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Transtasman Political Letter – 5 October Digest

Transtasman Political Letter – 5 October Digest

Transtasman is a subscriber newsletter published weekly and read widely in New Zealand and abroad. The following is a summary of this week's edition. To subscribe and read the full newsletter see..

This issue - 5th October 2006

The Brady Report is due: Political analysts are picking it will be a sensation
... Already it has put the remarkable political management skills of the PM to the test
... The Nats reckon Labour can’t survive
... Meanwhile Michael Cullen in distant London has been talking about the dollar, and interest rates, and other things
... Climate change is “in” - both Labour and the Nats talk it up
... And is Auckland ready for regeneration?

Brady Ready To Detonate?

An electoral time-bomb, or a damp squib? The final report from the Controller and Auditor General Kevin Brady on election spending is awaited in Parliament with a mixture of trepidation, hostility and eagerness, depending where you stand.

Brash Steps Up The Heat

Opposition Leader Don Brash stepped up the heat this week, questioning the Police Commissioner Howard Broad over what he called the “glaring inadequacies” of the Police inquiry into Labour’s spending on the pledge card, and the failure to take a prosecution when there was a clear breach of the Electoral Act.

Labour Caucus Upset Over Tithing?

Defence Minister and Roskill MP Phil Goff has more often than usual in recent weeks been touching base with old Labour friends and campaign supporters in the Auckland region. It is apparent there is little appetite among a number in the Caucus for proposals to double MP’s party contributions if necessary, to pay for the infamous pledge card on which Auditor General Kevin Brady will deliver a verdict next week.

Govt Moves Ahead On Climate Change Initiatives

Helen Clark has confirmed Cabinet has been working on a range of climate change initiatives including energy efficiency in homes and buildings, and in the vehicle fleet, forestry and sustainable land use management.


The 99 MP Party has been struck off the Electoral Commission’s register after it failed to provide evidence of 500 members. Read on ... | More free articles ...

Play Of The Week: What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

Suddenly the political world is infested with creepy private investigators who say they have the real dirt on various MPs. Joseph Parker. Read on ...

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