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Here's my first column for 2013. A look at the year ahead in politics:
Ten things that might happen in 2013
1/ Labour MP Maryan Street's bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia
gets pulled from the ballot triggering a scorching debate about one
person's right to impose their religious beliefs on another. If you
thought the smacking and prostitution debates were hot, to quote a
famous lyric, "you ain't seen nothing yet".
2/ ACT doubles its parliamentary representation by making Brendan
Horan its third leader in as many years.
3/ The mercurial John Tamihere - nicknamed "flip-flop" by his mate
Willie Jackson - ditches Labour for National announcing he'll
challenge Paula Bennett's nomination for Waitakere in 2014 (much
less work than actually trying to win the seat as a Labour
4/ Russell Norman escalates his demands on prospective coalition
partner Labour, from Finance Minister to Prime Minister.
5/ Recently resigned shock-jock Michael Laws founds a new party and
calls it Conservative Laws or CLAWS.
6/ Prime Minister John Key continues to say whatever comes into his
head, alienating or endearing in equal numbers. Opposition leader,
David Shearer continues to over-think whatever he says neither
alienating nor endearing anybody.
7/ Green co-leader Metiria Turei is once more observed abusing her
political position by campaigning in primary schools.
8/ Tariana 'should I stay or should I go' Turia holds a hui to get a
9/ The 'expert' group consulting on a constitutional review
publishes recommendations that have as much impact as every other
powwow required under a government support party agreement.
10/ Justice Minister, Judith Collins hands David Bain a $1.3 million
compensation payment - along with an invoice for board and keep
provided in error: 13 years @ 100,000 per annum.
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