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Jacinda Ardern Unites Australia’s Warring Factions

Jacinda Ardern is certainly racking up the achievements on her trip to Australia. She has triumphed where few brave souls have ever succeeded: uniting Australia’s two major parties…

Against her.

In these days of hyper-partisanship especially, there are usually not many issues that bring Labor and the Liberals within cooee of each other. However, for once both sides agree: Ardern can shut the hell up.

The Coalition and Labor have united against Jacinda Ardern’s calls to stop the deportation of New Zealanders who have committed offences in Australia.

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There Must Be a Poll Out Soon

I hate Seven Sharp. I hate Hilary Barry’s supercilious attitude to just about everything, particularly Jeremy Wells, whom she treats like a wayward teenager rather than a journalist (okay, comedian) in his own right. Unfortunately, I’m currently at the house with no smart TV, and therefore no Netflix, so I am very stuck for viewing choice. Don’t worry – we will be getting a smart TV soon, because I keep throwing things at the current one, particularly between 7.00 and 7.30 each weeknight.

On Wednesday night, Hilary interviewed the prime minister.

With less than 18 months to go before the next election, Seven Sharp’s Hilary Barry sat down with the PM at her Auckland home and asked does she see herself leading the country for another term.
“Yes,” Ms Ardern replied. “It’s not up to me though,” she hastened to add. “I’m not done.”

No. If he gets over 5% of the vote, it will be up to Winston, rather than the electorate.

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A Message for Simon Bridges

Good afternoon Mr Bridges

I am in my 70’s and for most of my voting life I’ve been an ardent National supporter, but that is no more. I’ve transferred my allegiance and support to ACT which is now the only party prepared to stand up for its principles and offer strong opposition to this coalition from hell. With National’s slide to the left of the political spectrum, ACT is now the only true opposition party in this country.

National has turned its back on its heritage and its traditional voter base and to all intents and purposes, there is now nothing to differentiate it from Labour. I’ve read your recent mailings as I have this one, and they are about as effective as a wet bus ticket.

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More Bad News for Landlords

If you thought compulsory insulation, compulsory kitchen and bathroom fans and compulsory fixed heaters were enough, you are going to be disappointed. More than a year ago, the government announced that rental losses were going to be ringfenced. This has now passed into law… not that you would know about it. I have looked everywhere and, unless you are used to reading legislation, or IRD policy (and the website has not yet been updated, even though the ringfence is already law), you wouldn’t know about it. Seriously. We are being kept in the dark.

The Allocation of Deductions for Excess Rental Land Expenditure was passed into law last week and applies to all rental properties with effect from 1st April 2019. Section 51C New Subpart EL deals with this. (Here is the reference if you want to read the legislation)

Here is what is happening. Owners of rental properties will not be able to claim rental losses in the year in which they are incurred. Instead, they will be carried forward (ringfenced) to be offset against future rental profits. You will not lose the rental losses altogether, but you will not be able to offset rental losses against other income, including tax paid salaries.

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The Confiscation Blow-back Debacle

Advocates for liberty are watching New Zealand as we speak, quietly admiring the individual resistance (quite obviously on display) from members of the firearms owning community in, so far, failing to participate willingly in the confiscation of their devices.

Let me say, from the outset, I have no skin in the game as I have no firearm to lose. I am however very interested in individual liberty and from that stance can understand the admiration felt by some libertarian commenters, for the apparent stand being taken individually, quietly, and stubbornly by those not abiding by the government directive.

Just in the space of the last seven days three posts caught my eye, each with a slightly different take on what this resistance means, each looking for clues in the character of the New Zealander standing by his or her rifle, or into the character of a government which determined it would make criminals of the law-abiding, in response to an event the targeted group had nothing whatsoever to do with.

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Special Treatment for Transgender Athlete

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard identifes as a woman but has more in common with a boy racer given the accident he caused that has left a man with spinal injuries.

Hubbard, 41, […] was charged with careless driving causing injury […]
Her car hit a vehicle carrying an Australian couple in their 60s. The male driver spent nearly two weeks in Dunedin Hospital and needed major spinal surgery on returning to Australia.

