Backbenches 16 July 2014

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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. 


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