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Fisheries Minister Welcomes Report

Wellington, July 31 NZPA - Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed a report rating New Zealand marine areas as second equal with Alaska as the healthiest in the world.

Law Commission Liqour Review Failed To 'Grasp The Nettle'

The Law Commission review of the liquor laws has failed to 'grasp the nettle' and recommend a ban on alcohol advertising, sponsorship and other promotions, said Dr Viola Palmer of the Group Against Liquor Advertising (GALA).

Petitions For Amalgamation Review Widespread, And Growing

There are currently 24 locations where people can sign the petition for a review of Council amalgamation options for the Nelson Tasman region, with further sites being added daily.

Cosgrove Lays Breach Of Privilege Against Garrett

Cosgrove Lays Breach Of Privilege Against Garrett

Labour law and order spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has laid a breach of privilege complaint against ACT MP David Garrett for his comments at the law and order select committee yesterday.

Historic 73rd National Party Annual Conference

Historic 73rd National Party Annual Conference

This year's 73rd National Party annual conference being held in Christchurch will be a celebration of a number of historic achievements for the Party, says outgoing National Party President Judy Kirk.

Two Topical Members' Bills Drawn In Parliamentary Ballot

Two Members' bills on the topical issues of benefit review and international non-aggression have been picked in the Parliamentary Ballot today.

Prison Officers Need Assurances, Not Just Apology

The Council of Trade Unions today deplored the threatening of three corrections officers by ACT MP David Garrett as they made a submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee hearing on prison privatisation.

Environmental Defence Society Says Government Has Failed First Big Environmental Test

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has expressed its profound disappointment at the government's failure to back better protection for New Zealand's endangered marine animals. Last evening National and ACT combined to throw out the Marine Animals Protection Reform Bill.

Health Minister Confirms New Medicines Spending

Health Minister Tony Ryall has told Parliament today that Pharmac's planning is well advanced on how it will spend tens of millions of dollars in new medicines funding. Mr Ryall said, "$31 million of the new money has been added to Pharmac's Community Pharmaceutical Budget.

Defence Minister To Attend France-Oceania Summit

Defence Minister To Attend France-Oceania Summit

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp will represent New Zealand at the third triennial France-Oceania Summit in Noumea on Friday 31 July. "France is an important player in the Pacific region," said Dr Mapp.