Today in politics: Saturday, November 17

Last updated 05:00 17/11/2012

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Maori Party waver on health and safety bill Susan Devoy gives Labour Party a serve over Chinese buyer claims Government puts microscope on 'horrific' domestic violence problem Treasury objected to $4m payment for food security partnership with Saudis Law professor wants refusal to release TPP documents overturned Palmerston rallies against TPPA Kiwi cash boost for ageing Rarotonga school Reports of NZ First’s death are (still) exaggerated No evidence of legal advice Government faced $30m lawsuit over Saudi sheep deal Auditor-General had doubts Saudi sheep deal was legal

DECISION ON CHARITIES LAW UNDER FIRE

Opposition parties have attacked the Government's decision not to review the Charities Act. Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew said the review scheduled for next year would not go ahead after the Charities Commission was disestablished and its functions transferred to the Internal Affairs Department. Labour MP Louisa Wall said the decision was a U-turn and a sop to commercial sector interest groups.

GREENS IN PUSH FOR ABUSE VICTIM SERVICES

Sexual abuse victims and survivors of rape need better access to specialist services, Green MP Jan Logie says. The Greens have launched an ''Everyone needs the right help'' campaign to draw attention to the matter. Ms Logie said groups of people did not have access when they needed specialist services, particularly men, refugees, the disabled and Pacific people. Inadequate funding of services had been going on for years, she said.

FORMER MANUFACTURERS CHIEF TO CHAIR INQUIRY

A former Manufacturers and Exporters Association head will chair the Parliamentary inquiry into manufacturing. Cameron Moore is an executive member and former president of the association. The inquiry was set up by Labour, the Greens, NZ First and Mana to investigate the decline in the manufacturing sector over the past four years. Mr Moore said the decline needed to be taken seriously. The inquiry will be held in December.

NZ WATCHERS AT BIENNIAL WAR GAMES

New Zealand Defence Force personnel will observe a biennial Australia-United States exercise next year with the aim of full participation in 2015. The move aims to further strengthen Australia and New Zealand's defence co-operation. Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman and his Australian counterpart have agreed to increase co-operation by the countries' navies, personnel exchanges and collaboration on ntsGPacific nte maritime security

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