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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".

National won't support Sir Roger's bill to get rid of tariffs

National won't support Sir Roger's bill to get rid of tariffs
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said National would not support Sir Roger Douglas' Private Members' Bill to get rid of tariffs on imports.

Cabinet members, govt MPs want ETS defered -- ACT MP

Cabinet members, govt MPs want ETS defered -- ACT MP
Wellington, May 2 NZPA - National Party backbenchers and senior government ministers want to defer the emissions trading scheme (ETS) after Australia sidelined its own scheme, ACT MP John Boscawen says. The New Zealand scheme was scheduled to begin on July 1.

Bill will hold councils to account, Hide says

Bill will hold councils to account, Hide says
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has introduced legislation to Parliament which he says will make councils more accountable to ratepayers.

Government's ETS stance slammed by ACT leader

Government's ETS stance slammed by ACT leader
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - The Government's plan to continue with the emissions trading scheme (ETS), despite Australia having decided to put it on hold, has been labelled "rash and foolish" by ACT Party leader Rodney Hide.

Gap closing, but National still ahead

Gap closing, but National still ahead
Wellington, April 25 NZPA The gap is closing between the two main political parties, but National still has a commanding lead over Labour. According to a 3 News TNS poll issued tonight National is down 4.2 percent to 52.1 percent, while Labour is up 4.2 percent to 33.8 percent.

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith isn't confirming or denying a report that the Government is likely to open up workplace insurance to private competition.

Seats still warm as commissioners introduced

Seats still warm as commissioners introduced
Christchurch, April 22 NZPA - With the seats of the sacked Ecan councillors still warm after their final meeting in Christchurch today, cabinet ministers Rodney Hide and Nick Smith were introducing the newly appointed "repair" commissioners to take their place.

Claims using declaration time wasting - English

Claims using declaration time wasting - English
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - It is a "total waste of time" for Maori to try make claims under a United Nations declaration on indigenous rights that New Zealand has just endorsed, Acting Prime Minister Bill English says.

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Green Party MP Keith Locke has failed in his bid to let New Zealanders decide whether they want to keep a British monarch as head of state or elect their own non-executive president.

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.

Maori Party was duped, Goff says

Maori Party was duped, Goff says
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Labour is accusing the Government of making a secret deal with the Maori Party which it says is severely stressing National's relationship with its partners.

Dunne bewildered over Govt slowness on driving age

Dunne bewildered over Govt slowness on driving age
(0400 please) Wellington, April 16 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne is at a loss to explain why the Government has been so slow to implement a lift in the driving age from 15 to 16.

Labour to back Govt's lift in driving age to 16

Labour to back Govt's lift in driving age to 16
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The driving age is certain to be raised to 16 after Labour confirmed today it would back the Government's decision to approve the move.

Driving age to raise to 16-years

Driving age to raise to 16-years
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The driving age looks certain to be raised to 16 years-old following Cabinet approval of the move.

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Maori Party turned its back on the Government and voted with Labour in Parliament today when the bill that enacts welfare changes was given its first reading.

Hide calls for North Shore mayor's resignation

Hide calls for North Shore mayor's resignation
Wellington, March 28 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has called for North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams to stand down after a newspaper alleged he urinated outside a council building after a lengthy drinking session in a bar and then drove home in a council-owned car.

Tekau Plus to be reviewed

Tekau Plus to be reviewed
Wellington, March 23 NZPA - A taxpayer-funded Maori business development project which has been suspended after allegations of conflicts of interest and questions over value for money is to be reviewed.

ACT opposes broadband levy plan

ACT opposes broadband levy plan
Wellington, March 19 NZPA - The ACT Party is calling on the Government to rescind its proposals for a rural broadband rollout which involve Telecom paying a levy of $50 million a year.

Unions Give Cautious Backing To Productivity Commission

Unions Give Cautious Backing To Productivity Commission
Wellington March 19 NZPA - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) has cautiously backed the proposed Productivity Commission saying if it is designed properly it could help lift wages and living standards

Productivity Commission To Be Set Up

Productivity Commission To Be Set Up
Wellington March 18 NZPA - ACT and National have agreed to set up a new Productivity Commission with statutory independence and a budget of around $5 million, Finance Minister Bill English and Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide said today.

Govt Has Close Call On Mental Health Bill

Govt Has Close Call On Mental Health Bill
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - A Labour MP's member's bill was defeated on the narrow majority of 62-60 in Parliament tonight.

National Rules Out Supporting Roger Douglas Youth Rate Bill

National Rules Out Supporting Roger Douglas Youth Rate Bill
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - The National Party has ruled out supporting a bill introduced to Parliament by ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas seeking to allow for the reintroduction of youth rates.

Hide Accuses Race Relations Comm Of Separatism

Hide Accuses Race Relations Comm Of Separatism
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide says Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres is advocating separatism by pushing for separate Maori seats on the new Auckland Council.

Expenses Rules `Treacherously Complicated' Says Hide

Expenses Rules `Treacherously Complicated' Says Hide
Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - The rules around MPs' expenses are "treacherously complicated" says ACT leader Rodney Hide.

ACT To Promote Its Differences

Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide says he is going to get out and about more this year to sell his party's policies and explain why they are different to National's.

ACT Party `Could Go Out Of Business' Douglas Warns

ACT Party `Could Go Out Of Business' Douglas Warns
Wellington, Feb 26 NZPA - ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas has warned his party it is in danger of being stranded in the middle ground of politics, and seen by voters as nothing more than an appendix to National.

Justice Minister Happy With Three Strikes Bill

Justice Minister Happy With Three Strikes Bill
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Feb 23 NZPA - A bill implementing the ACT-National three strikes violent crime policy has been condemned by Justice Ministry officials, but their minister Simon Power says there are measures to ensure it is not unjust.

Justice Ministry Slams Three Strikes Changes

Justice Ministry Slams Three Strikes Changes
By Maggie Tait of NZPA

Opposition MPs Bemoan Three Strikes Bill Process

Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The Green and Labour Parties are angry over how changes to add the Government-ACT Party three strikes policy to a bill are being done.

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