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Key Sets Agenda With `First 100 Days' Action Plan

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Wellington, Nov 4 NZPA - National's John Key set out what he intends doing in his 100 days if he wins the election, the police cleared New Zealand First and another secret tape surfaced during a frenetic day on the campaign trail.

Mr Key set the agenda with the "action plan" he is promising to kick off right after the election if he becomes prime minister.

It lists a raft of important bills that will be introduced to Parliament, some of them to be passed before Christmas.

"We want to hit the road running," he told reporters as he gave notice to the heads of government departments that they were going to be called in and ordered to carry out line-by-line reviews of their spending.

NZ First leader Winston Peters was vindicated when the police said his party had not committed offences under electoral law, throwing out a complaint laid by ACT leader Rodney Hide.

"Hide claims ACT is a law and order party yet he was prepared to waste police time and money on a cheap political stunt," Mr Peters said.

It was the last of three inquiries into the party to be completed, the Serious Fraud Office and the Electoral Commission had already cleared it.

TV3 News broadcast the latest in a series of tapes it is getting from an unidentified young man who infiltrated National's annual conference in August and talked to senior MPs.

Deputy leader Bill English is heard expressing concern about the "moralistic" views of Barak Obama, who is widely expected to become the next president of the United States.

Mr Key said he wasn't worried about it but Prime Minister Helen Clark said it could raise problems in Washington if Mr Obama is elected.

In other campaign developments today:

* Mr Key announced Tony Ryall will be health minister if National wins the election. Mr Ryall has been health spokesman for three years, Mr Key said he'd done "a magnificent job". The only other cabinet position Mr Key has confirmed is finance, which will go to Bill English. No further revelations are expected before the election;

* The Maori Party came up with the idea of giving every pensioner and poverty-stricken family a $500 Christmas present to help them get over the expensive holiday period. It was announced by Hauraki-Waikato candidate Angeline Greensill, who needs votes to beat Labour's Nanaia Mahuta;

* Mr Key went to Tauranga, where he had to dodge Winston Peters who was apparently intent on gatecrashing a walkabout and getting his picture taken. "I won't be part of his ongoing soap opera," said Mr Key, who reiterated his decision to shun NZ First after the election;

* Mr Key promised a National-led government would turn Tauranga's road corridor into a $100 million, four-lane state highway within six years. Transport Minister Annette King said it was pork barrel politics and the project hadn't even been costed. National insisted there were no mistakes.

* Miss Clark campaigned in Upper Hutt where she was kissed, hugged and given flowers. But one elderly voter said he was switching to National because he was fed up with Labour over the anti-smacking legislation. It was a Green Party bill backed by Labour and National.

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