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DRUG DEALING AND INDONESIA March 9, 2015

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Just on the factual situation was it the case the drugs were sourced in Indonesia and the intention was to import them into Australia? What drugs were involved? Was it heroin, cocaine meth (ice) or marijuana?
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IMPLEMENTING A GOOD NEIGHBOUR POLICY November 19, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Duckspeak, The Neighbours.
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The Indonesian leadership is being very direct in relation to the bugging of the mobile phones of the President, other members of the Cabinet and the President’s wife.
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MIGRATION SMUGGLING AND A MILITARY EMERGENCY July 25, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, The Neighbours.
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Tony Abbott is onto to something. Then again I don’t get the feedback from the focus groups. I think it side-splitting, one of the funniest things I have ever heard.

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NEW ZEALAND ELECTION 2011 November 27, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics, The Neighbours.
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I am interested in the polling results and have no idea what the campaign issues were. The National Government led by John Key was returned. Early voters suggest that the Multi-Member Proportional system will be continued.
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CLAIM OF RIGHT March 24, 2010

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On the 30th April 2008, three men entered the Echeleon spy base at Waihopai in Marlborough, New Zealand and after praying cut down the plastic dome covering that protected two satellite receivers. Wednesday, a week ago, a jury allowed them to go free on the basis of a claim of right.
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OPINION AGAINST MMP November 2, 2009

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Patrick Gower in The New Zealand Herald is reporting that 49% of respondents in an opinion poll would like to see the multi-member proportional (MMP) electoral system abolished. 35.8 percent wished to retain and 15.2 percent did not know.
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TURNING BACK September 8, 2009

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The New Zealand National Government has re-introduced the absurd knighthoods and damehoods and all that medieval paraphernalia as though it has any relevance to Aotearoa. Now it seems they want to rejig the electoral system and propose a referendum on the MMP electoral system.
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JAKARTA BOMBING July 19, 2009

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In due course, I suppose the people who planned and executed the bombing of the hotels in Jakarta will be either be identified or claim responsibility.
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RE-ELECTION July 9, 2009

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According to the “quick count” it seems that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yuhoyono has won re-election without the need for a run off election in September.
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A FUNNY BUSINESS April 22, 2009

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Did you know, or even expect, that the two main islands of Aotearoa do not have official names?
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MINOR PARTIES AND MMP November 11, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics, The Neighbours.
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The Mixed Member Proportional electoral system assures that minor parties will hold a role in government when the major parties do not secure more than 50% of the total vote of electorate votes and party votes.
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CHANGE IN AOTEAROA November 8, 2008

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The New Zealand Election is now decided. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has conceded to National Leader, John Key, who will govern with the support of minor parties. Helen Clark will step down from the leadership of the Labour Party.
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COMMON DESTINY October 13, 2008

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Yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of the Bali Bombing, which caused the death of many Australians among others. It may be reasonable to those who commit crimes to be brought to justice, but we should not, as former Chief Justice Brennan has argued, be seen to supporting the death penalty for Indonesian citizens and not for Australians.
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AOTEAROA OFF TO VOTE September 13, 2008

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Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced that the country would go to the polls on 8 November. She left the announcement as the last topic in her press conference. One questioner asked if it was related to the American Presidential election, which was an interesting comment.
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CYCLONE NARGIS May 9, 2008

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As we have witnessed elsewhere, it is not just the force of a natural disaster, but the inaction of government that adds to the problems. Cyclone Nargis hit Burma six days ago, but the damage assessment and relief supplies have been held up by an autocratic, self serving military junta. Estimates of the death toll is now believed to be over 100,000 people. The priority in these situations is to get help to the people affected as soon as possible. No doubt in the aftermath of this tragedy the danger of disease must loom.
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MALAYSIAN SEA CHANGE March 11, 2008

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Malaysia a neighbour and a political federation consisting of the southern portion of the Malay Peninsular and the northern portion of Borneo, excepting respectively Singapore and Brunei, has an affinity with Australia and New Zealand. Of course, I would like to think that friendship affinity group would be stronger and wider if we the historical products of the European outremer had declared ourselves to be republics, repudiating imperialism. In that instance the politics of ethnicity won over the politics of geography.
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EVENTS IN TIMOR LESTE February 12, 2008

