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Transtasman Political Letter – 8 November Digest

Transtasman Political Letter – 8 November Digest

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8th November 2007
Labour seeks to re-invent itself...
Clark drives the tax cut policy...
Will voters see it as deathbed repentance ...
Challenge to Nats to top Labour’s offer...
Cosgrove hits at rogue realtors...
Core queries on emission trading scheme design...
New board for transport merger...
John Banks finds a few interesting questions raised in Auckland City’s annual report...
And no-breach Mallard faces court summons.

Battle Begins As Labour Seeks To Re-Invent Itself

The Labour-led Govt, trailing National by an average 10 percentage points in polls, has set out to re-invent itself, freshening up Cabinet, cutting out deadwood, rolling out new policy, and finding a springboard for its election campaign in pledging tax cuts in next year’s budget.

Clark Drives The Tax Cut Programme

Polling which shows as many as 80% of voters think they have been over-taxed lies behind the Govt’s sudden enthusiasm to implement personal income tax cuts.

Cullen: A Death-Bed Repentance?

The serious political issue for the Govt as it directs officials to come up with a sweeping tax reform programme is how to get the biggest (electoral) bang for the buck.

Cosgrove Hammers “Rogue” Real Estate Agents

A tough new regime to bring “rogue” elements of the real estate industry to heel has been framed by Associate Justice Minister Clayton Cosgrove.


The Green’s Meteria Turei left for Papua New Guinea on Tuesday to take part in a training workshop for the country’s MPs.

Play Of The Week: Reflux

“An ideological burp” was how Michael Cullen described the Treasury’s post-2005 election briefing to the incoming Govt.

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