Today in politics: Wednesday, January 30

Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013

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Maurice Williamson: 'I don't want to join ACT' Housing Minister defends plan to free up Auckland Crown land amid 'unsuitable' claims Beehive Live: Budget marathon Winston Peters releases Speaker's naughty list Fire Services under pressure: Review TV journalism will be poorer for John Campbell's departure: Peter Dunne It's time for a pay rise, say teachers Kelvin Davis walking the talk highlighting sexual and domestic violence Govt names new providers to replace Relationships Aotearoa Saudis threatened to sue Government for $20-$30m

HORAN SHOULD BE OUT FOR GOOD, GRUMBLES PETERS

NZ First leader Winston Peters says there is a lot more to come out about the party’s former MP,  Brendan Horan. Mr Horan was kicked out of the party after it was alleged he misused his parliamentary phone. He has vowed to stay on as an independent MP. Mr Peters said Mr Horan should not be in Parliament at all. ‘‘If any other MP was involved in that way they’d be gone. We’re not going to allow him to tough it out and destroy the proportionality of Parliament.’’

BAIN COMPO DECISION STILL A LONG TIME COMING

Justice Minister Judith Collins will take recommendations to  Cabinet on the David Bain compensation claim next week,  but a final decision is months away. Ms Collins  rejected retired Canadian judge Ian Binnie’s report recommending  compensation to Mr Bain for wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Ministers must now decide whether to ask Robert Fisher, QC, to continue his review, or commission a new lawyer or  independent panel.

UPSTON, MACINDOE, ROSS NATS’ NEW WHIP TEAM

National has named its team of Whips – including a new third post. Taupo MP Louise Upston is the new senior Whip, with Hamilton West MP Tim Macindoe the junior. Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross was appointed to the new position of third Whip. The Remuneration Authority, which decides MPs’ pay and allowances, last year ruled parties with more than 45 MPs could have a third Whip. Prime Minister John Key said the trio would be a ‘‘great Whips team’’

SLINGS AND ARROWS READY FOR NEW SPEAKER

The gloves are well and truly off over the next Speaker, National Cabinet Minister David Carter, who did nothing to endear himself to the Opposition by admitting it would be hard to shrug off his activist National Party roots as Parliament’s supposedly impartial adjudicator. Even National MP Tau Henare, whose ambitions for the job were dashed by Prime Minister John Key, couldn’t say anything nice. Asked about Mr Carter, he said: ‘‘Who?’’

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