Today in Politics: Thursday, April 3

Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014

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'Australia has no greater friend' - what Julie Bishop really thinks of New Zealand Greens call on Government to 'call in' major gas-fired power plant under RMA Auckland businessman William Yan set to head back to China for questioning Stacey Kirk: Grim prospects for suicide, as conversation goes quiet Security threats focus of Australian foreign minister's visit Stacey Kirk: tension still boils below the surface but cooler heads prevailing between New Zealand and Fiji Fiji Prime Minister extends personal invitation to banned TV journo Barbara Dreaver Cambridge locals barking mad at MP's response to dog breed law questions Fiji's Frank Bainimarama and Prime Minister John Key 'let bygones be byones' after diplomatic talks Government denies report NZ SAS in combat in Iraq

Where was the Govt? It was doing the work

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and so it proved for Attorney-General Chris Finlayson after Labour leader David Cunliffe questioned where the Government was during the anti-whaling case at the International Court of Justice. In response, Finlayson took to Twitter to post a picture of himself in the court in July. Australia led the case against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean with  New Zealand lending its support.

Labour leader silenced by vocal motorist

Cunliffe’s attempts to undermine John Key’s pre-Budget message were prematurely ended by a disgruntled motorist. A press conference outside Cunliffe’s New Lynn electorate office was interrupted by a middle-aged man giving him the fingers and yelling ‘‘F... you, f... Labour, f... unemployment’’.  The man said National was no better, and that ‘‘unemployment isn’t working’’ as Labour staff called an end to the press conference.

Autism Awareness Day marked by cash boost

An extra $8 million a year is being pumped into autism services for the next four years. The funding, which increases to $48m a year, means the number of people receiving support will rise by about 600 to 3400. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the funding would balance out inequalities.  She and Health Minister Tony Ryall made the announcement yesterday, on World Autism Awareness Day.

Courts website being  managed by contractor

The Ministry of Justice is paying a PR company $2500 a week to manage the Courts of NZ website, on top of  spending $163,000 a year on website maintenance and $750,000 a year on its in-house communications team. Labour’s state services spokeswoman Maryan Street said this called the ministry’s integrity into question. The ministry said work was under way to bring the service into the Office of the Chief Justice.

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- The Dominion Post


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