Today in politics: Tuesday, August 19

Last updated 05:00 19/08/2014
	 Colin Craig
COLIN CRAIG: Conservative Party leader.

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At a Conservative estimate, ACT should get a lot less


Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has hired public law expert Mai Chen to contest broadcasting allocations ahead of the election.

He disputes the Electoral Commission's allocation in June of $76,930 to ACT and $60,207 to the Conservatives.

In a letter to the commission, the party argued that the charges against former ACT MP John Banks and his subsequent resignation were a significant change in circumstances and should be considered.


Dunne watches own back as party drops in polls


With his party barely rating in the polls, UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne can be excused for concentrating on winning his Ohariu seat rather than spreading himself thinly over the whole country.

His campaign plan for the week ahead shows Dunne planning a quick trip to Christchurch but otherwise ''campaigning in Ohariu'' is his top priority. 


The Manifesto aims to counter nonsense


Dunne released a 95-page manifesto yesterday. It is appropriately titled ''The Manifesto''.

He said it was a detailed and comprehensive policy programme that set out UnitedFuture's approach to ''addressing the issues that matter to New Zealand''.  

Dunne said he was releasing it as a counter to the ''nonsense'' currently swirling around the election.

Cunliffe keeps bloggers at bay? Not exactly . . .


Labour leader David Cunliffe tried to score a point over John Key yesterday by saying he rarely talks to bloggers, but that seems a stretch.

One of his closest advisers (priming him for the televised debates) is Polity blogger Rob Salmond.

Greg Presland, a lawyer friend involved in setting up his lw-3leadership fund trust, blogs as MickeySavage lw-2 at The Standard.

Labour MPs and candidates often write for TheDailyBlog, and Cunliffe gave an early interview to Martin ''Bomber'' Bradbury.

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