30 Nov 2023

New parliamentary term starts in volatile fashion

From Morning Report, 8:18 am on 30 November 2023

By any measure, it's been a volatile start to the new parliamentary term.

The new Coalition government's decision to scrap Labour's smokefree policy has proved highly contentious amid a suite of significant policy announcements.

Alongside that has been deputy prime minister Winston Peters' allegations that the media was bribed by the former Government's $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund.

These issues overshadowed prime minister Christopher Luxon's first post-cabinet media session yesterday, when he unveiled the government's 100-day plan.

We're joined by two political commentators.

Brigitte Morten is a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government and is a National Party member.

Lamia Imam worked for two years for the Labour Party in the Leader of the Opposition's office, under Phil Goff and David Shearer.

Morten and Imam spoke to Corin Dann.