Why Prime Ministers travel
Building international relationships: why Prime Ministers
Last week I led a delegation to Samoa, Tonga, and
Niue in a Pacific goodwill mission to reinforce our strong
relationship with these countries.
Click here to see highlights of the Pacific
Next week I will be visiting the United
States, including the White House to meet with President
Rt Hon John
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Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)
Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?
As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...
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