Politics

Bill English explains to Speaker David Carter that he wasn’t able to bring his budget to Parliament today.

Bill English leaves Budget at home, says printer broke

Finance Minister Bill English has failed to present the written copy of his 2013 Budget today after he left it at home, citing the malfunction of his printer as the reason he couldn’t bring it. At a private media event unveiling the Budget this afternoon, English told reporters that he […]

Budget 2013: New Zealanders hope for state-owned Georgie Pie, concerned about possibility of llama tax

Budget 2013: New Zealanders hope for state-owned Georgie Pie, concerned about possibility of llama tax

A poll conducted by The Civilian has revealed that New Zealanders are looking to this year’s budget to provide them with colourful illustrations and a state-owned Georgie Pie enterprise, but are also fearful of the possibility of a new tax on llama ownership. The scientific poll off 444 respondents was […]

Russel Norman accidentally sits with Labour caucus

Russel Norman accidentally sits with Labour caucus

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has taken the wrong seat in Parliament this afternoon, accidentally sitting amongst the Labour caucus instead of with his own colleagues. Norman has been stuck in the seat since Question Time began, and has been repeatedly ignored by MPs on either side of him who […]

Labour proposes repeal of National Government

Labour proposes repeal of National Government

Just one day before the government releases its 2013 budget, Labour has threatened to derail it – as well as the last four budgets – by announcing a policy to repeal the entire National Government. The policy, announced by leader David Shearer late this morning, would be the party’s top […]

The story of Aaron Gilmore ended this afternoon in precisely the same dignified manner it began.

Gilmore: ‘I am dead’

Outgoing National MP Aaron Gilmore has used his final speech in Parliament this afternoon to assert that he is dead, and that his presence in the House was not of the natural world, but rather the visitation of a ghostly apparition who had returned to haunt those who brought about […]

John Key, Steven Joyce play pokies to raise money for convention centre

John Key, Steven Joyce play pokies to raise money for convention centre

Prime Minister John Key and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce are indicating they might “flag” Parliament tomorrow after they both became preoccupied playing on poker machines at the SkyCity Casino in Auckland. The men have been seated across from one another at two of the casino’s machines since 8am this […]