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Meddling with health and safety bill a disgrace - union

24 July 2015 - 3:54pm

The Maritime Union has denounced the watering down of the Health and Safety Reform Bill as pandering to a greedy and irresponsible minority.

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New safety bill more practical - BusinessNZ

24 July 2015 - 3:53pm

New legislation for health and safety is being made more practical, says BusinessNZ.

Changes to the Health and Safety Reform Bill announced today will help small businesses, farmers and others provide safer workplaces, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said.

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Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel welcomes new members

24 July 2015 - 3:48pm

Mayor Len Brown will welcome new members and farewell those retiring from the Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel on Monday 27 July at a formal ceremony attended by parents, council elected representatives and guests.

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Environment at risk, GE advocate chosen to head EPA - Greens

24 July 2015 - 3:43pm

An ardent advocate of genetic engineering (GE) should not be heading the body charged with protecting the environment, the Green Party said today.

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Hekia just won't face the facts - Hipkins

24 July 2015 - 3:32pm

Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipki

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Prisoner voting ban needs to be repealed - Greens

24 July 2015 - 3:22pm

National needs to immediately bring legislation to the House which lifts the ban on the right of prisoners to vote, said the Green Party.

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PM breaks promise on changes to health and safety laws - CTU

24 July 2015 - 2:55pm

The CTU is appalled with the report released today by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee. It considers the Prime Minister’s promise, that our laws would take "no steps backwards", broken.

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Health and safety law changes dangerous and insulting - SFWU

24 July 2015 - 2:49pm

The union representing service workers including security guards is appalled with the National government’s health and safety reforms announced today.

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MPs urged to support social workers registration bill

24 July 2015 - 2:47pm

James Makowharemahihi President of ANZASW welcomes the announcement that the Social Workers Registration (Mandatory Registration) Amendment Bill, sponsored by Labour Spokesperson for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, has been drawn from the ballot.

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Education Minister throws good money after bad - NZEI

24 July 2015 - 2:47pm

NZEI Te Riu Roa is appalled that the Whangaruru charter school has the green light to continue operating and even been given up to $129,000 to implement its remedial plan.

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Health and safety bill 'lets small business off the hook'

24 July 2015 - 2:38pm

Despite major unions and many business associations uniting in a call for better health and safety standards, the select committee report into the Health and Safety Reform Bill reveals that the government has surrendered to pressure from a small group of irresponsible employers, says FIRST Union

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Govt isn't walking the walk on health and safety - EPMU

24 July 2015 - 2:38pm

All workers have the right to be safe at work and come home at the end of the day, no matter what size of employer they work for, says the EPMU.

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SERCO contract could have been cancelled earlier - Greens

24 July 2015 - 2:36pm

The Green Party is demanding to know why SERCO’s contract has not been terminated yet despite at least six Performance Notices in the last three years.

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Compromised charter board should go - Greens

24 July 2015 - 2:34pm

The Green Party is calling on the Government to cancel its latest charter school application round, and disestablish the Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Authorisation (PSKH) board, following the bail out of a problem-plagued Northland charter school.

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Charter school announcement no surprise - NZ First

24 July 2015 - 2:34pm

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that the failing Whangaruru charter school will remain open despite receiving advice to the contrary - not only will it remain open but surprise, surprise this government will funnel over $100,000 more of taxpayers’ money into it.

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More deaths will result from health and safety backdown - PSA

24 July 2015 - 2:33pm

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the gutting of the proposed new health and safety legislation will result in more workplace deaths and injuries, breaking John Key’s promise to the nation after the Pike River tragedy.

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Minister welcomes Health and Safety Reform Bill report

24 July 2015 - 2:20pm

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has welcomed today’s Select Committee report on the Health and Safety Reform Bill.

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Labour to oppose gutted Health and Safety Bill - Lees-Galloway

24 July 2015 - 2:16pm

The Health and Safety Reform Bill is a backwards step for New Zealand workers and Labour will not support it in its current form.

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New health and safety law worse than what it replaces - Greens

24 July 2015 - 2:15pm

Workers have been let down by the National Government’s new Health and Safety Reform Bill which in many ways is worse than what it replaces, the Green Party said following the release of the Select Committee Report into the bill today.

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New NZ On Air appointments announced

24 July 2015 - 1:03pm

Dunedin businessman Ian Taylor and media specialist Helen Grattan have been appointed to the board of NZ On Air, Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams announced today.

Current members, Miriam Dean CNZM QC, Ross McRobie and Kim Wicksteed have been reappointed for varying terms.

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