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Mycoplasma bovis eradication 'still on the table'

Initial results from the first round of milk testing from all producing dairy farms for Mycoplasma bovis indicate eradication of the disease remains a viable option as work to contain it ramps up, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

Taxpayers being fleeced of $3 billion

Yesterday’s release of the latest KPMG Financial Institutions Performance Survey review shows New Zealand taxpayers are being fleeced of more than $3 billion dollars annually.

NZ First submit 'English an Official Language Bill'

New Zealand First has submitted a member’s bill for English to be recognised as an official language of New Zealand. Te Reo Maori was recognised in 1987 and New Zealand Sign Language in 2006, yet there is no legislation that recognises English.

Govt making it easy for people to abuse fees-free - Goldsmith

It is concerning that the Government is making it easy for students to abuse its $2.8 billion fees-free tertiary education policy by softening the penalties for those who are caught lying on their statutory declaration, Tertiary Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

Minister meets top Work and Income case managers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has today met with some of Work and Income’s top case managers who’ve achieved outstanding results supporting their clients into work.

Susan Austen case shows we need End of Life Choice Bill - ACT

"The trial of Susan Austen shows New Zealand needs an assisted dying law with carefully designed safeguards", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

ACT leader extends best wishes to Bill English

ACT Leader David Seymour has extended his best wishes to Bill English and has congratulated him on his career in politics.

"I want to thank him in particular for his support for charter schools and his commitment to engaging disadvantaged students who had been failed by state schools.

Bill to make cartel conduct a criminal offence

Consumers and business will benefit from legislation introduced to Parliament today which will make it a criminal offence to engage in cartel conduct.

Greens celebrate better support for grieving whānau

The Green Party is today celebrating the Government’s response to a Green-led select committee inquiry into supporting grieving whānau with accessing and managing the tÅ«pāpaku (deceased bodies) of their loved ones.

Minister needs to step up as drought worsens in Coastal Taranaki - Kuriger

The Minister for Primary Industries needs to step up and listen to the rural sector in the face of the worsening drought in Coastal Taranaki, National’s Rural Communities Spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

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