One of New Zealand’s largest news websites is busy publishing clickbait articles describing the Irish as ‘rugby’s new whingers’. Don’t read the comment sections if you are thin skinned (or indeed, a whinger) and Irish…
The era of the baggy jersey was drawing to a close and Irish voters kicked the Nice Treaty into touch.
Gerry Thornely wrote:
A hard one to swallow for this Irish team to have given themselves and a throbbing Lansdowne Road a real sight of a famous victory.
The men in black foraged in twos or even clusters, and usually offloaded even before going to ground. You have to wonder if Irish fatigue was a factor in just not getting support ruckers to the breakdown. But Gatland like the players was not having any of it. “I don’t want to repeat myself here, but that’s again down to the intensity they play at week, week out.”
New Zealand has passed legislation banning zero-hour contracts, in what is thought to be one of the first laws in the developed world to end the use of deals criticised as exploitative.
Opposition Labor MP Iain Lees-Galloway was joined by his political opponents in supporting the Employment Standards Legislation Bill to end the use of the deals under which employees are required to be available for work but have no guaranteed minimum hours.
“To the best of my knowledge it’s the first of its type [in the developed world], certainly in terms of the US and UK,” Mr Lees-Galloway said.
“It’s possible Denmark doesn’t have them because these type of contracts are all about exploiting loopholes and I don’t think Denmark had the loopholes in the first place.”
So, apparently Ireland is one of only 2 countries (the other being Germany) that has an agreement whereby New Zealand will permanently seize the original driving license if a person applies for a NZ driving license. Would love to know why this agreement is in place, not that I miss the amateurish looking fragile piece of pink paper that got a laugh from most bouncers here when produced as ID.
Australia’s inability to achieve marriage equality is now an international embarrassment. While Ireland is gripped by euphoria after a resounding win for the “yes” campaign in Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage, Australia must reflect on the failures of its political system and its leaders.
The referendum delivered a landslide 62 to 38 per cent majority for change, and is being hailed as a nationally unifying transformative moment for Ireland. It should not be forgotten that homosexuality was illegal in Ireland until 1993, divorce until 1996, and abortion is still banned, except where the mother’s life is in danger.
Opinion polls suggest public support for marriage equality is even higher in Australia than in Ireland, at more than 70 per cent, according to a Crosby Textor poll. Yet we remain incapable of a reform achieved by about 20 other democracies, including now the strongly Catholic nation of Ireland, a country deeply grafted into the DNA of Australia.