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PM's Presser 22/8/11: Afghanistan, Libya, Christchurch

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 22/8/11

Audio and report by Reesh Lyon

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John Key on:

Deceased Soldier
: Condolences to family. PM to attend memorial service

Libya: PM says Gaddafi has two options: stay and fight or leave the conutry. PM hopes for the latter. NZ supports UN actions in support of Libyan citizens. Seven New Zealanders have chosen to remain in Libya.

Christchurch: 6 month anniversary of Feb 22 quake. PM's thoughts are with the families of people killed. PM outlined Govt. response to the disaster, including financial assistance and establishment of Royal Commission of Inquiry. PM announced the Govt will provide an independent counsel to support families of those killed.

Broadband:
roll out in Tauranga on Tuesday.

Media questions:

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Chch Quake: PM admits Govt has "given a bit of ground" with announcement of counsel for families.

Deceased Soldier: PM wouldn't rule out future deployment of SAS to Afghanistan. Insists NZ troops are still primarily there in a mentoring role.

Industrial Research Limited: more detail on Government's position closer to election.

High NZ Dollar: PM understands the frustration of NZ grape growers, but says that's the reality of a high NZ dollar.

Afghanustan: PM says there's still more work to do to stamp out corruption. This process is being worked through.

Exporting Apples to Australia: PM hopes Australia won't reverse it's decision to allow the importation of NZ apples. Says Australia cant just pick and choose what WTO rules to follow and which to ignore.

Polls: PM says the gap between National and Labour in the polls is likely to narrow closer to the election. Says a lot can happen in 97 days. National Party not taking anything for granted.

Pacific Islands Forum: PM thinks there will be an exciting line up of leaders at the forum. Can't rule out Ban Ki Moon being in attendance. More information next week.

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