Chris Whinlayson

Vertically Tilted Playing Field

Vertically Tilted Playing Field

News from one of NZ’s foremost racists



Each iwi-hapu-whanau claimant is being offered thousands of taxpayer dollars to prepare and file their claim.

Any non-part-Maori citizen who objects must pay a court filing fee of $110.

That’s fair and even-handed, right?

 

We Will Screw You For Everything!

In a previous blog post, this was said:

We Will Take From Them The Water

Perhaps not? Maybe it’s going to be more a matter of, Whinlayson’s enabled us to. . .

Screw You For Everything!

Read the letter below. A harbinger of coastal and marine area ka-ching things to come?

Letter to the Editor
Taupo Times

Over the past year I have been communicating with Government Minister Christopher Finlayson in order to establish ownership of the waters of Lake Taupo. This came about as a consequence of being made aware that the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board (TMTB) had raised a levy on the commercial boat operators for the use of the waters of Lake Taupo for such activities as boat tours, fishing and other vessel activities on the lake. Most of these activities do not involve contact with the lakebed.

A Deed was signed between the Crown and Tuwharetoa Maori in 1992 and amended in 2007. In a nutshell, this deed establishes ownership of the bed of Lake Taupo by TMTB but not the water of the lake. The Crown owns the water of the lake by statute.

Further, TMBT is entitled to charge for commercial activities and commercial structures which involve the use of the lakebed.

Minister Finlayson has stated that TMTB owns the lakebed as well as the “water column” and the “airspace” above the lakebed despite these entities not being stated in the Deed. I disagree with his statement.

I put to the Minister the following questions for clarification:

(1) “The definition of “water column” with regard to lakes and rivers is defined as the column of water from the surface of the water down to the bottom sediments. It seems incongruous for the Trust Board to have rights to control the water column when it is clearly understood in the Deed that the Crown owns the water of the rivers and the lake.”

(2) “The definition of “air space” is the space above the earth or above a certain area of land or water. With this in mind it is logical that the airspace above the rivers and waters of Lake Taupo would be owned by the Crown for which it would have rights to control this airspace. This clearly would indicate that it is inappropriate for the Trust Board to have rights to control the airspace above the aforementioned waters.”

(3) “Bearing in mind the definitions of “water column” and “airspace” it would be that the Crown has ownership and rights to manage these and not the Trust Board. Thus the Trust Board would have no right to charge commercial users for the use of the waters of Lake Taupo.”

The Minister has not given me an answer to these questions but has reiterated that a general principle of property law gives the landowner (i.e. of the lakebed) rights to the lakebed, as well as the water column and the airspace above.
He has effectively gagged further discussion by suggesting that I seek legal advice.

I believe the Minister has misinterpreted the Deed and that interpretation of the Deed needs to be revisited. Hopefully, the way things are going with regard to the forthcoming general election, I may well have the opportunity to revisit the Deed later this year.

Tony Ludbrook
1 May 2017

We Will Take From Them The Beaches

We Will Take From Them The Beaches

We Will Take From Them The Foreshore;

We Will Take From Them The Islands;

We Will Take From Them The Water;

We Will Take From Them The Land;

We Will Take From Them The Rivers;

We Will Take From Them The Mountains;

We Will Push Them Into The Sea.

Is this the National Party government’s death knell? How could anyone other than those in the blues seeking election actually vote for National?

MARINE AND COASTAL AREA APPLICATION

You are hereby notified that Cletus Maanu Paul, on behalf of all Maori, has applied for recognition of customary marine title and protected customary rights (rangatiratanga, kaitiakitanga and all ancillary activities) over the entire area of New Zealand, including all islands to the outer limits of the territorial sea; and, the Marine and Coastal Area surrounding all islands and reefs lying off shore from the coastline to a distance of 12 nautical miles; and, the entire foreshore and territorial waters of New Zealand under the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011. Notices of appearance in support or in opposition to the applications must be filed by Friday 30 June 2017 in the Rotorua High Court.

