Today in politics: Tuesday, November 20

Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

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Interim report on Dotcom spy scandal due tomorrow

Police have interviewed all Organised and Financial Crime Agency staff who dealt with the Government Communications and Security Bureau in relation to the case against internet mogul Kim Dotcom. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman laid an official complaint over the illegal spying on Dotcom. In a letter to him, Detective Superintendent Peter Read said he was expecting to receive an interim report tomorrow.

PM: Labour pains will keep hurting deep down

Prime Minister John Key wasted no time cashing in on the divisions exposed in Labour at its annual conference, with the predictable but effective line: "Let's face it, if the Labour Party can't even run a conference, how on earth could they run the country?"

Mr Key would not say who was the most formidable opponent out of David Shearer and David Cunliffe. "Whoever is left standing is going to have a warring faction buried deep within their own party."

 Edwards covers conference from other side of world

Otago University politics lecturer Bryce Edwards, who puts out political news and blogs, provided a lesson in stamina with his latest roundup issued from Germany, where he has been on research and study leave for several weeks. '

In it, he captured more than 100 news items, comment pieces and blogs generated in the last 24 hours on the Labour conference. Edwards must have been up all night catching up on events on the other side of the world.

'Maori Inc' waka sets course for China

Business and Maori leaders yesterday launched a Maori economic development strategy. The ambitious plan for "Maori Inc" included ways to boost education, skills and financial literacy. Several firms, including Fonterra and Zespri, have already agreed to back it.

A cornerstone is building exports to China. "I'll meet you all in China, we'll start in Beijing and work our way down to the provinces and end up on the seaside," Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples said.

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