Tag: Womens Affairs

Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland

Article – Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began todays press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, residents can take comfort in how well Christchurch … Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began today’s press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, “residents can take comfort” in how well Christchurch is being rebuilt. Key answered many questions about his upcoming talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. He stated that while the New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from Australian camps within the 750 quota still stood, Australia had not yet said yes to that. Key said that he considered it the “sensible and compassionate thing to do” but that the ball was in Australia’s court. He said it was likely discussions would take place with Turnbull about the progress in Camp Taji in Iraq. Key said it is not his intention to send the New Zealand SAS into Iraq. On Auckland Housing the Prime Minister was reluctant to discuss specifics of the debate around intensification. He stressed that the Unitary Plan was the Auckland Council’s rather than the National Party’s. Key dodged a...

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Activist Arrested In John Key’s Office

Press Release – Show Us Ya Text Activist Arrested In John Keys Office During Non-Violent TPPA Sit In In an all woman sit in, Show Us Ya Text occupied the Prime Ministers office in Kumeu today until they were removed by police around 11am. The all female protest wanted to highlight …Activist Arrested In John Key’s Office During Non-Violent TPPA Sit In In an all woman sit in, Show Us Ya Text occupied the Prime Minister’s office in Kumeu today until they were removed by police around 11am. The all female protest wanted to highlight New Zealand’s proud democratic history and the threat posed by secret TPPA negotiations. Female members of “Show Us Ya Text” held pictures of Kate Sheppard proclaiming “I am Kate” and occupied Prime Minister John Key’s office while supporters waved banners outside. Police were on the scene within minutes and removed the protestors, taking their details and forcing them off the premises. “All protesters involved received comprehensive non-violence training and strictly adhere to these principles in all our actions. The assault charge laid is completely unfounded and we have video evidence to back this up” said Georgina Blackmore. She went on to say, “Kate Sheppard fought for women’s democratic rights and these same rights are now threatened by the government’s secrecy in the TPPA negotiations”. “Last week our deadline to the government to release the...

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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Article – Megan Gattey Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy By Megan Gattey Photo: Francis Cook Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. The TPP agreement was unable to be concluded over the weekend, and Key said there were a few challenging issues still remaining. “There is a finite window where if we can’t complete the deal in that time, it becomes for difficult for the United States and others,” he said. The offer on dairy from the discussions were “not close enough for a deal to be concluded”, he said. “We want to get the best deal for New Zealand, but not at any cost.” Key said he was confident that the involved countries would reach an agreement that would be in the best interests of New Zealanders. “We won’t get rich selling to ourselves.” He said coming to an agreement would give New Zealand exporters and investors access to more than 8 million companies, and ultimately the TPP would create better opportunities and standard or living for New Zealanders. Justice Amy Adams will soon be announcing a discussion document about...

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Gordon Campbell on new bureaucratic tests for solo parents

Column – Gordon Campbell Offhand, its hard to think of a more cynical example of political opportunism than the requirement that solo parents will now need to re-apply for their benefits each year. This new rule is being enforced in the full knowledge that a significant number … Gordon Campbell on the new bureaucratic tests facing solo parents Offhand, its hard to think of a more cynical example of political opportunism than the requirement that solo parents will now need to re-apply for their benefits each year. This new rule is being enforced in the full knowledge that a significant number will be unable to meet the bureaucratic requirements of the process – thus enabling the government and Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley to claim success in bringing down the beneficiary numbers. Essentially, that’s what has already happened after unemployed people were required to re-apply for the job seeker allowance. Figures from the Ministry of Social Development show 11,693 job seeker benefits were cancelled in the year to March because people did not complete the annual reapplication process. Of these, 3489 had found work, others started studying, found a new partner, went overseas or died. However, 4916 just dropped out of the system because they did not do the paperwork. Obviously, very few of those 4,916 dropped off the job seeker benefit had won Lotto. Mental health issues,...

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Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference

Press Release – US Department Of State Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but thats all right. (Laughter.)Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC March 25, 2015 Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but that’s all right. (Laughter.) Really happy to welcome all of our chiefs of mission here. Thank you all for traveling far, and thank you most importantly for the extraordinary way in which everyone is carrying out responsibilities – major responsibilities – in a very complicated world. And Joe, thank you for reminding me that there is pool press here because I didn’t know it. (Laughter.) So it’s good to know. John Kennedy had his first press conference as president right here in this room, and the next morning The New York Times said that this room was as warm as an execution chamber. So welcome home, folks. (Laughter.) The – I want to thank Pat Kennedy, who I see sitting over here. Pat, thanks so much. And Mr. Ambassador Macmanus, thank you for your tremendous leadership. And Gloria...

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