• Published Sunday, April 30 2017
• First Published Sunday, April 30 2017

And if that snatch for the entire country doesn’t work, then the khaki mafioso will aim to take it from you, piece-by-piece. Of course, it’s likely that this is not only the tip of the iceberg, but a distraction. It is not necessary for such applications to go through the high court.

All the greedy grabbers need to do is cosy up to whanau Whinlayson, behind the closed doors of his office, to get what they want – by the back door – literally. Perhaps he did turn the cuzzies down on some, because even he couldn’t stomach the mendacious temerity of the claim? Or perhaps he was worried that – come September – the voters might be reminded of his treachery?

Here’s some of the other classified adverts . . .

HIWARAU TURANGAPIKITOI AND OHIWA OF WHAKATOHEA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the …

MAHURANGI NGATI AWA, NGAPUHI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the …

NGA HAPU O NGATI WAI IWI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGA TINI HAPU O MANIAPOTO MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGAI TAI IWI AND THE URI (DESCENDANTS) OF NGAI TAI IWI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions …

NGAI TAMAHAUA HAPU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGATI HEI CHARITABLE TRUST INCORPORATED MARINE AND COASTAL A REA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all …

NGATI HUARERE KI WHANGAPOUA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGATI KAHU & TE RARAWA TE URIOHINA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine …

NGATI MANU & NGATI RANGI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGATI MURIWAI HAPU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGATI ONEONE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NGATI RAHIRI TANGATA WHENUA KI TE TII WAITANGI KI TE PEIWHAI RANGI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal …

NGATI TOREHINA KI MATAURE O HAU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

NOTICE TO ALL BENEFICIARIES OF NGATI KAHU KI WHANGAROA AND ASSOCIATED HAPU A Hui-A-Iwi/Hapu has been scheduled for Saturday 27th May at Waitaruke Marae to commence at 11.00am. Purpose: …

O NGA HAPU O TAIAMAI KI TE MARANGAI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

PAKOWHAI HAPU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO HIGH COURT UNDER THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011: CIV 2017-404-546 The Trustees of the Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea Trust, for …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO HIGH COURT UNDER THE MARINE A ND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011: CIV 2017-404-545 The Trustees of the Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust, for and …

RIRIWHENUA HAPU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

ROPU O RANGIRIRI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE AITANGA O NGA URI O WHAREKAURI MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE HAPU O TITOKO NGAI TAMA AND URI (DESCENDANTS) OF TE HAPU O TITOKO NGAI TAMA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with …

TE HIKA O PAPAUMA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE IHUTAI KI ORIRA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE KUPENGA O NGATI HAKO MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE RUNANGA OF NGATI PU INCORPORATED MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE URI A TEHAPU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

TE WHANAU O HONE PAPITA RAUA KO REWA ATARIA PAAMA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, …

WHANAU A APANUI HAPU MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …

WHANAU A KAUWHAKATUAKANA MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 APPLICATION In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011, all interested …


Another Fifteen Today

Anyone care to check to see if there’s any unclaimed coastline left, now?

Published Monday, May 01 2017

Public notice of an Application for an order under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 CIV-2017-485-000250 Application by Te Tawharau o Ngati Pukenga on behalf of …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-404-558 An application by RIHARI DARGAVILLE on behalf of the Ngaitawake, …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-2017-404-565 An application by HONOURABLE DOVER SAMUELS on behalf of the …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-404-542 An application by MARAMA STEAD on behalf of the Te Taou, being …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-404-537 An application by JOSEPH ROBERT KINGI on behalf of the Nga Puhi …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-404-538 An application by RIHARI DARGAVILLE on behalf of the New Zealand …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-TBA An application by RIHARI DARGAVILLE on behalf of the Taitokerau District …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-TBA An application by RIHARI DARGAVILLE on behalf of the Ngaitawake, being …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-404-539 An application by RIHARI DARGAVILLE on behalf of the Ngati Kauwau, …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-TBA An application by RIUHA LOUISA COLLIER on behalf of the Ngati Kawau, …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 103 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 CIV-404-573 An application by MAIA MARIA NOVA on behalf of the Ngai Tahuhu, …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO HIGH COURT UNDER THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011: CIV-2017-485-240 The Trustees of the Parengarenga Incorporation, for and on behalf …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION UNDER S100 OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 (“MACA”) Notice is given on behalf of Ngati Maraeariki and its hapu Ngati Raupo, Ngati …

