Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
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Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
Two days ago, the 11th of November, marked the day on which the average kiwi woman starts to effectively work for free for the rest of the year - due to the gender pay gap. Rachel Mckintosh - Vice President of the Council of Trade Unions - says the gap is as such that it takes the average kiwi man only 314 days to earn what it takes women 365 days to earn.
Victor Mallet, the Asian news editor of the Financial Times and one of the vice-chairmen of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club, has been banned from entering Hong Kong last Thursday. The government won’t explain why they made this decision, but popular belief is the decision leads back to the Correspondents club hosting an event discussing Hong Kong independence. But first, Justin goes back to 2016 to explain what happened.
Last week the United States held their midterm elections with the Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans retained control of the Senate. But what does the outcome of these elections mean for international relations? Doug Becker speaks with Pam Chasek, Amy Eckert, and Brent Sasley about the results and the implications for issues such as US border policy and US-Russia relations.
This week for Green Desk, Ella speaks with Monica Peters about citizen science. Monica is a self-described "dot-joiner," bringing together the worlds of science, society, communication and art with a passion for community environmental restoration. Ella asked her to explain citizen science to the citizens:
This morning on Breakfast News we covered the Council of Trade Unions’ findings that the average kiwi woman is now effectively working for free for the rest of the year - Mary-Margaret talks to their Vice President about what intervention to change this should look like. Ben talks to the campaign manager of White Ribbon day about the upcoming awareness day. In international news, Conor gives us a run down on what’s happening in California with the fires. Justin is also giving us a rundown on a foreign journalist who was banned from entering Hong Kong. For the Green Desk this week, Ella talks about citizen science with passionate citizen Monica Peters. And finally, Leonard is back with another little everyday people clip.
Last week Jemima spoke with Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and current Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. They discussed the Commission's most recent report, Regulation: the responsible control of drugs. The bold report points to regulation over prohibition as the best way to control drugs across the world. This interview will be aired in two parts. Part two talks about how realistic the move towards drug regulation is, the status of cannabis globally and what Switzerland has done in terms of drug regulation. Thank you to the New Zealand Drug Foundation for setting up this interview.
The Supreme Court last week has upheld a High Court declaration in 2013 that prisoners have the right to vote under the Bill of Rights Act. Justice Minister Andrew Little said afterwards it is not a priority for the current Parliament to change a law banning all prisoners to vote. Justin talked to Nigel Hampton from the Howard League for Penal Reform. They first discussed the details of the current law.
Today on the Wire, Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill as well as drug regulation in New Zealand. Ella reports for our regular segment, Under the Weather, on the Californian wild fires. Justin talks to Nigel Hampton from the Howard League for Penal Reform about voting rights for prisoners. Damian speaks to Fiona Furella, the Chairperson of the Northland Environmental Protection Society, about exporting swamp kauri. Justin discusess the pokie machine situation in New Zealand with Andree Froude from the Problem Gaming Foundation. Finally, we have part two of Jemima's interview with the Chairperson of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Ruth Dreifuss, about drug regulation over prohibition.
Statistics from the Department of Internal Affairs showed compared to the same period last year, the number of pokie machines during June to September this year have decreased by 2 percent, but the profits from it have increased 3.4 percent. Justin spoke with Andree Froude from the Problem Gaming Foundation on this continuing trend. He started by asking the current situation of these gaming machines in New Zealand.
Under the Forest Act it is illegal to export raw native timber but some companies have been shipping native timber slabs labelled as “Table Tops”. After nine years of campaigning, the Northland Environmental Protection Society have been battling Ministry of Primary industries in the supreme court over the definition of “finished products. Producer Damian Rowe, spoke to the chairperson of the Northland Environmental Protection Society, Fiona Furrell, about the final supreme court verdict.