July 01, 2008
National indicates it will ditch light bulb ban
Opposition leader John Key is suggesting he'll reverse the Government's ban on ordinary light bulbs next year.
Labour announced last month it would ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs next year, in favour of making the new energy efficient lights compulsory in homes.
But warnings from US authorities that the new CFL bulbs are not advisable for use in children's bedrooms, or over carpeted areas, have given John Key cause for concern, and a promise that compulsion is not part of National's manifesto this year.
More in this month's Key Questions interview:
December 12, 2007
The Key Questions, 09 December 07
National leader John Key's weekly interview with Investigate editor Ian Wishart is now online, here
December 03, 2007
The Key Questions, 02 December 07
In the latest Key Questions interview, John Key concedes a blunder over his DVD, expresses concern about the Ben & Olivia murder trial, and says Helen Clark must take the blame for the latest Mallard gaffe.
November 19, 2007
The Key Questions, 19 Nov 07
National party leader John Key says the word "winning" needs to re-enter New Zealand's cultural vocabulary, in the wake of the latest top level sporting loss.
Commenting on the netball result over the weekend, Key concedes that a generation of political correctness in school sports probably hasn't helped our top level athletes find that "x factor"...
November 05, 2007
The Key Questions, 4 November 07
National leader John Key's latest interview with Investigate editor Ian Wishart is now online. Click here to listen
Key examines law and order in the wake of this week's "biffo" in political circles, expresses disfavour at Pharmac's decision to subsidise "flavoured condoms", and discusses tax cuts
October 29, 2007
The Key Questions, 28 October 07
National leader John Key has repeated his warning that a National government will re-draft the anti-smacking laws if ordinary parents end up being criminalised.
His comments come in the wake of a newspaper report that a Wellington mother is under CYF and police investigation for smacking her toddler on the hand.
As well as smacking, Key discusses the Mallard punch-up, the potential of a new cold war, and the so-called terror raids, in the latest Key Questions interview with Investigate magazine
October 08, 2007
The Key Questions, 07 October 07
National leader John Key has responded to internet jokes about Helen Clark jinxing the All Blacks, by quipping that if true, perhaps she should stay away from games in the future.
To hear the complete interview with John Key on this and other major topics, click here
October 01, 2007
The Key Questions, 30 September 07
To listen to the latest interview with National Party leader John Key, click here
September 23, 2007
The Key Questions, 23 September 07
National Party leader John Key has stepped into the Maori burial case, telling police they must uphold the law and exhume the body of James Takamore.
Mr Takamore died two months ago and had expressed a wish for his body to be remain close to his wife and child in Christchurch. However, extended family members from the Bay of Plenty snatched the body, leading to a court dispute.
Now, Police are reportedly saying they will ignore a court order to exhume the body and send it back to his immediate family, because police don't want to anger local Maori.
However, John Key says while he has praise for police sensitivity, the rule of law is vital for maintaining public confidence in the justice system, and the court order must be enforced.
Also in today's The Key Questions, the Opposition leader endorses a Sunday Star Times columnist's claim that Labour is introducing creeping fascism with the Electoral Finance Bill. Key says the Bill is unconstitutional, a direct assault on democracy, and the public should be up in arms about it.
For this and more, click here
September 14, 2007
The Key Questions, 16 September 07
National party leader John Key has stepped into the A1 milk controversy, with a call for more research into whether A2 milk is better.
Key's stance is revealed in this week's The Key Questions, the exclusive MP3 audio interview with Key that plays on investigatemagazine.tv
While adopting a "softly softly" approach in order not to damage our critically important dairy industry, John Key nonetheless concedes that it is crucial to get to the bottom of the controversy once and for all and, if needed, take urgent steps.
In the interview Key also touches on the latest revelations in Investigate magazine about immigrants linked to terror organisations now working in New Zealand, and says the public expect higher standards.
A rise in the driving age is also mooted.
For all this and more, click here to listen
September 09, 2007
The Key Questions, 9 September 07
National Party leader John Key has accused Prime Minister Helen Clark of getting "emotional" over the Air New Zealand troop flights, and letting that emotion endanger our relationship with Australia.
The accusation comes in this week's The Key Questions on investigatemagazine.tv.
John Key also gives qualified support to Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro's "Big Sister plot", but says National would not support mandatory surveillance of all families. Instead, Key calls on Labour to get over its "political correctness" and simply target the at risk households, instead of beating middle New Zealand around the ears with the threat of more social engineering.
In this week's The Key Questions, the National Leader also expands on National's nuclear policy in the wake of the APEC communique on nuclear power, as well as facing questions on the latest opinion poll, the possible sacking of Corrections Minister Damien O'Connor and the latest threats from Osama bin Laden..
September 02, 2007
The Key Questions, 2 September 07
Opposition Leader John Key says Labour MP Phil Goff is plotting a leadership coup against Prime Minister Helen Clark in the wake of dismal poll ratings for the Government.
The revelation comes in this week's The Key Questions on investigatemagazine.tv, a new regular online-only political feature from Investigate magazine.
In the 12 minute interview, Key also sounds off on the Kyoto Protocol, hinting it may be in New Zealand's interests to bail on some of the onerous financial penalties of the Kyoto regime, as Canada has signalled it will be doing.
Key also discusses the quarter-billion dollar bill facing parents as a result of school fees this coming year, and sets out what he believes is the answer to the Made in China crisis.
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The Key Questions will feature every Sunday night from here on, only on investigatemagazine.tv