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION UNDER THE MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (TAKUTAI MOANA) ACT 2011 Te Whanau a Haunui (Royal Family) In accordance with the provisions of the Marine and Coastal …

Public Notice of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu’s application on behalf of Ngai Tahu Whanui for an order recognising customary marine title under section 98 of the Marine and Coastal Area …


An Earlier 1Law4All Blog Post on This Matter

An Ignorant Councillor

An Ignorant Councillor

On 26th April, 2017, at a relatively unimportant meeting of the district planning committee of the Hutt City Council, the chair of this committee, Lisa Bridson, took it upon herself to impose karakia (Maori prayers) on the other councillors at both the beginning and the end of the meeting.

She claimed that she had done so because “the council had an obligation to adhere to Treaty of Waitangi principles and work in partnership with Maori.” Thus did she expose her lack of knowledge of these things since the Treaty of Waitangi does not have any principles and nor does it create an obligation for councils in the 21st century to work in “partnership” with Maori.

Should she ever actually read the words of the Treaty (a short and simple document) she will find no mention of either “principles” or “partnership” for the very good reason that there aren’t any.

Lisa Bridson is not the only New Zealander to be ignorant of these things, but for her to use her position on council to impose her ignorance on others is alarming and constitutes a very good reason not to vote for her at the next council elections. Surely the Hutt can come up with better and more knowledgeable councillors than her.

Freedom From the Thought Police

Human Rights Commissioner’s Hate-Speech Law Idea Devoyd of Merit

4 April 2017

A group of 27 high-profile New Zealanders, including unlikely allies such as Don Brash, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Tariana Turia, have penned an open letter warning that freedom of speech is under threat.

Kneejerk calls from Police and the Human Right Commission to introduce hate-speech laws will have the unintended consequence of suppressing free speech.

Education, open debate and understanding will change racist and intolerant views – not censorship, Paul Moon said.

Freedom of speech was intimately connected with freedom of thought, he said.

“There is no inalienable right not to be offended.

It is dangerous and wrong to silence someone because you take offence or don’t like what they say.”

Hastings Council Cans Maori Wards Vote Plan

Is The Tide Turning?

Hastings Council Cans Maori Wards Vote Plan

A Hastings District Council Committee favours the status quo after discussion over Maori wards.

A heartfelt, emotional discussion preceded the Hastings District Council-Maori joint committee’s decision yesterday to recommend that the council not introduce Maori wards for the district at this time.

Councillors Henare O’Keefe and Bayden Barber were concerned that going through the process of a poll to decide on Maori wards could be unnecessarily divisive and damaging, and likely to be unsuccessful.

“I do not think Maori wards are in the interests of the people – we would be on a hiding to nothing going back to a referendum,” Mr O’Keefe said.

“Regardless of ethnicity you get to this table by doing the hard yards – you don’t need Maori wards for that.”

Electoral Commission Submission

Electoral Commission Submission

1Law4All applied for (taxpayer) funding to assist with broadcasting its policies, as all political parties may do, subject to certain conditions.

On Friday 7 April, a 1Law4All Party representative made an oral submission in support of its written submission, to the Electoral Commission, in Wellington.

