Today in politics: Monday, June 16

Last updated 05:00 16/06/2014

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Malcolm Turnbull to make first official visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister TPPA: Generic medicine fears outweigh Government 'red herrings', Labour says Labour's Annette King denies internal rift over TPPA deal Organ donation review will look at cultural barriers Below the beltway: the week in politics Battlelines drawn on Iraq trip 40 New Zealanders being held at Christmas Island immigration detention centre Controversial blue cod rules ditched Anatomy of a failure: is CYFs failing our most vulnerable? Serious problems at Taji military base in Iraq - US report

Walking away from trade deal 'possible'

Trade Minister Tim Groser says it is possible New Zealand could walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal if it is not in NZ's interests.

Appearing on TVNZ's Q+A yesterday, Groser would not say whether New Zealand would sign up to the deal without zero tariffs on dairy exports, but said the TPP was the first time he had worked on a deal where he believed it was possible officials would walk away because it could work against our interests. 

Seven candidates from UnitedFuture

UnitedFuture has named seven electorate candidates ahead of the September 20 election. Leader Peter Dunne, the party's sole MP, said the candidates ''all have the capacity to make a very effective contribution to Parliament''.

Among the candidates is Sultan Eusoff, chief executive of the Federation of Islamic Associations, who will contest Rongotai and Dave Stonyer, president of the National Speakers Association, who will contest Hutt South.

Thresholds reform call by Internet-Mana

Internet-Mana is calling for a reform of the MMP thresholds in a way which would benefit smaller parties, calling for ''equal value for all party votes''.

Currently unless a party wins an electorate it requires 5 per cent of the party vote to get MPs into Parliament. Internet Party leader Laila Harre said this meant more than 100,000 votes could be cast for a party and be ''ignored''. The alliance says changes could be made before the September 20 election.

Brownlee launches land transport vision

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has launched the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport, which sets out proposed investment in roads and public transport over the next decade from June 2015.

Brownlee said the statement, which is available on the Ministry of Transport's website and open for consultation until August 11, also covered funding for walking and cycling initiatives, road safety promotion and road policing

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