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Toll Leaks Must Alarm Michael Cullen

14 May 2008 - "In the run up to the Budget, Michael Cullen must be alarmed by the information which appears to be leaking out of his office about the deal to buy Toll's rail business," says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.

Alliance Party Says Ignore Threats From Smelter Executives

14 May 2008 - Alliance Party co-leader Kay Murray says the government should simply ignore the threat tactics of mining transnational Rio Tinto over the planned emissions trading scheme.

Election Law Forces Cullen To Get Advice On Budget

"Labour's self-serving Electoral Finance Act is so confused that the Finance Minister has been forced to get legal advice on whether Budget documents are an election advertisement," says National's Deputy Leader, Bill English.

Labour Should Put 'P' Law Back On Agenda

The Government should put its legislation for controlling the precursor chemicals for 'P' back on the agenda as a matter of urgency, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

New Zealand To Host International Counter-proliferation Exercise

13 May 2008 - New Zealand's ability to deal with shipments concealing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be put to the test in a major international exercise hosted in Auckland in mid-September, Customs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.

New Zealand Extends Sympathy After China Earthquake

13 May 2008 - Acting Prime Minister Michael Cullen today extended New Zealand's sympathy to China following a large earthquake which has affected the country's central region.

Reports so far suggest more than 8,000 people are dead and 20,000 injured.

Meatworks Closure A Devastating Blow

The loss of close to 500 jobs as a result of PPCS's decision to close its Oringi sheep and lamb processing plant is absolutely devastating for the region, says Tukituki MP Craig Foss and Wairarapa MP John Hayes.

Police Code Of Conduct Ignores Sexual Relationships

The new police Code of Conduct does not address the issue of officers' sexual relationships with members of the public, as recommended by the Bazley report, says National's Police spokesman, Chester Borrows.

Immigration Resignation Sparks More Questions

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the resignation of Immigration Service boss Mary-Anne Thompson does not signal 'closure', as the department says.

Greens Help Set Up Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance Scheme

13 May 2008 - The Green Party has secured $4 million funding over four years to establish a comprehensive antibiotic resistant surveillance system in New Zealand.