Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: All Change,

    Newshub got the Greens' portfolios:

    Climate change and associate finance are both expected to go to Greens leader James Shaw.

    The Greens will also have conservation, women and land information portfolios, and associate roles in environment, transport and health.

    They will fill a newly created undersecretary role, focused on sexual and domestic violence.

    Good stuff.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to steven crawford,

    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.

    I think everyone knows not to do it like alcohol. Officially the referendum is on making personal use legal, so there'll be a fair bit of room to move.

    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.

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

    On one blog last night a number of members turned to watch Hosking because of the entertainment of his expected meltdown. He delivered! A Caricature of Hosking. Very very funny if you like that sort of humour.

    I watched some of it this morning. It was priceless.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed, in reply to linger,

    levels of ozone-depleting chemicals dropping; not quite the same thing! But yes, a welcome long-term development.

    Indeed.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Some good news tucked away about ozone levels dropping :)

    Hell yes. The climate challenge is far greater, but it shows that things can be done.

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

    As for a referendum on cannabis, I think it’s appropriate. It’s likely to have been a compromise made with NZF who would probably have refused it as policy.

    The interesting thing is that for some time a referendum was actually NZ First policy. So it may not have been a difficult compromise to reach.

    But this might be the more lasting way to do it. If the government changes hands again, they’re far less likely to overturn something arising from a referendum than they are to simply overturn the last government’s policy.

    Quite.

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  • Hard News: All Change,

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    Part of David Seymour's tantrum this morning, from Newshub's liveblog. Can you actually imagine alleged "wild card" Marama Davidson losing the plot like this?

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    BTW, here's the email on policy gains that went to Green delegates before their teleconference last night.

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

    I thought that too, but the Liberals in 1911 formed government without a plurality (though it didn’t last the term).

    I stand corrected!

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

    I think Tracey Martin is the real talent there. Knows what she's doing, works well with others.

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