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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.

`One Law, One Door' Approach For Consumer Law

`One Law, One Door' Approach For Consumer Law
By Sharon Lundy of NZPA Wellington, July 28 NZPA - Consumer Affairs Minister Heather Roy wants to make consumer law easier to understand and more accessible through a "one law, one door" approach.

Councils Should Be Able To Compete For Ratepayers: Sir Roger

Councils Should Be Able To Compete For Ratepayers: Sir Roger
Wellington, July 24 NZPA - Auckland should be largely run by community councils with powers to set rates and compete for ratepayers and each others businesses, ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas said today.

Auckland's Assets Need Protecting, Labour Says

Auckland's Assets Need Protecting, Labour Says
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Labour is using Local Government Minister Rodney Hide's latest comments about privatisation as evidence of the need to safeguard Auckland's assets.

Strong Support For National Continues

Strong Support For National Continues
Wellington, July 11 NZPA - National continues to enjoy strong support, a poll shows. The Roy Morgan poll of 871 people, taken between June 22 and July 5, put National on 54 percent support. That was up 2 percentage points on the previous poll, taken in the first two weeks of June.

Bill Seeks Referendum Before Auckland's Assets Are Sold

Bill Seeks Referendum Before Auckland's Assets Are Sold
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - An opposition bill that requires a referendum to be held before any of Auckland's assets are privatised will be debated in Parliament. The member's bill was drafted by Labour MP Phil Twyford and was drawn from the ballot box today.

Govt MPs Under Fire For Blocking Interest Rates Inquiry

Govt MPs Under Fire For Blocking Interest Rates Inquiry
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The Labour Party and the bank workers' union are condemning government MPs for blocking a parliamentary inquiry into interest rates.

Public Consultation Phase In Defence Review Begins

Public Consultation Phase In Defence Review Begins
Wellington, June 26 NZPA - New Zealand is unlikely to suffer from a direct military attack but instability is moving closer and the public are being urged to have their say about what they want from their defence force.

MP Apologises To Tongan Law Society

MP Apologises To Tongan Law Society
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - ACT MP David Garrett has apologised for suggesting lewd comments he made to a woman staff member in Parliament would have been acceptable in Tonga.

Skyhawk Sale Situation Likely To Be Clear By Year's End

Skyhawk Sale Situation Likely To Be Clear By Year's End
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - It should be clear by the end of the year whether New Zealand's mothballed air force Skyhawk jets will head to the United States. The 17 jets were put up for sale after the Labour government decommissioned the air force's combat wing in 2001.

Govt Has Agreed To Set Up Productivity Taskforce, Hide Says

Govt Has Agreed To Set Up Productivity Taskforce, Hide Says
Wellington, June 23 NZPA - The Government has agreed to establish a taskforce that will work on ways to close the productivity gap between Australia and New Zealand, party leader Rodney Hide said today.

ACT Will Reconsider Position On Three Strikes If Unchanged

ACT Will Reconsider Position On Three Strikes If Unchanged
Wellington, June 23 NZPA - ACT MP David Garrett says his party will reconsider its position on three strikes legislation if it cannot get changes it wants.

Latest Poll Shows National Support Holding Up

Latest Poll Shows National Support Holding Up
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - A string of negative stories has not dented the National Party's popularity according to the latest poll.

Hide Doing Well Over Garrett's Inappropriate Comments - Key

Hide Doing Well Over Garrett's Inappropriate Comments - Key
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says it is not his place to discipline ACT MP David Garrett, which he considers ACT leader Rodney Hide is managing well. Mr Garrett, an ACT list MP, made lewd comments about a female worker to another staff member.

David Garrett Apologises For Inappropriate Remark

David Garrett Apologises For Inappropriate Remark
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - ACT MP David Garrett has apologised for making sexual comments at work and says party leader Rodney Hide tore strips off him over the behaviour.

Govt Says Website Can Help Cut Power Bills

Govt Says Website Can Help Cut Power Bills
Wellington, June 19 NZPA - The Government is urging people to visit its Powerswitch website and make sure they aren't paying more for electricity than they need to during the winter.

Key Dragged Into Smacking Debate

Key Dragged Into Smacking Debate
NZPA political reporters Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has been dragged into the centre of the resurgent smacking debate.

Four Main By-Election Candidates Couldn't Vote In It

Four Main By-Election Candidates Couldn't Vote In It
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Auckland, June 14 NZPA - Yesterday's by-election in Mt Albert had one quirky feature -- none of the four main candidates could vote in it, but the former MP who held it and who now lives overseas could.

Labour Hopes By-Election Marks A Change In Fortune

Labour Hopes By-Election Marks A Change In Fortune
Auckland, June 14 NZPA - Labour is hoping that victory in the Mt Albert by-election on the weekend will mark a change in its political fortune nationwide. David Shearer marched home to victory in the safe Labour seat on Saturday with a commanding majority over National's Melissa Lee.

Shearer Wins Mt Albert

Shearer Wins Mt Albert
Auckland, June 13 NZPA - Labour's David Shearer has romped to victory in the Mt Albert by-election. Mr Shearer took the seat vacated by Prime Minister Helen Clark with a majority of more than 9000 votes.

Shearer Romping Home In Mt Albert

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Auckland, June 13 NZPA - Labour's David Shearer is set to easily win the Mt Albert by-election as early results come in.

Lee Upsets Some Saying She Is Only Paid $2 An Hour

Lee Upsets Some Saying She Is Only Paid $2 An Hour
Auckland, June 11 NZPA - A low income audience in the Mt Albert by-election campaign was infuriated when National candidate Melissa Lee today told them she was paid only $2 an hour.

Labour's Shearer Strolling Into Parliament

Labour's Shearer Strolling Into Parliament
Auckland, June 11 NZPA - Labour's David Shearer looks set to stroll into Parliament as the Mount Albert by-election rolls into its final stages.

Rodney Hide Says Local Councils Need To Rein In Spending

Rodney Hide Says Local Councils Need To Rein In Spending
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide is defending his push to get councils to focus on core services and says ratepayers don't get a chance to put the brakes on big spending projects.

Labour Fears Poll Induced Apathy In Mt Albert

Labour Fears Poll Induced Apathy In Mt Albert
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Auckland, June 9 NZPA - Labour supporters in Mt Albert are being urged by party leader Phil Goff to turn out and vote in Saturday's by-election.

Key Staying Positive About By-Election

Key Staying Positive About By-Election
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is refusing to admit National's Mt Albert by-election chances are all but dashed and remains supportive of candidate Melissa Lee.

Key Confirms National Polling Show Labour In Front In Mt Albert

Key Confirms National Polling Show Labour In Front In Mt Albert
Wellington, June 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key agrees National has a huge task to win the Mt Albert by-election, as it enters the last week of the campaign. A TV One poll had Mr Shearer on 59 percent support with National's Melissa Lee on 21 percent.

Review Of Local Government Act Review Divides Parties

Review Of Local Government Act Review Divides Parties
Wellington, June 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says what local councils spend their money on and how much they spend is up to them, and does not support capping their expenditure.

Labour Accuses Minister Of Incorrect Appointment Process

Labour Accuses Minister Of Incorrect Appointment Process
Wellington, June 8 NZPA - The board charged with overseeing Auckland's transition to a "super city" was appointed before correct legislation was in place, Labour's Auckland issues spokesman Phil Twyford says. Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says he followed the correct process.

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