Media watch – Tuesday

18 April 2017

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  1. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    First, my apologies if this has already been posted and discussed. I have been away and not connected for the last few days, so may have missed this.

    A few days ago a video emerged showing to Muslim women in Australia explaining how their husbands should hit them when they are being punished.

    There has been a strong reaction in Australia condemning the video – including from some prominent Muslims claiming that the Koran does not say husbands can beat their wives, and that it is a betrayal of Mohammed. This last bit has been disputed by Andrew Bolt in the Advertiser quoting where in the Koran it says that husbands can beat their wives – and where it said that Mohammed beat at least one of his wives.

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt-dont-be-misled-over-muslim-video/news-story/5806f158a82eb62447b53d30837c83ca

    Amongst those condemning the video were MP’s stating that domestic violence is not okay in Australia, but they have been condemned by a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir who calls them hypocrites, conflating domestic violence with military action. Another spokesman from this group said criticisms made of Islam are not for genuine debate or engagement. For the record this group are campaigning for Sharia Law and a global caliphate, and seem to already have some influence with Muslims in Australia.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4418306/Hizb-ut-Tahrir-slams-critics-domestic-violence-video.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

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  2. Blazer

     /  April 18, 2017

    so its really symbolic ‘hitting’.

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  3. Zedd

     /  April 18, 2017

    I see on AJz news; Marine Le Pen (FAR right in France) has drawn level in the polls with the ‘centrist’ candidate.. could be another ‘extremist NUT-job’ with nukes ? 😦

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    • Corky

       /  April 18, 2017

      The only nut job is you..Zedd%. Le Pen will fall just short…more the pity because it allows Muslims a free ride. And wipe that grin off your face.

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  4. Pete Kane

     /  April 18, 2017

    Interesting little local ‘health scrap’.
    “Med student in row over doctors’ vote
    Elizabeth Berryman a sixth-year medical student is vying to be chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. It’s not against the rules but it’s never happened before and some doctors, including the NZMA president, are angry. They say her lack of experience, plus her busy student schedule make her the wrong candidate for the top job, but worry a student block vote could see her elected. Nine to Noon speaks to Elizabeth Berryman and the outgoing NZMA chair Stephen Child.
    Voting in the NZMA elections opened on 29th March and members have until 24th April to have their say.
    The two other candidates are the NZMA deputy chair Kate Baddock, and Auckland GP Tane Taylor, a former chair of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners’ National Advisory Council.”
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201840638/med-student-in-row-over-doctors'-vote

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  April 18, 2017

      She’ll have to go. Who else have they got?

      😛

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      • Pete Kane

         /  April 18, 2017

        That’s a very modest response Nel.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 18, 2017

        Yep. Dodgy. What about Richie McCaw?

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        • Pete Kane

           /  April 18, 2017

          I was thinking female and a little closer to YNZ.

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          • Gezza

             /  April 18, 2017

            Kitty? trav? Missy? Maggy? Maureen? (shudder shudder) – Nelly? Wayne’s mum? … ?

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            • Pete Kane

               /  April 18, 2017

              I did point to the modesty qualities in the response from one of our most revered female contributors.

            • Gezza

               /  April 18, 2017

              She does already have a Damehood. But have you considered the potential impact of the spouse on the two Government Houses & the potential for incidents of domestic violence hinted at following her recently reported employment of a private detective to track his out-of-her-eyeshot activities?

            • Pete Kane

               /  April 18, 2017

              Well as you rightly say the training and title are already complete. In fact I was thinking of our dear neighbors, Edna and Les from across the Tasman as the perfect counterpart models.(plus the added bonus of sorting out the pigeon problem right net door at the Basin).

            • Gezza

               /  April 18, 2017

              He couldn’t hit a barn door with a bazooka from 2 feet away.

  5. Blazer

     /  April 18, 2017

    Stephen Joyce..the Minister of Finance and free spender at his ‘baby’…MBIE..report card….

    ‘MBIE failing to meet self-imposed targets

    The government department charged with growing the economy, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), isn’t sure if it will hit the goals it set itself when it was created five years ago.

    MBIE admits it has got a fair way to go before it even gets close to achieving its primary objectives.

    When it was formed in 2012, the ministry set itself goals including making housing more affordable, lifting household incomes, getting unemployment below 4 percent and increasing exports to 40 percent of GDP by 2025.

    But five years later, the ministry still was not sure if it would hit any of its targets’.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 18, 2017

      ‘One goal was to lift median household incomes from $1300 a week to $1800.

      Ministry chief executive David Smol said it appeared this one was on track.

      “It’s always slightly tricky to judge from a limited amount of data but median household incomes have been growing since 2012. And it’s feasible that we would hit that target but of course we don’t know at this stage – there’s still quite a few years to go,” he said.

      The ministry also wanted to lift exports to 40 percent of GDP. But the Treasury forecasted it would remain flat at around 29 percent of GDP over the next four years. Mr Smol said falling dairy prices had hampered progress, as had global events. “It’s just a tough trading environment internationally, so we’ve seen a general slowing of trade around the world. And I think in that light our performance has been pretty good, but certainly we’re not seeing progress towards that 40 percent of GDP that is the target that we set.”

      The ministry also wanted housing to be more affordable.

      Mr Smol said housing affordability was not where the ministry would like it to be but pointed out that interest rates were low. “There’s definitely a challenge in Auckland where house prices have risen quite sharply. That’s partly offset by very low interest rates so it means that someone on a given level of income can borrow more than would have been the case with higher interest rates. So by some measures the affordability hasn’t deteriorated all that much since the middle of the 2000s,” Mr Smol said.

      The annual Demographia housing survey found Auckland had the fourth-least affordable houses in the world, with prices more than 10 times the median income. That’s up from 6.4 times the median income when National took office in 2008. It found houses in Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin were all severely unaffordable too.

      Co-author Hugh Pavletich said housing has become far less affordable and mortgage rates have nothing to do with it. “What the gentleman from MBIE is saying really is confusing housing affordability, structural housing affordability, with mortgage affordability, and they are two entirely different subjects. “New Zealand is considered to have some of the most unaffordable housing in the world.”

      Mr Pavletich said New Zealand was on the brink of a housing market crash.

      Labour’s Grant Robertson said nearly all of MBIE’s indicators were going backwards – and massively so – on housing affordability. “Well I think that’s the greatest failure of this government, unfortunately housing is getting less and less affordable. We’ve seen increases in the prices of 15, 18 even 20 percent over the last few years. In terms of the rental market, rents are now becoming unsustainably high in our big cities like Auckland and Wellington.”

      Another MBIE goal was to have unemployment below 4 percent. The latest unemployment data showed unemployment had risen from a seven year low of 4.9 to 5.2 percent.’
      … … …
      They seem to be getting nowhere. Might be too many agencies lumped together to be effectively, too many chiefs talking to each other and attending meetings with not enough indians & no clear idea of what they supposed to be doing, & I wonder if their solution will be the good old standby of changing their targets?

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    • Corky

       /  April 18, 2017

      Bet its Claytons stuff. I see Aussies have toughened up. No more temp worker visa’s if I heard right

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  April 18, 2017

      *Hoots* just tweeted Wayne on this very subject…….

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      • Gezza

         /  April 18, 2017

        Aljazeera has a new weather girl. Don’t tell Wayne.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 18, 2017

          Well, she’s not a girl, she’s a lady. But still don’t tell him.

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  7. Blazer

     /  April 18, 2017

    they call it ‘the tweek’….Nationals signature…dance move.

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  8. Blazer

     /  April 18, 2017

    the food for thought of a non blonde,no..Wayne in sight…

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  9. Sighs. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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