From figures available on the Electoral Commissions’ web site, you can get an idea of what 1Law4All and democracy is up against. In 2014 and 2015,  the National Party received donations in excess of five million, three-hundred and seventy-eight thousand dollars. With that sort of money in the coffers, why does it deserve any public money to broadcast its subversively racist agenda message to New Zealand?

Much the same could be said of the Labour Party which received over one million, two-hundred and eighteen thousand dollars in donations. Why does it need any public money to broadcast its equally racist agenda message to New Zealand?

Reproduced below is the 1Law4All’s written Submission to the Electoral Commission (three members).


80% OF YOUR COUNTRYMEN
ARE COUNTING ON YOU
TO GIVE THEM A VOICE

Members of the Electoral Commission

This is an appeal to your conscience. An appeal to each of you as loyal New Zealanders to do your duty and allow the views of 80% of your fellow citizens to be heard.

As these polls and local body referenda incontrovertibly demonstrate, 80% of New Zealanders don’t want a bar of racial favouritism. And yet they are studiously ignored by their representatives.

Decade after decade, four out of five New Zealanders have been treated with contempt by every branch of central and local government, every academic institution, every judicial institution, every media organisation, and every political party. 1Law4All is the only party that can change that.

As a result, the relentless surrender of New Zealand sovereignty gathers pace every year.

This year, the National Party plans to appease the Maori Party by caving into the demands of the Iwi Leaders’ Group to control New Zealand’s drinking water and to slow down every resource consent by agreeing to give every tribe in every district the power to veto every decision.

This will be the end of New Zealand as we know it. It will mean that at least 50% of the power in every council will be wielded by the wealthy leaders of just 15% of the population.

And all in the name of a non-existent ‘Treaty partnership’ complete with non-existent ‘principles.’

Please help us to save New Zealand before it becomes New Zimbabwe. We are a small party. (Few Kiwis are prepared to put their heads above the parapet on an issue which guarantees they will be demonised as racist — simply for wanting racial equality!)

But as you can see from the chart provided, 1Law4All has a huge potential support base.

And most importantly, we have a policy that if publicised widely would prove enormously popular with the 80%, and give them hope where none currently exists.

The policy is a binding referendum. Below is the wording. We would use your money to make sure every New Zealander knew about it. 1Law4All would pressure other parties to accept it.

1Law4All believes many of those 80% would vote for 1Law4All as a result.

Your empowering legislation allows you to be flexible in your ranking of the various funding criteria.

The criteria stress “the need to provide a fair opportunity for each party that qualifies for the broadcast allocation to convey its policies by the broadcasting of election programmes on television”.

1Law4All needs that fair opportunity.

More importantly, four out of five New Zealanders deserve that opportunity to (if 1Law4All may paraphrase a certain president) “MAKE NEW ZEALAND ONE AGAIN.”

So don’t do it for 1Law4All. Do it for your friends, family and neighbours. And do it for yourself. If and when 1Law4All’s TV adverts appear and momentum starts building for the One Law For All Referendum, you will be able to look yourself in the mirror and say, “I helped save my country.”

1Law4All appreciates the opportunity to make the case for New Zealand.

Iwi Enablement Bill

The National Government’s Iwi Enablement Bill

aka the Resource Management Act Amendment Bill

Passed into law by Parliament on 6 April, 2017

Most everywhere you look, only appalled references to that slow motion train wreck disaster Bill can be found. No one except the National Party, the Maori Party and their collective sycophants ever said anything even vaguely complimentary about the Bill.

The only good thing about it will be the end of the racist National government, come September. But even that is fraught as Labour and the Greens are every bit as – if not more so – racist as National.

As for the NZ First party, Winston will always say the things which he thinks will garner votes, but there will rarely be any implementation. Just think back to 1996 and the baubles and trinkets of power which he so loudly decried. Then, when they were offered to him, along with the title of ‘Treasurer,’ he lunged with both arms outstretched.

But, back to the RMA Iwi Enablement Bill. There was so much political smog, smoke & mirrors and distracting detail that the critical point was effectively obscured. That was that the already existing racist provisions in the Resource Management Act were being strengthened and added to.

