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On Point

By Simon O'Connor MP
Join Simon O'Connor and occasional guests as they engage with contemporary topics, both here in New Zealand and abroad.
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Modern Slavery in New Zealand
In recent weeks, locals have been raising with me the issue of modern slavery in New Zealand – goods like clothes, toys, and electronics that come into our country made by forced or child labour. World Vision and Trade Aid, along with many New Zealand businesses, are calling for legislation to be introduced and this is something I am exploring. Join me as I talk with Grant Bayldon, National Director of World Vision, as we discuss what this issue means for all of us.
June 23, 2021
Talking with Bill Browder about Money, Murder and Magnitsky
This latest podcast is for those interested in international intrigue, corruption, and how the good guys can fight back. Listen to my talk with Bill Browder – who someone once described as Vladimir Putin’s public enemy number one – and how New Zealand might be part of the Magnitsky movement.
June 9, 2021
Foreign Policy with Tom Tugendhat
Excited to share my latest podcast featuring my friend Tom Tugendhat MP – Chair of the UK Foreign Affairs Committee. We discuss a wide range of foreign policy issues; from the CCP to Russia, Climate Change to Covid – and many more.  Listen below and let us know your thoughts.
June 1, 2021
The Problem with Privilege
Recently a young schoolboy was asked to stand to up in front of his peers and list his 'white privileges'. Meanwhile, some in the Ministry of Education consider education itself to be a form of 'symbolic violence' and are instructing its teachers to ask themselves what their own privileges are. In this episode I'll address these topics – particularly on how the concept of privilege itself contradictory and indeed, a tool used to mask one's own prejudices. 
May 28, 2021
Language (and the Left)
Some thoughts on language – specifically how it tends to be controlled by the left. Should some people, and not others, have rights over certain words – simply out of offence?  And should these kinds of decisions be made on your behalf, without rational discussion? 
May 23, 2021
Podcast Special: Gaza Conflict
Join me as I talk with Dr David Cumin of the Israel Institute of NZ about the ensuing conflict in Gaza, including its recent background. We also discuss how the conflict is playing out here in New Zealand. 
May 17, 2021
Crime, Gangs, and Law and Order: Discussions with Simeon Brown MP
Join me as I sit down with Simeon Brown MP for Pakuranga and National spokesperson for Police and Corrections to discuss crime, gangs, and law and order in today's New Zealand.
May 12, 2021
Language and Politics
Brief reflections on the importance of language and how it can often be manipulated – particularly in the political sphere here in New Zealand.
May 11, 2021
Labour's Vaccination Rollout is a Shambles
Many would agree the Government's vaccination roll-out so far has been a bit of a shambles (to say the least).  Constituents tell me they're experiencing mixed signals, long wait times – asking if Labour are simply 'making things up as they go' – and I'm inclined to agree, as we are falling behind the rest of the world Is this good enough?
May 6, 2021
Anzac Day - Free Speech and Geopolitics
Following a few interesting discussions on Anzac Day – two things in particular have been on my mind.  The first being the importance of free speech, and what was faught for.  And the second being more geopolitical in nature; and how we must 'stand with our mates' in these precarious times.  Have a listen – and I'd love to know if you have any thoughts on this. 
May 5, 2021