Today in politics: Wednesday, March 12

Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014

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Winston First: Cunliffe's telling slip of the tongue

Labour leader David Cunliffe had an amusing, and perhaps telling, slip of the tongue when pressed for details on his potential coalition partners. He said whom he called first post-election would depend on whom voters backed.

It could be the Greens or "it may well be Winston First, NZ First", he said. When asked whether it was a Freudian slip, Cunliffe laughed and admitted it was. Winston First is a nickname given to the party led by Mr Peters. 

Campaign makes mug of labour-law reform

A bid  to overturn part of the Government's reform of labour laws reached a new level, with MPs and media at Parliament sent ''repeal part 6A'' coffee mugs.

Dunedin-based CrestClean is calling for part of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill to be ditched by Labour Minister Simon Bridges, claiming it is onfusing. One Labour MP said it  should have saved the money to pay workers  more.  Bridges: ''Maybe they're taking me for a mug''.

Matter of trust: Law needs updating

The Government has backed a Law Commission recommendation for a new Trusts Act to replace existing legislation.

Justice Minister Judith Collins yesterday tabled the Government's response to the commission's review, saying the law governing the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 private trusts needed to be updated and made more accessible. The commission's 50 other recommendations now need to be considered.

Has Shearer become Labour's new poster boy?

Pundits around Parliament are speculating on whether David Shearer has found a new lease of life after being dumped as Labour leader. On Monday night he appeared on late-night news stripped to the waist Putin-style, showing off a physique belying his age as he dashed into the waves with his pet dog.

Yesterday, he was taking on Simon Bridges around energy policy, following on from his revelation that the poor were often paying more for pre-paid electricity.

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