NZ vote intensifies
LABOR says it is “quite remarkable” Employment Minister Michaelia Cash wasn’t aware of the extent of the wrongdoings of the head of the government’s building and construction watchdog before he resigned last week.
Nigel Hadgkiss resigned as the Australian and Building Construction Commission chief last week after he admitted to breaching the Fair Work Act. Senator Cash has denied knowledge of the breaches. JACINDAMANIA has electrified the New Zealand election campaign, even for Aussies.
Throw in a trans-Tasman spat over Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s New Zealand citizenship and the Kiwi poll has enough spark to interest Australians. The September 23 election had been expected to deliver a rare fourth term in government for the conservative National Party.
The Labour Party’s new leader, Jacinda Ardern, is looking to defy that prediction.