Bill English stumbled over a surplus, accidentally fulfilling a promise he's made now for several years - but at what cost. Talks of the state pushing contraception and the concept of click-bait government - do they actually mean any of it? CYF reform gets passed out wide to Paula Rebstock. And Dan encounters a mattress.
Hello - right before you get stuck into this I think you aught to be aware that the top of this discussion spends some time on sexual violence, in particular violence against trans women being held in male correctional facilities.
Please read http://noprideinprisons.org.nz
A note from Dave: in this I misspoke and said "it could have been anyone" when discussing the sexual violence experienced by a trans women incarcerated in a male prison. What I meant to convey by that is that the double-bunking of prisoners is a catalyst and multiplier of violence and risk for all incarcerated people. However this particular violence experienced by this trans women could not have happened to anybody - it is a violence faced exclusively by incarcerated trans women as a result of a confluence of shitty policies and inaction. Hopefully the wider point is made in the rest of the discussion around it but that line I used has been bugging me since I said it - it is incorrect.
In more a more light-hearted, light-headed vein: Dan went to the gym and you'll never guess what happened next.
Serious and horrific goings on in the middle east theatre of war. Is history repeating as Cold War players line up for a rematch? The history of the nuclear deterrent and the horrid little mistakes which got us here.
The TPPA, at time of recording, has yet to be finalised. What will it look like? Are we all going to be paying $700 a pill while pouring milk out into the sink?
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Today, sex stories. Wait; a funny one, at least.
Also, what's up in music today, and the entertaining results of producing your own biopic.
Hello! It's a bumper feature-length single episode as we are overdue.
Scout NZ launched, ha ha. Corbyn won the leadership of the UK Labour Party - does second place win two leaderships of the UK Labour Party? Ha ha. The flag debate, process, or whatever you want to call it. Klaxons sound as Tony Abbott is the one millionth sitting Australian prime minister to be rolled from office. And the horrifying images of the horrifying reality of our horrifying world - the west's refugee narative is thrown into schreeching discord with the suddenly obvious and unignorable needs of humans undergoing tradgety.
Tattoos, getting chucked from bars and human rights! A wizard makes the apes go bananas! Burgers! Washing your car! It's a mouthbreather comment bonanza episode.
Also the absolute capitulation on the government's duty of care which is the confused, incomplete and failed health and safety legislation.
A note: This was recorded August 30th. Had it been recorded a few days later we would not have been so flippant about human rights issues at the top of this episode given the stories currently in the headlines.
The National Party had its conference this past weekend. Just what's still in the tank 7 years into government?
Fast food news: most everything in the world has changed and requires reevaluating. Secrets, lies, noodles, rice.
Special report: do you love science, or do you love living science? Yes you.
And either sport or beer came next, can't remember!
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In less serious news; Len Brown parked an electric car for a minute over a unoperational cycle lane, and will pay the price.
In more serious news, serious issues are coming to light with the management of for-profit privately run Mt Eden prison. The company in question, Serco, is no stranger to controversy and has a history of mismanagement in an industry where that carries a real human cost.