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Jane Silloway Smith

Jane Silloway Smith

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Euthanasia Facts: Critique 1

Euthanasia Facts: Critique 1

By Jane Silloway Smith


Critique 1: 1.8% of deaths in Belgium occur without the patient’s explicit consent The ACT Party’s regular bulletin, Free Press,…

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Inspiring Sustainable Development Goals

Inspiring Sustainable Development Goals

By Jane Silloway Smith


Since the UN announced their new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—17 broad goals with 169 specific sub-targets for the world to…

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Woven together

Woven together

By Jane Silloway Smith


Every year at Maxim Institute, we host a lecture named after one of Maxim’s founders Sir John Graham. The purpose…

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What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

By Jane Silloway Smith


Spend any time with an education reformer and you’re likely to hear something about Finland. This Scandinavian country of 5.5…

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Gambling with people’s lives

Gambling with people’s lives

By Jane Silloway Smith


Last month, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down that country’s laws against assisted suicide. Because New Zealand’s Bill of Rights…

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Back to school

Back to school

By Jane Silloway Smith


Uniforms are washed and ready to wear; iPads are fully charged; and backpacks are laden with fresh stationary supplies –…

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“Talking bollocks” about Band Aid 30

“Talking bollocks” about Band Aid 30

By Jane Silloway Smith


Criticisms abound for Band Aid 30’s hit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The pop artists who took part could…

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The tragedy of Brittany Maynard

The tragedy of Brittany Maynard

By Jane Silloway Smith


As a society, we cannot allow the value of life to be defined solely by a subjective, individual perception of…

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Normalising suicide

Normalising suicide

By Jane Silloway Smith


Last week the Law Commission presented a report to Parliament concerning suicide reporting by the media. Fearing that the current…

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China: what are we not talking about?

China: what are we not talking about?

By Jane Silloway Smith


John Key did very well in China last week. Stories of his exploits and triumphs in the arenas of geopolitics…

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<i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>: a surprising ad for free market economics

Dallas Buyers Club: a surprising ad for free market economics

By Jane Silloway Smith


As soon as my husband and I can lock in a babysitter, we want to go see Dallas Buyers Club….

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The minimum wage web

The minimum wage web

By Jane Silloway Smith


At one point in my early school years, my science teacher totally upended my views on nature. Up to that…

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Greens put state at the heart

Greens put state at the heart

By Jane Silloway Smith


The Green’s proposed policy to put “schools at the heart” by turning them into food, welfare, health, and other social…

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David Shearer and political bravery

David Shearer and political bravery

By Jane Silloway Smith


I’ve always liked David Shearer – and really, who wouldn’t? The guy dedicated his early adulthood to helping some of…

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The hope of welfare reforms

The hope of welfare reforms


Several years ago, when my cousins were little, the day care centre where my aunt worked cut its staff size…

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Remembering Margaret Thatcher

Remembering Margaret Thatcher


Reading through the many obituaries of Margaret Thatcher that have been published since her death yesterday, a quote from Shakespeare’s…

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Pope Francis’ challenge

Pope Francis’ challenge


On Tuesday, 19 March Pope Francis gave a calling out to the world: “Be protectors of God’s gifts!” In the…

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Sallies’ State of the Nation

Sallies’ State of the Nation


The Salvation Army has published its annual “state of the nation” report into those social issues it deems most pressing…

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Beneficiary bashing

Beneficiary bashing


Relying on a benefit is very few people’s idea of a good time. Funds are tight, and much of the…

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Contested histories

Contested histories


News arrives to us this week that the long-lost remains of the mediaeval king of England Richard III have been…

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