Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Return of Disasteradio, in reply to Stupid,

    USA solar eclipse is next Monday 21st August

    Oops.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Return of Disasteradio, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    That Me & Julio is lovely

    Nice, huh? And really an authentic moment too. Good for her.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to simon g,

    Amen.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Return of Disasteradio,

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    Oh, nice. Each of the Facebook events for the Disasteradio tour is illustrated with a different closeup detail from Luke’s 3D rendered image for the album cover.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Neil,

    Even now, given the opportunity of new leadership, Ardern can’t bring herself to emphatically reject the Chinese sounding names episode

    That was lamentable. It was a perfect opportunity to renounce the whole stupid thing, and she didn’t. Maybe she didn’t want to throw Twyford under the bus or something, but I think it’s almost her only false move as Labour leader.

    The weird thing is that Labour's migrant MPs and candidates did actually have a role in drafting its policy – but no voice in its communication. That's a real failure.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Moz,

    My preference is to first accept immigrants we desperately need (the “really really skilled immigrant” category), then those we have an obligation to (former colonies in the Pacific, those we’ve invaded), then those with connections here (family reunion), then refugees.

    It is a little ironic that National hasn't copped more flak for holding down the refugee quota and indefinitely suspending the family reunification category. I think they've done it by basically not talking about it.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Harkanwal Singh,

    I came as an international student and I agree that reform is needed in the area, but the language used by political parties is not constructive. It’s demeaning. An arbitrary way of deciding that we need only tertiary-educated students is not very helpful either.

    I’m fine with the idea of obliging PTEs to demonstrate that they reach a reasonable standard and and are not in fact visa rackets – but my sense is it’s not necessarily that simple. It does seem relevant that the current set of problems seems to have kicked off in 2013, when NZQA loosened oversight.

    Policy is important in this area, but before we get to that how about a bit of human decency.

    Absolutely.

    I was appalled recently when Trevor Mallard went off an a rant on Back Benches about seeing Indian students working at the service station, as if they were the problem rather than who was possibly exploiting them.

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  • Access: The Driverless Road Ahead,

    Thanks KR. This is fascinating – and helpful to me. I do a lot of thinking about my sons, education and work.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Moz,

    I keep thinking this so I have to say it: the combination of the label “Golden Dawn” and politics, especially the politics of immigration, is an unfortunate one.

    Oh, you're not the first to say so. But the name predates the Greek neo-Nazi party (it's an Aleister Crowley thing). Its full title is The Golden Dawn Tavern of Power.

    Locally, it's a rock-solid brand. The Ponsonby bar that hasn't been overrun by the hordes from the Viaduct.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration,

    Thanks Jogai. I think you’re right, it’s more careless than measured – Louisa Wall somehow slipped over from talking about low-quality tertiary courses to apparently talking about low-quality people – but it’s really not okay. Language matters a lot in this area.

    It was a shame the crazy weather deprived us of the chance to put that to them in the concluding panel, so I’m really glad you wrote this.

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