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    Rob Salmond has been doing a lot of work on OAI requests and writing up the results in a series of posts at Polity. If he turns out to be on target with this then a Simon Bridges risks collapsing. Polity posts: Northland bridges – OIA scandal (1 of 3) The paper trail behind National’s […]

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  • 04/15/15--12:16: Bridges too far?
  • Did Simon Bridges got to far in seeking cost details on Northland bridges? Mr Bridges’ office asked the NZ Transport Agency for information on the bridges and estimated costs of upgrading them prior to the byelection announcement that National would upgrade 10 one-way bridges. Andrew Little thinks he did. Labour’s leader Andrew Little said that […]

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    In Question Time in Parliament today the Speaker gave Minister of Transport Simon Bridges leeway after being advised his response to an initial question by Green MP Julie Anne Genter would be lengthy. 12. JULIE ANNE GENTER (Green) to the Minister of Transport : What percentage of the National Land Transport Programme announced yesterday will be spent on new […]

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    Duncan Garner ponders on who may be National’s next leader. He rules out Judith Collins, saying her party has lost faith and trust in her (she could earn that back but it will take time, effort and care). PAULA BENNETT She’s emerged from the Collins rubble to be the frontrunner. She’s handled everything Labour has […]

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    It’s being reported that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement will be signed by the 12 countries involved in New Zealand in early February, but the Government says this has not yet been confirmed. Radio NZ reports Govt denies Chilean claim about TPPA signing. Duty minister Simon Bridges said despite an official statement by the Chilean […]

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  • 05/04/16--23:11: Promoting electric vehicles
  • Two days ago we discussed electric vehicles here in Electric vehicle advantage. Today the Government announced incentives to buy and use electric vehicles in New Zealand with a target of doubling the number of them every year with a target of about 64,ooo by 2021. That’s still not a big number compared to the 3 […]

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    Minister of Transport Simon Bridges has announced that the Government will pass legislation allowing electric vehicles to use bus lanes, but has ignored advice that he should consult with councils. NZ Herald: Simon Bridges faces backlash over electric cars in bus lanes Transport Minister Simon Bridges ignored official advice to consult with councils before announcing […]

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  • 12/08/16--09:52: Bennett versus Bridges
  • Now Bill English has been confirmed as New Zealand’s next Prime Minister – he will be sworn in early next week – attention has turned to the deputy spot, being contested by Paula Bennett. Bennett has been groomed by National and English in particular for a rise in their ranks, and was briefly acting Prime […]

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    The current state of the race to the deputy prime ministership as recorded by Claire Trevett: More at the Herald: Paula Bennett is on the cusp of becoming Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, but may have to lobby for a few more votes over the weekend to secure the job. Based on publicly declared […]

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  • 12/09/16--14:28: PM English, deputy Bennett
  • Simon Bridges has withdrawn from the contest to be deputy Prime Minister, leaving the second top spot to Paula Bennett. Herald: Simon Bridges withdraws from deputy prime minister race Bridges confirmed he was stepping out of the race at a press conference in Auckland this morning. “While my numbers were good, they weren’t good enough.” […]

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    It is acknowledged that whatever ‘child poverty’ is defined as, there are real problems in New Zealand with deprivation and poor living conditions for many children. Whether a statistical line is drawn at tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands doesn’t matter, it is a serious problem that requires serious attention. So it is very […]

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    Simon Bridges says that it was an accidental ‘like’ on Twitter, but whether it was or not it is seriously embarrassing for him associating himself with a Whale Oil attack on Clarke Gayford. NZH: National leader Simon Bridges accidentally ‘liked’ social media post mocking Clarke Gayford National leader Simon Bridges has admitted ‘liking’ a social […]

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    Cameron Slater made debatable denials of involvement in the spreading of rumours. Both he and ‘Nige’ (Helper and problem solver for Cam Slater’s Whaleoil) have stated there was no factual basis to the rumours. But Whale Oil has continued to run a smear campaign against Clarke Gayford. Dirty politics, and proud of it. Posted by […]

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    Parliament’s question time can be raucous, with some members barking at every passing Minister. National MP David Bennett annoyed the Speaker enough today to earn a two day ban on interjecting. In Question No. 9—Children: Darroch Ball: What is the Minister doing to ensure that children get the best services that they need? Hon CARMEL SEPULONI: […]

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  • 05/23/18--11:35: Dysfunction in Parliament
  • Question Time (oral questions) has often been contentious in Parliament, in large part because it is the best chance for MPs, especially Opposition MPs, to get media attention. Either tensions, frustration or deliberate attention seeking has simmering for some time, and flared up yesterday. Paula Bennett walked out in a huff over decisions made by […]

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    Ireland has just resoundingly voted to modernise their abortion law, giving women the choice the should have. This highlights New Zealand’s shameful persistence with law that is not fit for purpose to the extent that it is virtually ignored in practice, although it forces women into a demeaning process. We should add abortion to the […]

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  • 05/27/18--11:48: What now for Bridges?
  • There had already been murmurings in media about Simon Bridges leadership of National before the latest poll (Newshub/Reid Research) had him at 9% ‘preferred Prime Minister’. Newshub headlined their poll with Simon Bridges failing to connect with voters – Newshub poll and the l4esd paragraph was worse: A Newshub-Reid Research poll has brought some seriously […]

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    National have had a rethinks and have done a bit of a u-turn, now saying the support having a Climate  Commission. This makes strong cross party support for addressing climate issues. The Labour-NZ First Coalition Agreement supports a Climate Commission: Introduce a Zero Carbon Act and an independent Climate Commission, based on the recommendations of […]

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    This morning on Q&A: National says it wants to work with the Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What does that really mean? National leader Simon Bridges will be with us live. This could be interesting. One National’s decision:National supporting non-partisan Climate Commission One of the more ridiculous comments in response: Climate change is a fraud, […]

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    Jacinda Ardern has described climate change as “my generation’s nuclear free moment” (in a campaign speech in August 2017). Simon Bridges won’t go that far. On Q+A yesterday CORIN DANN So certainty. Is climate change the nuclear-free issue of your generation? SIMON BRIDGES I would not go that far. Is it the most significant environmental […]

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