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Asylum seekers not political pawns, says human rights group

Asylum seekers not political pawns, says human rights group
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - Amnesty International has joined calls for New Zealand to avoid being roped into supporting Australia's off-shore asylum seeker processing centre proposal, and says those at the centre of discussions are not political pawns.

Govt should stay away from boat people talks - Goff

Govt should stay away from boat people talks - Goff
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The Government should steer clear of discussions with Australia about a centre for asylum seekers, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

Greens not keen on boat people proposition

Greens not keen on boat people proposition
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The risk of asylum seekers heading to New Zealand on boats is low and so are the chances of a refugee "processing centre" providing an acceptable answer to the problem Australia faces in dealing with refugees, says the Green Party.

Boat people a legitimate concern here, says Key

Boat people a legitimate concern here, says Key
Seoul, July 6 NZPA - New Zealand is not prepared to extend the number of refugees it accepts and needs to address the increasing risk of people-smuggling boats hitting our shores, says Prime Minister John Key.

Aussie and NZ discuss asylum seeker initiative

Aussie and NZ discuss asylum seeker initiative
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has been discussing the prospect of setting up a "regional processing centre" in the Pacific where asylum seekers would be sent for processing.

Changes to Aussie tax good for NZ - English

Changes to Aussie tax good for NZ - English
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - New Zealand's company tax rate will be two cents lower than Australia's next year, after new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today said the rate would be cut to 29 percent by 2013-14 but would not be further reduced.

Peter Wilson: Climate Change Threatens Politicians As Well As The Planet

Climate change policy can create endangered species, as Kevin Rudd found out.

Governments worldwide have grappled with various responses to greenhouse gas emissions and Australia's version of an emissions trading scheme (ETS) wasn't much different to ours.

Australian election likely within six weeks - Key predicts

Australian election likely within six weeks - Key predicts
Wellington, June 28 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key expects an Australian general election to take place in the next six weeks. Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd stepped down last week after it became clear he would lose a party leadership vote he was forced to call.

Gillard likely to embrace trans-Tasman relationship

Gillard likely to embrace trans-Tasman relationship
Wellington, June 27 NZPA - New Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is likely to make an official visit to New Zealand sooner rather than later, an Australian Labor Party strategist says.

NZ dollar erratic as investors retreat from risk

NZ dollar erratic as investors retreat from risk
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - The New Zealand dollar tumbled against the greenback from around US71.20c to below US70.50c early in the overnight session, and while it briefly pushed back above US71.35c early today it quickly fell away again.

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