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People in countries such as Australia tend to take for granted our relatively long history of stable government and question why it is not so possible for others. While it is true that Australian government and democracy are evolving, as we have seen today in the “Welcome to Country” ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra, it is the case that government was not invented here. The same case could be made for the United States, although there the element of invention was greater, but nevertheless they too drew on precedents and historical experience of an early European history. Both Australia and the United States were formed self sufficient and not dependent on external forces for the maintenance of public order. Few countries, for example, could have weathered the 1975 Constitutional Crisis that Australia endured.
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WAITANGI DAY 2008 February 6, 2008

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The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February 1840 between the British Government and the Maori chiefs, and it has become the basis for the national day of New Zealand. Wikipedia tells us  the English and Maori language version of the treaty vary in certain respects so that the parties were acknowledging a different agreement.
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TREATY NOW! February 6, 2007

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Yothu Yindi had the lyrics:

Well I heard it on the radio
And I saw it on the television
Back in 1988
All those talking politicians
Words are easy, words are cheap
Much cheaper than our priceless land
But promises can disappear
Just like writing in the sand
Treaty Yeh Treaty Now
Treaty Yeh Treaty Now
Nhima Djatpangarri nhima walangwalang –
Nhe Djatpayatpa nhima gaya nhe-
Matjini…. Yakarray – nhe Djat’pa nhe walang – Gumurrtijararrk Gutjuk –
This land was never given up
This land was never bought and sold
The planting of the Union Jack
Never changed our law at all
Now two rivers run their course
Separated for so long
I’m dreaming of a brighter day
When the waters will be one
Treaty Yeh Treaty Now Treaty Yeh Treaty Now
Treaty Yeh Treaty Now Treaty Yeh Traty Now
Nhima djatpa nhe walang
gumurrtjararrk yawirriny Nhe gaya nhe matjini
Gaya nhe matjini Gaya gaya nhe gaya nhe
Matjini walangwalang Nhema djatpa nhe walang – Nhe gumurrtjarrk nhe ya-
Promises – Disappear – Priceless land – Destiny –
Well I heard it on the Radio – And I saw it on the Television
But promises can be broken Just like writing in the sand
Treaty Yeh
Treaty Now …

The Prime Minister, John Howard, claimed that a treaty with the indigenous people would not be positive, but would be divisive.

Strange to relate, today is Waitangi Day marking the signing of a treaty between the Maori and the British Government in New Zealand in 1840. Today marked its anniversary and was celebrated as New Zealand’s national day. To that extent then, positive, as per the words of the Governor-General. In contradistinction to the view of the Australian Prime Minister he observed:

. . . it is a paramount truth of New Zealand’s history, that the fact of the Treaty gives all of us a stake in this nation. It gives us a mandate for the contribution that each one of us might make. It gives us a genuinely shared basis for moving forward; and we can cite it whether we are tangata whenua or, in the phrase of former Waitangi Tribunal Chairman the Hon Justice Eddie Durie, tangata tiriti, people here by virtue of the agreement made at Waitangi.

No doubt this was an agreement born of mixed motives. But in those mixed motives we can certainly discern the element of good will, an approach that says ‘you are here and I am here, and we have it in us to find the best of our future together’.

In the past Waitangi Day has not been without divisive. Waitangi Day has been used in the past for protest and demonstration, such as cutting down the flagpole. Reportedly the rain was too heavy this year, and with the proportional representation system plus guaranteed representation through Maori electorates, there was less cause to protest.

Now in New Zealand there is a flap over a the Maoir Flag flying on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The flag looks pretty good to me. I am impressed by the symbolic significance of its colors and other features.

Recently Adellene Coe posted a comment on what I had posted on Waitangi Day 2005. I am one of those, quite possibily dated optimists who believe that cross-cultural appreciation in a general sense is a product of education which in turn is a function of the political climate and political will, which reflect historical experience. The crowds in Paris respect the Haka when performed by the All Blacks, which parallels the experience of the native peoples of the Pacific with the French and the British.

Racism is about identity. It is learned behavior. In this respect, with particular regard to the native people, Australia and New Zealand are significantly different in attitude, although doubtless sociologists would point out that in all the Anglo-dominant societies indigneous minority groups tend to be disadvantaged.

JAKARTA FLOODS February 4, 2007

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The BBC is reporting on the floods in Jakarta. So far 190,000 people are homeless and twenty have been killed in a city of nine million people. Perhaps the situation will get worse.  Even at this stage, the number of homeless will, I imagine, strain the available resources.

We will be told subsequently the reasons for this disaster. Possible reasons will include: population pressures, deforestation and climate change.

As bad as the situation may be now, it is predicted to get worse:

Meteorologists have warned the downpour is likely to continue for another week, and with heavy rains falling on hilly regions to the south, more flooding is threatened.