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Labour Attacks Move To Fast-Track Job Probation Law

Labour Attacks Move To Fast-Track Job Probation Law
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has attacked as arrogant and undemocratic the Government's decision to "ram through" a 90-day probation period for new workers before Christmas.

Suprise Move To Fast-Track `90 Days Probation' Law

Suprise Move To Fast-Track `90 Days Probation' Law
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has attacked as arrogant and undemocratic the Government's decision to "ram through" a 90-day probation period for new workers before Christmas .

Lockwood Smith Becomes Parliament's Speaker

Lockwood Smith Becomes Parliament's Speaker
Pix on nzpaimages.co.nz Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - One of Parliament's longest-serving MPs, National's Lockwood Smith, was elected unopposed as Speaker of Parliament today.

MPs Sworn In On First Day Of 49th Parliament

Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Parliament's 122 MPs were sworn in today, 35 of them for the first time.

Peter Dunne To Chair ETS Committee

Peter Dunne To Chair ETS Committee
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move National is putting a minister outside of Cabinet, United Future leader Peter Dunne, in charge of a special select committee being set up to consider climate change.

Key Says It Was Right Call To Send Herc

Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - A Hercules sent to Malaysia last week -- in case it was needed to help New Zealanders stranded because of political unrest in Thailand -- is returning today.

Williams Needed Shove To Quit - Key

Williams Needed Shove To Quit - Key
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Outgoing Labour party president Mike Williams was reluctant to quit his state board appointments and had to be asked to go, Prime Minister John Key says.

Latest Poll Has Surge In Those Thinking NZ Heading Right Way

Wellington, Dec 7 NZPA - The first poll since the election has seen most parties retaining their support base, but a large increase in the number of people who think New Zealand is heading in the right direction.

Williams Quits Labour Presidency, Govt Appointments

Wellington, Dec 7 NZPA - Outgoing Labour Party President Mike Williams has also quit his appointments to government boards as the fallout from the November election continues.

MP Told He Can't Take The Oath In Samoan

MP Told He Can't Take The Oath In Samoan
Wellington, Dec 5 NZPA - Labour MP Su'a William Sio is upset because he can't take the oath of allegiance in Samoan when he is sworn in on Monday but Parliament says the law doesn't permit it.

Cut Lending Rates For Businesses, Labour Says

Cut Lending Rates For Businesses, Labour Says
Wellington, Dec 5 NZPA - The Labour Party is calling on banks to cut interest rates for small and medium-sized businesses.

Sio Angry That He Can't Take MP's Oath In Samoan

Sio Angry That He Can't Take MP's Oath In Samoan
Wellington, Dec 5 NZPA - Labour's new MP for Mangere, Sua William Sio is angry he will not be sworn into Parliament in Samoan. MPs will take office on Monday when Parliament opens after the election.

English Confirms Big ACC Levy Rise Likely

English Confirms Big ACC Levy Rise Likely
Wellington, Dec 5 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed there is likely to be a "significant" rise in the amount workers pay to ACC from April 1 next year.

Second ACC Blowout Could Shave Tax Cuts

Second ACC Blowout Could Shave Tax Cuts
Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - A second ACC blowout could see average wage earners lose almost a third of next year's tax cut if the incoming Government follows officials' advice.

Govt Rejects Treasury Calls For Capital Gains Tax And Super Cut

Govt Rejects Treasury Calls For Capital Gains Tax And Super Cut
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - Treasury's calls for a capital gains tax, an increase in GST and cuts to superannuation have been rejected by Finance Minister Bill English. Mr English today released Treasury's incoming briefing to the new Government.

Questions Raised About Government Handling Of First Crisis

Questions Raised About Government Handling Of First Crisis
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 3 NZPA - As tensions in Thailand ease, questions are being asked about whether the new government acted soon enough when New Zealand lives could have been at risk.

Key Faces Crisis Call

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Dec 3 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is facing his first crisis call since being sworn in. He has to decide, probably today, whether to order a military aircraft to rescue New Zealanders trapped at Bangkok's besieged international airport.

Govt Says Labour Left A $1 Billion Hole In ACC Books

Govt Says Labour Left A $1 Billion Hole In ACC Books
Wellington, Dec 2 NZPA - The outgoing Labour government left behind a $1 billion hole in the ACC budget which will have to be filled, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Govt Undermining NZ Reputation -- Labour's Charles Chauvel

Govt Undermining NZ Reputation -- Labour's Charles Chauvel
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 2 NZPA - Labour is accusing the new National Government of damaging New Zealand's international reputation and affecting the outcome of climate negotiations by eroding green policies.

Govt Says Labour Left A $1 Billion Hole In ACC Books

Govt Says Labour Left A $1 Billion Hole In ACC Books
Wellington, Dec 2 NZPA - The outgoing Labour government left behind a $1 billion hole in the ACC budget which will have to be filled, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Air Force Hamstrung In Response To Potential Thai Crisis

Air Force Hamstrung In Response To Potential Thai Crisis
Wellington, Dec 2 NZPA - A potential emergency evacuation of up to 300 New Zealanders trapped in Bangkok by anti-government protests could be hamstrung by the air force's two Boeing 757s both being out of action.

Key Warns Of `Slum Landlord' Status

Prime Minister John Key says some state houses are in such poor condition the Government is in danger of becoming a slum landlord. "We have real concerns about the quality of the housing that's being provided," he said at his post-cabinet press conference today.

National Says No Plans For $1b Insulation Fund

National Says No Plans For $1b Insulation Fund
Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - National says it is aware of problems with poor home insulation in New Zealand and will start by improving state-owned properties.

New Lightbulb Standard Unlikely To Be Adopted

New Lightbulb Standard Unlikely To Be Adopted
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - A proposal to phase out incandescent lightbulbs is extremely unlikely to go ahead under the new National Government.

Green Party Says Report Shows Need For Insulation Fund

Green Party Says Report Shows Need For Insulation Fund
Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - A finding that a quarter of New Zealand's homes could be making people ill shows why the Government should retain a $1 billion insulation fund, the Green Party says.

Expert Electoral Panel Closed Down By New Government

Expert Electoral Panel Closed Down By New Government
Wellington, Nov 28 NZPA - The previous government's expert panel on electoral administration has been closed down by the new Justice Minister Simon Power.

Former National MP Dies

Wellington, Nov 28 NZPA - Former Hamilton mayor and National MP Mike Minogue, known for going head-to-head with his leader Robert Muldoon, died early yesterday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 85 years old.

National Looking At Lightbulb Phase Out Issue

National Looking At Lightbulb Phase Out Issue
Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee has asked officials to look into a proposed phase out of incandescent lightbulbs.

Govt `Determined' To Rein In Rates, Minister Says

Govt `Determined' To Rein In Rates, Minister Says
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - Councils are in for a shock if Local Government Minister Rodney Hide delivers on a promise he made today to rein in rates.

Govt To Set Maximum Emergency Dept Waiting Time Targets

Govt To Set Maximum Emergency Dept Waiting Time Targets
Wellington, Nov 24 NZPA - Maximum waiting time targets for treatment in hospital emergency departments are going to be introduced, Health Minister Tony Ryall said today.

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