Today in politics: Friday, November 8

Last updated 05:00 09/11/2012

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Below the Beltway: The week in politics Jo Moir: The Maori King has nailed his colours to the mast by shunning Labour Key washes hands of soap 'joke' but has he learned his lesson? PM on prison rape joke: 'It's nothing to do with me' Another minor National bill drawn from ballot amid Opposition complaints Mayoral hopeful Paula Southgate says Hamilton needs a Housing Accord Overhauling New Zealand journalism Businesses on both sides of Easter Sunday trading law coin Cycle bridge plan endorsed by majority of aspiring councillors Opinion maker: Tony Holman QSO on his vision for a better Auckland post local body elections

OPINION GETS RECOGNITION AT POLICE GRADUATION

Prime Minister John Key knows that in politics there is never a shortage of views, but at the graduation ceremony for police recruits from Wing 274 there was one young chap who took the cake – Constable Opinion. He was among the 39 men and women to receive their certificates in a ceremony at the college in Porirua yesterday, at which Mr Key spoke. Constable Allan Opinion has been posted to Henderson, West Auckland. 

WORK AND INCOME BOSS LEFT WITH A PAYOUT

When former head of Work and Income Janet Grossman returned to Britain after 11 months in the job she was described as leaving for personal reasons. During questions in Parliament yesterday, the Government admitted she had got a termination benefit. A total of $97,000 was paid out in the past financial year but it was unclear how much went to Ms Grossman. Termination benefits are paid to people who are fired or take voluntary redundancy.

FORMER EDITOR GETS SEAT ON TVNZ BOARD

Two of three well-known Dicks have made the transition from journalism to the boards of state broadcasters. Former Dominion Post editor and National Party chief of staff Richard Long was appointed yesterday to the board of Television New Zealand. Richard Griffin, former Radio NZ political editor and press secretary to former prime minister Jim Bolger, chairs the Radio NZ board. That leaves Richard Harman, who currently produces TV3's The Nation.

GREENS SLATE PASSING OF ETS AMENDMENT LAW

The contentious Emissions Trading Scheme Amendment Bill finally passed yesterday. Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser said it struck the right balance between doing our bit for the environment and keeping costs to households and businesses low. Green Party MP Kennedy Graham said the Government had shirked its duty and  ''bequeathed the next generation a mess to clean up and handed the taxpayer the bill''.

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