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Protesters Say Internet Law Stripping Rights

Wellington, Feb 19 NZPA - Protesters carrying blank signs sent a message to Parliament today that freedom of speech was being stifled by a copyright law and it should be dumped. The Copyright Amendment Act comes into force on February 28.

Poll Shows Big Rise In National's Support Since Election

Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - Support for the National Party has soared since it won the election, a poll released tonight shows. The TV3/Baseline Consultancy poll put National on 60 percent compared with 46 percent in the same poll just before the election.

Govenrment Should Can Copyright Law - Dunne

Govenrment Should Can Copyright Law - Dunne
Wellington, Feb 13 NZPA - A new copyright law will leave internet users vulnerable to accusations of piracy and should be discarded, United Future leader Peter Dunne says.

Key Announces Maori Jobs Forum At Ratana

Key Announces Maori Jobs Forum At Ratana
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Ratana, Jan 23 NZPA - Maori will have their own jobs forum as a forerunner to the Government's February jobs summit, Prime Minister John Key says.

Govt Moves Fast With Energy Bills

Govt Moves Fast With Energy Bills
Wellington, Dec 18 NZPA - The Government has put one of its energy bills through Parliament under urgency and the second is well on the way to becoming law.

Govt To Change Rules For Troubled Companies Facing Tax Bills

Govt To Change Rules For Troubled Companies Facing Tax Bills
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - The Government is going to fix a law to prevent already troubled finance companies being hit with an immediate one-off tax bill.

School Bullying Reflects `Culture Of Brutality' - Dunne

School Bullying Reflects `Culture Of Brutality' - Dunne
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - New Zealand's poor ranking in relation to primary school bullying in an international league table is a reflection of a "culture of brutality", United Future leader Peter Dunne says.

Govt Passes Tax And Kiwisaver Legislation

Govt Passes Tax And Kiwisaver Legislation
Wellington, Dec 11 NZPA - The National-led Government has passed its first major legislation -- enshrining tax cuts and KiwiSaver changes into law. The Taxation (Urgent Measures and Annual Rates) Bill passed its third reading this morning by 68 votes to 52.

Families Commission Cancels Contentious Summit

Families Commission Cancels Contentious Summit
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 10 NZPA - The Families Commission has accepted the political reality of having a new minister and scrapped plans for a $200,000 conference.

Families Commission Cancels Contentious Summit

Families Commission Cancels Contentious Summit
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - The Families Commission and its new minister, Paula Bennett, have got off to a bad start after she discovered plans for a $200,000 conference in a briefing paper.

Climate Inquiry Will Look At Science Theory Says Hide

(Updates with latest version of terms of reference) Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - A parliamentary inquiry into climate change policy will get the chance to question the science that says human behaviour is responsible for global warming, ACT leader Rodney Hide said today,

Minister Cool On Families Commission Plans For $200k Summit

Minister Cool On Families Commission Plans For $200k Summit
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - The Families Commission and its new minister, Paula Bennett, have got off to a bad start after she discovered plans for a $200,000 conference in a briefing paper.

Climate Inquiry Will Look At Science Theory Says Hide

Climate Inquiry Will Look At Science Theory Says Hide
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide believes a parliamentary inquiry into climate change policy will get the chance to question the science that says human behaviour is responsible for global warming.

Climate Inquiry Won't Question Global Warming Science

By Grant Fleming of NZPA Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - A parliamentary committee inquiry into climate change policy will not relitigate the science that blames humans for global warming, according to new terms of reference.

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.

Tax System Under Pressure From Top Earners Avoiding Tax

Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - The tax system is under pressure from those seeking to avoid paying higher tax rates, the Inland Revenue Department said today.

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.

Greens Get One And Nats Lose One In Final Election Results

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 22 NZPA - The Greens have added a ninth MP to their caucus while National lose one on today's final election results announcement.

Final Election Results Out Tomorrow With Small Changes Possible

Final Election Results Out Tomorrow With Small Changes Possible
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 21 NZPA - The final results for the 2008 election are to be declared tomorrow afternoon, but there are unlikely to be any major changes in the shape of Parliament.

Key And Ministers Sworn In

Key And Ministers Sworn In
Wellington, Nov 19 NZPA - John Key has been sworn in as New Zealand's prime minister. Mr Key, 22 other National ministers, and five ministers from support parties were sworn in at Parliament today.

Key Open To Carbon Tax Option

Key Open To Carbon Tax Option
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 18 NZPA - Prime Minister-elect John Key today indicated National was willing to consider supporting a carbon tax.

Key Announces Cabinet Today

Key Announces Cabinet Today
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Nov 17 NZPA - Prime Minister-elect John Key will announce a 20-strong cabinet today and three other ministerial positions after he cut deals yesterday that secured a strong majority for his National government.

Key Signs Up Support For Broadbased Government

Key Signs Up Support For Broadbased Government
By Grant Fleming and Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Prime Minister-elect John Key has sealed a historic agreement with the Maori Party on a whirlwind day of deals that will give his incoming government a commanding majority on crucial votes in Parliament.

Main Points In The Agreement With Peter Dunne

Main Points In The Agreement With Peter Dunne
Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Main points of the agreement between the National Party and United Future leader Peter Dunne: * Mr Dunne will be Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health outside cabinet; * He will vote with National on confidence and supply;

Quotes From Today's Government Support Agreement Announcements

Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Some quotes from today's announcements on deals to support the incoming National government:

List Of Ministerial Portfolios To Be Held By Minor Parties

Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - A list of minor parties' ministerial positions outside of Cabinet in the incoming National government. * ACT leader Rodney Hide - Minister of Local Government, Minister for Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Commerce.

Dunne To Be Revenue Minister In New Government

Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne will be Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health in the new National-led government.

Key Announces Formation Of Government

By Grant Fleming of NZPA Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Prime Minister elect John Key has announced the formation of a National-led centre-right government. At a joint press conference with ACT leader Rodney Hide today, Mr Key announced he had formally signed up ACT's support.

Key Announces National-led Government

Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Prime Minister elect John Key has announced the formation of a National-led centre-right government. At a joint press conference with ACT leader Rodney Hide today, Mr Key announced he had formally signed up ACT's support.

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