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Today in politics: Friday, November 23

Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012

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When having a nose for a story lands a journalist in trouble Steven Joyce backs down on changes to student loan borrowing John Key commits $20 million to help reduce agriculture emissions Heather du Plessis-Allan says police home search 'unsettling' Ruth Dyson sent to privileges committee for criticising Speaker David Carter VorTech wins drone innovation competition backed by James Cameron Japanese whaling fleet departs for hunt despite international outrage Palmerston North to consider time limits for letting off fireworks Kiwi detainee allowed to be with partner as she dies from cancer Resource management reforms win initial Labour backing

Winning selections a pure coincidence

National MP Eric Roy suggested it was a flaw of our human rights laws that they did not define discrimination. Human rights chief commissioner David Rutherford said it was usually left to common sense. New Zealand did not, for example, have a legal exemption to allow selection of players on national sports teams to be picked based on nationality.

Labour MP Ruth Dyson: "I actually thought we did that so we'd be able to have a lot of Pacific Islanders and win."

Environmentalist 100% pure grinch

Wellington corporate lobbyist Mark Unsworth has lashed out at Mike Joy, who criticised New Zealand's environmental record in a New York Times article about the 100% Pure tourism campaign.

In a letter to Dr Joy, Mr Unsworth accused the water scientist of having an ego "so great" he felt the need to "sabotage all the efforts made by those promoting tourism". Dr Joy should change his name to "Dr Misery", he suggested. Ouch!

Demoted Cunliffe's team demanding answers

David Cunliffe's New Lynn electorate committee has decided to lay a complaint over his demotion and the comments made about him by other MPs within the caucus. Electorate committee member Greg Presland said there was deep concern about what had happened. The committee also voted unanimously in support of Mr Cunliffe. The committee's move came calls from leader David Shearer to "move on".

Scratched Key still boss of the links

Prime Minister John Key's South East Asia tour has had its ups and downs. He is sporting a nasty bump and scratch on his forehead after hitting his head on a desk while bending over to unplug his cellphone. "It hurt like hell, I was seeing stars," he said.

But a big plus was the dawn round of golf squeezed in with Trade Minister Tim Groser in Cambodia on Wednesday. Mr Key won, pointing out it would be "a career-limiting move" to beat the boss.

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