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Peter Wilson: MPs Get The Raw End Of The Salary Stick

MPs have had a torrid time in recent weeks.

Peter Wilson: Climate Change Threatens Politicians As Well As The Planet

Climate change policy can create endangered species, as Kevin Rudd found out.

Governments worldwide have grappled with various responses to greenhouse gas emissions and Australia's version of an emissions trading scheme (ETS) wasn't much different to ours.

Peter Wilson: Sunlight Is A Good Disinfectant

Peter Wilson: Sunlight Is A Good Disinfectant
One good thing will come from the ministerial spending fiasco, and that is they aren't likely to break the rules again.

Peter Wilson - Kiwibank: A Problem The Government Could Have Avoided

Peter Wilson - Kiwibank: A Problem The Government Could Have Avoided
On Friday, June 4, in the electorate of Helensville, Prime Minister John Key was asked whether he could rule out the sale of Kiwibank at any time in the future and he replied: "Under my leadership, yes." Thanks John. That will save a lot of trouble between now and the next election.

Peter Wilson: John Key's Assets - How Blind Is The Blind Trust?

When politicians throw mud, does some of it stick? Or is it counter-productive and do voters treat it with contempt?

From the evidence of past mud-slinging, it doesn't pay and it usually ends up all over the throwers.

Budget 2010: Now It's Up To Taxpayers

Post-budget best case scenario for the Government: Most people react responsibly, saving or investing their tax cuts. Inflation rises but far less than Treasury's forecast.

Peter Wilson: What Goes Round Comes Round

Peter Wilson: What Goes Round Comes Round
So the Brits have landed themselves with a hung parliament. Excellent. Maybe those commentators who heaped derision on New Zealand in 1996 will remember their words. The probably won't, but it's gratifying all the same.

Peter Wilson: Law Commission Report Needs A Strong Response

Peter Wilson: Law Commission Report Needs A Strong Response
The Law Commission's report on the sale and supply of liquor is still new in the minds of politicians but so far the response hasn't been encouraging -- apart from a few exceptions, there doesn't seem to be the determination or the will to seriously tackle New Zealand's drinking problem.

Peter Wilson: UN Declaration Surrounded By Confusion

Surprising misconceptions and startling contradictions surround the Government's affirmation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Peter Wilson: Apples And Milk Present The Same Trade Problems

Peter Wilson: Apples And Milk Present The Same Trade Problems
We've probably got about as much chance of prising open the United States dairy market as selling apples to Australia. And for the same reason -- brute force politics.

Peter Wilson: Government In For A Fight Over Mining

Peter Wilson: Government In For A Fight Over Mining
It was never going to be easy. Mining in conservation land is highly sensitive, there are lobby groups totally committed to opposing it and at least one of them has a mole embedded in the decision-making machinery.

Peter Wilson: Government Is On The Move With Its Reform Programmes

When Rodney Hide complained last year that the Government "wasn't doing anything" the point he was trying to make was that it hadn't set a course for the sort of economic reform it had talked about before the election.

Peter Wilson: ACT Faces The Problems Of A Small Party In Government

Peter Wilson: ACT Faces The Problems Of A Small Party In Government
After just over a year in partnership with National, ACT is feeling the effect of living in the shadow of a major party.

Peter Wilson: Government Must Make Sure Whanau Ora Works

During its first year in office, the Government managed to run its agenda without suffering any noticeable damage. When difficulties did arise, Prime Minister John Key found remedies and shrugged them off in that way he has of making problems appear insignificant.

Peter Wilson: It's Time For John Key And His Ministers To Deliver

On Tuesday in Parliament John Key will make the most important speech of his political career.

The prime minister's address, a set-piece event at the beginning of each parliamentary year, will outline the National-led government's agenda for 2010 and define its economic recovery programme.

Peter Wilson: Goff Gets Off To A Good Start

Peter Wilson: Goff Gets Off To A Good Start
For the many, not the few. Labour's new slogan has potential and it would be a good idea to keep it going. It gives party leader Phil Goff a wide range of opportunities, and he needs to take anything on offer during a crucial second year in opposition.

Peter Wilson: Government Faces A True Test Of Its Abilities

This year is the Government's second since taking office, and its actions over the next 12 months will influence the outcome of the 2011 election.

Wilson: Key Doesn't Need To Take Risks In 2010

Wilson: Key Doesn't Need To Take Risks In 2010
Well, there were some goodies under the Government's Christmas tree after all. Wellington got a $2 billion highway and some tunnels, for which Transport Minister Steven Joyce has been duly thanked.

Peter Wilson: Phil Goff's Big Gamble

Peter Wilson: Phil Goff's Big Gamble
Phil Goff has been around a long time. In Parliament for 28 years, a senior minister in the last two Labour governments and a caucus mover and shaker.

Peter Wilson: Narrow Majority For An Important Bill

Peter Wilson: Narrow Majority For An Important Bill
On Tuesday this week, if the Government gets what it wants, the bill that sets up a modified emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be back in Parliament under urgency.

Peter Wilson: Harawira Forces Maori Party To Make A Hard Call

Peter Wilson: Harawira Forces Maori Party To Make A Hard Call
If a white MP had described Maori as "black motherf...kers" he would have been expelled from caucus, whichever party he belonged to, and a tide of revulsion would almost certainly have made it impossible for him to remain in Parliament.

Peter Wilson: Minor Party Mayhem Is Bad For MMP

What is it with small parties? On an MP for MP basis they get into a hugely disproportionate amount of trouble.

Look at the figures. National 58 seats, Labour 43, ACT five and the Maori Party five.

Peter Wilson: Government Reaps The Benefit Of Economic Recovery

If the impact of the international recession on New Zealand's economy was more severe now than a year ago, or even if it was the same, the Government would have a problem.

It isn't, and in terms of public perception the Government clearly doesn't have a problem.

Peter Wilson: Labour Goes To War Over ACC

Peter Wilson: Labour Goes To War Over ACC
Here we go again. Tribal warfare over ACC. Labour does it better than National. Rouse the masses under the banner of "fight privatisation" and warn of dire consequences.

Peter Wilson: Nick Smith's Numbers Game

Peter Wilson: Nick Smith's Numbers Game
Wellington, Oct 18 NZPA - A minority government, as Prime Minister John Key pointed out last week, has to talk to its partners to get legislation through Parliament.

Peter Wilson: MPs Allowances Must Be Seen To Be Fair

Few things annoy MPs more than the media poking its nose into their expenses, and there are few issues with so many grey areas to poke into.

Peter Wilson: Electoral Law And MMP Are Both In The Balance

Electoral law is on Parliament's agenda and the search for consensus on legislation to replace the Electoral Finance Act has started.

The Act, arguably the last government's worst blunder, was repealed in one of the first bills passed after National won last year's election.

Peter Wilson: ETS Deal Poses Problems For Labour

Well, so much for a grand coalition on the emissions trading scheme.

Grand shambles, more like, although there's more to this than meets the eye.

Peter Wilson: Labour Sets Itself On The Road To Recovery

Peter Wilson: Labour Sets Itself On The Road To Recovery
Labour has managed itself surprisingly well since losing last year's election. For a party driving uphill against a popular government, its weekend conference in Rotorua was as good as it gets.

Peter Wilson: Key Makes The Hard Calls

Peter Wilson: Key Makes The Hard Calls
So who said John Key was a populist prime minister? No one, actually, but the suspicion had been there that he might be prepared to compromise policy to stay on the right side of public opinion.

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