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Spat over living cost continued in Parliament

Spat over living cost continued in Parliament
Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - Labour and National continued their spat over the cost of living today with both sides claiming in Parliament the other has their figures wrong.

The young and the croaky

The young and the croaky
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Fresh-faced Labour MP Chris Hipkins' voice broke in Parliament today. The MP, who is aged in his early 30s, had a bad cold and croaked through his questions while getting a ribbing from the National benches.

Key to express regret to Chinese V-P over protest

Key to express regret to Chinese V-P over protest
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key said he would not apologise to Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping when they meet later today, but would express regret over the protest by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman when Mr Xi was in New Zealand.

Peter Wilson: MPs Get The Raw End Of The Salary Stick

MPs have had a torrid time in recent weeks.

Labour views left out of reports

Labour views left out of reports
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Labour is angry the law and order select committee chaired by National MP Sandra Goudie has not included its dissenting view in two reports, following a protest walkout of the committee by Opposition MPs this week.

PM to discuss expenses report with caucus

PM to discuss expenses report with caucus
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key won't say if he agrees with changes recommended in a review of MPs' allowances but has said there's a need for belt-tightening in tough financial times.

`It wasn't my fault' says Green's co-leader

`It wasn't my fault' says Green's co-leader
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has been told off by Speaker Lockwood Smith for getting in the way of a Chinese delegation on its way into Parliament, but he says it wasn't his fault.

MPs travel perks under scrutiny

MPs travel perks under scrutiny
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - MPs could lose some of their treasured travel perks if Parliament picks up recommendations from the independent committee which checks the way it spends taxpayer money.

MPs travel perks under scrutiny

MPs travel perks under scrutiny
Feds pse Q for 0400 Wellington, July 2 NZPA - MPs could lose some of their treasured travel perks if Parliament picks up recommendations from the independent committee which checks the way it spends taxpayer money.

Speaker sets rules for MP protests

Speaker sets rules for MP protests
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Parliament's Speaker, Lockwood Smith, has set some rules for MPs who want to demonstrate on the forecourt following the scuffle involving Green's co-leader Russel Norman when Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping visited last month.

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