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Post Cabinet Conference: Dr Zarif and the Security Review

Article – Robert Kelly Todays post-cabinet press conference was dominated by discussion of the security agencies review and the visit last weekend of the Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Zarif. Key also addressed concerns about the Clutha Southland electorate and the effect …Today’s post-cabinet press conference was dominated by discussion of the security agencies review and the visit last weekend of the Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Zarif. Key also addressed concerns about the Clutha Southland electorate and the effect of the American primaries on the likelihood of the TPP being ratified. Prime Minister John Key said that the first visit from an Iranian Foreign Minister in ten years had gone well. His conversations with Dr Zarif had centred on regional issues for Iran in relation to New Zealand’s role on the United Nations Security Council. Mr Key said that he not raised the treatment of minorities in Iran with Dr Zarif but said a relationship is being built with Iran where a wider discussion about domestic and foreign policy could be had. He emphasised the possibilities of trade with Iran as sanctions against it begin to ease. The Prime Minister fielded many questions about the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security and its effect on policy but answered very few. He would not put a date on further announcements or on conversations with Labour members of the Security and Intelligence...

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PM Post Cabinet: Christmas Island and the US Navy

Article – Robert Kelly Prime Minister John Key will travel to South East Asia next week to encourage commerce and security links with South-East Asian and Pacific nations. He will lead a trade delegation to Vietnam before visiting the East Asian Summit in Kuala Lumpur and the … PM Post Cabinet: Christmas Island and the US Navy Robert Kelly Prime Minister John Key will travel to South East Asia next week to encourage commerce and security links with South-East Asian and Pacific nations. He will lead a trade delegation to Vietnam before visiting the East Asian Summit in Kuala Lumpur and the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Manilla. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5au_h3PQSQ&w=560&h=315] Mr Key fielded a range of questions on issues at the Australian Christmas Island detention centre. He said New Zealanders at the detention centre had been offered the opportunity to come back to New Zealand while there cases were being processed and that to his knowledge the ones still at the centre were there by choice. Key emphasised that while New Zealanders were involved in this issue it is still an Australian correctional facility and therefore an “Australian matter”. Mr Key said the US, along with several other armed forces, has been invited to send a naval ship for the New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations. He stated that the invitation was not motivated by desires to strengthen the relationship...

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Post-cabinet press conference: Online purchase GST and TPPA

Article – Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey Applying GST to online purchases was the main focus of this afternoons post-cabinet press conference in Wellington.Post-cabinet press conference: Online purchase GST and TPPA Photo: Jeremy Wilkinson Applying GST to online purchases was the main focus of this afternoon’s post-cabinet press conference in Wellington. Currently purchasers of online goods only have to pay GST if their order is more than $400. “I think you should have to pay for online services. There are about 12 jurisdictions around the world that do that, including Europe. I completely understand why people want to buy online. I just think it should be even and fair with New Zealand retailers.” In simple terms, Key said paying GST in advance meant there would be no reason for items to be held up at the border. The government would like to be able to apply GST to both services and goods, but it will take longer to implement the goods aspect because the officials need to work through the logistics, he said. “We want to ultimately be able to apply GST to services and goods. Netflix and iTunes users will soon be charged GST for the services, but Key said this could not be called a “new” tax. “New Zealanders have always paid GST. The only change is that the purchasing is happening online.” Key also discussed the...

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Post-Cab Presser: Foreign buyers register, TPP and SERCO

Article – Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco.Post-Cabinet Press Conference on foreign buyers register, TPP and SERCO At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned whether a stamp tax might be a tool to deal with foreign buyers. “That would depend on the country involved and the fair trade agreements (FTA) we have in place there, or a double tax agreement.” “It is a tool we have available in some cases, but not in all.” He said more information would need to be collected as to how information in a foreign buyers register would be sampled before looking at options such as a stamp duty. “Dealing with non-resident taxpayers is different from dealing with actual residents,” Key said. Key also said he was not opposed to the foreign buyers register, but noted that different people’s definitions of a what a register contains would vary. “If it is truly a register, you would have to record when it was on-sold.” Key said he would not support a ban on foreign buyers. “It is not justified nor terribly effective.” If New Zealand really wanted to stop non-tax residents buying property, Key said a far more...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014

Article – The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident Roger Suttons resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment The APEC East … PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014 Scoop Audio+Video by The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident • Roger Sutton’s resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment • The APEC East Asia summit and the G20 • New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea • TPP talks and the dairy industry • Upcoming legislation around passport cancellation • Concerns about the global economic outlook raised at the G20 • Representatives of the air forces of Five Eyes nations currently in New Zealand • The role of SAS troops in Iraq • The CAA investigation into Gerry Brownlee ******* Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. <!– ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHI1vCe5E7U&w=420&h=315] –> ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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