Today in Politics: June 26

Last updated 05:00 26/06/2014

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Govt 'complacent' on economy: Opposition Government opens up financial assistance for struggling farmers Crime and welfare-dependency down - Government report card MPs travel to Samoa for historic match Government launches plan to attract billions more from wealthy migrants Tributes flow for the late Edward 'John' Evans Wellingtonians owe more than $800K in overdue library fines and fees John Key says more spending to boost growth possible, but no need to panic yet Government moves toward national bowel cancer screening programme Five dumbest tweets from prominent New Zealanders

Mallard gets another yellow card

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard must be gunning for some kind of record after being kicked out of Parliament’s debating chamber again for defying Speaker David Carter. National MP Tau Henare tweeted ‘‘you’re gone mate’’ with a picture of a red card. Mallard responded that he got a yellow card, ‘‘not red unless you are using Fifa rules’’. 

Bank laws redrafted to catch crime cash

New legislation aims to crack down on organised crime and includes requiring banks and other financial institutions to report all international wire transfers over $1000 and all physical cash transactions of $10,000 or more to the Financial Intelligence Unit within police. There are redrafted money-laundering provisions, new offences to address identity crime and revised people trafficking measures.

Horan thinks six months is long time

Independent MP Brendan Horan abstained on Labour’s paid parental leave bill last night after backing it at previous votes. Horan said he had been contacted by a number of small business owners who were worried about the costs – and the impact on training. ‘‘Six months is a long time,’’ Horan says. He’ll listen carefully to the debate before deciding which way to cast his vote at the final reading.  

Surgery has good effect on MP

Maori Party candidate Chris McKenzie has shed 56kg since gastric bypass surgery in December. The aspiring MP estimates he is down to 124kg from the 180kg he weighed when he went under the knife. McKenzie, who also trimmed his long locks to complement his new figure, swears by the $30,000 surgery. He says he’s now exercising for a couple of hours a day. 

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