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New Copyright Law Compared With Electoral Finance Act

New Copyright Law Compared With Electoral Finance Act
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - Calls to scrap the controversial new internet copyright law are increasing ahead of the Government's March 27 deadline for a decision on its future.

Key And Hide Join Forces To Cut Red Tape

Key And Hide Join Forces To Cut Red Tape
Wellington, March 15 NZPA - The Overseas Investment Act is going to be reviewed as well as others that put the brake on economic growth, Prime Minister John Key said at the weekend.

Key Pays Tribute To Support Partners

Key Pays Tribute To Support Partners
Wellington, March 14 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key paid tribute to the "constructive and effective" relationships his party has with its three support partners when he addressed the ACT conference today.

Committee To Be Asked For Inquiry Into Collapsed Companies

Committee To Be Asked For Inquiry Into Collapsed Companies
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Parliament's commerce select committee is going to be asked to hold an inquiry into the reasons why so many finance companies have collapsed.

Free Public Transport Scheme For Elderly On Track

Free Public Transport Scheme For Elderly On Track
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - Concerns about SuperGold cardholders' free use of off-peak public transport exceeding the scheme's allocated budget are premature, says Transport Minister Steven Joyce.

Fraud Awareness Week A Success, Minister Says

Fraud Awareness Week A Success, Minister Says
Wellington, March 9 NZPA - Consumer Affairs Minister Heather Roy says Fraud Awareness Week was a big success with record hits on her Scamwatch website. Ms Roy launched the week last Monday to increase awareness of fraud and identity theft.

2008 Election Spending Figures

2008 Election Spending Figures
Wellington, March 5 NZPA - Figures for 2008 electoral spending from Electoral Commission website: ACT New Zealand Expenditure limit: (incl GST) $2,180,000.00 Total expenditure: $1,142,087.64 Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party $1,160,000.00

ACT's Seats The Most Costly In The House

ACT's Seats The Most Costly In The House
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, March 5 NZPA - The ACT Party's five plush green leather chairs in Parliament's debating chamber are worth almost $230,000 each -- more than any of the other seats.

Shop Trading Hours Included In Red Tape Review, Hide Says

Shop Trading Hours Included In Red Tape Review, Hide Says
Wellington, March 4 NZPA - Shop trading hours will be part of the Government's review of red tape and unnecessary bureaucracy, Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide says. Mr Hide is directing the review and said tonight shop trading laws needed changing.

Wanganui's Gang Patch Bill Passes Second Reading

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 4 NZPA - Wanganui's bill to ban gang patches passed another stage in Parliament tonight when it went through its second reading on a 64-58 vote.

Three-Strikes Policy May Breach Human Rights

Three-Strikes Policy May Breach Human Rights
Wellington, March 2 NZPA - The proposed "three strikes and you're out" sentencing policy could breach human rights, the Attorney-General says. The Government agreed to support the three strikes policy through its first reading as part of its support agreement with ACT.

Sad Day In Employment Relations - Mallard

Sad Day In Employment Relations - Mallard
Wellington, March 1 NZPA - Labour MP Trevor Mallard says today is a sad day in the country's employment relations history as the Government's controversial 90-day probation for new employees begins.

Key To Speak At Act Conference

Key To Speak At Act Conference
Wellington, Feb 26 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will be a guest speaker at its support partner ACT's conference in Auckland next month. It would be the first time a National Party leader had addressed an ACT conference, ACT leader Rodney Hide said.

Regulatory Reviews Terms Of Reference To Be Set In April

Regulatory Reviews Terms Of Reference To Be Set In April
Wellington, Feb 26 NZPA - Terms of reference for reviews of the Building Act, the second phase of the Resource Management Act and the Overseas Investment Act are to be finalised by April, Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide said today.

Act, Greens Back Call To Suspend Superfund

Act, Greens Back Call To Suspend Superfund
Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - ACT and the Green Party are backing calls for the Government to consider suspending payments into the Superannuation Fund.

Minister To Launch Fraud Awareness Week

Minister To Launch Fraud Awareness Week
Wellington, Feb 24 NZPA - Fraudsters are on the loose and you can find out about them on the Government's scamwatch website.

90-Day Probation Law In Force On Sunday

90-Day Probation Law In Force On Sunday
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Feb 24 NZPA - The Government's controversial 90-day probation for new employees starts on Sunday and Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says it will help workers survive the recession.

Key Disagrees With Three Strikes Cost Estimate

Key Disagrees With Three Strikes Cost Estimate
Wellington, Feb 23 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says estimates that the ACT Party's "three strikes and you're out" sentencing policy will cost more than $30 billion over 25 years do not stack up.

Key Disagrees With Three Strikes Cost Estimate

Key Disagrees With Three Strikes Cost Estimate
Wellington, Feb 23 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says estimates that the ACT Party's "three strikes and you're out" sentencing policy will cost more than $30 billion over 25 years do not stack up.

Poll Supports Rise In National's Support Since Election

Poll Supports Rise In National's Support Since Election
Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - Another poll shows National's honeymoon with the public remains passionate, with support increasing since the election.

Three Strikes Change Would Cost $7.5b, Opponent Says

Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - An opponent of the ACT Party's "three strikes and you're out" sentencing policy says it will cost $7.5 billion over 25 years in new prisons.

Three Strikes Bill May Yet Be Struck Out Says Govt

Three Strikes Bill May Yet Be Struck Out Says Govt
Wellington, Feb 19 NZPA - A bill proposing to reduce parole eligibility for repeat violent offenders is not certain to pass into law despite being introduced into Parliament by the Government.

Parole Bill Gets First Reading

Parole Bill Gets First Reading
Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - A government bill that makes it more difficult for the worst violent offenders to get parole was given its first reading in Parliament tonight.

Govt Razor Gang Looking To Slice 10 Percent From Spending: Act

Govt Razor Gang Looking To Slice 10 Percent From Spending: Act
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - A junior minister has said the Government's razor gang wants to slice 10 percent from ministerial and departmental budgets, though she retracted this after Finance Minister Bill English said there was no specific target.

Act's `Three Strikes' Policy To Go To Parliament

Act's `Three Strikes' Policy To Go To Parliament
Wellington, Feb 15 NZPA - The ACT Party's "three strikes and you're out" sentencing policy is in a bill the Government intends introducing to Parliament on Thursday.

Minister Hide Recommends Businesses Flout Building Regulations

Minister Hide Recommends Businesses Flout Building Regulations
Wellington, Feb 3 NZPA - Cabinet Minister Rodney Hide has recommended that a businessman frustrated with building regulations should flout the law.

Support And Concerns Over RMA Reform

Support And Concerns Over RMA Reform
Wellington, Feb 3 NZPA - Councils and business groups have broadly welcomed a major overhaul of the Resource Management Act (RMA) but they and environmental groups have some concerns.

Support And Concerns Over RMA Reform

Support And Concerns Over RMA Reform
Wellington, Feb 3 NZPA - Councils and business groups have broadly welcomed a major overhaul of the Resource Management Act (RMA) but they and environmental groups have some concerns.

Hide Questions Hiring Drive Before Royal Commission Report

Hide Questions Hiring Drive Before Royal Commission Report
Wellington, Jan 22 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has called for Auckland City Council to hold fire on filling vacancies until a report that could see councils merged is released.

Justice Minister Moves To Strengthen Laws

Justice Minister Moves To Strengthen Laws
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Jan 12 NZPA - Parliament will debate a raft of justice bills next month as the Government moves to meet its election commitments.

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