Brownlee's not the answer to everything
If third-ranked minister Gerry Brownlee is the answer, what is the question? Prime Minister John Key pre-empted a query about his trip to Hollywood, and a visit by his deputy, Bill English, to world financial centres saying: "Gerry Brownlee is the answer . . . if I am guessing your question."
He assumed the reporter wanted to ask who would take charge of the Government Communications Security Bureau. In fact he wanted an update on the world economy.
School role goes to Hipkins after lesson
Labour leader David Shearer has officially given responsibility for commenting on Christchurch schools to Chris Hipkins, after the Rimutaka MP dished out a political lesson to Education Minister Hekia Parata in the House last week.
The role flows from his job as associate education spokesman, but also reflects the fact that senior education spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta is due to give birth in December, though she expects to return to work quickly in 2013.
Treasury expects growth to slow in second half
Treasury is warning that growth in the second half of 2012 will fall short of the 1.6 per cent achieved in the first six months. The risks to its 0.6 per cent forecast for the third quarter are "on the downside" amid continued concerns about the global economy.
But on the bright side, the Canterbury rebuild was gathering pace, commodity export prices had bottomed out and increased house sales should support consumer spending on big-ticket items.
RMA reforms to be tackled by Adams in two bills
Minister Amy Adams. Prime Minister John Key said yesterday it was likely one bill would be introduced this year and another next year. In July, a Technical Advisory Group report recommended changes giving equal weight to the risk of natural hazards like liquefaction alongside things like preserving natural character in an RMA decision.
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