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    A shock in question time in Parliament – while grilling Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges appeared to think on his feet and ask an off-the-cuff non-scripted question. It even raised a few laughs across the house. Hon Simon Bridges: Why will union representatives not be required to gain consent […]

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    It’s hard to work out what the aim of the leak of Simon Bridges’ expenses was, given they will be officially released soon anyway. And it’s hard to get very excited about the media overkill of the story. It raises more questions over the motives of the leaker and the journalist than over Bridges’ expenses. […]

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    Simon Bridges tried to attack Jacinda Ardern over the teacher strikes in Question Time in Parliament yesterday, but waas largely ineffective as Ardern showed her mettle and not only frustrated Bridges attacks, but returned fire adeptly. There was a side show during the questioning, with Bridges being required to withdraw and apologise after a remark […]

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    I’m not sure whether most of the public will care much about the leaking of Simon Bridges’ expenses, but it seems to have been a big deal for Bridges, for the Speaker, and for political journalists who have given it a lot of coverage. RNZ:  Inquiry launched into leak on Simon Bridges’ expenses Parliament’s speaker, […]

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    The justice system summit currently under way in Porirua is trying to find ways of doing justice better – something that could certainly do with improvement. Not So Blind Justice – cartoon in today’s @nzherald Story: https://t.co/KCfTFMwV4e #justicesummit pic.twitter.com/hm1YqXQtaA — Rod Emmerson (@rodemmerson) August 21, 2018 It’s disappointing to see how negative the national opposition […]

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    RNZ are reporting that a National MP has sent a text to Simon Bridges and to the Speaker Trevor Mallard, confessing to leaking Bridges’ expenses information just days before it was due to be released publicly. They also say the MP has asked for the leak inquiry to be called off, and that exposure could […]

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    It was a bizarre day yesterday as revelations and media conferences added information but raised further questions in the already odd case of the leaked expenses of Simon Bridges. Just one bizarre part of yesterday’s unfolding was Tova O’Brien, the Newshub journalist who broke the story in the first place after being provided with leaked […]

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    The two big political stories of the week (in New Zealand) may not be over yet. News of Clare Curran’s semi demotion was dumped late on Friday, and that raised suspicions by media, as it should have. They may get more out of the story yet – or Curran may have learned from her second […]

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    Simon Bridges seems determined to keep the leak of his expenses issue alive. NZH: Simon Bridges says if leaking issue is not resolved, Trevor Mallard is to blame National Party leader Simon Bridges has lashed out at Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard for cancelling an inquiry into the travel-expenses leak 24 hours after confirming it was […]

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  • 08/27/18--12:04: Bridges leak saga continues
  • It is amazing to see how the leak a few days early of Simon Bridges’ expenses has become such a big and persistent story. Newshub (Tova O’Brien) kicked the story off, framing it as a big scandal of overspending. But it has become more a scandal of leaks, and now of why the Speaker Trevor […]

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    The National opposition has increased criticism on the Government over the many working groups, reviews, inquiries and committees they have set up. Labour has tried to play down the assistance they have sought. The big news from Jacinda Ardern’s business confidence speech yesterday was the announcement of the setting up of a ‘business advisory council’. […]

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    Simon Bridges was asked whether he backed Michael Woodhouse saying as Immigration Minister he would not let Chelsea Manning come to New Zealand to speak, and whether he backed Judith Collins promoting what some have claimed is fake news. Morning report (RNZ): Suzi Ferguson: On Chelsea Manning, Michael Woodhouse said he would have denied the […]

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    Yesterday Jacinda Ardern pulled out of two scheduled interviews, citing ‘a diary problem’. Newshub:  Prime Minister pulls out of Newshub Nation and Q+A weekend appearances Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her planned appearances on both Newshub Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A this weekend, saying there was an issue with her diary. Ms Ardern’s chief press secretary told Newshub Nation […]

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    Some interesting exchanges between Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern in parliament today. 3. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader—National) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies, statements, and actions? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime Minister): Yes. Hon Simon Bridges: Is it the policy of this Labour-led Government to increase the refugee quota to 1,500 a year […]

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    Being ‘tough on crime’, prison numbers, and law and order have long been a political football, with successive governments pandering to populist demands for fear of being seen as responsible for awful crimes. The Labour-led government has an ambitious goal of reversing the prison population by 30%, and have already had some success in reducing […]

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    People who were unnecessarily evicted from state houses due to extreme testing for methamphetamine contamination will be apologised to and compensated. Housing NZ to right meth testing wrong A report by Housing NZ into its response to methamphetamine contamination shows the organisation accepts its approach was wrong and had far reaching consequences for hundreds of […]

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    No one has suggested that drug dealers should be given any money when it was announced that people evicted from state houses over the meth contamination panic – see Housing NZ to compensate 800 tenants over bogus meth testing The apology and offer to compensate kicked-out tenants by between $2500 and $3000 comes as a […]

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    Reuters: Some 129 countries sign up to Trump’s pledge at U.N. to fight drugs Some 129 countries at the United Nations signed on to a U.S.-drafted pledge to fight the global drug problem on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump warned presented a public health and national security threat. In order to attend the brief […]

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    I’m not sure what’s worse for Simon Bridges, his off-putting speech, or his attempt to be tough and controversial over meth house compensation, described as a “massive backflip”. The offending tweet: What cynical timing by this weak Govt; today we’ve seen a troika of unpopular plans to tax Kiwi families more, compensation for meth crooks […]

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    After Donald Trump promoted continuing the ‘war on drugs’ Simon Bridges said that a National-led government would sign up to it. Peter Dunne, a minister in the last National-led government, says that he is “more than extremely stunned” by this. On Monday:  National would sign up to international drug effort A National-led Government would sign […]

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