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National standards petition heading to Parliament

National standards petition heading to Parliament
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - An education sector union will today take a petition to Parliament outlining concerns with the implementation of national standards in schools.

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.

National standards will recognise excellence, Parliament told

National standards will recognise excellence, Parliament told
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Parents of children who excel in tests will be told they are "well above average" under the new national standards rating, Parliament was told today.

Tolley accused of using "hit-squad" in schools

Tolley accused of using "hit-squad" in schools
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Education Minister Anne Tolley has been accused by her Labour opposite of dispatching a "hit-squad" to sort out schools not falling into line with the implementation of national standards.

Minister a hit on Youtube

Minister a hit on Youtube
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Before coming into politics Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was a high-flyer in the radio business, now he has become a hit on the internet.

Minister taken to task over disappearance of released rapist

Minister taken to task over disappearance of released rapist
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - Corrections and Police Minister Judith Collins was taken to task in Parliament today over the disappearance of released prisoner and convicted rapist Maka Renata.

David Cunliffe has all the answers for Bill English

David Cunliffe has all the answers for Bill English
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - While answers to patsy oral questions in Parliament are predictable, the Opposition was able to give the replies to a series of queries before they were so much as put to Finance Minister Bill English today.

Labour will rescind ECan Act

Labour will rescind ECan Act
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - The Labour Party is pledging to rescind the legislation it says "foisted" commissioners on Environment Canterbury. The Government sacked the council and appointed a panel of commissioners, saying water management in the region was a shambles.

Plans for ECan started before election - papers

Plans for ECan started before election - papers
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Planning for an inquiry into Canterbury's water problems began before the last election and officials told the previous government the problems could be more important for the economy than Auckland's governance issues, Cabinet papers show.

Youth wage rate bill defeated in Parliament

Youth wage rate bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - An ACT Party attempt to reintroduce the youth minimum wage rate was heavily defeated in Parliament tonight. MP Sir Roger Douglas drafted the bill but neither the Government nor the Labour Party would support it and it was voted down 117-5.

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