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Today in politics: Friday, December 6

Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013
Colin Craig
COLIN CRAIG: "A serious proposition" as a Government support partner, says John Key.

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Craig may have hit on 'brilliant' strategy: Key

Colin Craig may be attracting attention for his doubts about the Moon landing, but the prime minister believes it's a clever strategy.

Asked yesterday if he cringed whenever the Conservative leader opened his mouth, Mr Key said it was possible that Mr Craig was naive, but he suspected there could be some "brilliance" in the strategy.

By casting doubt on conventional wisdom, Mr Craig constantly boosted his profile. And there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Dash it all! The bad oil takes over Bridges' website

Energy Minister Simon Bridges' website has been faked by Greenpeace, adding a dash to his name.

The site at first looks like the real thing but, after a few seconds, fills up with black liquid before linking to a Greenpeace site warning about oil spills.

His spokeswoman said Mr Bridges was ''deeply flattered'' by all the money being spent on promoting him.

''I reckon the billboard was better,'' he said, referring to a massive Greenpeace sign in Wellington that once proclaimed him a liar. 

Ryall, Norman get loud over foreign-owned asset shares

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman caused an uproar in the House yesterday during questions about the amount of shares in state assets owned by foreigners.

Mr Ryall claimed foreign ownership would increase if Dr Norman bought shares, prompting a claim of ''immigrant bashing'' from Dr Norman.  

It took at least several  shouts of ''Order'' from Speaker David Carter to get things under control before he remarked, ''I'd say the score's about one-all.''

Bill would restrict sale of farms to foreigners

The sale of farms to foreign investors would be restricted under a new bill drafted by Labour MP Phil Goff.

Mr Goff's Overseas Investment (Owning our Own Rural Land) Amendment Bill was drawn from Parliament's member's ballot yesterday.

Mr Goff said the bill would stop widespread buying of New Zealand land by foreign investors unless significant benefit to New Zealand could be proven. The aim was to make it easier for New Zealanders to buy farms, he said.


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