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Work Has Started To Assess Effect Of ACC Contestability - Key

Work Has Started To Assess Effect Of ACC Contestability - Key
Wellington, Oct 21 NZPA - Work has started to identify the advantages and disadvantages of opening up the ACC work account to private competition, Prime Minister John Key told Parliament today.

No Free Breakfast As Minister Charges For Speech

Wellington, Oct 21 NZPA - Local Government Minister and ACT Party leader Rodney Hide appears to be using his position as a minister to fundraise for his party.

Parties Support Referendum On MMP

Parties Support Referendum On MMP
Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - The Government's announcement that there will be a referendum on MMP has been supported by other parties in Parliament. * Labour leader Phil Goff said it was appropriate after having MMP in place for nearly 15 years.

Maori Party Support National's ACC Changes For Now

Maori Party Support National's ACC Changes For Now
Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - A controversial ACC bill will get over its first parliamentary hurdle after the Maori Party agreed to support it to a select committee today.

Key Meets With ACT Over ACC Support

Key Meets With ACT Over ACC Support
Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key met with Act leader Rodney Hide last night seeking support for the ACC bill which would raise levies and cut entitlements.

Smith Short Of Votes For ACC Bill

Smith Short Of Votes For ACC Bill
Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - The Government has published a draft bill to enact the ACC changes announced yesterday but it is still looking for the support it needs to get it through a first reading in Parliament.

Flat Tax Not On The Table Despite Advice - Prime Minister

Flat Tax Not On The Table Despite Advice - Prime Minister
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Oct 13 NZPA - The Government will not introduce a flat tax system despite Treasury advice in support of one, Prime Minister John Key says.

Review Of Dog Laws On Hide Agenda

Review Of Dog Laws On Hide Agenda
Wellington, Oct 7 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has announced a wide ranging review of dog laws. Everything from registering owners, banning some breeds and whether microchipping is working or not would be up for debate.

Greens Would Be Out Of Parliament, Says Poll

Greens Would Be Out Of Parliament, Says Poll
Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - The Green Party would be out of Parliament in the event of a snap election, according to the latest television poll figures released tonight.

Govt Gets Its ETS Bill Through First Reading

Wellington, Sept 24 NZPA - After months of controversy the Government today brought its new-look emissions trading scheme (ETS) to Parliament and got the bill through its first reading on a vote of 63 to 58.

CTU Slams Student Association Bill

CTU Slams Student Association Bill
Wellington, Sept 24 NZPA - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) says a bill that passed its first reading in Parliament yesterday threatens student welfare. The bill, drafted by ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas, makes sure students don't have to join an association.

Students' Rights Bill Passes First Reading

Students' Rights Bill Passes First Reading
Wellington, Sept 23 NZPA - A bill to make sure students don't have to join an association passed its first reading in Parliament today and a select committee will hear public submissions on it. ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas drafted the member's bill.

Sir Roger Publishes Book, Public Pay

Sir Roger Publishes Book, Public Pay
Wellington, Sept 23 NZPA - ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas has used taxpayer money to publish a book of his speeches. Sir Roger, already a published author, compiled his speeches in the non-fiction book No Second Class Citizens.

Delay Of Smacking Bill Up To MP - Prime Minister

Delay Of Smacking Bill Up To MP - Prime Minister
Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - It is up to ACT MP John Boscawen to delay his member's bill on smacking, Prime Minister John Key says. The bill, which would legalise smacking for correction, is unlikely to make it past its first reading.

Boscawen Delays Member's Smacking Bill

Boscawen Delays Member's Smacking Bill
Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - Act MP John Boscawen says he will delay his member's bill on smacking and hold a series of public meetings. The bill, which would legalise smacking for correction, was unlikely to have made it past its first reading.

National Sees Fall In Polls

National Sees Fall In Polls
Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - National has seen its biggest drop in popularity since the election, but is still polling over 50 percent. The latest New Zealand Morgan poll showed National fell five points to 51.5 percent, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Parliament Grinds Through Auckland Council Legislation

Wellington, Sept 16 NZPA - Parliament was tonight battling its way through the legislation that sets up Auckland's new "super city" council, with Labour, the Maori Party and the Greens voicing strident protest and filing a raft of amendments.

Labour Cries Foul, Quits Climate Change Talks

Labour Cries Foul, Quits Climate Change Talks
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Sept 15 NZPA - A furious Labour Party has quit crucial climate change talks because the Government has made a deal with the Maori Party on legislation to set up an emissions trading scheme.

Cabinet Decides On Super City Boundaries - Rodney Is Back

Cabinet Decides On Super City Boundaries - Rodney Is Back
Wellington, Sept 14 NZPA - Cabinet has agreed to move the northern boundary of the Auckland super city to cover the entire Rodney district.

Government Thwarted Select Committee Process - Labour

Government Thwarted Select Committee Process - Labour
Wellington, Sept 9 NZPA - A parliamentary committee hearing on the emissions trading scheme (ETS) was a waste of time, Labour says. An ETS, created by Labour, was put on hold by the National Government.

Silence On ETS Talks Between National And Labour

Silence On ETS Talks Between National And Labour
Wellington, Sept 9 NZPA - Those taking part in attempts to gain agreement between National and Labour on an emissions trading scheme (ETS) are refusing to comment on progress.

Talks Held Between Labour And National On ETS

Talks Held Between Labour And National On ETS
Wellington, Sept 8 NZPA - Talks to build a grand coalition on an emissions trading scheme (ETS) have been held tonight, but those taking part are refusing to comment on them.

Minister Pleased After Trip To Solomons

Minister Pleased After Trip To Solomons
Wellington, Sept 7 NZPA - New Zealand Defence Force personnel on duty in the Solomon Islands are respected by the local population, Associate Defence Minister Heather Roy says.

Key Thinks Govt And Labour Can Make A Deal On ETS

Key Thinks Govt And Labour Can Make A Deal On ETS
Wellington, Sept 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he thinks a deal can be done between the Government and Labour on an amended emissions trading scheme (ETS).

Hide Says He's Comfortable With Auckland Council Changes

Hide Says He's Comfortable With Auckland Council Changes
Auckland, Sept 4 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says he's comfortable with proposed changes to the new Auckland super council.

Key And Goff Challenged To Front Up At Public Meetings

Wellington, Sept 4 NZPA - ACT MP John Boscawen is challenging MPs to turn up at public meetings he is organising in their electorates to protest the Government's decision not to change the law that bans smacking. His targets include Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff.

Speaker Turns Down Complaint Against Act MP

Speaker Turns Down Complaint Against Act MP
Wellington, Sept 4 NZPA - A breach of privilege complaint laid by two Labour MPs against ACT's David Garrett has not been upheld by Parliament's Speaker, Lockwood Smith.

Key Keen For Bipartisan Approach On ETS

Key Keen For Bipartisan Approach On ETS
Wellington, Sept 1 NZPA - A bipartisan decision on changes to the emission trading scheme has advantages , Prime Minister John Key says.

Parties Still At Odds Over ETS

Parties Still At Odds Over ETS
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Sept 1 NZPA - Political parties face months of difficult negotiations to set up an emissions trading scheme after a review report showed significant differences exist between them.

Climate Change Plan Lacks Incentive, Greens Say

Wellington, Aug 31 NZPA - The Government's climate change plan provides no incentive for reducing emissions and taxpayers will end up subsidising the largest polluters, the Green Party says.

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