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It’s official: Political Dissent Discouraged in NZ!

Government Minister to political dissenters: “Pull your Head in!”

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Steven Joyce

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The government has ordered Auckland University to cease political protest action. Government minister, Steven Joyce yesterday decreed that “my  general advice to NZUSA (NZ Union of Students’ Associations) on the cost of living for students is to keep your heads down”.

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As usual, the full force of the State was brought in to “control” the situation,

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PROTEST: Police on standby at Auckland University after students took over the business building.

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Joyce further added, “I think most New Zealanders think students are reasonably well looked after at this point in time”.

“Mr Joyce said university students had 75 per cent of the tuition subsidised on average and benefited from interest-free student loans.Source

This is true:  university students currently have much of their tuition fees subsidised by the State. And their student loans are interest free.

However, the Minister for Tertiary Education forgot to reveal to the NZ Herald that he recieved a free tertiary education. No student fees. No student debt. It was all paid for by the tax-payer.

So, it seems rather curious that Mr Joyce, who benefitted from a free, tax-payer funded, tertiary education, with no debt incurred from his tuition – can order fee-paying students to cease all political dissent.

Another case of a Baby Boomer telling Gen X to “do as I say, not as I do”?

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Source for information

  1. Steven Joyce, born: 1963.
  2. After completing a zoology degree at Massey University, Steven started his first radio station, Energy FM, in his home town of New Plymouth, at age 21 (1984).
  3. Student Loan system is started: 1992.

Additional reading

“Greed is Good?”

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  1. Gosman
    28 September 2011 at 7:58 am

    Why would he want to mention that he received a free tertiary education?

    Do you mention the inefficiencies in State run industries everytime you bemoan privatisation?

    There is no rule that states you have to give both sides of a debate when making a political statement.

    • Red
      28 September 2011 at 12:17 pm

      You’re kidding. How canyou not get that Joyce was being hypocritical when he told the student to pull their heads in? Joyce admonishes the students because they’re getting a subsidised education, but Joyce got a totally free education. I think it’s Joyce that should be pullling his head in.If you don’t get that then you really are close minded.

    • 28 September 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Gosman, he doesn’t have to mention that he received a free tertiary education. His assumption that only people who he deems as worthy of engaging in protest is problematic in a society where non-violent protest is a right for its citzenry, regardless of who they are, what they earn etc etc.

  2. 28 September 2011 at 8:19 am

    Gosman :

    Why would he want to mention that he received a free tertiary education?

    Do you mention the inefficiencies in State run industries everytime you bemoan privatisation?

    There is no rule that states you have to give both sides of a debate when making a political statement.

    Have you heard of the expression, “double standards”?

  3. 28 September 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Damn that blasted pot aye Joyce? I was also disturbed that he conflates peaceful protest (the right of all citizens in a so-called democratic country) with whether a citizen is deserving enough to protest. That is essentially his assumption. Quite paternalistic isn’t it? Further, what the hell is up with the OTT police presence?

  4. 29 September 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Well it is a subtle form of bullying anyway, Frank.

  5. 2 October 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Peter Petterson :

    Well it is a subtle form of bullying anyway, Frank.

    That’s a good way of looking at it, Peter. “Bullying” indeed, as the Minister attempts to deny students their right to protest, and then backed up by an “OTT police presence”, as Tara pointed out.

    My parents escaped Eastern Europe to get away from this kind of Police State mentality.

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