Backbenches 16 July 2014

July 14th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by David Farrar

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THIS WEEK ON PRIME TV’s “BACK BENCHES”: Watch Wallace Chapman, Damian Christie, the Back Benches Panel and special guests discuss the week’s hottest topics!

RIVERS-CLEAN ENOUGH TO SWIM IN: The Green Party has launched their Clean Rivers Policy-promising to make rivers clean enough to swim in. Their plan would include giving some of the rivers the same protection as National Parks, strengthening regulations, a pollution cap and restricting dams and irrigation schemes. But National has called the policy “costly and impractical.” There are some 425,000kms of rivers and streams. Can we afford to put them all to swimming standards? Is it unfair to our agriculture industry? Can our farmers afford it? Are the Greens anti-growth? And if not the Greens policy, how would Labour and National clean our rivers and streams?

RAPE CULTURE: What is a rape culture? Does NZ have one? Many say yes. Is it in the language we use? The actions we condone? If we do have a rape culture, how do we stop it? How do we clean up our act? Would naming and shaming of sex offenders do any good? And is it time for a public sex offender registry?

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Our Panel: Labour MP Phil Goff, National MP Claudette Hauiti, and Green Party MP Gareth Hughes. 


6 Responses to “Backbenches 16 July 2014”

  1. berend (1,914 comments) says:

    National: There are some 425,000kms of rivers and streams. Can we afford to put them all to swimming standards?

    My question: if I come across one of those rivers, how do I know it’s safe to swim in??

    Not sure what “swimming standards” are, doesn’t need to be a public pool obviously, but what does “not safe” mean? You fall in it, you die?

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  2. Chuck Bird (6,593 comments) says:

    Great penal – two homosexuals and one sexual predator enabler. What a hypocrite Goff is making all the fuss about McCully while he tried to cover up Dirty Darran’s offending against a vulnerable young man.

    [DPF: 30 demerits. Firstly Gareth isn’t gay. Secondly who cares if he is. Thirdly your comments on Goff are defamatory]

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  3. EAD (3,906 comments) says:

    If the Greens just stuck to “green” stuff – like clean rivers, ensuring annual fishing quotas are sustainable and the promotion of public transport where cost effective, I could almost vote for them. It’s just a pity their nice fluffy green image is a front for full on Statism for absolute control of all aspects of our lives that makes me dislike these “watermelons” – green on the outside, red on the inside.

    With respect to “rape culture”, which culture would the panellists be referring to in our brave new state enforced “multi-cultural” world? These government wonks like to talk about our “child-abuse” problem or our “youth-crime” problem as being a New Zealand problem. But of course to admit the truth would be to fly in the face of everything the moral-relativist teachers Union have forced down our throats for the past 40 years.

    Memo to National, Labour & the Greens and the MSM – not all cultures are equal.

    Of all of New Zealand’s cultures the Government likes to promote, why don’t they promote the one that gave us everything that is good and decent and many consider to be the apex of civilisation? Besides all of the high culture, inventions, higher learning, technology, sports, and all that other meaningless guff – things like: property rights; religious tolerance; logic and reason; habeas corpus; universal suffrage; equality under the law; love thy neighbour as thyself, free markets.

    Nah – much better to moralise everyone about our “rape-culture” or our “child abuse statistics” while celebrating cultures that believe in “Utu” and dance near naked in skirts, sticking their tongues out and threatening people with weapons. I guess that is entertaining, but it’s hardly what I’d call a culture capable or progressing much beyond that of the savage.

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  4. soundhill1 (846 comments) says:

    berend, safety of rivers can be compromised by toxic algae or bacteria.

    Both of those can be avoided in a way that is going to be forced on farms for another reason, in the not too distant future.

    Phosphate fertiliser is getting shorter in supply. And nitrogenous fertilisers will continue to increase in price with oil.

    So it is better to work out ways to recycle them on the land rather than having such run off into waterways. In waterways they produce algal blooms some of which may be toxic to swim in. Also the run off may bear E coli from animal excrement, or other bacterias making water a health hazard.

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  5. jp_1983 (488 comments) says:

    Rape culture in NZ..
    Ummm.. Last time I checked 27 prostitutes were butchered and warned to others what fate the others have.. This happened in Iraq..

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  6. Chuck Bird (6,593 comments) says:

    My apologies to Gareth Hughes. I got him mixed up with another Green homosexual MP. It is very relevant if he was and I am not on my own thinking it is relevant. Homosexuals are overrepresented in Parliament. That means heterosexuals are underrepresented.

    If I have defamed Phil Goff he has defamed Murray McCully. Goff knew about Darren Hughes offending and tried to keep a lid on it. Rodney Hide is not blame free either. He knew about Hughes plying an ACT staffer with drinks and hitting on him as he did on a Labour staffer. Neither party leaders did anything about it. It they had it is likely there would not have been a victim of Dirty Darren’s sick predatory behavour.

    So I get demerits for speaking out against sexual predator enablers?

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