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National Slashing More Frontline Jobs

National Slashing More Frontline Jobs

The Government is continuing to make cuts to frontline services with 60 jobs slashed from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Labour State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

Bakers' Frustration Understandable

Bakers' Frustration Understandable

8 July -- The Government sympathises with the New Zealand Association of Bakers' frustration over Labour's legacy of mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid, says Minister for Food Safety Kate Wilkinson.

Fairness, Freedom Of Expression And Transparency Vital In Electoral Law Reform

Fairness, Freedom Of Expression And Transparency Vital In Electoral Law Reform

The most important principles in terms of electoral law reform should be fairness between political parties, freedom of expression and transparency, says Labour electoral reform spokesperson David Parker.

Government Considers Local Body 'Bond Bank'

Government Considers Local Body 'Bond Bank'

The Government is working with local body representatives to investigate setting up a "bond bank" to help councils finance up to $30 billion of planned infrastructure over the next decade, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Key's Pacific Tour Should Prompt Rethink Of Climate Change Targets

Key's Pacific Tour Should Prompt Rethink Of Climate Change Targets

The New Zealand Government needs to take some regional leadership on the climate change crisis which threatens the very existence of some Pacific Island nations.

Work Starts On Hon Kate Wilkinson's Mass Medication Plan

Bakers are beginning preparations to comply with the Government's plan to mass-mediate all New Zealanders with folic acid from September.

Collins Misleads On Yet Another Safety Issue

8 July -- Corrections Minister Judith Collins has misled corrections staff with her claim that it is essential that frontline staff have the equipment to manage dangerous situations, says Labour law and order spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.

Forest And Bird Concerns Unfounded

Forest And Bird Concerns Unfounded

Forest and Bird's claim that the Government plans "wide-scale privatisation" of the South Island high country is complete rubbish, says Associate Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson.

Why Do Aussie Banks Charge Us More Than They Charge Australians?

Why Do Aussie Banks Charge Us More Than They Charge Australians?

Interest rates charged by the big Australian banks are not only higher than the rates charged by New Zealand's own bank - they're higher than the rates the Aussies charge themselves, Progressive Wigram MP Jim Anderton says.

Critical Social Services Seek Access To New Fund

Critical Social Services Seek Access To New Fund

There's been considerable interest in the first funding round of the Community Response Fund, says the Minister for Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett.

The first of three funding rounds for the financial year closed on July 3 with 294 applications received.