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Stay Staunch, Or Give It Back, Helen

If the Labour government backtracks on its climate change policies yet again, Helen Clark will have no option but to hand back to the UN her prestigious 'Champion of the Earth' award, Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

Benefit Scheme Under-delivers - As Expected

4 May 2008 - National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says the latest sickness and invalid benefit numbers suggest Treasury's concerns about Labour's Working New Zealand reforms were well-founded.

Immigration Inquiry Must Look At New Allegations

4 May 2008 - Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove must ensure that the State Services Commission inquiry into allegations of conflict of interest at the Immigration Service thoroughly investigates all the disturbing allegations revealed today, says National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood S

$230m Paid To Electricity Commission - For What?

4 May 2008 - New Zealand taxpayers have paid the Electricity Commission $230 million over the past four years but have next to nothing to show for it, says National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

"What has the Electricity Commission achieved for that money?

Cancer Vaccine Programme Valuable Opportunity

It is good news that a vaccine to guard against cervical cancer will be added to the National Immunisation Programme says New Zealand First's health spokesperson, Barbara Stewart.

TEC Abandons Marine Search And Rescue Training

The boating public could be being put at risk by the Tertiary Education Commission's abrupt dropping of funding for New Zealand's only marine search and rescue training certificate without providing a replacement, says National's Tertiary Education spokesman, Paul Hutchison.

Labour's Record: More Serious Offenders On The Street

More than half the people on home detention have been convicted of either violent, sexual, or drug offences, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

Power Crises In 2001, '03, '06 & Looming In '08

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Labour's total failure to future proof our energy infrastructure is about to be laid out in front of New Zealand households.

Labour Dodges Harder Line On Gangs

1 May 2008 - The Labour Government's admission that it is losing the war against methamphetamine can in a large part be sheeted home to the fact that Labour has failed to do anything substantial to tackle gangs, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

$1.75 Million Community Sector Research Fund Opens

1 May 2008 - Internal Affairs Minister, Rick Barker today declared the new Lottery Community Sector Research Fund open for applications.