A man sustained serious spinal injuries because of Laurel’s careless driving but the judge deemed it to be a “low-level” accident and Laurel escaped a conviction. To his credit, Laurel pleaded guilty in January this year and offered to pay the couple around $13,000.

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Face of the Day

Today’s face of the day has apologised for her Tweet but has not retracted her lie that Jesus and Mary were Palestinian refugees. Her carefully worded apology, therefore, is nothing but weasel words.

This is not the first time that she has upset the Jewish community. It is a completely unacceptable pattern of behaviour that the Green party leadership are supporting.

Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman has been accused of antisemitism by the New Zealand Jewish Council following a tweet she sent on Thursday.

Climate Change our WWII Moment?

We have students wagging school. We have councils and even whole countries declaring climate emergencies when, for the most part, the weather is still behaving pretty much as it normally does. I mean – it is winter, so it is cold, right? Yes, it is. Jacinda claimed that climate change was her generation’s ‘nuclear moment’, without even a touch of irony, as that ‘nuclear moment’ never actually happened, and there has not been a nuclear attack since World War II.

Speaking of World War II:

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter has declared climate change “our generation’s WWII” in her defence of proposed car price hikes.

Genter, also Minister for Women, made the declaration on Twitter while defending the Government’s proposed fees for cars being imported that don’t meet a ‘clean car’ policy tipped for 2021.

Vehicles that emit over 250 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (CO2/km) would be considered heavy polluters so importing those vehicles would come with a financial penalty of up to $3000.

“The climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our time. It’s our generation’s WWII. We are the first generation to feel its impacts,” Genter said.

What an absolute disgrace. I don’t know where to begin with this.

“New Zealand was too small to win WWII. But that didn’t stop many of our forebears from putting their hand up. They put their lives on hold, and travelled far away, to be part of a larger effort, because it was the right thing to do.”

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Expecting One Outcome & Getting Quite Another

Currently, most of our electricity is generated by renewables, around 80%. But when we all get on board the JAG wagon and buy EVs where is the extra electricity going to come from?

Dr Woods is now too busy knocking up Kiwibuild houses to get her 4.5 windfarms per year built so it seems we will have to keep on importing dirty coal from Indonesia to burn at Huntly.

If we do, then the whole reasoning for switching from ICE to EV falls apart.

A study by the IFO think tank in Munich found that electric vehicles in Germany emit 11 percent to 28 percent more carbon dioxide than their diesel counterparts. The study considered the production of batteries as well as the German electricity mix in making this determination. Germany spent thousands of euros on electric car subsidies per vehicle to put a million electric vehicles on the road, but those subsidies have done nothing to reach the country’s greenhouse gas emission targets. This is just the latest example of government programs expecting one outcome and getting quite another, instead. To some it is ironic; to others it is funny. At IER, we believe it to be sad, as it is a waste of time and money that could be better put to use solving real problems.

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‘Long-Term Behavioural Change’ Will Lead to Disaster

An opinion piece in Stuff fails to grasp what will happen if the government actually succeeds in creating long-term behavioural changes in the car market by penalising normal vehicles and subsidising electric vehicles.

[…] That encouragement will likely motivate importers and car companies to focus on bringing in more electric vehicles and widen the range.
As Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford pointed out, “it changes the attitude of what people buy and, as that demand changes, the stock level changes”.

There are plenty of Nissan Leafs in the country. A Government proposal might help offer more choice for Kiwi drivers.
Critics have lamented the Government’s lack of boldness. They complain that the emissions-based fees should apply to all vehicle sales, not just new cars and imports.
But they appear to have missed the point on the long-term behavioural change the Government is trying to create. And the practicalities at play in this country.

Speaking of practicalities, neither Julie Anne Genter nor the Stuff editorial writers have yet worked out that if people actually embrace their subsidy for EV cars in huge numbers then there won’t be enough gas guzzlers around to fund their folly and that will be well before the power outages start as a result of the policy.

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