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The opposition leader is having a tough time getting noticed and recognised as the new leader of the Labour Party and as a viable option for Prime Minister.

In a TV3 poll Phil Goff rated below Helen Clark as preferred PM. So what is he going to do to lift his ratings? The Labour campaign for the Mt Albert seat has begun in earnest but there is currently no candidate. And did the Labour Government do enough to protect New Zealand against the Swine?

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The Labour leader say that the party will be selecting a strong candidate to face off whoever National chooses to run in the soon to be vacated Mt Albert seat when Helen Clark takes up her new job at the United Nations. Mr Goff also answers the accusation from investigative journalist Ian Wishart that Helen and the Labour Government effectively bought Helen’s job at the UN through increased Aid donations over their term in power. Mr Goff  also reports that he has  just returned from a progressive solution summit in Chile.

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The news of the week in song form. Lindon Puffin on the vocals & ukulele delivers a wrap up of the stories that hugged the national headlines throughout the week with Wammo on the BVs.

From odourless undies, Helen Clark’s UN job and the oldest woman to swim the cook strait, to David Bain’s messy house and Tivo.

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Like almost everyone else in New Zealand, Russell has been checking out the sights in Google’s Street View. Including this person who looks very familiar… Russell also went to see the newly reformed Headless Chickens and gives his thoughts.

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Despite a new government in New Zealand the right-wing blogs are still moaning post election. Russell wonders how much influence ACT is having in negotiations to form the National government this week and why Rodney Hide has been able to get away with being so bullish towards John Key. This and a whole lot more in today’s chat. Russell Brown is chief blogger at publicaddress.net.

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After the Prime Minister left David gave his thoughts on Helen’s performance in this election as well as comparison’s to the recent US election campaign. Also discussed is how available the Prime Minister has been to the media over the last nine years. Would this change under a new government? David Slack is a blogger at Publicaddress.net

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The Prime Minister joined David Slack and myself for an extended live interview in the studio this morning

In the final 24 hours before New Zealander’s go to the polls Helen lays it down honest and as real as she possibly can. Away from the distraction of the trivial nature of television leaders debates we find a Prime Minister who is focused, determined and serious about putting a coalition together once the country has spoken. For an insight to what Helen Clark believes is important in this election have a listen.

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Prime Minister Helen Clark has said she will “play opposition” to what John Key stands for “to the grave”

When asked if she was prepared to face John Key and National from the opposition benches Miss Clark was optimistic that a Labour-Green ticket will win this week’s election.

Helen also clarified that the recently announced Redundancy policy will become a permanent component to the social welfare system.

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Could the Maori Party still go with National? Even with so many political polls coming out on almost a daily basis now its hard to get a clear picture of what the current trends are in New Zealand politics. Russell points us to a couple of useful aggregate polls including one at the Standard. Yet again Winston Peters is in the firing line but is the latest issue serious enough? And with one week to go before the US election can we call it this early?

Russell Brown is chief blogger at publicaddress.net

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Prime Minister Helen Clark doubts the truth in figures out today that say National plan to spend more than Labour on Infrastructure initiatives if they win the election on November the 8th

Helen is hoping a spend up on public works will offset the negative effects of an economic downturn. At the same time the downturn is helping those trying to get into a first home.

Despite the benefits of having many coalition partners Helen says the official strategy for a Labour led government is two ticks for Labour.

Is she expecting a television attack ad? Find out…

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