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Labour backs Nat MP's strike bill

Labour backs Nat MP's strike bill
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - The Labour Party is backing a National MP's bill to force unions to hold secret ballots on strike action. The member's bill was drafted by Tau Henare and came up for its first reading in Parliament today.

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says the use of taxpayer funds to pay National MP Nick Smith's legal bills is fine, but he would be open to such information being made public.

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are funding legal defences for MPs, it was reported today.

Papers can already publish league tables - minister

Papers can already publish league tables - minister
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Newspapers can already publish league tables comparing the academic performance of schools, Parliament was told today. League tables have been one of the most contentious points around national standards, which schools began implementing this year.

Sue Kedgley presents petition on junk food in schools

Sue Kedgley presents petition on junk food in schools
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 24 NZPA - The Education Ministry was criticised today for tailoring its advice on the effect of nutrition on kids' learning to the new Government.

National get taught a lesson in Parliament

National get taught a lesson in Parliament
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 23 NZPA - Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee gets a big fat F for his political management today, after he let Labour MPs cane cabinet minister Steven Joyce over his academic record.

Investors Say Rents Will Go Up If Tax Rules Changed

Investors Say Rents Will Go Up If Tax Rules Changed
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Property investors have warned that rents could go up by $34 a week if the Government scraps landlords' depreciation claims on housing, but the Government says they are wrong.

Redundancies Inevitable At Education Ministry

Redundancies Inevitable At Education Ministry
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Some redundancies are inevitable at the Education Ministry as it seeks to prune $25 million from its $441 million budget, Education Secretary Karen Sewell said today.

Cost Cuts Raise Education Quality Concerns

Cost Cuts Raise Education Quality Concerns
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, March 10 NZPA - Funding cuts within the Education Ministry will negatively impact on education quality as a result of less research and less teacher and curriculum development, says Labour's education spokesman Trevor Mallard.

Concerns Raised Over Personal Grievance Changes

Wellington, March 3 NZPA - Concerns have been raised over the possibility of workers being stripped of rights under changes to personal grievance rules.

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