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Fran O'Sullivan: Saudi deal bribe or facilitation payment?
Fran O'Sullivan: Saudi deal bribe or facilitation payment?

Murray McCully's secret Saudi deal is attracting far too much adverse comment on the international stage to be easily swept…

John Armstrong: Mad or toxic ... Greens' image newbie's challenge

The demise of the Alliance should give the Green Party pause for thought, writes John Armstrong.

Claire Trevett: Williamson bombshell shows great timing

Nobody likes a nark but there was great entertainment value in Act leader David Seymour dobbing in National MP Maurice Williamson…

Why axing kickstart is act of bad faith

Keeping silent about axing the $1000 kickstart payment for new KiwiSaver members, isn't a broken promise, strictly speaking…

John Armstrong on politics

Political cut and thrust over Auckland real estate Political cut and thrust over Auckland real estate

Labour is keen to paint Housing Minister Nick Smith…

Front line approaches Kiwis Front line approaches Kiwis

NZ's contingent of military training specialists have…

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Claire Trevett: Birds and the bees? It must be Budget week
Claire Trevett: Birds and the bees? It must be Budget week

By releasing spoilers in advance, Finance Minister Bill English's motto when it comes to Budgets is "boring", writes Claire…

John Armstrong: Show us the money
John Armstrong: Show us the money

For reasons long forgotten and now covered by the essentially meaningless blanket explanation of "tradition", Budgets are…

John Armstrong: National's challenge to avoid looking tired
John Armstrong: National's challenge to avoid looking tired

Thursday's Budget will be judged just as much by what is missing from the document as by what it actually contains.

Christopher Niesche: Biotech stocks a lottery
Christopher Niesche: Biotech stocks a lottery

Last Thursday we saw a tale of two biotech companies. If you need evidence investing in medical research stocks is a lottery…

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Tour a trial run for the new Prince Harry

Tour a trial run for the new Prince Harry

As Prince Harry's travels around New Zealand continue, it has become clear this is his Redemption Tour - his job application, so to speak, writes Claire Trevett.

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Push for exposure reflects poorly on Little

Push for exposure reflects poorly on Little

Andrew Little has tarnished his own reputation for fair play by trying to expose the name of the Cabinet minister whose brother faces child indecency charges, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

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Labour rings changes by schmoozing big business

Labour rings changes by schmoozing big business

Andrew Little is inviting the Barbarians at the gate into Labour's lair in an attempt to lift the party's economic credentials, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: No room for political spite in flag debate

Claire Trevett: No room for political spite in flag debate

Key has a better chance of securing the change than Labour would, writes Claire Trevett. Key is a monarchist so there is far less suspicion about his longer-term motives.

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Key's chance to take control

Key's chance to take control

If Key wants to make life a lot easier, he should immediately seek leave to make a personal explanation when Parliament sits, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: The answer is in the tea leaves

Claire Trevett: The answer is in the tea leaves

I have watched Key fairly closely for eight years and how people react to him, writes Claire Trevett. In 2011, I noted that Key touched almost everyone he met - a casual thing aimed at reinforcing the connection.

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Seymour out to show some Hide with perk attacks

Seymour out to show some Hide with perk attacks

But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? Is it the dawn of a new Rodney Hide, Perkbuster Extraordinaire?

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John Key's make-or-break Budget

John Key's make-or-break Budget

The two Budget-related announcements risked giving every impression that National is running on empty, reckons John Armstrong.

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Junkets in need of urgent overhaul

Junkets in need of urgent overhaul

When it comes to matters of high sensitivity, the annual Speaker's tour is right up there, writes John Armstrong.

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Resurgent Peters to rally the regions

Resurgent Peters to rally the regions

Winston Peters' triumph in the Northland byelection signals the most serious challenge he has mounted to National in two decades, writes John Armstrong.

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