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Dira sunset provisions bill passes first reading

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - A bill to extend requirements for Fonterra to provide cheap milk to other producers, including competitors, passed its first reading tonight.

Carter warns 'slippage' may delay law change

Carter warns 'slippage' may delay law change
Wellington, Oct 12 NZPA - Any "slippage" in the capital restructure of the nation's biggest business may mean that the Government help which Prime Minister John Key promised Fonterra may not arrive until after the next general election, according to Agriculture Minister David Carter.

ETS critics among farmers eye new country party

By Kent Atkinson of NZPA Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Farmers upset that the National-led Government is pressing ahead with its emissions trading scheme (ETS) in July are talking about starting a rural-based political party to give country people better representation in Parliament.

MPs head to Samoa for Commonwealth workshop

MPs head to Samoa for Commonwealth workshop
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - National MP Shane Ardern and Labour's Winnie Laban will attend a four-day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association workshop in Samoa.

Fonterra Rival Says Nat MP Biased

Fonterra Rival Says Nat MP Biased
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - Open Country Dairy chairman Laurie Margrain says National Party MP Shane Ardern, who has chaired parliamentary select committee hearings on dairy regulation, has shown bias in favour of Fonterra in recent comments on the industry.

Joyce Backs PM Saying Harawira Incident Minor

Joyce Backs PM Saying Harawira Incident Minor
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move Prime Minister John Key today suggested police should not charge Maori MP Hone Harawira for driving without a helmet and Transport Minister Steven Joyce is backing him.

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move Prime Minister John Key today suggested police should not charge Maori MP Hone Harawira for driving without a helmet. Generally politicians avoid commenting on police investigations and do not suggest what they should do.

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move Prime Minister John Key today suggested police should not charge Maori MP Hone Harawira for driving without a helmet. Generally politicians avoid commenting on police investigations and do not suggest what they should do.

Govt Distances Itelf From ACT MP As Privileges Complaint Laid

Govt Distances Itelf From ACT MP As Privileges Complaint Laid
Wellington, July 30 NZPA - National has distanced itself from ACT MP David Garrett after his behaviour in a select committee sparked a complaint he had breached Parliament's rules.

MP Must Be Disciplined For `Disgusting' Comments, Labour Says

MP Must Be Disciplined For `Disgusting' Comments, Labour Says
Wellington, July 30 NZPA - The Labour Party says ACT MP David Garrett must be disciplined for his "disgusting" comments at a select committee hearing.

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