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Flag change process update

An update on the process moving towards the flag referendums (from and email newsletter from Lewis Holden at Change The Flag):

The shortlist

In an interesting development, we have learned that the Flag Consideration Panel will be publishing a “shortlist” of the top 50-75 flags at some stage mid-August. 190 more words

Parliament

Speaker condemns Simon Bridges' 'level of arrogance'

In Question Time in Parliament today the Speaker gave Minister of Transport Simon Bridges leeway after being advised his response to an initial question by Green MP Julie Anne Genter would be lengthy. 527 more words

Russel Norman

The age of the new Parliament

The 2015 general election saw the election of the youngest MP since 1832. Chrysa Lamprinakou draws on Parliamentary Candidates UK data to highlight the slow but steady downward shift in the age at which MPs start their careers and the variation across parties. 740 more words

Parliament

Select committee to consider euthanasia

It was announced yesterday that the Health Select Committee will carry out an inquiry into voluntary euthanasia. Stuff reports:

Voluntary euthanasia to be examined by Parliamentary inquiry…

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Labour and interference with Maori TV

Reported at Maori Television: Ihaka takes up Senior Communications Advisor role:

Putting Māori Members of Parliament (MPs) at the forefront of important New Zealand politics is Jodi Ihaka’s plan, as she was recently appointed the Labour Party’s new Senior Communications Advisor (Māori).

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Labour

Ministry of Bloody Insulting Extravagance

David Clark clashed with Steven Joyce clashed in Parliament over hair straighteners.

That’s David Clark:

And Steven Joyce:

Hon STEVEN JOYCE : I would suggest to the member that in his case and mine, hair straighteners are no use paid for by anybody, frankly. 710 more words

Parliament

Book Review: An Anthropology of MPs at work

This is a book review for Emma Crewe’s recent book, The House of Commons: An anthropology of MPs at work, London: Bloomsbury. It is… 971 more words

Review