Tuesday’s was one of the more interesting Parliamentary Question Times of the year. Nick Smith sought to shift the blame for unaffordable Auckland housing on to Labour, the Prime Minister managed to dodge answering questions about the Barclay Affair, David Seymour’s attempt to hold the Food Safety Minister to account came out medium-rare, and Grant Robertson was kicked out after refusing to apologise for his reaction to references of slave labour from across the House.
It will be one of the more regular questions lobbed at Andrew Little between now and the election: “What do you think about Winston Peters’ stance on [insert NZ First policy here]?”And the Labour Party leader already appears to have worked out two standard responses. ‘Does it line up with existing Labour policy and/or looks like it won’t cost much? Sure we’ll take a look at it. Why not.
Police have re-opened their investigation into whether Clutha-Southland National MP Todd Barclay intercepted private communications. This latest development in the ‘Barclay Affair’ should serve to help Prime Minister Bill English steer clear from having to answer questions on the matter, citing a wariness to not be seen interfering with a Police investigation. Read more on the implications for political polls and the Kiwi dollar further below.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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