New Zealand general election: National, Labour TV debate
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
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Helen Clark (Prime Minister) and Don Brash (Leader of the Opposition) have gone head-to-head in the first live televised debate between the two leaders in the New Zealand general election of 2005.
A studio audience contained equal numbers of National and Labour Party supporters.
The debate ran through tax, race relations, foreign affairs, immigration, education and health (all the key policy areas).
Taxes were at the top of the agenda; the debate was just hours after the National Party released their tax policy.
Don Brash said that the nuclear freeze policy of New Zealand (which bans nuclear powered US warships from its ports) and Helen Clark's criticism of the war in Iraq have both contributed to her failure to secure a free-trade pact with the United States.
Helen Clark was confident and aggressive and she often forced Don Brash into defensive explanations of National's policies.
- "Brash and Clark go head to head" — , August 22, 2005
- "Brash says he would be tougher if PM was a man." — , August 23, 2005
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