NZ vote in­ten­si­fies

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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.

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