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Public will now judge tax cut-GST merits

Public will now judge tax cut-GST merits
Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - All the arguments about the pros and cons of tax cuts and GST rises have been had and now it will be up to households to decide whether they are better off or not. Today the Government's tax package kicked in and GST went up from 12.5 percent to 15 percent.

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.

Call goes up again for partial privatisations

Call goes up again for partial privatisations
Wellington, July 30 NZPA - The call went up for the partial privatisation of state-owned power companies today at the TrustPower Ltd annual meeting.

Former finance minister returns for select committee

Former finance minister returns for select committee
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - If people want to disassociate themselves from students' associations when undertaking tertiary study they should not be able to do so simply for financial advantage, says former finance minister David Caygill.

Three new member's bills drawn

Three new member's bills drawn
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Three member's bills were drawn from the ballot today, and none of them looks likely to get across-the-board support. ACT's Sir Roger Douglas said he was pleased his Education (Board of Trustee Freedom) Amendment Bill was drawn.

Student association membership bill sparks debate

Student association membership bill sparks debate
By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, May 26 NZPA - Voluntary university student association membership would diversify student representation on campus, a parliamentary committee was told today.

ACT's budget more generous than the Government's

ACT's budget more generous than the Government's
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The ACT Party has put up an alternative budget which would use $3.1 billion of "government waste" to help fund income tax cuts much more generous than the Government is planning.

Property ownership popular among Nats

Property ownership popular among Nats
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - National MPs will take the biggest hit of any politicians if budget announcements making multiple property ownership less financially appealing are implemented in the budget as Finance Minister Bill English has indicated.

Bill to abolish tariffs suffers heavy defeat

Bill to abolish tariffs suffers heavy defeat
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas put up a bill in Parliament tonight that would have abolished all tariffs on imported goods, and saw it go down to a 116-5 defeat. Sir Roger said tariffs made goods dearer and people poorer.

Sir Roger gives terse response to lack of support for bill

Sir Roger gives terse response to lack of support for bill
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas says he's not surprised National has decided not to support his bill to get rid of tariffs on imports, and has labelled the party "economically illiterate".

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