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Bribery claims over Saudi farm

Bribery claims over Saudi farm

A controversy over the spending of millions of dollars on a overseas businessman's farm in Saudi Arabia has boiled over in Parliament with accusations of bribery.

Axing kickstart 'won't deter savers'

Axing kickstart 'won't deter savers'

Prime Minister John Key says axing the $1000 kickstart grant to new KiwiSaver members in the Budget "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join".

Smith defends Crown land plan for housing

Smith defends Crown land plan for housing

Housing minister Nick Smith has defended his plans to free up Crown land in Auckland to build new homes despite claims people could end up living on top of cemeteries, school playing fields and on pylons.

Act Party rejects Maurice Williamson

Act Party rejects Maurice Williamson

Former Act leader Don Brash made an approach to Act president John Thompson recently to ask whether National's Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson could join the party, it has been revealed. 

National denies misleading voters

National denies misleading voters

National has denied it misled voters before last year's election, when it vowed not to introduce any new taxes, by announcing two new taxes in this week's Budget.

Budget bereft of vision but shrewd in outflanking Labour

Budget bereft of vision but shrewd in outflanking Labour

National needed a good Budget. It got one. The Budget was a rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

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