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Maori Party To Discuss 90 Day Bill Today

Maori Party To Discuss 90 Day Bill Today
Wellington, Dec 10 NZPA - The Maori Party will today mull over whether to support the new Government's bill to set up a 90-day probation period for new workers. The party's votes are not crucial to passing the legislation, which the government intends to do by Christmas.

Labour Vows National Will Be Held To Account

Labour Vows National Will Be Held To Account
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff vowed to hold the new government to account for its pre-election promises when Parliament began the debate in reply to the Speech from the Throne today.

Loo Protest Flushed Out Of Parliament Grounds

Loo Protest Flushed Out Of Parliament Grounds
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Security today pulled the chain on a protest timed to coincide with the opening ceremony of Parliament.

Govt Faces Outcry Over `Fire-At-Will' Bill

Govt Faces Outcry Over `Fire-At-Will' Bill
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - The Government is facing an outcry from unions and its opponents over plans to "ram through" a 90-day probation period for new workers before Christmas.

Labour Attacks Move To Fast-Track Job Probation Law

Labour Attacks Move To Fast-Track Job Probation Law
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has attacked as arrogant and undemocratic the Government's decision to "ram through" a 90-day probation period for new workers before Christmas.

Suprise Move To Fast-Track `90 Days Probation' Law

Suprise Move To Fast-Track `90 Days Probation' Law
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has attacked as arrogant and undemocratic the Government's decision to "ram through" a 90-day probation period for new workers before Christmas .

Lockwood Smith Becomes Parliament's Speaker

Lockwood Smith Becomes Parliament's Speaker
Pix on nzpaimages.co.nz Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - One of Parliament's longest-serving MPs, National's Lockwood Smith, was elected unopposed as Speaker of Parliament today.

Key Says It Was Right Call To Send Herc

Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - A Hercules sent to Malaysia last week -- in case it was needed to help New Zealanders stranded because of political unrest in Thailand -- is returning today.

MPs To Be Sworn In Tomorrow Ahead Of The 49th Parliament Opening

Wellington, Dec 7 NZPA - MPs will be sworn in tomorrow ahead of the state opening of the 49th Parliament on Tuesday. At 2pm, the MPs will be called on in alphabetical order to take the oath, or make the affirmation that they are required to undergo, to take their seats in Parliament.

English Confirms Big ACC Levy Rise Likely

English Confirms Big ACC Levy Rise Likely
Wellington, Dec 5 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed there is likely to be a "significant" rise in the amount workers pay to ACC from April 1 next year.

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