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Dr Edward Willis on Prisoner Voting Rights: November 26th, 2019

Dr Edward Willis on Prisoner Voting Rights: November 26th, 2019 Dr Edward Willis on Prisoner Voting Rights: November 26th, 2019, 15 MB
Tue 26 Nov 2019

A few days ago Justice Minister Andrew Little announced plans to change the law on prisoner voting rights in time for the 2020 election, to allow prisoners serving sentences of three years or under to vote. 

Deb Rawson discusses this shift in policy with law Professor Edward Willis from the University of Auckland, and then later with Arthur Taylor, a former prisoner who sued the Attorney-General for the right of prisoners to vote.

Taylor's interview can be found here:

http://95bfm.com/bcast/arthur-taylor-on-prisoner-voting-rights-november-26th-2019

Arthur Taylor on Prisoner Voting Rights: November 26th, 2019

Arthur Taylor on Prisoner Voting Rights: November 26th, 2019 Arthur Taylor on Prisoner Voting Rights: November 26th, 2019, 15.47 MB
Tue 26 Nov 2019

A few days ago Justice Minister Andrew Little announced plans to change the law on prisoner voting rights in time for the 2020 election, to allow prisoners serving sentences of three years or under to vote. 

This comes after a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 2018 in Taylor v Attorney-General, where Arthur Taylor, a high profile prisoner, sued the Attorney General, arguing the ban went against prisoner's voting rights under New Zealand’s Bill Of Rights.

The Supreme Court agreed, issuing a declaration saying the law was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. Parliament has now finally announced they will act to change the law.

Deb Rawson discusses this change to prisoner voting rights with Arthur Taylor, and also with law Professor Edward Willis.

The link to the interview with Dr Willis can be found here:

http://95bfm.com/bcast/dr-edward-willis-on-prisoner-voting-rights-november-26th-2019

Owairaka Protestors: why are they on the maunga? November 26, 2019

Owairaka Protestors: why are they on the maunga? November 26, 2019 Owairaka Protestors: why are they on the maunga? November 26, 2019, 30.47 MB
Tue 26 Nov 2019

Protestors have occupied Owairaka maunga for nearly two weeks now, halting the integrated management plan by Tupuna Maunga Authority. This plan has been in place and publicly available since 2016, indicating the intention of restoring the maunga with native trees. That process would include the felling of 345 exotic trees. The group who have named themselves Honour the Maunga say they were unaware of the plan, and that consultation shoud have occured. They are against the felling and are concerned about the environment, that it is 'madness' to cut down mature trees in the time of a climate emergency. The Green Desk's Mitchell Fuller spoke with representative Anna Redford asking about their claims of lack of consultation and whether they understand the Tangata Tiriti responsibility that is possible here. 

 

Photo credit: NZ Herald

Refugee Policy: Manus Island w/ Behrouz Boochani

Refugee Policy: Manus Island w/ Behrouz Boochani Refugee Policy: Manus Island w/ Behrouz Boochani, 17.18 MB
Mon 25 Nov 2019

Behrouz Boochani was detained on Manus island for 6 years, after fleeing Iran due to his work in Journalism. Behrouz wrote No friend but the mountains while in the detention centre, smuggling out PDFs on Whatsapp. Earlier this month he left Manus for the first time to travel to New Zealand. Sherry caught up with Behrouz and when they began the interview, he mentioned he'd been quite tired, flying from Auckland to Christchurch, and hadn’t had much time to himself yet due to interviews requests. 

Sherry speaks to him about the power of language in upholding inhuman structures, his criticisms of Australia’s refugee policy, and the power of storytelling and journalism to expose and reshape narratives. She begins by asking him on his experience on Manus Island.

 

Working Households living in Poverty with Dr. Alexander Plum: Monday the 25th of November

Working Households living in Poverty with Dr. Alexander Plum: Monday the 25th of November Alexander Plum: Monday the 25th of November, 11.14 MB
Mon 25 Nov 2019

It’s no secret that poverty is a prevalent issue in Aotearoa, with the narrative often around inequality amongst our most vulnerable communities. New research conducted by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute has found that more than 50,000 working households are living in poverty across New Zealand. 

 

This report was commissioned by the Human Rights Commission, who will analyse these implications identified through the findings, to inform their advocacy work focussing on poverty, equality, and non-discrimination. 


Louis spoke with Dr. Alexander Plum, a Senior Research Fellow, at the NZ Work Research Institute, who are an inquiry-driven research team that analyse & explore issues affecting people and their work. Here he is talking about inequality amongst working-class households.

The wire with Sherry: November 25th, 2019

The wire with Sherry: November 25th, 2019 The wire with Sherry: November 25th, 2019, 42.66 MB
Mon 25 Nov 2019

This week on the wire, we have our weekly chat with Green party Co-leader James shaw, on prisoner voting rights, ACC fossil fuel divestment, APEC bill, and touch on the budget. Dhannun speaks to Rob McCann on White ribbon day. Sherry speaks to author of No friend but the Mountains, Behrouz Boochani, on being detained on Manus island for 6 years as a refugee. And finally Louis speaks to AUT Alexander plum on working households in poverty. 

The Big Q: How has Trump's foreign policy affected the Ukraine peace process? November 25, 2019

The Big Q: How has Trump's foreign policy affected the Ukraine peace process? November 25, 2019 The Big Q: How has Trump's foreign policy affected the Ukraine peace process? November 25, 2019, 18.77 MB
Mon 25 Nov 2019

Since March 2014, Ukraine has been in the grips of a bloody civil war in the Eastern part of its country. Forces loyal to Kyiv fight forces loyal to Moscow, with international interference a primary feature of this conflict. How has the Trump Administration’s foreign policy complicated ongoing peace efforts in Ukraine? We examine the causes of this conflict. 

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

Neutral corner: 22nd November, 2019

Neutral corner: 22nd November, 2019 Neutral corner: 22nd November, 2019, 19.28 MB
Fri 22 Nov 2019

Neutral corner for this week looks at the ongoing protests in Bolivia following the resignation of longtime President Evo Morales in circumstances that his supporters describe as a military coup but which detractors frame as a healthy transition of power.

The Sunscreen Test: 22nd November, 2019

The Sunscreen Test: 22nd November, 2019 The Sunscreen Test: 22nd November, 2019, 14.73 MB
Fri 22 Nov 2019

With nearly half of sunscreen brands tested by Consumer NZ failing to provide protection above SPF50, Bronwyn Wilde speaks with Sue Chetwin about whether purchasers can trust what they buy.

The Wire with Laura: 22nd of November, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 22nd of November, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 22nd of November, 2019, 109.88 MB
Fri 22 Nov 2019

On the wire today: 

 

First up, The National Party’s, Denise Lee, joins us for our weekly chat. She talks about the decision to scrap the ban on parliamentary tv footage for political advertising, the conflict of interest in the provincial growth fund and the recent meeting Denise has had in Mount Wellington after a survey from the public where some are saying the area is not receiving enough attention in regards to crime and safety. 

Then, Laura Kvigstad has a chat with the National Secretary of the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association, Deborah Powell about the spike in violence towards hospital staff. 

After that, producer, Bronnie Wilde speaks with CEO of Consumer NZ, Sue Chetwin, about how 9 Sunscreens have failed to provide the coverage claimed on the label.     

And Finally, producer, Benjamin Goldson discusses the ongoing unrest and violence in Bolivia in a new segment of Neutral Corner to round out the show.