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The Wire with Stewart: October 24, 2019

The Wire with Stewart: October 24, 2019 The Wire with Stewart: October 24, 2019, 107.21 MB
Thu 24 Oct 2019

Host Stewart Sowman-Lund and producer Justin talk through the big issues from New Zealand and around the world.

This week:

  • Act Party leader David Seymour talks to Stewart about last night’s vote on the End of Life Choice Bill, and what he makes of a referendum on the issue.
  • After that, Andrew Little is here for his regular catch-up. Today - the National Party backs down on supporting new anti-terrorism legislation. And who should buy TV3?
  • Then, Green Party Justice Spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman about why the Green Party is now supporting that same anti-terrorism legislation.
  • International Desk this week goes to Tokyo
  • And finally - Neighbourhood Watch is back for another week. Today, Australia media unifies for press freedom, and the treatment of race horses is in the spotlight.

All that plus Poll Position and some more viewer feedback! It's The Thursday Wire! 

I/v with David Seymour - End of Life Choice heading for referendum: October 24, 2019

I/v with David Seymour - End of Life Choice heading for referendum: October 24, 2019 I/v with David Seymour - End of Life Choice heading for referendum: October 24, 2019, 8.42 MB
Thu 24 Oct 2019

Last night, David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was back in Parliament - but not for its third reading. MPs were debating whether to send the bill to a public referendum at the next election, should it enter into force. That’s the result of NZ First promising they would only support the bill at third reading if a referendum is agreed to. Last night’s vote resulted in a close 63-57 vote, with NZ First’s 8 votes proving crucial. Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to ACT party leader David Seymour to get his thoughts and started by asking him if the vote went the way he thought it would. 

 

Green Party on Anti-Terrorism Bill: October 24th, 2019

Green Party on Anti-Terrorism Bill: October 24th, 2019 Green Party on Anti-Terrorism Bill: October 24th, 2019, 12.2 MB
Thu 24 Oct 2019

The Green Party has agreed to support the Government's Anti-terrorism bill, after they said they would oppose it.  Stewart talks to the party's justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman to find out what changed their stance on the bill.

Chile in Crisis - The straw that broke the camels back: October 23rd, 2019

Chile in Crisis - The straw that broke the camels back: October 23rd, 2019 Chile in Crisis - The straw that broke the camels back: October 23rd, 2019, 14.82 MB
Wed 23 Oct 2019

Tuwhenuaroa talks to Diego Morena about the crisis currently taking hold of Chile.

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part III Polisario Front - the legal implications of illegal occupation: October 23, 2019

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part III Polisario Front - the legal implications of illegal occupation: October 23, 2019 'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part III Polisario Front - the legal implications of illegal occupation: October 23, 2019, 51.39 MB
Wed 23 Oct 2019

The conversation around phosphate imported from the disputed area of the Western Sahara continues. After having spoken to one of the two companies who are the last two companies in the western world that continue to trade with Morocco (listen here to Ballance Agri-Nutrients who were the only company that agreed to a phone interview - Lillian is continuing to source information from Ravensdown), Lillian was intent on understanding the legal implications of this. 

Kamal Fadel, who is based in Australia, is a spokesperson for Polisario Front - Western Sahara’s independence movement. Kamal had stated last week the group was looking into legal action against the companies in New Zealand. Lillian reached out to Kamal over Twitter to see if she could speak with him about this and it turned out he was in New Zealand for the next couple of days. Kamal had actually been part of organising Tecber’s talking tour, who we heard from for Part I of this series, and they had taken the rare opportunity of having someone from the Western Sahara visiting New Zealand to meet with government officials and attend conferences. When Lillian contacted Kamal, he was speaking at an event for the NZ Institute of International Affairs the following day. Lillian went along to the talk last minute and managed to introduce herself there - Kamal then agreed to come into the bFM studios for a discussion. They ended up discussing the legality of Morocco's invasion and continued occupation, the rights that exist for non-self-governing territories, and why there are plenty of good reasons for the NZ companies to stop being involved in the trading of 'stolen goods'. First up, Lillian asked what Polisario Front is.

