Today in politics: Friday, November 16

Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012

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Government fighting immigration's tentacles on every front Trump to use food safety as a cudgel in trade deals, leaked tape reveals A glittering Trump inauguration party at NZ's Washington Embassy cost taxpayers $81,000 Queenstown man's book predicts assassination attempt on Donald Trump Bill English claims about Kiwi jobseekers using drugs 'not backed by data' Death follows birth and passports online as NZ's digital transformation continues Government 'very keen' for stronger trade ties with Iran Peter Dunne's Ohariu seat could be crucial if the election is close Bill English says employers are regularly telling him that Kiwis can't pass drug tests Labour won't win a 'change' election by looking the same

National, Labour up slightly in latest poll

National holds a 13-point lead over Labour in a new political poll. The Roy Morgan survey, taken in the two weeks to November 11, put National up 2 points at 45.5 while Labour rose 3.5 to 32.5 per cent.

The Greens (down 2.5 at 10.5) and NZ First, 2.5 per cent lower on 5 per cent, both lost ground. The Maori Party was on 2 per cent, down 1.5. ACT and UnitedFuture each registered 0.5 per cent. Mana was on 1 per cent and the Conservatives on 1.5 per cent.

Return of QC attacked as nostalgia over progress 

Shadow Attorney-General Charles Chauvel has condemned as " a giant leap backwards" the restoration of the title of Queen's Counsel, which passed into law yesterday. "National's move ... is likely to reinforce unfounded prejudices that New Zealand prefers nostalgia over progress."

But Justice Minister Judith Collins said the move recognised "the special relationship with the Crown for New Zealand's pre-eminent law practitioners".

Hunua MP rolls up his sleeves

Luckily there was "a doctor in the House" when George Hawke, the brother of former MP and Ngati Whatua leader Joe Hawke, collapsed in Parliament's public gallery yesterday during the passage of the Ngati Whatua ki Orakei Settlement Act.

Hunua MP Dr Paul Hutchison, who rushed to Mr Hawke's aid and checked his pulse and blood pressure, said it did not appear to have been a heart attack. Paramedics were called and Mr Hawke was taken to hospital.

Fresh from the ballot box . . .

A bill that would set up a commission of inquiry into recent data breaches by Government agencies has been drawn from the members' bills ballot. The sponsor of the Electronic Data Safety Bill, Labour MP Clare Curran, said the Government was doing little to address the issue.

National MP Cam Calder's bill making it an offence to possess a hand-held laser in public without reasonable excuse was also drawn from the ballot.

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