Open Forum – Thursday

4 October 2018

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  1. PartisanZ

     /  October 4, 2018

    ‘Big StuffMe legal bill for Commerce Commission’ – Newsroom

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/10/03/262890/stuffmes-big-legal-bill?preview=1

    “The attempted “StuffMe” merger has cost the Commerce Commission $1.4 million in legal fees, equivalent to nearly a quarter of the Commission’s annual legal budget, Thomas Coughlan reports … The figures are for external legal costs, billed to the Commission. They do not include internal costs incurred in the Commission’s work on the merger.”

    StuffMe … Stuff the taxpayer … only I don’t hear taxpayers complaining …

    I guess that’s because it’s “business” huh? After all, that’s what they’re trying to do, “to merge in a deal they said would give them more time to come up with a viable business model for news.”

    Couldn’t these taxpayer millions be used to subsidize ‘news’ competition rather than fight monopolization?

  2. Gezza

     /  October 4, 2018


    Chloe says the Government shouldn’t classify synthetic cannabis compounds as Class A drugs, as this would continue a failed war-on-drugs approach.

    Health Minister David Clark told Newshub on Wednesday that he was planning to ask Cabinet to endorse a decision to reclassify two synthetic cannabinoids as Class A drugs.

    This would greatly increase the penalties for supplying and possessing the drugs.
    More…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/107593224/greens-against-class-a-classification-for-synthetic-cannabis

    • NOEL

       /  October 4, 2018

      “Sinni” costs 20 dollars. “Tinni” costs 20 dollars.Meth costs 300 dollars.
      Manufacture or dealing Synthetics if unlucky 2 years prison.
      Manufacture Class A methamphetamine usually 13 years to life.

      No problem with moving synthetic to Class A.

      • Gezza

         /  October 4, 2018

        As long as they only go after the manufacturers and dealers I’m not unhappy either.

  3. https://allevents.in/wellington/cannabis-referendum-conference-2018/20002551198876

    Reeferendum Conference.. Finally !!

    Id like to go.. but too pricey for IorI (near $100) plus travel & accom.

    • NOEL

       /  October 4, 2018

      Cannabis Clubs if NZ.
      Is that NORM(a)L..excuse the pun.

  4. Gezza

     /  October 4, 2018

    Oops – posted this in yesterday’s Open Forum by mistake:

    Corrections cuts prison numbers by stepping up successful parole hearings
    The prison population dipped below 10,000 this week for the first time in more than two years.

    Since 1987, the number of people locked up had tripled – a result of successive tough law-and-order policies. Politicians have been slow to soften their stance, and change those laws, even though the system was creaking under the pressure. So the milestone – achieved quietly on Thursday with 9920 inmates behind bars – is the result of an intensive, internal effort by the Department of Corrections.

    And it comes as Stuff can reveal a new plan to fast-track prisoners through their parole hearings.

    Senior Corrections manager Leigh Marsh calls parole the “back end” of his department’s work. “Probably about a third of our work is looking at how we prepare our long-serving prisoners for their parole hearings, for release.”

    But National’s Corrections spokesman David Bennett believes the changes are not enough to achieve ambitious targets set by the Government. Justice Minister Andrew Little has said he wants to see the prison population fall by 30 per cent within 15 years.

    Bennett says the Labour-led Government doesn’t have the “political stomach” to relax sentencing and bail laws, necessary to achieve that drop. National doesn’t want them to change either – but Bennett’s worried that “political interference” will threaten the integrity of the Corrections system. “Often these programmes are a tick-box exercise for prisoners. Speeding up these decisions could be detrimental to the quality of Corrections work.
    More…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/107588798/corrections-cuts-prison-numbers-by-stepping-up-successful-parole-hearings

  5. Gezza

     /  October 4, 2018

    This item on 1ewes at 6 tonight was good. David Parker fires a shot at construction industry cowboys making it a point of advantage to save money by not training staff, then undercut firms who do – and then poach their trained bloody staff:

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/ministers-fire-warning-shot-struggling-construction-industry-over-training-staff

  6. Corky

     /  October 4, 2018

    Great minds think alike and speak poorly in a second language. Let’s hope Lindsay doesn’t fall in love so I can hopefully view more clips in this series.

  7. robertguyton

     /  October 4, 2018

    Will Pete do a post tomorrow on Eugenie Sage’s slip of the tongue?
    Yes.

    • Gezza

       /  October 4, 2018

      If you’re that keen to see one, why don’t you do one? 😳

  8. lurcher1948

     /  October 4, 2018

    A good sigh that Nationals attackman is getting desperate
    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/10/sage_calls_hunters_cunters.html
    This is right up there with Cindy farted

  9. Griff.

     /  October 5, 2018

    ‘Hard-boiled’ Auckland activist Penny Bright has died in hospital this evening
    RIP Penny
    You always stood up for what you believed in.
    You will be remembered .

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