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Holiday trade-In bill passes first reading

Holiday trade-In bill passes first reading
Wellington, Aug 24 NZPA - Legislation allowing workers to trade in their fourth week of leave for cash and giving employers the right to demand a medical certificate for one day of sick leave passed its first reading in Parliament today after protests from the Labour Party and the Greens.

Air rifle move long overdue, says Police Association

Air rifle move long overdue, says Police Association
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - A move to require people to be licensed to own high-powered air rifles is long overdue, says the Police Association.

Greens call for extension to gun licensing plans

Greens call for extension to gun licensing plans
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - A move to require people to be licensed to own high-powered air rifles has been welcomed by the Green Party, but it also says owners should have to register all their firearms.

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Labour Party says it will repeal any moves by the Government to widen the 90-day trial scheme under which workers can be fired without comeback and to reduce union access to workplaces.

Key supports looking into police gun policy

Key supports looking into police gun policy
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he supports looking into giving police greater access to firearms, but that won't stop officers being shot at.

Legal expert concerned by Waihopai reaction

Legal expert concerned by Waihopai reaction
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The Waihopai spy base saboteurs' successful use of the "claim of right" defence was an aberration and no basis to change the law, a legal expert says.

Changing `claim of right' law an over-reaction, Greens say

Changing `claim of right' law an over-reaction, Greens say
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Changing or repealing the "claim of right" defence successfully used by the Waihopai spy base saboteurs is an over-reaction to their acquittal, the Green Party says.

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.

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