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Speaker open to discussing MPs' legal fee issue

Speaker open to discussing MPs' legal fee issue
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The Parliamentary Services Commission will consider whether use of taxpayer money for MPs' legal expenses should be open for public scrutiny, Speaker Lockwood Smith says.

ETS to go ahead - Key

ETS to go ahead - Key
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key today ruled out delaying the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Despite concerns from businesses the introduction was likely to go ahead in July, Mr Key told reporters.

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says the use of taxpayer funds to pay National MP Nick Smith's legal bills is fine, but he would be open to such information being made public.

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are funding legal defences for MPs, it was reported today.

SFO top jobs to go under review - report

SFO top jobs to go under review - report
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The Serious Fraud Office is the next state agency in for a shake-up.

Minister Doesn't Deny Te Puni Kokiri Will Run Whanau Ora

Minister Doesn't Deny Te Puni Kokiri Will Run Whanau Ora
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - The Government is not denying that the Ministry of Maori Affairs, Te Puni Kokiri, will run the new Whanau Ora welfare delivery service, although it says more than one department will be involved.

Concern Grows Over Use Of CCOs Under Super City

Concern Grows Over Use Of CCOs Under Super City
Wellington, March 16 NZPA - Concern is mounting over the intended use of council-controlled organisations (CCOs) to manage the bulk of Auckland's assets under the new super city structure.

Concern Grows Over Use Of CCOs Under Super City

Concern Grows Over Use Of CCOs Under Super City
Wellington, March 16 NZPA - Concern is mounting over the intended use of council-controlled organisations (CCOs) to manage the bulk of Auckland's assets under the new super city structure.

PM Defends CCO Plans For Auckland Super City

Wellington, March 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says council-controlled organisations (CCOs) were already commonly used in Auckland and councils did have some control over them.

$30k 'Cheap' For Bus Axe The Tax Attack - Goff

$30k 'Cheap' For Bus Axe The Tax Attack - Goff
Wellington, March 5 NZPA - Labour has defended the $30,000 cost to the taxpayer of its "Axe the Tax" bus trip around the country -- protesting GST increases.

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