Today in politics: Wednesday, April 3

Last updated 05:00 03/04/2013

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Lobbying by mayors led to ban on legal highs Treaty deals await Crown decision Help us cut 'dumb' red tape - Key My holiday was too long - Cunliffe Key v Cunliffe: Battle of the soundbites National MP Claudette Hauiti standing down PM dismisses Labour's 'slush fund' Cunliffe: The fightback begins now Ridiculous, pedantic rules - be gone! Regional development 'key election issue'

IMMIGRATION LATEST TO BE ACCUSED OF PRIVACY BREACH

Labour has accused Immigration NZ of the latest in a string of privacy breaches by government departments. It follows the Government ordering the Earthquake Commission to shut down all its external email systems after several privacy breaches there. Labour MP Darien Fenton said immigration managers last week sent two emails exposing individual email addresses to an open list of more than 200 advisers, lawyers and individuals.

AUSTRALIA GIVES DISNEY $27M FILM SWEETNER

The Australian Government will give Hollywood giant Disney A$21.6 million (NZ$26.9m) to film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea there. Disney was not believed to have approached New Zealand over the movie. Prime Minister John Key said there was always a competitive tension between countries but New Zealand was not in a race to offer the highest subsidies. ''I don't think we should get too hung up on whether their subsidy is slightly bigger than ours.''

MP HONOURED BY CHINESE UNIVERSITY

Labour MP Raymond Huo has been appointed an honorary professor at China’s University of Political Science and Law. Labour leader David Shearer said the honour was recognition of Mr Huo’s achievements as a lawyer and in representing Chinese New Zealanders. Mr Huo said the university was the source of judges and top lawyers in China. He is part of a large business delegation travelling to China next week.

AFFECTIONATE TEXTS NOT INTENDED FOR PM

Prime Minister John Key says we will never really eliminate human error when it comes to privacy breaches, revealing he received several ‘‘affectionate’’ text messages by accident over Easter. Quizzed on privacy breaches from government departments, the prime minister said that with tens of thousands of core public servants human errors would still be made. The weekend text messages ‘‘were clearly not meant for him’’. 

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