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The Government will be able to sell this budget

The Government will be able to sell this budget
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Labour sets the scene for a budget battle

Labour sets the scene for a budget battle
Wellington, May 20 NZPA - The Labour Party is ripping today's budget apart before it has been delivered, and it doesn't buy the Government line that the tax cuts are a fair deal.

EPA won't get much in the budget, Labour says

EPA won't get much in the budget, Labour says
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - There will be little or no money in tomorrow's budget for the Government's new Environmental Protection Agency, Labour says.

Claims of a budget for the rich dismissed by Nats

Claims of a budget for the rich dismissed by Nats
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - On the eve of the budget the National Party's leadership has continued defending accusations its proposed tax package is for high earners, saying everyone will benefit but that investing in higher earners will help improve the economy.

Minister taken to task over disappearance of released rapist

Minister taken to task over disappearance of released rapist
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - Corrections and Police Minister Judith Collins was taken to task in Parliament today over the disappearance of released prisoner and convicted rapist Maka Renata.

Labour calls for a balanced freight transport system

Labour calls for a balanced freight transport system
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The "miserly" $750 million boost for KiwiRail should be seen against the $11 billion the Government is spending on roads, says Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes.

ACT's budget more generous than the Government's

ACT's budget more generous than the Government's
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The ACT Party has put up an alternative budget which would use $3.1 billion of "government waste" to help fund income tax cuts much more generous than the Government is planning.

David Cunliffe has all the answers for Bill English

David Cunliffe has all the answers for Bill English
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - While answers to patsy oral questions in Parliament are predictable, the Opposition was able to give the replies to a series of queries before they were so much as put to Finance Minister Bill English today.

Rape victims waiting weeks to get counselling

Rape victims waiting weeks to get counselling
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Rape victims should not have to wait weeks to get help and that situation needs to improve, ACC Minister Nick Smith told Parliament today.

Use of tobacco tax increase questioned

Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Increased tobacco tax could go to funding tax cuts for the wealthy, Labour said today. However, Finance Minister Bill English was quick to point out that the previous Labour Government did not ring fence the funding for specific purposes either.

Budget will target tax avoidance - Key

Budget will target tax avoidance - Key
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Tax avoidance will be targeted in Thursday's budget, Prime Minister John Key says.

Row over possible means testing for ECE

Row over possible means testing for ECE
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Any means testing for parents to get funding for early childhood education would be an election promise broken, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

National Government caused leaky homes - Goff

National Government caused leaky homes - Goff
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff admits not enough was done under his party was in government to fix the leaky home problem, but says the crisis only happened because of changes a National administration made.

Labour leader signals reshuffle

Labour leader signals reshuffle
Wellington, May 16 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff today confirmed some of his MPs would step down before the next election and signalled a reshuffle. Speaking on TVNZ's Question and Answer programme Mr Goff said he had discussions with some sitting MPs about their future.

Opposition MPs call for transparency on ETS subsidies

Opposition MPs call for transparency on ETS subsidies
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - About 800 greenhouse gas-emitting firms are in line for taxpayer subsidies under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and those taxpayers have a right to know how much they will be paying in subsidies, Opposition MPs say.

Joyce defends claims of short-sightedness

Joyce defends claims of short-sightedness
Corrects when Otago decided to cap enrolments in second para Wellington, May 13 NZPA - Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has defended suggestions that government short-sightedness is to blame for moves by two universities to restrict or stop further enrolments this year.

$30m more for tourism in budget

$30m more for tourism in budget
Wellington, May 13 NZPA - Tourism New Zealand is getting $25 million to sell New Zealand to visitors during the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Aged care investigation public meetings start

Aged care investigation public meetings start
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The country would be outraged if children were treated as poorly as the elderly were, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today after the first meeting in a Grey Power-Labour-Greens inquiry into aged care.

Tuhoi betrayal due to nat party politics - Jones

Tuhoi betrayal due to nat party politics - Jones
Whakatane, May 12 NZPA - The Government's relationship with the Maori Party has taken a severe beating by the prime minister blocking a Treaty deal giving Te Urewera National Park to Tuhoi, Labour MP Shane Jones says.

Aged care investigation public meetings start

Aged care investigation public meetings start
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - An aged care investigation being undertaken by Grey Power, along with Green and Labour MPs, starts with a public meeting on the Kapiti Coast today, with a string of nationwide meetings to follow.

Chorus of praise for R&D announcement

Chorus of praise for R&D announcement
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The Labour Party and the Manufacturers and Exporters Association are lonely discordant voices in a chorus of approval for the Government's decision to put $321 million into science, research and development.

NZ to join International Renewable Energy Agency

NZ to join International Renewable Energy Agency
Wellington, May 11 NZPA - New Zealand intends to join an intergovernmental organisation that promotes the production and sustainable use of renewable energy, Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

Union says jobs at risk under prison privatisation

Union says jobs at risk under prison privatisation
Wellington, May 11 NZPA - The prison officers' union says 450 Corrections officer jobs are at risk because of a government decision to allow two existing prisons to be privately managed.

Privately run prisons a 'failed experiment', Labour says

Privately run prisons a 'failed experiment', Labour says
Wellington, May 11 NZPA - Labour says the Government is going to repeat a "failed and costly experiment" when it puts Mt Eden-Auckland Central Remand Prison under private management.

Govt preparing for mining back down, Labour says

Govt preparing for mining back down, Labour says
Wellington, May 10 NZPA - Labour says the Government is setting the scene for a back down on mining schedule four conservation land. "The Government is clearly getting ready to revert to the status quo," conservation spokesman David Parker said today.

Auckland prison to be put under private management

Auckland prison to be put under private management
Wellington, May 10 NZPA - The joint Mt Eden-Auckland Central Remand Prison (ACRP) will be put under private management and the successful tenderer will be announced by the end of this year, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

UK strife leaves Kiwi PM grateful for election outcome

UK strife leaves Kiwi PM grateful for election outcome
Wellington, May 10 NZPA - The plight of politicians in Britain has left Prime Minister John Key relieved he had a clear win on election night.

Problems start emerging for the Government

Problems start emerging for the Government
Wellington, May 10 NZPA - Mining conservation land, the emissions trading scheme and the Foreshore and Seabed Act are emerging as problem areas for the Government mid-way through its first term.

Science will be 'at the heart' of the budget, Key says

Science will be 'at the heart' of the budget, Key says
Wellington, May 9 NZPA - There will be a strong focus on science, innovation and technology in next week's budget, Prime Minister John Key says.

Ethical investment bill emerges from ballot

Ethical investment bill emerges from ballot
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - A bill sponsored by Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson aiming to ensure government investment funds are managed in a socially and environmentally responsible way has been drawn from the members' ballot.

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