Today in politics: Saturday, December 1

Last updated 05:00 01/12/2012

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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 International media batter New Zealand's progressive social welfare legacy Parliament's public entrance goes smokefree, but total ban stubbed out Nod for Easter Sunday trading law gives councils power to decide No police checks for potential councillors in Marlborough Wellington's mayoral candidates reveal where they stand on light rail for the capital Prince's death drug prescribed to New Zealand's elderly Opinion maker: Tony Holman QSO on his vision for a better Auckland post local body elections

'Moustache of Justice' big earner for Movember

Thankfully, Movember is all over for another year. It couldn't come soon enough for Justice Secretary Andrew Bridgman, who was ribbed by MPs at select committee this week for his impressive handlebar moustache.

The "Moustache of Justice" team raised $1438, $265 of it by Mr Bridgman. Green MP Kevin Hague will also be clean-shaven this weekend. His bushy handlebar raised $350 – "with more to come", he said.

Collins crosses the globe to fight online child porn

Justice Minister Judith Collins will continue her crusade against online child porn in Europe next week. She leaves today for a week-long trip to Hong Kong and Brussels. In China, she'll see the secretary of justice and chief justice of the Final Court of Appeal. She will then attend the launch of the Global Alliance of Sexual Abuse Online. Also overseas next week are ministers Tim Groser and Simon Bridges, both attending climate talks in Qatar.

Dotcom rejects deal like that given to UK student

Kim Dotcom has indicated he would reject any deal similar to that offered to alleged British internet pirate Richard O'Dwyer this week. The US wanted to extradite both to face copyright infringement charges but has agreed the British student can travel there to pay compensation.

Dotcom tweeted yesterday that such a deal "wouldn't work for us". "We expect reparations for staff, damages for destruction for our legitimate business & an apology."

McCully appoints Sky TV lobbyist to Antarctica NZ

Raising eyebrows this week was Murray McCully's appointment of Sky TV lobbyist Tony O'Brien to the Antarctica New Zealand board. Critics of the move are questioning his credentials for the job, which involves guiding New Zealand's activities on the continent.

Also new to the board are outgoing Air New Zealand chief Rob Fyfe and marine scientist Carolyn Burns. Mr McCully said he was confident the board had the right mix of skills and experience.

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