Today in politics: Tuesday, August 21
10 DOWNING ST COULD BE YOURS FOR $335K
Political junkies have the opportunity of owning one of the world's most famous addresses: 10 Downing Street. However, British Prime Minister David Cameron isn't about to be made homeless – 1/10 Downing Street is a unit in the Wellington suburb of Crofton Downs, and is on the market for $335,000.
The area has a host of street names linked to Westminster politics such as Thatcher Crescent and Churchill Drive and is home to writer Neil Cross, who penned episodes of the British spy drama Spooks.
BANKS HAS A BIBLICAL VIEW OF EARTH'S CREATION
Associate Education Minister John Banks thinks the education system is "overrun" with "humanists". Speaking on the Christian radio station Radio Rhema yesterday, Mr Banks said he wouldn't impose his own religious beliefs on others but personally felt the Earth had been created, according to the account in Genesis in the Bible.
He said: "That's what I believe, but I'm not going to impose my beliefs on other people, especially in this post-Christian society ... There are reactionaries out there, humanists in particular, that overrun the bureaucracies ..."
NO MORE GETTING PERSONAL FROM BENNETT
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is "very unlikely" to disclose a beneficiary's personal information again, Prime Minister John Key says. A complaint by solo mum Natasha Puller was resolved last week, despite the Human Rights Commission saying there have been a privacy breach.
Mr Key was abroad, but has now talked to Mrs Bennett. "I think it's fair to say it might be very unlikely to happen again." She had said she couldn't rule out revealing personal information in future, but she had been answering a hypothetical question, Mr Key said.
'MORE TALK' ABOUT WHERE PROGESS IS BEING MADE
Mr Key and ministers Steven Joyce and Amy Adams will launch the second Business Growth Agenda Progress report today. It will be unveiled at a Business New Zealand breakfast in Wellington this morning.
Mr Key said it would show areas where the Government was making progress on economic growth and would have "more talk about what's happened with the Advanced Technologies Institute and the role it will play alongside New Zealand Trade and Enterprise".
The Dominion Post