gold card to ride.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Cup of Datura tea?

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We’ll take lessons from Colorado – where state authorities have been quite alert to their emerging market and prepared to adjust the rules as required – but likely follow Canada’s cautious approach to legalisation and regulation.

    That's a point. We do have those to study, and at least this new government are likely to listen to expert recommendations.

    And, how cool it is to start feeling proud to be a citizen of the shaky islands. Well done us for electing a reasonable government.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Alfie,

    And it’s great to see that the Greens’ gained a referendum on cannabis legalisation. Hopefully any future legislation will be based on the Drug Foundation’s excellent Model Drug Law proposal which takes a refreshingly common-sense approach to the issue.

    The Greens leader just said "it's time to move to a regulated market". That's not good, if it's anything like the current alcohol market, with its promotional marketing practices. Cannabis has a high dependency rate, and it fucks some people totally up.

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