Media watch – Wednesday

9 August 2017

MediaWatch

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30 Comments

  1. This will be one of the most looked forward to political polls for a while.

    However as the Green mess is still unfolding it won’t give us a total picture.

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  2. Corky

     /  August 9, 2017

    Labour has poicy annoucements at 10.30 am.

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    • PDB

       /  August 9, 2017

      Another day, another Labour tax – this time on irrigation which will do nothing to make things like vegetables cheaper as the costs are passed onto consumers by farmers.

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      • PDB

         /  August 9, 2017

        To add;

        Another day, another Labour tax with no actual figure given as to the cost of it to those affected.

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        • Blazer

           /  August 9, 2017

          read the whole thing,instead of your knee jerk reaction.Consultations with all relevant players to agree on levy.

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          • PDB

             /  August 9, 2017

            That’s a ‘cop out’ Blazer – if you think a Labour govt is going to listen to a bunch of farmers then you are dreaming. It’s the illusion of co-operation, most likely an excuse at hiding the true cost until after the election.

            At the very least they should be giving an indication/estimate of what this will cost so that voters/media can look into it in more detail.

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            • Blazer

               /  August 9, 2017

              are farmers exporting millions of litres of bottled water?

            • PDB

               /  August 9, 2017

              What are you dribbling on about now??

              Stuff: “Water bottling companies and farmers operating irrigation schemes will pay royalties under Labour’s new freshwater policy announced in Auckland on Wednesday.”

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 9, 2017

          Labour is opening up a huge can of worms – is there now water ownership?
          If so, Maori will be very interested in just who does own this resource.
          Will power companies be charged for Hydro generation now?
          How are different rates going to be applied to different industries – that creates Government mandated market distortions.
          Jacinda’s first big policy reveal is an airy fairy mission statement with no thought or analysis behind it.
          Very weak on the nitty gritty…again.

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          • Blazer

             /  August 9, 2017

            So who owns the oil in the ground? Is water a natural resource? They can legislate to distinguish specific circumstances.

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      • Blazer

         /  August 9, 2017

        about exporting water isn’t it?

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        • Blazer

           /  August 9, 2017

          I figure the main thrust is exporting water.Farmers do not expect free fertiliser,so it follows that if they are a tapping a resource ,there should be cost.Not all are.

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          • PDB

             /  August 9, 2017

            You’d be in favour of taxing grass then as that is also farmers “tapping a resource” therefore “there should be cost”?

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            • Blazer

               /  August 9, 2017

              only if the grass…belongs to the Crown/taxpayer.

          • PDB

             /  August 9, 2017

            One comment on the stuff article sums up the shallowness of Labour’s water policy;

            “How can this be a policy when:
             
            ·        No rate is set
            ·        There are vague references to drought areas /wet areas
            ·        There are no costs known on the collection of the tax
            ·        There is no expected revenue data
            ·        There are no known cost / governance impacts on  the irrigation users e.g. farmers, bottlers,hydro electric plants and perhaps residential users
            ·        The impact of the additional costs to consumers are unknown
            ·        The actual overall benefits aren’t provided.”

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            • Blazer

               /  August 9, 2017

              Because they state that consultation is required first. A good thing.

  3. Corky

     /  August 9, 2017

    Trumpy is ready to strike. A surgical strike will be quite acceptable to the world. Anything else and we have a problem.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/donald-trump-ready-to-strike-kim-jonguns-nuclear-sites/news-story/c604601e394c824cdbf1e2b289238a29

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    • sorethumb

       /  August 9, 2017

      1.Pity they couldn’t have got the demilitarised zone far enough from Seoul
      2. build a geographic bomb that covers all that area where the conventional guns are located.

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      • Corky

         /  August 9, 2017

        1.Pity they couldn’t have got the demilitarised zone far enough from Seoul.

        If you are being facetious, don’t been. There’s going to be huge casualties. Trump, unlike Obama , will listen to his generals. Mad Dog will personally torture Kim Un Dun himself.

        Man, I would pay good money to see Mad Dog go to town with a letter opener.

        As an aside. Heard a shelia on squawk back saying she lived in China for a number of years. Her Chinese friends told her the major concern China has regarding NK is an influx of uneducated brainwashed refugees.

        Yep, if only the West had such an attitude.

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  4. sorethumb

     /  August 9, 2017

    Heartbreaks of San Francisco’s Rich and Democratic
    Residents hadn’t paid a (small) property tax on street and sidewalks. A migrant silicon valley engineer snap it up in an online auction.
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/heartbreaks-of-san-franciscos-rich-and-democratic/

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  5. Pete Kane

     /  August 9, 2017

    Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer is concerned the parliamentary select committee tasked with investigating the former Auditor-General Martin Matthews failed to go through the constitutional process.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201854077/former-pm-concerned-over-departure-of-auditor-general

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  6. Blazer

     /  August 9, 2017

    getting off lightly…..benefit fraud 30mil….look at these charlatans…
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11900681

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    • Corky

       /  August 9, 2017

      Politics, blogging and real estate….dirty businesses, Blazer.

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  7. High Flying Duck

     /  August 9, 2017

    Greens presser in 10 minutes at Parliament…

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  8. High Flying Duck

     /  August 9, 2017

    Turei has gone!

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