Friday, 16 February 2018

New Zealand reviewing its whistleblowers law and links to other news and views

Review into whistleblowers law begins - RNZ
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes was highly critical of the law last year after it failed to protect staff who spoke out about the convicted Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison.
Mr Hughes said the system was substandard, inadequate, and "was very out of date and no longer reflected international best practice".
The government is now exploring whether the Protected Disclosures Act needs to be strengthened.
Does aid do more harm than good? - The Spectator
The Oxfam abuse scandal has revealed a sinister side to international charities
SA's free solar not what it seems - Eureka Street
It sounded like the ultimate election sweetener. Six weeks out from polling day, South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill announced a plan to install free solar and Tesla batteries on 50,000 homes. ... Ah, but here's the catch — Tesla and a yet-to-be-appointed electricity retailer would own the power and sell it back to the household at a discounted rate. As the ABC explained: 'In effect, the householder is simply leasing Tesla and another power company some spare roof space and garage space in return for a discount on their power bills.'

The UK's offshore wind boom is great for the climate. But what about the fish? - PRI
Fisherman Steve Barratt says the area just offshore of the English port of Ramsgate was a prime fishing ground until a wind farm was built there a few years ago. Now he says he has to steam for three hours to get a good catch. But scientists aren't so sure the wind farm is to blame.
Ethiopia's prime minister resigns after mass protests - France 24
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of violent unrest that threatened the ruling party's hold on Africa's second most populous nation. The prime minister leads the nation under Ethiopia's political system and Hailemariam's decision to quit underscores the depth of division within the ruling coalition over how fast to pursue political openness.
Senate deal on cannabis bill timeline means no sales before August - CBC News
Leaders in the Senate have reached a deal on a timeline for the legalization of cannabis — a schedule that pushes the start of retail sales past July 1, the date that has been floated in the past as the government's target.
Opinion: South Africa's lost decade - Deutsch Welle
South Africa had entered a promising new era with Nelson Mandela at the helm in 1994, but Zuma represents a lost decade in the country's history.
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