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Focus on Politics for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:40:00 +1300

It's been a whirlwind year for the Labour party leader and now Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

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Focus on Politics for 15 December 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:38:00 +1300

The National Party is finding its feet in opposition after nine years in Government. After winning 44 percent of the party vote at September's election, seven percentage points more than Labour - National did not win the support of New Zealand First so lost the reins of power. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, spoke to National's leader Bill English about the events of recent months.

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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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