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SFO to give urgent priority to corruption probe

SFO to give urgent priority to corruption probe
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) says it will give urgent priority to its investigation into allegations of corruption against a former ACC staff member.

Minister rejects conflict of interest assertion

Minister rejects conflict of interest assertion
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith has rejected assertions made in Parliament that he should have stood aside from legislation that was introduced to sack Environment Canterbury because his brother last year pleaded guilty to charges brought by the council.

Discounts for people waiting for resource consent processing

Discounts for people waiting for resource consent processing
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Those caught waiting for councils to process their resource management claims may be eligible for a discount of up to 50 percent following regulation changes announced today by Environment Minister Nick Smith.

Minister should have declared conflict of interest, MP says

Minister should have declared conflict of interest, MP says
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith should have stood aside from legislation that was introduced to sack Environment Canterbury because his brother last year pleaded guilty to charges brought by the council, a Labour MP told Parliament today.

ACC staff member referred to the SFO

ACC staff member referred to the SFO
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - A former ACC staff member has been referred to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) following concerns about the lease arrangements and purchase of buildings for ACC offices.

NZ to profit even more under Kyoto projections show

NZ to profit even more under Kyoto projections show
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - New Zealand as a whole stands to make a small profit under the Kyoto protocol, but the Government may have to pay, new figures show.

No change on ETS now, maybe in 2013 - Smith

No change on ETS now, maybe in 2013 - Smith
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - There will be no immediate change to the introduction of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) but delays in later stages are possible, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith says.

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.

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.

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