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Greens: Government Needs To Say Who Pays For Emissions

Greens: Government Needs To Say Who Pays For Emissions

The Prime Minister's New York climate change talks avoid the important question of who foots the bill for emissions in New Zealand, while his Ministers struggle to defend his flawed ETS legislation at home, the Green Party said today.

Cunliffe: Economy Still Tough For New Zealand Families

Cunliffe: Economy Still Tough For New Zealand Families

The patchy picture in today's improving GDP figures is still not enough to reassure families struggling to pay their bills and worried about job security, says Labour Finance Spokesperson David Cunliffe.

English: Improving Frontline Services, Avoiding The Debt Trap

The public service is working constructively with the Government to deliver better services to the public in what will remain a tight fiscal and economic environment for years to come, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

Tolley: Youth Guarantee Delivers For Disengaged Students

Tolley: Youth Guarantee Delivers For Disengaged Students

Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced how the 2000 student places created by the jump-start to the Youth Guarantee are to be allocated across New Zealand in 2010.

Goff & Cunliffe: Bill English Super Folly Costs New Zealanders Dearly

Goff & Cunliffe: Bill English Super Folly Costs New Zealanders Dearly

The folly of Finance Minister Bill English in suspending contributions to the New Zealand superannuation fund has already denied future superannuitants more than half a billion dollars, and will deny them at least $1.65 billion over the financial year, say Labour Leader Phil Goff and Finance Spok

Burns: Commonwealth Games Free Coverage Essential

Burns: Commonwealth Games Free Coverage Essential

The Government must reassure all New Zealanders that they will be able to see next year's Commonwealth Games free on television, says Labour broadcasting spokesperson Brendon Burns.

A Day To Support Those Who Support Others

A Day To Support Those Who Support Others

Today - National Social Workers' Day - is an opportunity to reflect on the crucial role played by social workers in the lives of so many Kiwi families, says Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett.

Economy Buoys While Wages Sink

Economy Buoys While Wages Sink

Improving economic indicators mean that the Government can look to lift incomes and reduce unemployment rather than focus on holding wages low, Green Party Employment spokesperson Sue Bradford said today.

Ministers Should Grasp The Nettle On Pay Equity

Ministers Should Grasp The Nettle On Pay Equity

Today would be the perfect day for the Government to recognise the worth of social workers employed by Child, Youth and Family and get their pay equity investigation reinstated, says Labour's spokesperson for Women's Affairs, Sue Moroney.

Focus On Sustainable Jobs And Growth

New Zealand's economy is stabilising, but there is a lot of work to do if we are to have a strong recovery that leads to sustainable jobs and growth, Finance Minister Bill English says.