1Law4All’s position is unambiguously clear. Only councillors elected by all ratepayers on the roll should be making decisions which affect those ratepayers.

From slippery smithy came this:

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will get better outcomes. The new arrangements will clarify which iwi need to be consulted, and on what issues. Some councils already have these arrangements and they are proving to work well. By agreement, large numbers of consents are not referred to iwi, as they are not related to issues in which iwi have an interest.

Whether the old arrangements were bad or the new ones are better does not matter, in the slightest. In any Council, there is no place for any political or decision-making arrangements which favour, include or involve any particular racial group not elected to that Council by all ratepayers.

Period. Finito. End of story.

Is A Trump-Style Revolution Coming to NZ?

House of Cards

Some time back, a 1Law4All blog post showed that one or two in the media had awoken from their torpor and were seeing things more clearly.

Although now several months old, the piece below from across the Tasman shows that enlightenment is slowly spreading through a hitherto moribund media. It matters not what you think of Donald Trump. He is just one manifestation of widespread voter unease. The same unease that led to Brexit and other political shifts which scare the (we-know-best) two-sides-of-the-same-coin, political elite.

As an example, will NZ voters see for what they are, the charade of tax cuts being dangled in front of them as an election bribe? While National have been in power, government debt has ballooned to 58 billion dollars from 18 billion. The “brighter future” jingle is in reality  blatant propaganda. Like the light at the end of the tunnel, that “brighter future” is a gold-plated debt trap for all New Zealanders

In the months and weeks before the election, will anyone ask the National Party hopefuls how there can be a surplus that might give tax cuts, while the government’s debt has increased to such an enormous figure? A government debt that you and me – ordinary New Zealand tax-payers – will have to repay.

Come election day, what really matters is whether or not New Zealand voters have – or will – let the scales fall from their eyes.


Rise of the outsiders — Trump-style revolution is coming here

Mark Latham
January 30, 2017

MALCOLM Turnbull’s floundering leadership aside, Australian politics faces a single irresistible issue. Will a Trump/Brexit-style revolution, a rebellion of the outsiders, torpedo the stability of the two-party system in Australia? I think it will. I think the age of political disruption is upon us.

One’s Nation’s resurgence and the extraordinary result in November’s Orange by-election point to the possibilities of electoral realignment. Unless they promptly transform themselves, the Labor, Liberal and National parties face further structural decline in their support base. In too many areas, the old oligopoly — the arrogant, self-entitled manipulators of machine politics — have formed a policy consensus that runs counter to outsider interests and beliefs.

I call it COLAGIN: the Coalition-Labor-Green-Insider agreement to support a national platform of high immigration, high personal taxation, big government, heavy business regulation, social engineering programs and divisive identity politics, while also lining their pockets with a parliamentary entitlements system brazenly open to abuse.

Through their petty squabbling in the media, Coalition, Labor and Green MPs try to pretend they are debating big policy differences. But in reality, they are all locked into a system of cross-party compromise, practising a timid, suffocating brand of political correctness. When the NSW National Party is willing to do the work of the Greens in trying to ban greyhound racing, traditional notions of ideology have gone out the window.

The Left/Right spectrum has been replaced by a new Insiders/Outsiders divide. With good reason, the public has grown to despise party politics. Large parts of the electorate are looking for someone to turn the system upside down, to create a new social movement that puts the quaint but powerful notion of public interest back into our democracy.

It’s a battle between entrenched power and the will of the people.

It’s a struggle between unpopular insiders like Turnbull and Bill Shorten and the near-certain emergence of electoral insurgents. In its policy substance, what might this movement look like? What ideas does it need to champion to bust the Canberra Club wipe open? Here’s my best effort at a 10-point Outsiders’ Manifesto for Australia’s future:

1 Big cuts to the Federal Government’s annual 200,000-plus immigration and refugee program, ending the major-party consensus for a Big Australia. Slower population growth would take the pressure off local employment, urban congestion, housing prices and environmental sustainability — a massive win-win-win-win in public policy.