 

NOTES:

-Forbes List 'King of Rock' reference

-CSPB research to halt the import of Western Saharan phosphate:

"CSBP also completed design work and started fabrication of a regenerative thermal oxidiser that will broaden supply options for the superphosphate manufacturing operation at Kwinana and help reduce dependence on phosphate rock from Western Sahara." Pg. 47

"The two other Australian importers of phosphate from Western Sahara, Wesfarmers (through its subsidiary CSBP) and Impact Fertilisers, divested from the region in 2009 and 2012, respectively."

-Nauru example given by Kamal explanation:

"Nauruans’ experiences of a resource curse from mining phosphate stands, as a case study of retarded development. Nauru was much adulated in the press in the early 20th century as an example of a small island that became wealthy through mining. The high grade phosphate that covered four fifths of the island was considered by outsiders as a very lucrative resource that had to be mined, particularly as fertilizer to enhance the pastures of Australia and New Zealand. The development of Nauru has been misinterpreted by attributions of wealth to Nauruans when most of the profits from mining accrued to the mining agencies. Sales of phosphate yielded far greater development to Australian agriculture than to Nauruan owners of the resource. Meanwhile the small island surface of Nauru underwent gradual destruction of its interior retarding any developments, economic or humanitarian."

 

Photo credit: The Economist

The Green Desk: October 22, 2019

The Green Desk: October 22, 2019 The Green Desk: October 22, 2019, 21.69 MB
Tue 22 Oct 2019

Mitchell talks to Forest & Bird NZ's chief executive Kevin Hague about a marine report discussing four priority issues the government needs to focus on.

Thumbs Up New Zealand Petition w / Niamh Peren: October 22, 2019

Thumbs Up New Zealand Petition w / Niamh Peren: October 22, 2019 Thumbs Up New Zealand Petition w / Niamh Peren: October 22, 2019, 6.26 MB
Tue 22 Oct 2019

How we handle our waste is becoming increasingly important, and our current waste system is not equipped to effectively recycle all the packaging we find on the shelves of our supermarkets. In light of this, Niamh Peren started the petition Thumbs Up New Zealand calling for the government to introduce new, simple and compulsory labelling on all food and drink packaging indicating whether the packaging is recyclable in New Zealand and made from recycled material. To find out more Olivia spoke to Niamh and began by asking to give a brief rundown on what she is calling for.

The Wire with Olivia: October 22, 2019

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Tue 22 Oct 2019

E whai ake nei, coming up on the show today we have…

  • On Green Desk Mitchell talks to Forest & Bird NZ Kevin Hague about a marine report discussing four priority issues the government needs to focus on.
  • Olivia talks to Interim Retirement Commissioner. Peter Cordtz from the Commission for Financial Capability about a new scheme to help retirees make their money last throughout retirement
  • Olivia also talks to Niamh Peren from Thumbs Up New Zealand about her petition to simplify labelling on packaging.
  • And finally Oscar talks to Mikee Santos, from First Union, about the re-opening of the parent visa category. 

The Cost of Family; Migrant Parent Visas w/ Mikee Santos; October 22, 2019

The Cost of Family; Migrant Parent Visas w/ Mikee Santos; October 22, 2019 The Cost of Family; Migrant Parent Visas w/ Mikee Santos; October 22, 2019, 26.42 MB
Tue 22 Oct 2019

95bFM's Oscar Perress talks to Mikee Santos of First Union about the Reopening of the Parent Visa Category, what it means and what effect it will have on migrants and employers.

The Wire with Jemima: October 21, 2019

The Wire with Jemima: October 21, 2019 The Wire with Jemima: October 21, 2019, 102.07 MB
Mon 21 Oct 2019

This week on the Monday Wire, Lachlan speaks with Emmy Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa about the trial of armed police units across New Zealand. Jemima talks to Richard Wagstaff from Council of Trade Unions about the government's discussion paper on fair pay agreements. Sherry speaks with DHB psychologist Chris Murray about upcoming strike action. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Jemima wraps it up with the regular segment with Green Party co-leader James Shaw about legalising drug testing for festivals and the most recent environment update report.