Today in politics: Thursday, September 26

Last updated 05:00 26/09/2013
Annette King
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Hissing cousins in 'old girl' taunt

Labour MP Annette King was horrified by an insult hurled across the floor of the House by her cousin, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson.

"Give up, old girl" he yelled, before being chastised by Speaker David Carter.

She believed he said "old trout".

But Finlayson said "I said 'old girl', which was a mistake, as Ms King's promotion to number 4 after nearly 30 years in Parliament is clearly what's needed to renew and refresh the Labour caucus."

Cunliffe makes putting it right his business

David Cunliffe has produced timesheets from his former job at Boston Consultancy Group that refute lobbyist Matthew Hooton's claim the Labour leader never worked on the dairy industry restructure.

He also defended the removal of a reference to Harvard Business School on his Labour website biography.

"I hold a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School . . . almost half of which was studied at the Harvard Business School."

Bad luck for Guy on All Blacks game

It is a hard life being a minister. Shortly after becoming minister for primary industries, Nathan Guy was off on a tour of South America, accompanying the prime minister.

This week Mr Guy is back on the continent, with stops in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, to attend conferences, meet counterparts and visit Kiwi companies.

The timing is not perfect - Mr Guy is leaving the day before the All Blacks play Argentina.

Prison rules change for transgender offenders

Transgender prisoners will be housed according to their legal sex, and remand prisoners receive individual security classifications, under changes to prison regulations.

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley said if the sex on a prisoner's birth certificate had been changed, the prisoners would be managed in accordance with their legal sex.

Offenders serving or facing charges for serious sexual offending would be excluded.

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