Today in Politics: March 31

Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014

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Lifeline faces closure as Government rejects pleas for funding Veil of secrecy to be lifted on surgeons' performance by 2021 Police: No 'exceptional circumstances' to charge Malcolm Rewa with murder after Teina Pora's conviction was quashed Police kiosks to remain closed until health and safety concerns are addressed IRD urged to lift veil of secrecy over big company tax Tax expert John Shewan sheds welcome light on trusts Foreign trust review brings out the worst in our political leaders Child killer Peter Holdem 'a long way from being a realistic candidate for parole' From Mother Teresa to Richard Nixon, historical documents go under the hammer Paula Bennett talks at Manurewa Marae about homelessness

Cunliffe slides down PM poll

Two new political polls had mixed results for National, but slipping support for Labour and David Cunliffe as its leader. Both polls had National as the largest party and more than Labour and the Greens combined, although ifOne News nfhad National down 4 points to 47 per cent, while if3Newsnf had National up to 45.9 per cent. However, both polls had Labour down to around 31 per cent, while  as prime minister Cunliffe had  less than 10 per cent support.

Abortion laws cause 'forced dishonesty'

Green Party election candidate Marama Davidson has revealed she had an abortion as a teenager, as she called for decriminalisation and an end to judgment. Davidson, the Green candidate in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election and 15th on the proposed list, said the requirement for two consultants to agree that giving birth would lead to serious harm meant most abortions were a ''forced dishonesty'' that required women to justify their actions

ACT leader opts for higher ground

With political figures arguing over what to do about a new report warning of climate change, ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte is anything but politically correct. Whyte said yesterday that whatever the reason behind climate change, New Zealand should do nothing but prepare for higher sea levels. Taking action to reduce carbon emissions would be ''irresponsible moral exhibitionism'' as it was almost certain larger countries would not take such action.

Cash for trapping, poisoning pests

A new contestable fund has been established to support natural heritage and recreation projects, partly using unspent funds from the Department of Conservation. Conservation Minister Nick Smith said $26 million would be available over four years to finance projects  such as trapping and poisoning pests and building tracks. The Community Conservation Partnership Fund replaces the Biodiversity Advice and Condition Fund.

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