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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.


Focus on Politics for 8 December 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:38:00 +1300

While different parties have flagged work schemes for the young unemployed in the past, talk about a 'work for the dole' programme from the New Zealand First minister Shane Jones has put the cat among the political pigeons. Labour moved quickly to assure New Zealanders no-one would be forced to work for the benefit rate, but they would get the minimum wage. Shane Jones' pronouncement also sparked a debate about the position of various government parties on welfare sanctions. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 1 December 2017

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The Government came under fire this week for refusing to release documents put together during the coalition talks. The 33-pages of notes are locked in a safe in the New Zealand First offices, and the Prime Minister says she hasn't looked at them since before she moved into the Beehive. The coalition government is pledging to be more open and transparent than previous administrations - but will it really be any different? Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.

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Focus on Politics for 24 November 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:38:00 +1300

Tax was front and centre during the election campaign, particularly as it was the main focus of National's attack-ads on Labour. At the heart of this was Labour's policy to put together a Working Group to review the tax system. The Government this week unveiled the terms of reference for the review, but National says they are so narrow the outcome is obvious. Here's our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell.

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Focus on Politics for 17 November 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:45:00 +1300

Much of the political focus has been at the high powered economic APEC and East Asia Summits this week, with the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern's first major foray onto the world stage. Back home, Parliament's winding back up with select committees being established and paid parental leave legislation being pushed through the House.

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Focus on Politics for 11 November 2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +1300

The 52nd Parliament is now under way and the Government's first law change is making its way through the house, but the coalition's start has not been without a few teething pains.

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Focus on Politics for 3 November 2017

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +1300

Ministers in the new Government are getting their feet under their desks, reading briefings and preparing for what will be a busy Parliamentary term. The house will begin sitting this week as the Labour-led Government begins implementing its one-hundred day plan.

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Focus on Politics for 27 October 2017

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The new government is now in place, after party deals have been revealed, portfolios allocated and new ministers sworn-in. There's been a flurry of activity at Parliament this past week as the Labour-led government prepares to move into the Beehive and relegate the National Party to the opposition corridors. Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.

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Focus on Politics for 20 October 2017

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:50:00 +1300

The wait, at last, is over - after 26 days, the public has finally learned who will lead the next government - the Labour Party's leader Jacinda Ardern. On Thursday evening, Winston Peters announced New Zealand First will go into coalition with Labour. The Greens, meanwhile, will support Labour on confidence and supply.

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