2 An end to social engineering programs, with the abolition of Safe Schools, Respectful Relationships, university safe spaces, Section 18C and man-bashing government agencies such as Our Watch and the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

3 Democratising the ABC, making it a clearinghouse for citizen-based broadcasting. Any Australian should be able to post their blogged, podcast or webcast material on its platforms. The most popular contributors would then be promoted to appear on the ABC’s radio and television programs — breaking the longstanding Leftist monopoly.

4 Reforming the Human Rights Commission so that it serves the public, not political correctness. The Commission’s charter should be recast to promote community building, Australian values and the virtues of Western civilisation. It has an important role to play in pushing back against the spread of radical Islam — the greatest human rights threat to our society.

5 Ending the era of big government. To reboot economic growth and international competitiveness, Australia’s top marginal tax rate should be cut from 49 per cent to 35, with other income brackets also receiving tax relief. To increase the disposable earnings of hardworking Australians, the Federal Government needs to make us a low-tax regime.

6 Big cuts to wasteful Federal spending, especially in transport, higher education, energy subsidies, corporate welfare, Canberra’s defence and foreign policy establishment, arts funding, public broadcasting and mental health rorts. Entire departments and agencies need to be abolished, bringing the size of government back to pre-2000 levels. The profligacy of the past 17 years has given Australia the worst of both worlds: bloated bureaucracies and stagnant economic growth.

7 Slashing regulation on business, especially when it holds back the development of new industries. For instance, Australia should be a global energy superpower with a dynamic mix of coal, renewable, CSG and nuclear energy. But the dead hand of government has knocked out the latter two. With the recent weakening of the economy, we can no longer afford to turn away new sources of jobs and investment.

8 Urgent school education reform, fundamentally changing the face of Australian teaching. On the international league table of academic achievement, we have fallen behind Kazakhstan — a national embarrassment. The top performer, Singapore, has based its success on a highly selective process for teacher recruitment. We need to do the same, increasing salaries for high-quality teachers and weeding out under-performers.

9 A new war on poverty, creating economic opportunity for all Australians. Non-viable indigenous settlements and public housing estates need to be closed down, with residents moving to areas where they can access jobs and services. The intergenerational poverty cycle also needs to be broken through improved teaching and learning programs in disadvantaged schools.

10 Genuine reform of parliamentary entitlements to make rorting impossible. The Turnbull Government’s recent proposals are no more than window-dressing. Entitlement amounts should be bundled together and capped, with travel funding released only after MPs have demonstrated the primacy of parliamentary work in their itineraries. An Anti-Corruption Commission is also needed to guard against the corrosive influence of machine politics and paid lobbyists.

Outsider politics aims not only to shake up the old-party system at the ballot box. It also has serious policy intent, ending the COLAGIN consensus in favour of outer-suburban and regional interests.

The electorate is willing. The time is right.

We have every reason to expect the tumultuous march of the outsiders to continue in 2017.

The Hobson’s Pledge Road Show

The Hobson’s Pledge Road Show

Don Brash and Casey Costello delivered the Hobson’s Pledge message to 200 people at the Havelock North Function Centre on Tuesday night, 28 Feb 2017.

Casey spoke about the wrong of Maori blaming their ancestry for being deprived of opportunities when they have had Treaty settlements, separate Maori broadcasting, separate Maori preschools and schools, and a separate Maori Party.

Standing on the outside it would seem the consideration and recognition of Maori issues ensured every opportunity for Maori to succeed, the Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper reported Casey as saying.

To read more and related media items, click here.

To hear Casey and Don speak – in person – the next place to be is:

Waikanae Community Centre
30 Utauta Street
Waikanae
Wellington
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 7.00 pm.

No admission fee and no collection! But there will be a book sales table.

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