It was Melbourne Cup day in Tim’s hometown, while Diewue had Guy Fawkes night crackers going on in Auckland. But the government business of the day continued, which we also get into on the weekly episode of Trans Tasman Talk.
The Nup to the Cup animal welfare campaign gained growing support this year, after ABC’s 7.30 program showed evidence of retired racehorses being abused before being slaughtered. The cup has also become known for the drunken and slothful behaviour of the attendees, all while they attempt to act as members of high society.
NZ’s Justice Minister, Andrew Little, has been accused of establishing a Ministry of Truth that he says will combat “misinformation” over the euthanasia referendum. Both sides of the debate have criticised it harshly. NZers will likewise get to vote on legalising weed at the next general election. For a change, both will be binding.
Australia is still deciding on the wording for its next referendum to amend the Constitution to recognise aboriginal peoples, and the appointment of Aboriginal academic and twitter rager Marcia Langton to an advisory position has raised plenty of eyebrows.
In New South Wales, “pregnant people” can get abortions, but that debate is also raging in New Zealand, with feminists clashing with trans-activists on the need for “inclusive” wording around who should be allowed to kill their babies. The current bill still refers to pregnant women.
The usual Marxist groups have continued protesting coal mining in Australia, with Scott Morrison responding by proposing a ban on secondary boycotts. The ABC interviewed a woman who wants to kill a million men to destroy the patriarchy.
The Hong Kong protests saw a group of foreign students in Auckland goose-step down the road in PLA uniforms with the Chinese flag. “Antifa” was nowhere to be seen when faced with the presence of actual fascists. The PLA Navy has a warship docked in Wellington for training exercises in the Cook Strait.
In Australia, there have been talks of removing welfare from those prosecuted due to violent protests, and the New Zealand National Party has adopted a “no jab, no pay” stance for parents and wants to remove welfare from gang members who can’t prove they have no other income. National has selected a former Air NZ CEO, Christopher Luxon, to run in Botany – a safe National seat currently held by a defector.
NZ First MP Shane Jones features weekly on the show, due to his controversial comments and actions. This week, he told immigrants to “get on the next plane home” if they didn’t like NZ’s immigration policies. The government has recently tightened the requirements for Partner Visas and the Indian community has complained it’s racist against arranged marriages.
A two-minute video has been produced of Jacinda Ardern’s accomplishments in two years of her government, most of which involved spending more money or claims that were not entirely true.
In Australia, the inquiry into historic abuse in aged care has wrapped up, with the solution deemed that more taxpayer funds be spent. Scott Morrison was also at a summit in Asia and claimed that Australia and China would not attempt to interfere in each other’s domestic policies – a promise that may not be kept by either side.
The race that divides a nation: Why controversy surrounds this year’s Melbourne Cup – SBS
Hundreds of racehorses sent to slaughterhouses in contravention of racing rules – ABC News
Justice Minister Andrew Little seriously compromised on cannabis, euthanasia votes – Mike Hosking
Politicians debate whether to change ‘pregnant women’ to ‘pregnant people’ in abortion law to be more inclusive – Pink News
EXPOSED: who were the organisers of the IMARC riots? – TU
ABC Q&A Feminist Panel Advocates Political Violence – TU
Chinese Amy marching on the street & intimidating other people supporting HongKong‘s protest
‘Bollywood overreaction’: Shane Jones doubles down – NewsTalk ZB