A recent NZ Herald editorial urged the National Party to start announcing serious policy soon.
MP Kate Wilkinson took this message to heart, telling a business breakfast the next day that rumours the party would scrap compulsory employer contributions to KiwiSaver were correct. Within hours, however, National was indicating that Ms Wilkinson had slipped up and that it would retain compulsory employer contributions.
Commentators say National will have to confirm its programme on important issues if others of its junior MPs are not to cause similar embarrassment when confronted on policy detail.
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