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Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington

Monday, 2 September 2002, 2:57 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

Parliamentary interest is on MPs' maiden speeches. There are 30 new MPs - six Labour, five National, seven United Future, eight NZ First, two Greens and two ACT. The new MPs get 15 minutes and are free to speak on any topic. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 26/8/2002

Monday, 26 August 2002, 2:28 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

The new Parliament met today to elect the Speaker. Tomorrow the Governor-General will deliver the speech from the throne, setting out the government's programme, and on Wednesday we'll hear from the other parties. It's going to be interesting. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington 19/8/2002

Monday, 19 August 2002, 2:07 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

Setting the Scene Much of the action this Parliament will take place in select committees. In the past these committees have been rubber stamps for the executive. But the places on the 14 committees are allocated strictly proportionately. Now Helen Clark has ... More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington 12/8/2002

Monday, 12 August 2002, 2:23 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

No-one is more surprised than Peter. He has had to read up on his party's policy - most of which has now been declared under review - and introduce himself to his caucus. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington 5/8/2002

Monday, 5 August 2002, 2:06 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Morgan Williams, is happy to accept a salary of $160,000 a year to tell the government it must modify its goal to make New Zealand a rich country again, and impose even more taxes and red tape. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 26/7/2002

Friday, 26 July 2002, 1:42 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

The polls are showing great volatility. Labour's support is ranging from 46 to 38%; National is between 26 and 21%; NZ First is as high as 11 and as low as 8; the Greens range from 9 to 6; United 7 to 4; and ACT 10 to 5. Election day turnout is going ... More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 22/7/2002

Monday, 22 July 2002, 3:58 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

ACT's tracking polls at the weekend put the party at 10 percent - that's 13 MPs. ACT's focus groups say Richard Prebble "won" the third party leaders' debate. Last week ACT's website received a record 500,000 hits. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 15/7/2002

Monday, 15 July 2002, 3:42 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

ACT's daily tracking polls saw Labour crash to 38% last Thursday and National jump to 31%. TV1's poll has ACT at 8% - 10 ACT MPs. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 1/7/2002

Monday, 1 July 2002, 1:32 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

They're the promises you make when you're making no promises. Labour is a party that has run out of ideas. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 24/6/2002

Monday, 24 June 2002, 12:25 am | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

Helen Clark's snap election has caught her own party napping. In most electorates, Labour has not put up any billboards (most of its volunteers are teachers, who are on strike). Trevor Mallard is using last election's hoardings! More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington 17/6/2002

Monday, 17 June 2002, 1:53 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

The Labour Party has signalled to the Greens that it wants a coalition (if the centre-left wins). Why? Labour's claim that it's going for an outright majority is bogus. No party has got over 50% since 1951. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 10/6/2002

Monday, 10 June 2002, 2:13 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

The buzz in Wellington is that the government will tomorrow announce a snap election. Labour has all year been planning to go early. Mike Williams, who spent a decade with the Australian Labor Party, has been pressing hardest for an early election. ... More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington 27/5/2002

Monday, 27 May 2002, 2:09 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

Rodney Hide has a penetrating observation on how to read the Budget - ignore the text and just read the tables. The fiscal accounts and financial projections are what the Budget is really about. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 13/5/2002

Monday, 13 May 2002, 2:24 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

A rural commodity boom for the past three years has given the Labour government strong tax revenue. Dr Cullen is now following an old PR formula - lower expectations with talk of a boring Budget, while spraying the electorate with money. Double the effect ... More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 6/5/2002

Monday, 6 May 2002, 2:51 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

There's an old saying in politics that you win first in the House. The first sign a government is losing is when it can't win debates in Parliament. Labour has been on top in Parliament since about 1998, when National found it couldn't defend Tuku ... More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 29/4/2002

Monday, 29 April 2002, 1:40 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

The media have failed to report that stories of an early election are Labour-inspired. While Helen Clark maintains she wants to govern full term, Ministers' press secretaries are telling journalists "off the record" that an early election is inevitable. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 22/4/2002

Tuesday, 23 April 2002, 12:43 am | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

TV3 told its viewers last Monday that Labour is at 56% support and its popularity has been rising all year. In fact, the TV3 poll found just 37% would vote Labour. Labour's support has been falling all year. Why the discrepancy? More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 15/4/2002

Monday, 15 April 2002, 3:33 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

Helen Clark has been taking steps to shore up Labour's majority. For more than a month, Labour has been courting Winston Peters. There are signs that Labour is not really backing Margaret Wilson's campaign in Tauranga. More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 9/10/00

Monday, 9 October 2000, 1:04 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

Richard Poole's full page advertisement has resulted in frenzied coalition attacks. Labour's polling says that the loss of skilled New Zealanders is an issue deeply worrying the electorate. Helen Clark has adopted her usual crisis management strategy: ... More >>

Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington #32

Monday, 2 October 2000, 1:02 pm | Letter From Wellington By Richard Prebble

On the day the union promoting Employment Relations Act comes into effect, ACT is releasing an alternative policy - "Freedom to Contract". ACT's policy release is the first by any party for the 2002 election. ACT intends setting the agenda by ... More >>

 

 

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