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Second ACC Blowout Could Shave Tax Cuts

Second ACC Blowout Could Shave Tax Cuts
Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - A second ACC blowout could see average wage earners lose almost a third of next year's tax cut if the incoming Government follows officials' advice.

Govt Rejects Treasury Calls For Capital Gains Tax And Super Cut

Govt Rejects Treasury Calls For Capital Gains Tax And Super Cut
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - Treasury's calls for a capital gains tax, an increase in GST and cuts to superannuation have been rejected by Finance Minister Bill English. Mr English today released Treasury's incoming briefing to the new Government.

Questions Raised About Government Handling Of First Crisis

Questions Raised About Government Handling Of First Crisis
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 3 NZPA - As tensions in Thailand ease, questions are being asked about whether the new government acted soon enough when New Zealand lives could have been at risk.

Key Faces Crisis Call

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Dec 3 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is facing his first crisis call since being sworn in. He has to decide, probably today, whether to order a military aircraft to rescue New Zealanders trapped at Bangkok's besieged international airport.

Air Force Hamstrung In Response To Potential Thai Crisis

Air Force Hamstrung In Response To Potential Thai Crisis
Wellington, Dec 2 NZPA - A potential emergency evacuation of up to 300 New Zealanders trapped in Bangkok by anti-government protests could be hamstrung by the air force's two Boeing 757s both being out of action.

Labour Won't Forget National's Promises

Some time early in 2010 John Key will be asked a question in Parliament: Can the prime minister tell the House how many New Zealanders emigrated to Australia in 2009?

Get Ready To Rumble: New Parliament No Place For Faint Hearts

Wellington, Nov 23 NZPA - New ministers and their opposition shadows are getting ready to face each other in the debating chamber, and Parliament looks like being a lively place.

Goff Pledges `Constructive Opposition' To Help Recovery

Goff Pledges `Constructive Opposition' To Help Recovery
Wellington, Nov 23 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says his party will present "constructive opposition" as the new government works to strengthen the economy and protect New Zealand from the impact of the international financial crisis.

Acting PM Admits Pay Rise `A Bit Embarrassing'

(inserts comments from English and Goff) Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Acting Prime Minister Bill English admitted tonight it was "a bit embarrassing" to be given a pay rise of more than $12,000 a year when workers were being hit by redundancies.

Labour Shadow Roles Announced

Labour Shadow Roles Announced
Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff named his shadow Cabinet today promoting some new faces but relying on experience to attack National.

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